Armageddon Outta Here! Wraparound cover revealed.

Exactly what it says on the tin and this cover is going to be beautiful! It seems Tom Percival, Landy’s cover artist, is going all out for this book now the series is coming to an end. Have a look:

Landy has indicated on his blog that this cover features new characters exclusive to the short story collection. He has said as well that it will be the poster released to book shops for promotional purposes and that there are plans in the work to make this and other posters available to fans of the series!

If and when further information about the posters becomes available, I will post it here.

Armageddon Outta Here is due out on July 3rd 2104.


Landy Reveals Paperback Last Stand of Dead Men Back Cover

Darquesse will be gracing the back cover of the paperback version of LSoDM!

Landy revealed the back cover art yesterday on his blog with a release date of the 27th March for the paperback. He has also said that the paperback version of The Maleficent Seven will be released on the 8th May, despite happening before LSoDM.

Derek Landy talks about his Doctor Who short story!

As many of you will know by now, I am a big Derek Landy and Skulduggery Pleasant fan so discovering that he has written a Doctor Who story for my favourite Doctor (10/David Tennant), I was super excited. I think you can guess just how excited I was to find an interview with him discussing the story, how it developed and the obligatory whether he would go backwards or forwards in time.

Check out the interview here:

The short story has been written as part of a collection of short stories, one for each Doctor, by different big name authors in preparation and as part of the 50th Anniversary celebrations for Doctor Who.

Book Review: Skulduggery Pleasant, Last Stand of Dead Men by Derek Landy

bd816-sp8_revise_tom-1-page-0Okay, so I am finally getting on and writing this review.

War is coming to the Irish Sanctuary. After years of one catastrophe to another, the other Sanctuaries around the world are taking matters into their own hands to protect the world. But not all is as it seems. There is conspiracy afoot and a plan to reveal the magical world to the mortals and the long-term plan is coming to maturity.

And that’s not all. Valkyrie‘s true nature, Darquesse, is fighting to get free and if Valkyrie can’t keep a tight hold on her, Darquesse might just be set free.

This, the penultimate book in the series, continues with the same humour and well paced fights as before, tying in all the stories from the previous seven books and sees the return of some characters last seen in earlier books. The story does seem much darker than earlier books (granted the stories have been steadily getting darker as the series has gone along, like most series) and features many surprises and some great fun moments.

This book is a war story but features some spy elements and international country hopping. Whilst the characters have gone international before, this book goes REALLY international, jumping from Ireland to America to England to Australia to France and many, many other places around the world. This really changes the pace of the story and keeps the book very interesting.

The way Landy portrayed the inner dialogue between Valkyrie and Darquesse is brilliantly written, witty and the style of writing that readers have come to expect from Landy and his characters.

Unfortunately, I did lose interest in this book near the end and it took me a few days to actually finally finish reading this book. Maybe it’s because this book is a war story and I don’t read war books but the pacing of the actual novel seemed slow and the fight scenes very extended. The fights are not repetitive and they are interesting but I found myself getting very weary of them. Again, as I said, it might be because I am unfamiliar with war books and therefore, their pacing and the codes and conventions of the genre.

I also found myself getting bored and fed up of a certain character that shows up near the end and seems to be a throwback to the very first book. The character’s actions and then other characters reactions to the character is interesting but mostly, the character is boring and I found myself thinking, “and…?”

I have found this book a real shame and not the best addition to the series. The ending is a great cliffhanger and does make me want to read the next book but also leaves me apprehensive. After such a great series, it would be a serious disservice to the series to end it on a low note. I can quite honestly say I did not enjoy this book and found it boring and tough going. Perhaps it is my unfamiliarity with the genre plus the fact that I am just not interested in the genre that prevented me from enjoying the book.

So whilst this book is good in some aspects, in others, it is just plain boring. In my personal opinion anyway.

A NEW excerpt (chapter 19) of Skulduggery Pleasant: Last Stand of Dead Men released!


Okay, so I haven’t got my copy of the eighth book in Derek Landy‘s brilliant series yet due to being busy with voluntary work today so will be getting mine, reading and reviewing it inside the next two weeks. I might be waiting until Chosen by Benedict Jacka is released (5th September 2013) before getting both together but in the meanwhile, SP Weekly News over on YouTube have uploaded a video of Derek Landy reading a small section of Chapter 19 at the Edinburgh International Book Festival!

No real spoilers in this bit I don’t think but I hope you enjoy it:

The SP Weekly News Channel can be found at And don’t forget to check out Landy reading chapter one here and another excerpt, featuring Scapegrace, Thrasher and a wizened Chinese mentor here.


Back Cover of Last Stand of Dead Men Released!

Ladies and Gentlemen, may I present the back cover of Derek Landy‘s next book, Last Stand of Dead Men:

The image is of Madame Mist according to Landy’s blog so I think we can at least guess that she will be a pivotal character in the 8th book of the Skulduggery Pleasant series. But what role is unclear from the summary/blurb that was released back in April:

War has finally come.

But it’s not a war between good and evil, or light and dark- it’s a war between Sanctuaries. For too long now, the Irish Sanctuary has teetered on the brink of world-ending disaster, and the other Sanctuaries around the world have had enough. Allies turn to enemies, friends turn to foes, and Skulduggery and Valkyrie must team up with the rest of the Dead Men if they’re going to have any chance at all of maintaining the balance of power and getting to the root of a vast conspiracy that has been years in the making.

But while this war is only beginning, another war rages within Valkyrie herself. Her own dark side, the insanely powerful being known as Darquesse, is on the verge of rising to the surface. And if Valkyrie slips, even for a moment, then Darquesse will burn the world and everyone in it.

So what are your theories for the next book? What role does Madame Mist have to play in everything? Will we find out more about Skulduggery’s past?

I guess we will just have to wait until August 29th to find out.