Skulduggery Pleasant: Playing With Fire by Derek Landy

Skulduggery2Title: Skulduggery Pleasant: Playing With Fire

Author: Derek Landy

Genre: Fantasy

Publisher: HarperCollins

Pages: 403

Rating: 5/5

Skulduggery and Valkyrie are facing a new enemy: Baron Vengeous, who is determined to bring back the terrifying Faceless Ones and is crafting an army of evil to help him. Added to that, Vengeous is about to enlist a new ally (if he can raise it from the dead): the horrible Grotesquery, a very unlikable monster of legend.
Once Vengeous is on the loose, dead bodies and vampires start showing up all over Ireland. Now pretty much everybody is out to kill Valkyrie, and the daring detective duo faces its biggest challenge yet.
But what if the greatest threat to Valkyrie is just a little closer to home?

I have already read this, along with the first and third of the series, but having just reread them recently I wanted to finally put up my reviews of them, based on both the first and second times I read them.
As for the overall feel of this book, it’s basically the same as the first – plenty of action, mystery, and witty dialogue to make the pace nice and brisk. The pages fly as you rediscover the characters from the first book along with all the new character mixed into this spectacular sequel. A new villain is in town now and that means new problems to be fixed by our beloved heroes. There’s more action and even more magic as Stephanie, now Valkyrie, becomes better at magic. Yet again, the book is mostly from the point of view of Valkyrie and never seen through the empty sockets of Skulduggery but I don’t think that that diminishes the book in any way. And there are always the parts where we see things from other characters’ views, often finding out information that the main heroes don’t know right away.
One of my favorite new character is Billy-Ray Sanguine. I probably shouldn’t like him since he is one of the villains but he’s the type of villain who isn’t always the greatest at his job and he cracks plenty of jokes along the way. The villains are often just as funny to read as the main characters and I hope that Billy-Ray sticks around to cause more trouble for Valkyrie and Skulduggery, not to mention making things interesting. The main villain, on the other hand, isn’t very interesting – he’s much like the villain from the first book and doesn’t seem that much more interesting, so he’s not one who I necessarily want to stick around, but he plays little enough of a part that I can deal with his dullness – if you’re going to try and cause mass destruction shouldn’t you be slightly more interesting and charismatic?
But, like the first book, this is a story that has few negative points. This series is quickly becoming one of my favorites and I was overjoyed to get my hands on the next book in the series, which I will try to have a review of as soon as possible. But if you liked the first book I’m sure you’ll love this book just as much!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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