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Book Review: Skulduggery Pleasant Playing with Fire- Derek Landy

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The second book in the series is just as good as the first. (read our review here:) I especially liked the way that Landy revisits things that he mentioned in passing in the first book. It’s almost as if he didn’t quite have enough book to fit everything in the first time so he wrote another book just to explore some of those possibilities.

Again, I don’t want to give too many spoilers, but suffice it to say, vampires are pretty big in this book. Landy introduced us to his vampires in the first book, animal creatures that shed their skin as night falls and make no distinction between ally and enemy. Well, they’re back, and they’re definitely enemies.

Having already saved the world from the evil gods, The Faceless Ones, in the first book, Skulduggery and Valkyrie are back to do it again. (Yep, Stephanie finally picked a name for herself) This time though, they’re on their own. Tome’s betrayal of the Elders led to panic in the Sanctuary; Ireland no longer had a leader. A sorcerer named Thurid Guild steps up to the plate and kicks Skulduggery and Valkyrie out to fend for themselves. But Skul and Valkyrie can’t let their political views get in the way as Baron Vengeous has broken out of prison and is trying to resurrect the remains of the Grotesquery- a patchwork creature that can house the spirit of a Faceless One. Cue the dramatic fight scenes and the emotional roller coaster of wondering if your favourite characters are going to die.

But at heart this is a kids book, Valkyrie is only twelve and if you’re reading this as a parent trying to find a good book for your sprogs, then let me assure you that there is no death amongst the main characters. (Except for the Skul- man, but let’s leave that for the theologians to fight over.)

This book does stand on it’s own two feet, but I think that of you’re going to get it, then you should go and get the first one too. (It’s just better that way) It’s great fun and the kids will definitely get their use out of them. I got them when they first came out and I still read them at least once a year. And my mum will read them too occasionally, they’re a great investment!

Read my review of book one here.

Have a lovely day,



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