Kingdom of the Wicked by Derek Landy (Skulduggery Pleasant #7)

Hello, my darling readers!
The end is near. I just finished book 7 out of 9. How is the story holding up so far? Am I still thrilled and amused? Let’s find out!

The Plot (according to Goodreads):

The seventh installment in the biggest, funniest, most thrilling comedy-horror-adventure series in the universe – and the follow-up to 2011’s number-one bestseller, Death Bringer…

Magic is a disease.

Across the land, normal people are suddenly developing wild and unstable powers. Infected by a rare strain of magic, they are unwittingly endangering their own lives and the lives of the people around them. Terrified and confused, their only hope lies with the Sanctuary. Skulduggery Pleasant and Valkyrie Cain are needed now more than ever.

And then there’s the small matter of Kitana. A normal teenage girl who, along with her normal teenage friends, becomes infected. Becomes powerful. Becomes corrupted. Wielding the magic of gods, they’re set to tear the city apart unless someone stands up against them.

Looks like it’s going to be another one of those days…

The Rating:

Oh wow! This was something else. There’s a lot going on in Kingdom of the Wicked. I can’t believe Landy nailed it again! I swear, every time I thought I knew where this is going, he dropped a new bomb and threw in a plot-twist that caught me by surprise.
On top of that, the premise of this story provides some food for thought and is downright philosophical.
There is a lot to discuss but it’s impossible to do without spoilers, so click the read more button at your own risk! 😉

What was probably the most fascinating thing in this book, was the alternate reality Valkyrie found herself in. The way Landy introduced that bit was amazing. Honestly, that could have gone south really fast but he nailed it. The concept was fascinating and I’m itching to find out more about that world. But based on how he chose to include it, we probably won’t. Or maybe in one of the next books, there’ll be a plot-twist and we do get more? Who knows!

But let’s get back to Argeddion. So many surprises there! I was so sucked into the story, I had my guard down, I wasn’t analyzing and plotting outcomes of this story, so what happens after Switzerland caught me completely off guard. I had not expected Argeddion to pull shit like this! And, as I mentioned above, his attempts at changing the world are somewhat philosophical. If everybody has magic, will there be peace? Is it worth walking over corpses to get there? Does violence breed more violence? Is it unethical to use violence to bring down a pacifist? SO MUCH going on here!

And let’s not forget about Lord Vile and Darquesse! Do they need to be contained forevermore? Yes, they are bad but they are also powerful weapons that can be used for good. Are Skulduggery and Valkyrie able to remain in control, to snap themselves back out of it? I’m so curious to see how this will develop in the final two books.

What about the other side-plots you say? The church? Tanis? Billy-Ray? The politics? Now, we do not have time to unpack all of that. But what we can be sure about is that Landy set the stage for some big reveals. The series will definitely conclude not with a fizzle but with a bang. Especially after that cliffhanger he dropped! I mean, I had some suspicions here and there that something might be up with the reflection but I certainly had NOT expected this. Damn!

I guess you can tell that I was pretty excited about Kingdom of the Wicked! This book was hell of a ride and then some. I only hope Landy can keep things up in the final two novels of the series. But judging what he already laid out, I have no doubts those will be epic as well!

Did you read this book? Let me know in the comments what you think!

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