Hello, my darling readers!
We’ve made it to part six in Derek Landy’s Skulduggery Pleasant series. It even looks like I finally managed to learn how to spell Skulduggery. 😅
Let’s see if he can keep up the momentum he built with the amazing five books that came before!
The Plot (according to Goodreads):
The sixth instalment in the historic, hysterical and horrific Skulduggery Pleasant series. Think you’ve seen anything yet? You haven’t. Because the Death Bringer is about to rise…
Meet Skulduggery Pleasant: detective, sorcerer, warrior.
Oh yes. And dead.
The Necromancers no longer need Valkyrie to be their Death Bringer, and that’s a Good Thing.
There’s just one catch. There’s a reason the Necromancers don’t need her any more. And that’s because they’ve found their Death Bringer already, the person who will dissolve the doors between life and death.
And that’s a very, very Bad Thing…
Oh wow. This was a freaking ride! I never cease to be amazed how Landy manages to come up with new intriguing content set in a world and featuring characters we are already so familiar with. Events and developments in Death Bringer have been hinted at in previous books but we get a bunch of twists and turns that keep things exciting.
I also really like the character development Landy has going. He isn’t focused on keeping everybody likable but instead has organic development that feels realistic. What could I mean by this? Well, Valkyrie isn’t exactly the most wonderful person in this novel. She is still pretty badass but also a bit a jerk at times. You know what, she is a teenager. Everybody is an idiot at that stage!
Not giving anything away, but this book promises some more and bigger things in the future. At the same time, it doesn’t come across as a novel that just sets the stage. We have a lot going on and it’s definitely a fascinating novel. I am beyond psyched to pick up the next installment, to see where Landy will take us next. We have so many great characters with bigger and smaller story-lines that all deserve to be explored. So, I hope we’ll get more of that in the next novels – I’m sure they’ll all culminate in some spectacular way later on!
My only complaint is that at times the story felt a bit stretched out. Mind you, the book is over 600 pages, so that’s to be expected. When a novel is this long, of course, you won’t end up liking every little bit. But overall I tremendously enjoyed Death Bringer and am so curious for what is next to come.
Landy did it again. With Death Bringer, he delivered another captivating Skulduggery Pleasant novel that has me reaching for the next book immediately!
Did you read this book? Let me know in the comments what you think!