Book Review: Skulduggery Pleasant, The Dying of the Light

In accordance with Derek Landy’s wishes, this is not going to be the long, in-depth review I would love to do as I don’t want to risk any accidental spoilers. I would advise however, if you have not read the book, to NOT the read this review.

44783-tdotlshadowfoilThe End is Nigh! Skulduggery and Stephanie are tracking down Darquesse to prevent the prophecy from coming true and are drawing together an all-star team but not everything is as it seems as they chase her from Roarhaven to Uncle Gordon’s house. Not everyone is going to make it out alive…

This is a fantastic end to the series with plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader hooked from start to finish. It is advisable to read the book carefully as Landy clues the reader into what is going to happen at the end but does it in such a way that it leaves the reader constantly guessing how the book is actually going to end. Landy also cleverly ends and starts chapters in such a way that it again clues the reader into what is actually happening at that point in the book.

The story also has a lot of links back into the earlier books but especially references the first book heavily. If you plan on reading this book, read it from start to end. You will not be disappointed.

It is clever but can leave the reader struggling and confused somewhat, especially in the first instances that he is doing it. The book is also structured somewhat oddly throughout and at the end, it seems like Landy has forgotten a storyline and is suddenly hurrying to try and finish it. In an odd way, whilst it is not following the storyline of the first book, it is doing it enough to give a reader déjà vu.

If you love this series, you will not be disappointed with this finale and Derek Landy has delivered a book that will keep long time fans hooked and satisfied from start to end. I would definitely recommend this book!