Skulduggery Pleasant: Scepter of the Ancients
by Derek Landy
pub: April 2009
Stephanie led a pretty quiet existence until her uncle died. Not only did he leave her his mansion, he left her a new best friend - Skulduggery Pleasant, a skeleton detective (sorry, a supernatural skeleton detective) - who waltzes into her life for keeps.
Now she's acquiring magical powers, endangering her life to fight evil, and trading snappy comebacks with something without a body. So much for her quiet existence.
Stephanie's big job is to find the Scepter of the Ancients - a weapon capable of destroying anyone and anything - before the evil Faceless Ones steal it for themselves. She just has to defeat a bunch of ghouls, kick the butts of a clan of vampires, and hide her powers from the entire world (oh, and her parents).
No worries. She's got a bunch of bones on her side.
I loved, LOVED Skulduggery Pleasant. It's an absolute hoot and packed with action, suspense and a multitude of thrills!
It’s about, an unlikely 13 year old heiress named Stephanie, and a walking, talking, crime fighting skeleton, Skulduggery. Together they solve crimes in an urban fantasy world.
To find her uncle’s murderer, Stephanie must delve into the fantastical and magical world. Stephanie and Skulduggery are also in a race to retrieve the most powerful weapon in the world before the assassins on her tail get manage to kill her first.
My favorite character in the book is Skulduggery. He's hysterical! He’s a funny, smart detective, and an elemental whose magic revolves around fire, water, earth and air.
Working around the clock to solve cases is Skulduggery’s passion and he skillfully fights his way out of the most dire of situations because of his few centuries worth of battle experience.
As if I needed more reasons to love the chivalrous skeleton, he has an incredible car, a 1954 Bentley. Unfortunately, once the dynamic duo set out on their investigation the car’s fated to blow up.
His friend, Ghastly, enjoys making clothes that have magical powers and occasionally saves their lives. Some answers to Skulduggery’s mysterious past are answered but only make him more interesting and complex.
Skulduggery Pleasant is bursting with humor, thrilling action, creative brilliance, and characters that you are dying to hang out with.
I loved this book! Did I mention that? I had gotten it from the library and loved it so much that Alyssa and Jake bought me the entire series for Christmas.
Get your hands on this book and like me you'll be dying for the next in the series! This is great for guys and girls because you've got Stephanie on the female end and Skulduggery is a fantastic character that EVERYONE will love. Honestly, people, some parts of this book were so entertaining that I had to go track down Alyssa, Jake and Mom so I could read aloud to them.
Funny, witty, creative, fast-paced. Jim Butcher/Harry Dresden fans will love Skulduggery Pleasant!
Jo from Once Upon a Bookcase and Ink and Paper reminded me that I forgot to mention that this is the first in a currently 3 part series (there will be a fourth).
The Cover: There's a bunch of them (not sure why) but I love the top two with Skulduggery on it.
First Lines: Gordon Edgley's death came as a shock to everyone -not least himself. One moment he was in his study, seven words into the twenty-fifth sentence of the final chapter of his new book, And the Darkness Rained Upon Them, and the next he was dead. A tragic loss, his mind echoed numbly as he slipped away.
Great lines! Let's you know you're in store for an entertaining humorous ride!
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