The Faceless Ones (Skulduggery Pleasant Series #3)

The Faceless Ones (Skulduggery Pleasant Series #3)

by Derek Landy


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ISBN-13: 9780008248802
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
Publication date: 05/01/2018
Series: Skulduggery Pleasant Series , #3
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 43,663
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Derek Landy lives near Dublin. Before writing his children's story about a sharply-dressed skeleton detective, he wrote the screenplays for a zombie movie and a murderous horror film. "I think my career-guidance teacher is spinning in her grave," he says, "or she would be if she were dead."

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Skulduggery Pleasant

Chapter One


Gordon Edgley's sudden 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.

The funeral was attended by family and acquaintances but not many friends. Gordon hadn't been a well-liked figure in the publishing world, for although the books he wrote—tales of horror and magic and wonder—regularly reared their heads in the bestseller lists, he had the disquieting habit of insulting people without realizing it, then laughing at their shock. It was at Gordon's funeral, however, that Stephanie Edgley first caught sight of the gentleman in the tan overcoat.

He was standing under the shade of a large tree, away from the crowd, the coat buttoned up all the way despite the warmth of the afternoon. A scarf was wrapped around the lower half of his face, and even from her position on the far side of the grave, Stephanie could make out the wild and frizzy hair that escaped from the wide-brimmed hat he wore low over his gigantic sunglasses. She watched him, intrigued by his appearance. And then, like he knew he was being observed, he turned and walked back through the rows of headstones and disappeared from sight.

After the service, Stephanie and her parents traveled back to her dead uncle's house, over a humpbacked bridge and along a narrow road that carved its way through thick woodland. The gates were heavy and grand and stoodopen, welcoming them into the estate. The grounds were vast, and the old house itself was ridiculously big.

There was an extra door in the living room, a door disguised as a bookcase, and when she was younger Stephanie liked to think that no one else knew about this door, not even Gordon himself. It was a secret passageway, like in the stories she'd read, and she'd make up adventures about haunted houses and smuggled treasures. This secret passageway would always be her escape route, and the imaginary villains in these adventures would be dumbfounded by her sudden and mysterious dis-appearance. But now this door, this secret passageway, stood open, and there was a steady stream of people through it, and she was saddened that this little piece of magic had been taken from her.

Tea was served and drinks were poured and little sandwiches were passed around on silver trays, and Stephanie watched the mourners casually ap-praise their surroundings. The major topic of hushed conversation was the will. Gordon wasn't a man who doted, or even demonstrated any great affec-tion, so no one could predict who would inherit his substantial fortune. Stephanie could see the greed seep into the watery eyes of her father's other brother, a horrible little man called Fergus, as he nodded sadly and spoke somberly and pocketed the silverware when he thought no one was looking.

Fergus's wife was a thoroughly dislikable, sharp-featured woman named Beryl. She drifted through the crowd, deep in unconvincing grief, prying for gossip and digging for scandal. Her daughters did their best to ignore Stephanie. Carol and Crystal were twins, fifteen years old and as sour and vindictive as their parents. Whereas Stephanie was dark haired, tall, slim, and strong, they were bottle blond, stumpy, and dressed in clothes that made them bulge in all the wrong places. Apart from their brown eyes, no one would have guessed that the twins were related to her. She liked that. It was the only thing about them she liked. She left them to their petty glares and snide whispers, and went for a walk.

The corridors of her uncle's house were long and lined with paintings. The floor beneath her feet was wooden, polished to a gleam, and the house smelled of age. Not musty, exactly, but . . . experienced. These walls and these floors had seen a lot in their time, and Stephanie was nothing but a faint whisper to them. Here one instant, gone the next.

Gordon had been a good uncle. Arrogant and irresponsible, yes, but also childish and enormous fun, with a light in his eyes, a glint of mischief. When everyone else was taking him seriously, Stephanie was privy to the winks and the nods and the half smiles that he would shoot her way when they weren't looking. Even as a child, she'd felt she understood him better than most. She liked his intelligence, and his wit, and the way he didn't care what people thought of him. He'd been a good uncle to have. He'd taught her a lot.

She knew that her mother and Gordon had briefly dated ("courted," her mother called it), but when Gordon had introduced her to his younger brother, it was love at first sight. Gordon liked to grumble that he had never gotten more than a peck on the cheek, but he had stepped aside graciously, and had quite happily gone on to have numerous torrid affairs with numerous beautiful women. He used to say that it had almost been a fair trade, but that he suspected he had lost out.

She climbed the staircase to the first floor, pushed open the door to Gordon's study, and stepped inside. The walls were filled with the framed covers from his bestsellers. They shared space with all manner of awards. One entire wall was made up of shelves jammed with books. There were biographies and historical novels and science texts and psychology tomes, and there were battered little paperbacks stuck in between. A lower shelf had magazines, literary reviews, and quarterlies. She passed the shelves that housed first editions of Gordon's novels and approached the desk.

She looked at the chair where he'd died, trying to imagine him there, how he must have slumped.

And then a voice so smooth, it could have been made of velvet.

Skulduggery Pleasant. Copyright © by Derek Landy. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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Faceless Ones 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 88 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the book it was awesome!!!did you know the author is a black belt in karate
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best series ever
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I love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This bookwas very good but was a little sad when skuldugerry Dissapiers
6h.library on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This book is about Skulduggery Pleasant and Valkryie Cain. They are detectives who try to chase evil. In this world there is magic! These two have a gang who aid them in stopping them in crime!
SunnySD on LibraryThing 8 months ago
In which the plot darkens, the White Cleaver reappears, a Sea Hag attacks, Stephanie's parents take a vacation, the world almost ends, and Skulduggery... but no, that would be telling. You'll have to read for yourself and see what happens!Stephanie, a.k.a. Valkyrie Cain, and bony detective Skulduggery Pleasant are still not back in good graces with the Grand Mage - accusing someone of treason (and not being able to prove it) does have a few nasty side-effects. Unfortunately, the mysterious cabal bent on returning thel Faceless Ones to our plane of existence hasn't stopped plotting. Teleporters are turning up dead all over the place, and it's apparent something unpleasant is in the works - if Valkyrie and company can't stop them - say it with me, now - the world as we know it will cease to exist. Sure, it's a bit formulaic. And the people warning Stephanie/Valkyrie that she's only 14 and needs to enjoy her childhood are growing in number and getting a bit tiresome. But the action's headlong and the dialogue is clever, and this one has a twist at the end - cliffhanger, anyone? I'll definitely be tracking down the next installment.
bookappeal on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Even though Skulduggery Pleasant has been kicked out of the Sanctuary, he can't trust his replacement to do the job right when Teleporters are being targeted and murdered. Skulduggery and his fourteen-year-old trainee, Valkyrie, take the case unofficially. The stakes are huge. Someone is trying to bring back The Faceless Ones, whose return will be disastrous for humans and magical folk alike. With their trademark sense of humor and penchant for running into dangerous situations head first, the duo join old friends and make unusual alliances to prevent the end of the world.
lilibrarian on LibraryThing 9 months ago
Book 3 in the Skulduggery Pleasant series where the skeletal detective and his teenage sidekick once again save the world from evil magic.
phoebesmum on LibraryThing 9 months ago
The third book in this superior YA series; detective Skulduggery Pleasant, who just happens to be a skeleton but doesn¿t let that slow him up, and his plucky teenage sidekick Stephanie/Valkyrie Cain, are now working without official sanction. They don¿t let that slow them up either and, needless to say, they run rings around the official channels. This time, something is targeting Teleporters, with an end to bringing about the end of the world. Again. Routine stuff for Skulduggery; what can possibly go wrong?What indeed.Although this series is head and shoulders above most of its contemporaries, if for nothing else but the humour and the snappy dialogue, book three does exhibit some bucket-too-often-to-the-well symptoms, with an over-reliance on frequent and repetitive fight scenes. There are hints of something more interesting developing, though, in terms of Stephanie¿s over-dependence on her reflection, which she uses to live her routine life while she¿s out fighting crime, and the ending promises to shake up book four dramatically.
twonickels on LibraryThing 9 months ago
Didn't love it the way I loved the first two. Took me a long time to feel connected to the characters again, and it lost a lot of the funny. But the ending made up for a lot of that - very exciting!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This app is like the best app in the world
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not english can't read it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very witty, sarcastic, funny, with a healthy bit of violence. Minor cussing. Im nine and i love this book
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One of my favorite series ever. Skulduggery Pleasant is witty, sarcastic, full of adventure, and funny enough to make anyone laugh. This is one of those series that kids and parents will enjoy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Therw is jo vook four yet
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I reccomend this book to anyone, especially those who like mystery/suspense/sci-fi fantasy. Humor is well placed throughout the book even though its not a comedy book. I am laughing histarically at the witty comments and crazy"plans". That is when they have a plan not just, and i quote," Lets get up close and see what happens." Derek Landy is an extraordinary author and i love the Skulduggary Pleasant series so far. I cant wait for the 8th book this fall!!! This series would make the best movies EVER!!!!!! PLEASE HURRY UP WITH THE NEXT BOOK!!!!!! ITS HARD GOING SO LONG WITHOUT SP!!!!!! I ONLY WISH I COULD GIVE MORE THAN 5 STARS CUZ ITS JUST THAT GOOD!!!!!!!!