Skulduggery Pleasant: Dark Days by Derek Landy

Skulduggery4Title: Skulduggery Pleasant: Dark Days

Author: Derek Landy

Genre: Fantasy

Publisher: HarperCollins

Pages: 415

Rating: 5/5

It’s the fourth Skulduggery Pleasant adventure! Only Skulduggery Pleasant himself is lost on the other side of a portal, with only some evil gods for company. Can he possible survive? (Yes, all right, he’s already dead. But still.) What can we say, without giving too much away? Not much, is the answer. But what we CAN say is that this book is hilarious, it’s tense, and it’s packed with all the eye-popping action, crackling one liners and imaginative set pieces you’ve come to expect. There’s a new threat to our plucky heroine, of course. But that’s not all. There’s also the little fact of the Big Bad, the uber-baddy who’s going to come along and really, really destroy the world. (Really.) And what we learn about that villain in this book will literally make your jaw fall off and your hair go white with shock. (Not really.) Will Skulduggery make it out of the Faceless Ones’ dimension? Who knows. The problem is, he may not have much to come back to!

Finally, a review of a book I just read for the first time! And what a book it was.
Here’s the part where I mention the things I continually praise this series for – the pacing is always fast, keeping me turning the pages until I get to each new turn, the witty and subtly funny dialogue, the supernatural craziness that is becoming a staple in most YA books these days, and mystery that always seems to be lurking in between the lines of these stories. As a whole, the story fits in well in the series – all the characters are just as interesting, and I’ve found myself wishing this people were real.
And now onto the new things introduced in this book, starting with my personal favorite: a romance is starting to blossom between Valkyrie and Fletcher! YES! As you might have already figured out from my past reviews of the first three books, I really like having some sort of romantic aspect to a story, as long as it helps build it, of course. I was always happy with the quality of the Skulduggery Pleasant books and felt that they were perfect without all of that, but I couldn’t help but find myself hoping that romance might play a bigger part in the story later on. And now it as, as displayed by a kiss that the two share in the first part of the book. But don’t think I’ve spoiled too much – seeing as this is Valkyrie we’re talking about, the road to something more isn’t too smooth and that doesn’t mean that things are going to be the same by the time the book ends.
The ending, sadly, came much too soon. After waiting so long to read this, I’m now stuck waiting for the next book, which came out in September, but I’m waiting to buy it when it comes out in paperback and the local library doesn’t have a copy, something that makes me very sad. The ending has a huge twist that I hate to say I already knew about, thanks to accidentally seeing something about it when I was snooping around the Wikipedia page about the series. But, despite that surprise ruined, I still wouldn’t have seen it coming if I hadn’t already known about it, so I think it was still a good surprise and I applaud that fact. I will certainly be waiting anxiously for the next book. I went through a slight withdrawal period for a few days after that, unsure of what I could read next when I knew it wouldn’t be the same as Skulduggery Pleasant (of course, I did find more things to read, but it did take a couple days at least). When I get my hands on the fifth book, you can be sure that it’ll be read quickly!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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