What I Think about Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy

Skulduggery Pleasant - Skulduggery Pleasant, Book 1 by Derek Landy

Skulduggery Pleasant – Skulduggery Pleasant, Book 1

Themes and genres: Fantasy, Adventure, Mystery, magic, humor


Meet Skulduggery Pleasant

Ace Detective

Snappy Dresser

Razor–tongued Wit

Crackerjack Sorcerer


Walking, Talking,

Fire-throwing Skeleton

—as well as ally, protector, and mentor of Stephanie Edgley, a very unusual and darkly talented twelve-year-old.

These two alone must defeat an all-consuming ancient evil.

The end of the world?

Over his dead body.

What I think of the book:

This book has been on my To One Day Review list for ages and I honestly don’t know why it took me so long to write this.

Skulduggery Pleasant is the first book in a who-knows-how-many. I believe ten are out so far, but no official statement has been made on when – as in a book number – the series would end. I usually avoid long series as they are a costly investment… But from what I’ve read so far: this one is worth the money.

With my book budget, it will take me a while to get them all – I only have Book 1 as an e-book, books 2-6 as paperbacks and one spin-off – but they make me smile so much, that I’ll keep buying them.

Speaking of smiles: you are probably wondering about the level of humor.

There are a lot of funny things – mostly lines, not so much situations – with mostly subtle humor.

That wasn’t the only thing that made me smile though: I enjoyed the relationships between the characters.

And speaking of characters: kids and teens are difficult to write and I’m usually not a fan of having them as leads, but I love Stephanie. It came as a huge surprise to me – her age was what made me doubt if I should buy the first book – but right off the bat, she’s there, and as one of the most non-annoying lead kids I’ve read about.

As for Skullduggery himself: I find him absolutely delightful and rather realistic, especially when you consider he’s a walking skeleton.

But back to the age thing. When I read that one of the leads is twelve, I expected this book to be aimed at a young audience. However, there was a surprising amount of violence which was well-written, described in enough detail for you to get the picture – I’m crazy about the fight scenes! – and yet somehow not give you nightmares.

I think this is due to the author’s writing style. He uses the word “and” a lot, sometimes three-four times within a short sentence and, at first, it really got on my nerves. But I got used to it. Figured it made the scary scenes less scary, which might’ve been the goal.

The last thing I’d like to touch up on is the POV.

While we mostly follow Stephanie, there are some scenes where she isn’t present and the narration is centered around another character, which gives us a wider picture of what’s going on. Sometimes we’d even get the same scene from two points of view: a character would do something and leave for somewhere Stephanie isn’t; we’d follow that character and see what they are up to and why they did what they did. Then we’d go back in time – not the characters; just us readers – and in the next chapter see that same action through Stephanie’s eyes and read about whatever conclusions Stephanie reached from her observations.

It sounds complicated, but I can’t quote any such scenes, because it will give you spoilers.

The reason why I brought it up is because it might throw people off. I, myself, enjoyed it. As I said: this way readers get to see more than just what one of the main characters gets to witness.

Who would I recommend this book to? I’d recommend Skulduggery Pleasant to everyone who is a Fantasy/Paranormal fan and wants to chuckle while they read.

My rating: Skulduggery Pleasant - Skulduggery Pleasant, Book 1 by Derek Landy - Flame Rating Skulduggery Pleasant - Skulduggery Pleasant, Book 1 by Derek Landy - Flame Rating Skulduggery Pleasant - Skulduggery Pleasant, Book 1 by Derek Landy - Flame Rating Skulduggery Pleasant - Skulduggery Pleasant, Book 1 by Derek Landy - Flame Rating Skulduggery Pleasant - Skulduggery Pleasant, Book 1 by Derek Landy - Flame Rating (5/5 flames)

Would I re-read this book? Yes. Already done it once, will do it again.

Am I interested in other books by this author? As I said: I’m interested in the whole series – main books and spinoffs.

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7 thoughts on “What I Think about Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy

  1. Oh easily one of my favourite books as a teen. My only regret is it’s been so long since I left off somewhere halfway through the series (Dark Days?) I’d forgotten everything. Enjoyed the humour and plot twists and the sassy characters though.

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