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Overview

Meet Skulduggery Pleasant

Ace Detective
Snappy Dresser
Razor–tongued Wit
Crackerjack Sorcerer and
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.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Judy Crowder
When it comes to a character like Skulduggery Pleasant, one has to look past the "skeleton in a suit" and take note of his intelligence, wit and certain "skills" that few possess. If you're a villain, take note or be destroyed. If you are Mr. Pleasant's 12-year-old apprentice, your education and very life may depend on what you learn about and from him. Valkyrie Cain, once known as Stephanie Edgley, is a direct ascendant of the Ancients, a people who know about the secret world of sorcerers and midges in the normal-seeming small-town world of Haggard, Ireland. Unfortunately, an evil element exists as well—The Faceless Ones, who were once exiled from this world?and the evil ones who want these beings to return. When Skulduggery takes Valkyrie under his bony wing, Valkyrie must learn to live two lives: her "reflection," a sort of double, wears the school uniform and attends school as Stephanie, not only filling in, but absorbing a sound education, news and gossip which Valkyrie gains. As the rookie apprentice to the living-dead-wizard detective, Valkyrie is on her way to becoming an elemental and learning magic. Apprentice means hands-on experience: combating villains who are not of this world—vampire Dusk, Scapegrace, Baron Vengeous, disciples of Lord Vile, and so on. So far, Skulduggery has been there when Valkyrie has needed help, but what happens when he doesn't appear in time? Valkyrie fears this will one day be a "pop quiz" she must pass. Author Landy writes a compelling fantasy/futuristic mystery that is certain to keep young readers' attention and imagination. He ups the suspense with characters such as Tannith, an able female who can hold her own anywhere, villainousTorment, the scientist, Kenspeckle, Valkyrie/Stephanie's annoying family members, plus China Sorrows, beautiful and charming but trustworthy? This a great read, with some potential vocabulary building built in. Reviewer: Judy Crowder
Children's Literature - Leah Hanson
Thirteen-year old Valkyrie Cain's second magical adventure begins with a cliffhanger—quite literally! In the process of trying to arrest another lowlife magic criminal, her new skills are tested to the edge, and then she falls off. Luckily, her partner skeleton detective, Skulduggery Pleasant, comes in at the last second, and together they finish off another day's work in keeping the world safe. But the peace does not last for long. The two soon learn that Baron Vengeous has escaped from his secret prison cell and is on a mission to reawaken the powerful gods known as the Faceless Ones by using a legendary monster, the Grotesquery. Valkyrie unknowingly becomes a pawn of the evil Baron because of her connection to a line of magic known as the Ancients, and must fight not only to protect the world, but to save her own life. Full of twists and turns, and action-packed, this story is the perfect blend of fantasy and action. As Valkyrie says, ". . . vampires are just part of the problem!" Landy weaves a succinct summary of the previous adventure's plot into the first few chapters of the book so that readers can jump into this installment without reading the prequel. Valkyrie's determination to do something meaningful and Skulduggery's persistent protection of her will quickly win readers over. However, this story is not for the faint of heart—minor characters rarely live longer than a few pages, and some of the creatures and deaths are perfectly gory. Book 2 in the "Skulduggery Pleasant" series. Reviewer: Leah Hanson
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061240898
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/6/2008
  • Series: Skulduggery Pleasant Series , #2
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 400
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Derek Landy is far too modest to talk about any accolades his books may have garnered. He will not, for instance, mention that his first book, Skulduggery Pleasant: Scepter of the Ancients, was named a Best Book for Young Adults by the American Library Association, or appeared on Oprah's Book Club Kids Reading List, or indeed was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. Similarly, he gets downright embarrassed when he has to admit to the awards won by the follow-up Skulduggery novels- Playing with Fire and The Faceless Ones. It's simply all too much for a simple lad from Ireland. Derek lives in Dublin with a variety of cats, a German Shepherd, and two arthritic Bull Terriers who keep peeing on his floor because they think it's funny.

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Playing with Fire

Chapter One

Hanging Around

Alkyrie Cain hit the parapet and tumbled, unable to stop herself, and with a panicked gasp she disappeared off the edge. The church tower stood high and proud, looking out over Dublin City. The night breeze was brisk and carried snatches of laughter from the street below. It was a long way down. A man in a tattered coat walked up to the edge and peered over. He smirked.

"This is insulting," he said. "Don't they know how dangerous I am? I am very, very dangerous. I'm a killer. I'm a trained killing machine. And still, they send you. A child."

Valkyrie felt her grip on the ledge loosen. She ignored the goading of the man standing above her and looked around for something else to grab on to. She looked everywhere but down. Down was where the street was, where the long drop and the sudden stop was. She didn't want to look down. She didn't want anything to do with down right now.

"What age are you?" the man continued. "Thirteen? What kind of responsible adult sends a thirteen-year-old child to stop me? What kind of thinking is that?"

Valkyrie swung herself gently toward the tower, planting her feet against a small buttress. The fear started to work through her, and she felt herself freeze up. She closed her eyes against the oncoming wave of paralysis.

The man was Vaurien Scapegrace, currently wanted in five countries for various counts of attempted murder. He hunkered down at the edge and smiled happily.

"I am turning murder into an art form. When I—when I kill, I'm actually painting a big, big picture, using bloodand, and . . . messiness. You know?"

Below Valkyrie, the city twinkled.

"I'm an artist," Scapegrace continued. "Some people don't appreciate that. Some people don't recognize true talent when they see it. And that's fine. I'm not bitter. My time will come."

"Serpine tried to bring the Faceless Ones back," Valkyrie managed to say. Her fingers were burning, and the muscles in her legs were screaming at her. "We stopped him. We'll stop you, too."

He laughed. "What, you think I want the old gods to walk the Earth once again? Is that it? You think Nefarian Serpine was my leader? I'm not one of those nut-bag disciples, all right? I'm my own man."

Valkyrie had one chance, but she needed to be calm to take advantage of it. Her powers, limited though they were, were Elemental—the manipulation of earth, air, fire, and water. But at this stage of her training they didn't work when she was panicking.

"So if you don't want the Faceless Ones to return," she said, "what do you want? Why are you doing this?"

He shook his head. "You wouldn't understand. It's grown-up stuff. I just want a little appreciation for who I am, that's all. That's not much to ask, is it? But of course, you wouldn't know. You're just a kid." He shrugged. "Oh well. Time to die."

He reached down to shove her.

"Have you killed anyone?" she asked quickly.

"What? Did you miss what I said, about turning murder into an art form?"

"But you haven't actually killed anyone yet, have you? I read your file."

He glowered. "Technically, yeah, all right, maybe I haven't, but tonight's the night. You're going to be my first."

She readied herself, controlled her breathing. "Find the space where everything connects," she murmured.

Scapegrace frowned. "What?"

Valkyrie kicked upward, taking her right hand from the outcrop and feeling the air against her palm. She pushed at it the way she'd been taught, and it shimmered and hit Scapegrace, throwing him off his feet. Valkyrie clutched at the edge of the parapet, her legs swinging in open air. She grunted and pulled herself up, then flung her left arm across the edge and hauled herself the rest of the way.

Valkyrie got to her feet, her arms and legs trembling after the strain, and moved away from the edge. The wind whipped her dark hair across her face.

Scapegrace was already getting up, and she saw anger seep into his features. She clicked her fingers, generating a spark that she caught in her hand. She tried to focus, tried to build it into a flame, but Scapegrace was coming at her like a freight train.

She jumped and thrust out both feet. Her boots slammed into his chest, and he hit the ground again and went sprawling.

He turned to her just as she lashed a kick into his jaw. His body twisted and he tumbled back, came up to his feet, then lost his balance, fell again. He spat blood and glared.

"You little brat," he snarled. "You uppity, sneaky little brat. You don't know who you're messing with, do you? I am going to be the greatest killer the world has ever known." He stood up slowly, wiping his sleeve across his burst lip. "When I'm finished with you, I'm going to deliver your mutilated, bloody corpse to your masters, as a warning. They sent you up against me, alone. Next time they're going to have to send a battalion."

Valkyrie smiled, and Scapegrace's anger flared. "What the hell is so funny?"

"First of all," she said, her confidence growing, "they're not my masters. I don't have a master. Second, they don't need a battalion to take you down. And third—and this really is the most important point—whoever said I came alone?"

Scapegrace frowned, turned, saw someone walking up behind him—a skeleton in a black suit—and he tried to attack, but a gloved fist hit his face, a foot hit his shin, and an elbow slammed into his chest. He fell in an awkward heap.

Skulduggery Pleasant turned to Valkyrie. "You all right?"

"I'll kill you both!" Scapegrace howled.

"Hush," Skulduggery said.

Scapegrace launched himself forward and Skulduggery moved in to him, grabbed his outstretched arm, and spun him around, then abruptly cut him off by slamming a forearm into his throat. Scapegrace flipped in midair, landed painfully.

Playing with Fire. Copyright (c) by Derek Landy . Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2012

    Best book

    Best book i ever read!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2013

    Skulduggery

    They should make movies out of this series like harry potter.
    It is awesome read it!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 31, 2011

    awesome book

    what more cann i say?

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  • Posted September 19, 2009

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    Reviewed by Cat for TeensReadToo.com

    Stephanie Edgely never could have predicted the death of her beloved Uncle Gordon would lead to her rebirth as Valkyrie Cain, magical apprentice to the world famous skeleton detective Skulduggery Pleasant.

    Instead of attending school, doing homework, and spending time with her family like other thirteen-year-old girls, Valkyrie sends her reflection to carry out the mundane duties of everyday life, while she prowls the streets of Dublin with Skulduggery, honing her abilities and hunting down villains by order of The Elders back at Sanctuary.

    Skulduggery harbors suspicions about head and (presently) sole council member Thurid Guild, suspicions that only increase when one of the Malevolent's most fanatical, intelligent, and powerful generals, Baron Vengeous, escapes from his secretly located prison. Aided by the vampire Dusk and razor-blade wielding U.S. import Billy-Ray Sanguine, Vengeous plans to complete a mission Lord Vile set in motion years ago.

    With the help of China Sorrows and Tanith Low, Skulduggery and Valkyrie must put together the various pieces of the Baron's plot before he resurrects the Grotesquery (a monster assembled from the most fearsome beasts of legend) and brings the Faceless Ones back to life.

    PLAYING WITH FIRE is a swiftly paced novel that delivers adventure and suspense without sacrificing character and relationship development. The relationships between Valkyrie and her mentors have deepened in this second novel, yet we also see a distance being created from her family and old life.

    Readers will be satisfied with the novel's plot wrap-up, yet still hunger for the next installment thanks to Derek Landy's overarching hints and teases of a much larger conspiracy. To sum up, PLAYING WITH FIRE is a clever, snarky, satisfying read.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2008

    BEST BOOK EVER!!!!

    Playing with fire is the second book of skulduggery pleasant. It was amazing and i highly recommend it.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2013

    Wow

    These books are absolutely awesome. They blend humor with a dark tone and epic battles into a very well-written series. Read them; you won't regret it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2012

    Love it!!!

    I ususally do not buy books over $5 but this was definitely worth it. The authors wording as well as the characters hook you and you simply cannot put this book down. A quite humourous book and i have reread probably 3 times. This is BY FAR my favorite book and i consider myself quite the bookworm. I hope my review has helped.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2012

    Skulduggery pleasant

    I've read the frst one and i thought it was amazing but the second one is OUTRAGEOUSLY AWESOME im not finished but ive got 30 more pages and i cant wait to buy the 3rd one
    Best book ever!! :)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 20, 2012

    It was amazingly awesome I loved it skulduggery rocks

    It was amazingly awesome I loved it skulduggery rocks

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2012

    Cheshire Kat Thinks This Rocks Socks

    I loved it from the first page. The witted humor, the fighting, the witted humor while fighting, the darkness, and even some light gore with just a sprinkle of magic. Skuldugger is my altime favorite charater. Hope that little comment didn't florish his huge ego more so. Sometimes, i think he and my dad are twins. Something in the apperance makes them diffrent through. Is it the eyes? Yeah, thats it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2013

    Bossome. Plain out and simple. Bossome.

    Go derek landy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2013

    Epic

    Talking skelitons, lightning canes and magic: oh my!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2013

    Megasack person:

    The 5, 6+7th u can buy online but is hard; i love these series there so awesome

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2012

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    Best book i ever read i want there to be a movie about it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2012

    Interisting

    This book is very interisting and creepy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2012

    Rrrrrrrrrrraaaaaaaarwwwwwwrrrrrrrrrrrr!!

    Are you suggjesting to that horrible new song becaues kts a crapy song

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2012

    AWESOME!

    Awesome cant even describe it! Skullduggery Pleasent combines all the traits i look for in a book: humor, crimefighting, suspense, and non-stp action! Add in a fearless heroien with an awesome name ( Valkyrie Cain! How is that not cool?) a crack wit detective and a list of nefarious, vile and vengeous villians and you cant help being on the edge of your seat!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2012

    This book awsome.

    When I first read skulduggery pleasant I thought it would be good, but I was wrong it was totally awsome. I hope to someday become the best book write like dereck landy sometime while I have time to just focus on just being a fourteen and a half year old and just also practice on my writing, but sometimes I feel like I am growing up too fast.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2014

    Really good. Super good. Awesome.

    I thought this book was fantastic. I stayed up till past eleven finishing the third. I recomend this book for anyone who likes magic, mystery, danger, someone who dosnt mind bad words, and expect some pretty unexpected events. I think a lot of you out there will really like these books. ------ I CANT FIND THE FOURTH IN ENGLISH!!!!!

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  • Posted September 13, 2013

    A completely enjoyable book for teens and adults.

    First, this is a review of not only this book, but this series as well. While many people will see this as a variation of the Harry Potter series, they are extremely well written and fun to read. T

    There is world saving and villains to be defeated, and the heroes do NOT always win the day, or even survive. Bad things happen to good people, and some bad people do not get punished. And a LOT of snark, especially between Pleasant and Valkyrie, which really helps the tone and fun of these book. Engaging subplots and some extremely scary and gory scenes give the book a seriousness that haunts the entire series.

    The first book, you meet Skulduggery and Step for the first time), this expands on the events that started in that book, and concludes them in #3 of the series, but each book is self contained and can be read solo. This volume, the evil Baron Vengeous is trying to bring back to life a creature that will help bring about the return of a race of ancient gods called the Faceless Ones. Do the heroes win? That would be telling...

    Read Book 1 first(called Staff of the Ancients in USA, but known simply as Skulduggery Pleasant in the UK and AUS.

    I guess the best way to describe this series is if Harry Potter and Jim Butcher's The Dresden Files got together, this would be the result. Outstanding fun.

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