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Publisher's Summary

With Serpine dead, the world is safe once more. At least, that's what Valkyrie and Skulduggery think, until the notorious Baron Vengeous makes a bloody escape from prison, and dead bodies and vampires start showing up all over Ireland.

With Baron Vengeous after the deadly armour of Lord Vile, and pretty much everyone out to kill Valkyrie, the daring detective duo face their biggest challenge yet. But what if the greatest threat to Valkyrie is just a little closer to home...?

©2008 Derek Landy (P)2008 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London UK

Critic Reviews

"This production is exactly the reason young adult fantasy fare can work so well as audio entertainment. Narrator Rupert Degas...does a bang-up job here....This is dark comic fantasy, and Degass timing and complete grasp of the main character's personality couldnt be better." ( AudioFile)

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THE NARRATION IS AMAZING AND FUNNY

FOR A BOOK THAT LITERALLY SAVED MY LIFE IN SOME WAY, I AM GLAD THE NARRATION WAS AMAZING!

I would recommend this book to just about anyone whom is not afraid of a little death!

I gave this book a 5/5 star rating on both here and Goodreads simply because the first book saved me from myself, and fell in love with this amazing series from the moment I read the first page of book one… please read the first book before you read this book.
And don’t forget … doors are for people with no imagination.

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Best book I have ever listened to in 2021

Oh and happy new year’s. Great book for kids around 10 and up. I loved the series. Thanks to Derek Landry for writing this book and Rupert Degas for reading it. 10/10 👌

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Soooooooo good!

I love this book so much, it makes me laugh and cry and scream at all the right moments. Rupert Degas also does an excellent job of narrating it. I felt like I was right there in the story, watching it all happen.

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Good book

I'm happy to find a couple laughs with Skulduggery Pleasant's dry and witty humour. The vivid final battle was cool. I wish Mr. Bliss was less vague/flaky tho. At this rate the next one in the series should be brilliant. Thanks Derek

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loving this series

this series is awesome can't wait to listen to the next book the narrator is easy to listen to and the story we exciting

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Loved it!

Great book and the narrators are all great and suit each character. Was great to listern to and will definitely keep listerning to the whole series.
I reccomend this for anyone above 12+
Has great humour, action and magic. But is a bit dark for young kids.

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Totally addictive!!!

I have only just bought the first book yesterday and could not put it down 10 mins! Story is awesome always keeps you guessing and the characters are funny, cheeky and sarcastic. I finished it in one day enjoying every it of it and this, the second book, is just as good! Buying and finishing it today and buying the third book for tomorrow to listen to.

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Best book ever

I love this book to bits and it’s now one of my favourite books of all time

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-09-2019

spectacular!!!!

the plot of this book keeps getting better and better and i am honestly very into the series

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-03-2019

this is one of the best book series

loved it
love it
and will love it always
great great great s s s

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  • Nicole
  • 17-09-2012

Heaps of fun to listen to.

Two of the books in this series were not available on audible which REALLY spoilt the experience overall

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  • Jas
  • 07-04-2013

Good journey fodder

Both sons enjoying this series. Good mixture of slightly scary and decent plot. Is leading them back into reading the books too.

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  • Pat Bradford
  • 25-06-2012

Superb

It never occured to me that Skullduggery would be Irish but this works so well and makes the humour so much funnier. Excellent narration & I have already downloaded the next two books in the series.

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  • L&L
  • 17-09-2019

Good

Is good but needs more/interesting voice over wize grate and fun just need 5 words

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  • Colin
  • 12-07-2014

Not for the deep thinker, science fantasy fun

What did you like best about Playing with Fire? What did you like least?

Well read and moved along at a good pace. Character descriptions painted a clear picture in the head.

What will your next listen be?

Probably I Claudius, fancy a bit of Roman drama

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Narrator was very good, one of the books strengths

Could you see Playing with Fire being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

No, unless it was a cartoon. Would not get a large enough following.

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  • Adam Mills
  • 08-04-2013

Excellent book for all ages

The book skullduggery pleasent is an excellent read with adrenalin filled action scenes that are suited to all ages. I particularly liked where the scenes are based in ireland, it suits the way i read very well, Derek Landy shas writen many skullduggery pleasent books and they are all excellently written the way be sets the book and the storyline. Sklduggery plleasent finds a normal school girl called Valkyrie Edgely who doesent really like school, her parents are boaringand she wants some action and excitement in her life. I wont spoil it for some readers but if you want a brilliantly written book by a brilliantly put together author who knows how to appeal a bookto all ages read this book.

One last good thing about the book is if you want a descriptive book that describes all the dark and and famous objects buy this book.

Now we get to some of the not so good chapters in the boo. Now their are only a few of these bad points as the book is basically perfect, in some of the chapters like hanging around chapters like that yes i know its the starting chapter but it could describe a few more things aswell as Valkyrie Cain. But tobknow what im talking about you.must read the book otherwise its an excellent book and i hope you enjoy it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-01-2021

Exciting and always want to find out what happens next

Captivating book and characters. Sculduggery is a funny character that never shows his fear and always has something to say in any situation. Thoroughly entertainingly fantastic!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-12-2020

very good book

this book is absolutely amazing for people 12 and up in my case although you will have to read the first one to understand what happens in this book but otherwise it is the perfect teenagers book

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  • Aaron
  • 02-12-2020

My favourite book of all time

I've read this repeatedly. The skulduggery pleasent series are my favourite books and I reccomend to everyone who enjoys dark fantasy and witty jokes. The narration is beautiful.

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  • lena
  • 17-09-2020

Great story

The story was well read. Loved all the different voices that the narrator did. Well done

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-06-2020

NEVER GETS OLD

this book series is a MASTERPIECE. it's full of plot twists and wisecracks and almost everything a good book should have.

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