Review: Skulduggery Pleasant

Skulduggery Pleasant; wise cracking detective, powerful magician, master of dirty tricks and burglary (in the name of the greater good, of course), oh yeah, and dead!

Stephanie’s uncle Gordon is a writer of horror fiction. But when he dies and leaves her his estate, Stephanie learns that while he may have written horror, it certainly wasn’t fiction.

Pursued by evil forces intent on recovering a mysterious key, Stephanie finds help from an unusual source – the wisecracking skeleton of a dead wizard.

When all hell breaks loose, it’s lucky for Skulduggery that he’s already dead. Though he’s about to discover that being a skeleton doesn’t stop you from being tortured, if the torturer is determined enough. And if there’s anything Skulduggery hates, it’s torture…

Will evil win the day? Will Stephanie and Skulduggery stop bickering long enough to stop it? One thing’s for sure: evil won’t know what’s hit it.

I haven’t been reading the books I’ve set out to read as I have not been well and my brain just can’t take anything heavy at the moment so instead I have started reading the Skulduggery Pleasant books.

Anyone who knows me well will know I have a thing about skeletons so these books seem to suit me in a way with one of the characters being an actual living skeleton.

These books are for a younger audience and obviously so, but I think they’re still fun to read (I’m half way through the second one), just like the first two books of Harry Potter in that sense. That and the age is probably the only similarity with Skulduggery Pleasant and Harry Potter so the comparison stops there.

It’s a very fast paced read although I get the impression from it that it’s not all it could be. Either I expect something far more richer in detail or it’s fast pace has unintentionally cut something out, besides that it does have good detail and descriptions, the characters are fun, there is a definite story there and a sense of humour, and what I really like about the writing is the author has come up with some great lines and passages (I’ve already been writing down quotes).

Whether it’s a great read for a younger audience I can’t be sure seeing as I’m not that young any more, but I’d say it is because of what I’ve stated above and the fact that I feel it may be just a little too young for an older audience. Not completely in content though because that story line could be used in an adult novel, it’s just obviously written for a younger one. I myself am happy to stick with the series to see where it goes regardless because it is a light fun read in between the heavier material.

  • Demographic: Young Adult. An older generation can read it and still enjoy it, but it is really geared towards the younger side of the YA scale.
  • Genre: Supernatural Fantasy, Urban Fantasy
  • Reminds Me Of: The earlier books in the Harry Potter series and The Alchemyst series by Michael Schott
  • Rating Out of Five: 4
  • Challenges: N/A

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