09 July 2009

Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy

Skulduggery Pleasant (Book 1) Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy

My review

rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Harry Potter series made it difficult for me to pick up any other books about magic. Every one that I picked up seemed to pale in comparison. I'm glad that I've finally gotten over that mental block; otherwise, I would have missed out on a great story in Skulduggery Pleasant. It is about a 12-year-old girl named Stephanie who discovers a magical underworld in her city when her uncle dies. She is led on a tour of this underground community by her uncle's best friend, who happens to be an undead skeleton called Skulduggery Pleasant.

The author did a good job creating a new universe for his novel that didn't make me compare it to other book in the genre. The explanations of how magic worked in that universe and who the bad guys were was The banter between Stephanie and Skulduggery made my 12-year-old and 16-year-old giggle. As for the ending, it was just right. It made me want to read the next book without resorting to a cliffhanger.

The only hesitation I have about recommending this book is that there is more death than I expected in a kids' book. I would say that if your child can handle The Graveyard Book or the final Harry Potter book, then she can handle this one.

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Michael said...

Thanks for the post on this book, as I had not heard of it before, and it sounds like something my friend's daughter might enjoy.

Kelly said...

Ah, your post reminded me of reading this a little while ago. I liked it too. I need to check & see when the sequel comes out!

Dani in NC said...

Kelly, the second and third books have already been published. Unfortunately my library doesn't have them available for check out yet. It seems to take FOREVER for a book to become available once it shows up in their online catalog!