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Tuesday, 25 October 2011

***Review*** The Faceless Ones (Skulduggery Pleasant #3) by Derek Landy

On the Back of the Book

Meet Skulduggery Pleasant: detective, magician, warrior. Oh yes, and dead.

You've seen it all before: some bad guy wants to bring about the end of the world. A few people get hurt, sure, but everything's all right in the end. Well... not this time.

Pre Read Thoughts

My brother finished this just in time for me to pick it up and read it. I don't think I'll be as lucky with the next book though. He finished it because I've been enjoying the series and I like to read as much of a series back to back because I get a better sense of the overall picture (and lots of other intelligent sounding stuff). He bought this off Amazon, I don't know how much he paid but it's currently £3.99 on there (it's a bargain!!!). The RRP is £6.99 though if you aren't a fan of online shopping (you'd save £3 if you made an exception though). The cover is very colourful. I love the purples and the oranges, it really catches my eye. The synopsis is amusing, I chuckled along to it.

Post Read Thoughts


It's an enjoyable story but once again it never seemed to slow down. There were a few chapters were it looked like it would but then it just led to yet another action scene. It got a bit samey after a while. Valkyrie/Stephanie's family are once again only used to further the plot which is a shame as I'd love to see Valkyrie living the life of Stephanie Edgely more often. The writing is good, nothing jumped out at me as particularly horrific. There were a few funny scenes but this book is darker than its predecessors, probably because the original readers are growing older and can deal with it.

Like book 1 this has a short story at the end of it. It's called "The Slightly Ignominious End to the Legend of Black Annis" I know, ut's ever such a catchy title. I wasn't a massive fan of this, it just didn't do anything for me. It's about Tanith Low but it's written from the POV of Black Annis. I would've liked to know more about her as I didn't really understand what she was and what she could do. The ending was good though and the last few lines amused me.

I don't want to talk about Tanith Low, Skulduggery Pleasant and Valkyrie Cain/Stephanie Edgely because they seem to be the only characters I've talked about so far and there are many others. So I shall choose three random characters that made an impression on me. China Sorrows is probably one of my favourite characters. With every book she gets a slightly bigger role and I love the author for doing that. Finbar Wrong only had a bit part in this book but he really stood out for me. He's hilarious, one of the funniest characters of the entire series, I want him to get a bigger role. Finally I want to say a few words about Mr Bliss - he's scary, he's super strong, he's China's brother. What's not to like?

Overall a fun, quick read that kids should love. This series continues to stand out as ne of the funniest I've read in a while. I wouldn't give this to a kid just before bed as it contains many, many fights and they may start to think that they can hang upside down from the ceiling like a ninja (let's be honest, we've all done it).

My Rating

Main Story: 3 stars - Good but not brilliant. One day one of these books will blow me away though.

Mini Story: 3 stars - The other mini story was superior in every way. This one was "meh" in comparison

Overall Rating: 3 stars - No maths required. If you've read the first two books you should definitely pick this one up.

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