The Dying of the Light by Derek Landy (Skulduggery Pleasant #9)

Hello, my darling readers!
This is it, the end of Skulduggery Pleasant. Or not? Originally the series ended with this book. However, since Landy has rebooted the series and there are novels for me to read. In the mean time, let’s take a look at The Dying of the Light, the finale to the first bunch of Skulduggery books!

The Plot (according to Goodreads):

The FINAL shocking, heart-wrenching book in the jaw-droppingly stupendous Skulduggery Pleasant series

Valkyrie. Darquesse. Stephanie. The world ain’t big enough for the three of them. The end will come…

The War of the Sanctuaries has been won, but it was not without its casualties. Following the loss of Valkyrie Cain, Skulduggery Pleasant must use any and all means to track down and stop Darquesse before she turns the world into a charred, lifeless cinder.

And so he draws together a team of soldiers, monster hunters, killers, criminals… and Valkyrie’s own murderous reflection.

The war may be over, but the final battle is about to begin. And not everyone gets out of here alive…

The Rating:

What. A. Novel.
While I didn’t love every single little thing about The Dying of the Light I am overall really happy with how this turned out. It was a thrilling ride and an intriguing conclusion to the series. I think the main thing that bothered me is that several characters/plot lines kind of fell to the wayside and weren’t properly addressed at the end. There simply are things that could have used just a few sentences to round things off considering this was supposed to be the final ever Skulduggery book.
I am aware that as it is now we do have some more novels, but I don’t know how much will be addressed in those. I feel like I ought to treat this as the final novel this was initially supposed to be. So, while it was a decently satisfying conclusion for Valkyrie and Skulduggery I just wish other characters had gotten that treatment as well.
*spoilers after the read more*

For the most part, you get what you want from every Skulduggery book: fights and badass action sequences, funny banter, some world saving. You get what you pay for so I have no complaints in that department. I feel like there is no need to get into this in detail as it would just be discussing the same thing I’ve already talked about with every single one of the other novels in the series.

The Dying of the Light features a great many emotional scenes that will get you. It was an amazing reading experience that I enjoyed from first to last page. But now that it’s been a hot minute since I finished the book and I ruminated on it a fair bit, I feel like some things should have been more final, for lack of a better word. It’s almost as if Landy was already planning the next books as he was concluding this, so he had so keep the biggest names in the book alive. Although I am curious about the other novels and will most likely read them, I am not entirely sure how I feel about there existence. The story should have ended here and the ending could have been a bit more final for my taste.

Even though this all sounds a tad negative, I loved the book. I enjoyed it tremendously for exactly the same reasons I also enjoyed the other novels. There’s not much wrong with The Dying of the Light other than I wanted more information on some of the other characters. The things I mentioned just popped up in my head after thinking about the book and the seres as a whole for an extended period of time. I’m curious to see how I’ll feel about everything after I finishing the next book – as for now I have absolutely no idea what my thoughts might be then!

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

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