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Publisher's Summary

The eighth instalment in the biggest, funniest, most thrilling comedy-horror-adventure series in the universe - and the follow-up to 2012’s number-one best seller Kingdom of the Wicked

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.

©2013 Derek Landy (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

Praise for the Skulduggery Pleasant series:

"This is a writer at the height of his powers and Landy is getting better with every book… Whatever your age, read them and enjoy the ride.” (Irish Independent)

"Fast and funny” (The Times)

“A fast evolving plot and a great mix of scariness and humour” (5 star review, Sunday Express)

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yeeessss

yes. its so good.
extremely well written.
characters are so well voiced and read.
so happy with it

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How to (partly) understand your children...

YouCannotWrite AFairAndReasonable BookReviewIn FifteenWordsSo... AsAFiftyFourYearOldDad TheseSkulduggeryAudioBooks HaveAffordedMeAFabulousOpportunity ToConverseWithMyAlmostTeenageDaughter AboutSomethingShe'sPassionateAbout InANonDaggy-DadKindOfWay. IMayEvenNotBeLookingSoUncoolNow, ButIWon'tBePushingIt. DryEdgyAndFunnyThrouhoutAndAnInsightIntoMyDaughtersCurrentSenseOfHumour. AndAllThisAchievedWhileDrivingToWork! ;-)

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Initially i didn’t like how Derek would kill off some of his characters namely Ghastly, Kenspekle to name a few. I think he does this because those characters were crutch characters, they helped the main protagonist in some way and here kind of like a get out of jail free card. If Valkyrie was injured i as the reader knew she could rely on Kenspekle for healing. If Valkyrie’s armor was damaged i knew she could rely on Ghastly to make her some more. I see now why these characters had to die. But ghastly death was a little.. weak. I didn’t really believe it but i guess it happened.

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Breathtaking penultimate in this series

I had to download this as a talking book. Only one in the series not in the library. Hated having to listen instead of read. Reader spoke well, missed few words. Kudos to whoever found an Irish actor to read an Irish book. Well done. Loathed his attempt at women's voices and Ghastly's voice. Don't do it actors, just read. Intense Skulduggery's voice effective, and the Monster Hunters' voices and manner well captured. Thank heaven I can now go back to reading.

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Great book. We've listened to all of them so far. great to be able to listen in the car with the kids

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Bad voices for narrating

I quite liked this book but something to work on would be more distinguished and different voices. Overall it was Great! Better than having to read it yourself! The last thing is that the narrator needs to pronounce the names right. Such as Darquesse, which is pronounced and Darkese not Darkse. Overall, it was Great!

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Still Missing Rupert Degas

As much as I enjoyed Hogan's narration and characterisation, there were a number of fairly obvious mistakes which were left uncorrected (e.g. mixing up the words "psychically" and "physically") and these took away from my enjoyment of the overall experience. However this is still one of my favourite narratives in one of my favourite series, and it was a lot of fun to listen to

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One bad girl one good book

This is one good book the narrator is good but not as good as Rupert Degas. I wonder what the 10th book is going to be.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-11-2020

The books no longer feel like individual titles so much as chapters in a larger story

I’m not sure what to make of this one. I’m so near the end and yet it feels like I’ve been standing still for the last few books. I think that’s down to each book lacking it’s own personality. There’s nothing here to make this book feel like its own distinct entry in the series - it’s just “more”. And yet somehow that makes it feel less. The worst part of it is that this is the book that finally made me start disliking he main characters. They are committed to a status quo that has proven disastrous for the world, something the villain calls out. The villain’s plan doesn’t make a ton of sense but he feels like the only “alive” character in this whole thing, and the only one dealing with the actual bad things in the world rather than clinging to conservatism. He acts unselfishly while the protagonists endanger everyone for their own ruthless and wrongheaded personal gain. It’s strange and I could support that as a narrative choice if the book didn’t seem to lack awareness of how selfish Stephanie, Valkyrie and Pleasant all behave. In the end, (spoiler alert) the villain is punished with unceasing torture that feels grossly disproportionate to his crimes, while the rest of the supporting cast debates harshly punishing all those who supported his ideas, including children. I just can’t grasp what the point of this whole thing was - maybe the final book will make sense of it, and I want to give it the benefit of the doubt since overall I think Landry understands that his protagonists are villainous deep down, even if he depicts it cartoonishly and doesn’t really dig into their personal flaws as much as he could. Maybe this is going somewhere. I still wish it had stood on its own, though.

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  • kaybee
  • 05-07-2018

Sooooo Funny

This book was so funny I loved it and the way it ended on a cliffhanger was epic ness!!!

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  • Nadina Vasileva
  • 01-12-2013

Brilliant as usual

Being a great Skulduggery Pleasant fan, I am absolutely addicted to this series and I am agog with anticipation for each subsequent instalment. The "Last Stand of Dead Men" does not disappoint. With his usual ruthlessness, Derek Landy clearly does not appreciate too much attachment to any given character and the book is full of twists and turns. Can't wait for the next one!

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  • MiniBird
  • 30-05-2020

I love this book

This book is fabulous, the reader is great and the story is gripping. I love the whole sires. I am dyslexic and so my whole life I have found it hard to read, this has really helped with learning how to pronounce words. I love Deric Landy and all his books. I have finished all the books and this one is one of my favourites!! I have to say if you are getting for a dyslexic person don’t worry about there reading skills going down it actually helps me a lot. 100% recommend ♥️ best book ♥️

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  • Paul
  • 04-11-2019

great book

I absolutely loved it! definitely read the this book. If I ever had to recommend one book for the whole world to read forever, it would be this one. Thank you so much for everything you have put into this. I hope you keep doing this job until you all definitely retire, you are the best at it. THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING!

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  • kathryn
  • 28-10-2019

fantastic again

I loved this book so much, a truly gripping story I would highly recommend the whole series

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-09-2019

Gripping Stuff

A thoroughly enjoyable to listen to, I am just about to download the next instalment

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  • EllaouiseTomas
  • 26-06-2019

Brilliant

Love all of the Skullduggery books & to be able to listen to them whilst I'm out & about is brilliant, the story was fab it kept me on the edge of my seat til the end. Now for the next book

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  • Sajid7861
  • 20-06-2019

Tense and Exciting

It has all the usual flares and jokes you would expect from Derek Landy. This book was very gripping and one of my all time favourites.

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  • Robert THOMAS
  • 19-04-2019

:):):):):):):):):) 😮 OMG

This was an amazing audiobook. One of the best books in the Skullduggery pleasant series,probably.can't wait to get the next book 📚 in the series.

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  • Emma
  • 07-01-2019

Absolutely brilliant

I loved it, another gripping, funny, hugely enjoyable volume. Probably the goriest so far, and great narration yet again(albeit with very Michael Caine English accents!) HUGE fan.

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  • Jake
  • 10-12-2018

another cracking book

once more you get sucked into the world of skullduggery with humour and tense moments. still the same narrator as the last 4 or 5

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