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Friday, 4 November 2011

***Review*** Mortal Coil (Skulduggery Pleasant #5) by Derek Landy

On the Back of the Book

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

With Valkyrie struggling to protect her dark secret, Skulduggery and the gang are more vulnerable than ever, just as a plague of body-snatching Remnants are released upon the world...

Pre Read Thoughts

I managed to successfully prise this book out of my brother’s hands after a few hours of begging and looking cute... oh and I told our mum that I’d be quicker reading it first! He bought this off Amazon for a couple of pounds less that the £6.99 RRP because who doesn’t love a bargain? The cover is really dark and eerie with all the blues and greens. The back cover with Valkyrie stands out more for me than the front which has Skulduggery on it. That’s just my opinion though, you may think differently. The synopsis is short, sweet and very intriguing. That’s just how I like them!

Post Read Thoughts


This series just keeps getting better and better now that it’s found its stride. I honestly didn’t think that Dark Days could be top but Mortal Coil comes along and does just that. The action sequences got my adrenaline pumping and there were some twists and turns that had me wide eyed with shock. One moment literally had me crying out as the plot went somewhere that I didn’t want it to. The pace now has slower moments so there’s time for the reader to catch their breath. I once again thought that the writing had improved. The plot is now less transparent and that means that the reader has to work for their answers.

This book has a mini story in the back: hooray! This means I now get to do a mini review. The story is called “The Wonderful Adventures of Geoffrey Scrutinous” which is an excellent, if slightly long, title and the story itself is just as good. It was laugh out loud funny and the characters were definitely at their best. I loved Geoffrey in this story, he had me constantly giggling and although he was always amusing there were moments when I didn’t blame him for how he felt. The story itself was solid and my favourite of the ones I’ve read.

I know which characters I want to mention but I just quickly want to say that there’s one scene with Darquesse that I adored, I hope that there are more in future books as it’s a really interesting plot line. Someone I’ve been meaning to mention but haven’t gotten around to until now is Kenspeckle Grouse. He’s one of my favourites in the series as he’s like the grandfather that I never had. I’d love for him to be real and treat me like he does Valkyrie. Geoffrey Scrutinous is an awesome character and I loved his batty fashion sense. The character was given a place in the book because of a competition. What an amazing thing to do and congratulations to the winner! Your character rocks. Tanith’s story had an interesting development in this one. I don’t want to say too much about it but I can’t wait to see where Mr Landy takes this one. I think I know what I’d do with it.

Overall the series has finally started to get going and is showing off all that potential I saw in book one. I don’t think I can take any more twists and turns in this series but I’m hooked and that means I guess I’m going to have to. This is a genuinely good book by any standard. It is superior to a lot of books that are aimed at older people. I definitely recommend this to fans of magic, or fans of detectives. If you like both then I’m assuming you’ve already read this series.

My Rating

Main story: 4 stars – Oh me, oh my. It just keeps getting better; this series might even earn itself a five before it ends.

Short story: 5 story – Hilarious, definitely a story that I’d read again and again, and recommend again and again.

Overall rating: 4 stars – It’s not worth five yet. It didn’t always have my attention. The author seems to be determined to get that elusive fifth star from me though and I love a tryer.  Maybe next time Mr Landy.

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