Skulduggery Pleasant 8-Last Stand Of Dead Men Review

Book: Skulduggery Pleasant: Last Stand Of Dead Men-Derek Landy
Okay so this is my second book review. This one is a book from a series that I’ve loved for years. It’s the penultimate book in the series and it doesn’t disappoint. I would definitely recommend this series of books for lovers of the Percy Jackson books. Here’s a synopsis of the book:

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, 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.

This book is a great read, fast paced and action packed and a great set up for the last book in the series (obviously you need to read the other seven or this one won’t make sense but they’re just as good). It might look like a book for boys but girls can enjoy it too-I’m a girl and I love them so don’t be put of by people saying they are more for boys. The book has a lot of incredible twists and a cliffhanger that leaves you wanting to scream at the author for leaving you hanging. The wonderful thing about these books is that the characters are all so amazing and complex-every good character has a bad, twisted side and no one is a better example of this than Skulduggery (the skeleton detective, who without a doubt has some of the best lines in the series) and Valkyrie herself (who literally has her own bad side). It’s very difficult to say much about this book without spoiling it particularly if you haven’t read the earlier ones but it has everything, violence, humour and magic-what more do you want?. I also loved how Skulduggery’s past was explored a little more in this book. There are a lot of battle scenes but all are incredibly well written and leave you hanging off the edge of your seat. My favourite character is obviously Skulduggery however moments with Scapegrace and Thrasher are probably some of the most hilarious in the book. Valkyrie’s development over the eight books has also been very well done. The takeover of Darquesse which we all (Skulduggery fans) knew was going to happen has finally happened, and this made for a great setup to the next book which will be the last and where the big battle happens. I hope that they find some way to defeat Darquesse but I have a feeling she’ll be killed and the reflection, Stephanie will take over her life-I could be wrong though. I’d recommend this book to anyone aged 9 or over-it’s not just a kid’s book, I’m a teenager and I love these however there is a lot of violence in this one but this series is definitely one to read.
My Rating-5/5 (if I could give it more I would)