Death Bringer (Skulduggery Pleasant, #6)
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Death Bringer (Skulduggery Pleasant #6)

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The Death bringer has risen. Skulduggery and Valkyrie have seven days to uncover the Necromancer's Secret before it's too late. The clock is ticking. Lord Vile is loose. And after this one, nothing will ever be the same again.
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Published September 1st 2011 by HarperCollins Children's (first published 2011)
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Hina
So I bought this book on September 3rd when I went to Derek Landy's book signing. I had a brilliant time talking to him; he is such a nice person. So when I came home eager to start this book, I was definitely not disappointed.

Melancholia St Clair, an average Necromancer, who has been announced as The Death Bringer, brings shock to the Necromancers, especially Solomon Wreath as he had thought that Valkyrie Cain was the one. The Death Bringer would've been the person to join life and death toget...more
Elizabeth
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Robert
Skulduggery 6 represents a return to form for Landy, mainly because he shakes things up quite a bit; Tanith and Sanguine are no-shows, other characters are bogged down in bureaucracy and there are quite a number of surprising revelations.

At the end of the previous volume I thought I had worked out quite a bit of what was going to happen next; none of it played out the way I expected, though some of it still might...because the Reflection subplot still hasn't paid off...which is getting a little...more
Abigail
read it all so kl love the twists OMG romance parts were heart stoping
BritishWotsit
I borrowed the first Skulduggery book a few years back, when i was on my fishing trip to Ireland. (My family have this house in Donegal, which has been passed down the family). When i started reading it of course, i realised that it was actually SET in Ireland, how friggin' awesome.

...So there i was in Ireland, reading Skulduggery Pleasant, as you do. And i thought it was pretty snazzy.

Then i read "playing with fire". Meh.
"Faceless ones" Kinda good.
"Dark Days" amazing.
"Mortal Coil" Wow.

And then...more
colleen the contrarian  ± (... never stop fighting) ±
A decent edition to the series, even darker and more dangers than before, but not one of my faves. Was disappointed that not much about the situation with Tanith was really dealt with.

While I enjoyed the book well enough overall, there were a few issues. For one, the pacing was off and definitely dragged in places - and some of the fight scenes, especially the last one... ye gods. The snark and humor is still good when Valkyrie and Skulduggery are bantering, but seemed sadly lacking any other ti...more
Darren Hartwell
I have spent some time agonising over how to write this review without giving away any spoilers, and the only thing I can think of is to make it shorter than most of my reviews. There is just so much happening in this book that it is nigh impossible to say much at all about the story without giving something away that may spoil the book for the few die-hard fans out there who have not yet read it. I will do my utmost however, although if you have not yet read Mortal Coil, the fifth book in the s...more
Lipsy
I feel exactly the same way about this 6th instalment than I have about the last 3. I could almost write the exact same review as I did for Mortal coil (http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/81...) because nothing has changed. I still love these books. They are definitely flawed and seem to be a bit slack on proof reading of late but they are just so entertaining. Like the last book, Landy's sarcastic humour that he originally planted in Skulduggery's character has seeped through to almost all the...more
Maddie
On the September 1st, at the end of school, I had Mum take me straight to the bookstore, to buy a copy. I had been waiting for Deathbringer for so long, and when I finally found it, I was ecstatic. I stayed up into the early hours of the morning finishing it, and all I can say is... Wow.

So in the beginning of the book, I actually found myself getting extremely annoyed with Valkyrie. She was running off the rails, she didn't have Tanith or Ghastly to rein her in. She was completely oblivious to w...more
Elevetha
2.5 stars.

Val, Val, Val. I liked you. What happened? Hanging out with Caelan, cheating on Fletcher, dumping Fletcher, dumping Caelan(or...kind of) and then coming back around to Fletcher, relying on his awesomeness and love for you to save your sorry bitchy self, along with a multitude of head-banging stupid decisions and treating everyone horribly. I desperately wanted Tanith to show up and slap her. Or Skulduggery to tell her off. Or Fletcher to realize that's he much too good for her.

Or somet...more
Jameelah L
OMW LIKE THIS WAS AMAZING I WAS IN Tears with what happened to Val and Fletc.. okay i am not gonna ruin the suspense for the future readers i am just gonna say its highly recommendable and its amazing one of its kind welll xcept the series itself ofcourse >>okay thats it cuz i mite blabber out the whole series
Becky
602 pages of pure awesomeness!!!!!!! OK, let me calm down and breath....

..... OK, I'm calm. Well, reasonably. :D Skulduggery Pleasant is back and suddenly I can't stop smiling, Derek Landy's wit is fabulous, there are plenty of laugh out loud moments where I was giggling like a complete lunactic - but as one of my favourite quotes from the book says "Embrace your inner lunatic. Fun times guaranteed." (Page 393)
There are some shocking revelations in this book, some I sort of saw coming others I w...more
Lady
In my review for Mortal Coil , I observed that I seemed to be consistently giving the Skulduggery Pleasant novels 3 out of 5 star ratings when I actually felt that the series as a whole warranted at least a 4, possibly a 5. Stars had been deducted in the past for story-lines getting waylaid or dropped just when they were getting interesting, and for the narrative having a tendency to wander off on tangents.

So you can imagine that I was absolutely thrilled to bits when all these tangents, all the...more
Ash
Well, Well, What can I say...
This book so far was the funniest, creepiest, scariest, shockest (after Dark Days) and actionest (they have to ryhme -_-) book in the Skulduggery Pleasant series.
I was supposed to finish it in 2 days but I've been TOOO BUSY, but whatever it's none of your concern.
Before I start I just want to say something..... I miss you Tanith Low :'(
Ok now what...
The story talks about the Death Bringer (which is not Valkyrie) and the passage and the wall that she must break an...more
Junaid Sheikh
Exciting, fantastic and thoroughly gripping, Skulduggery Pleasant: Death Bringer is a long and captivating read that will keep any teenager on the edge of their seat throughout the entire book.

Continuing the story from Mortal Coil, Death Bringer involves the unveiling of the Necromancers' new (as the title suggests) Death Bringer - 20 year-old nemesis of Valkyrie, Melancholia St. Clair. Main protagonists Valkyrie Cain and Skulduggery Pleasant must do what ever it takes to stop her before she "br...more
Shelby Finger
Thus far my lowest opinion of any Skulduggery book. Mind you, it was still AWESOME-- but I might have been a little disappointed in the lack of laugh out loud writing in this one compared to the others. Then again, the story for this particular book turns serious pretty quickly, as we're nearing the end of the series, so there was a lot more plot twists, leaving less room for witty jabs and quirky writing. One thing I will say that I haven't said about any of my previous ratings on a Landy book-...more
Joe Gibson
I've been reading this series for the past 3 years and I was really looking forward to this one after a year since I'd read Mortal Coil. As always Landy's humor is quick, witty and never fails to bring a smile to my face. It was a bit disappointing when it came to Tanith as she is one of my favorite characters and apart from a tiny little speck of her it felt like she'd dropped of the face of the earth! China is slowly creeping into become one of my favorites of the series, the revelation skuldu...more
Elena
Letztlich dient das ganze Buch nur dazu, etwas mehr über den Todbringer, die Passage und Lord Vile zu erfahren. Und vermutlich wurden wieder neben der großen offenkundige Weiche auch noch paar andere gestellt. Für mich bleibt festzuhalten, dass das ewig gleiche Muster "Skulduggery und Walküre retten die Welt" langsam für mich entschieden an Charme verliert und ich die Erzählung längst nicht mehr so witzig finde. Die nächsten Bände können etwas länger auf mich warten ... aber wenigstens ein Buch...more
Христо Блажев
Вестителят на смъртта възвестява задълбочаване на поредицата за Скълдъгъри Плезънт: http://knigolandia.info/book-review/v...
Много е трудно да се пише за шеста поред книга в поредица – не искам да издавам нищо от “Вестителят на смъртта”, което би развалило четенето на хората, които не са чели още първите пет, а и да се опитваш да вадиш някакви изводи за поредица, която още не е завършила, ми се струва упражнение безсмислено.

Дерек Ланди продължава да става все по-сериозен и вече нямам идея за какв...more
sage
The last quarter of this was good, but otherwise it had horrible pacing problems. It's still an insane festival of gratuitous violence, some of which was pretty scary, but at least she's an exceedingly mature sixteen in this book. She's a far cry from the innocent 12-year-old she was in Book One, and whom I really liked. This book had a few scenes where the humor really succeeded, although most of them fell really flat.

Specific to the audiobook, at least there were no inappropriate American acce...more
Heidi
Reading it for the second time.


I liked book 1, fell in love with the series in book 3, and now in book 6 shocking twists and turns takes this book to a whole new level.

I love the plot, though some chapters (as in all other books) seem all to familiar. Valkyrie and Skulduggery battle a villain. However, if you loved the character development that Landy offers in book 4 and 5 you will not be disappointed in book 6. Though his writing style and editing seemed a bit rough this time around. I had to...more
Emma Glaisher
Can't do ratings any more. 3.5?

Derek Landy's editor needs to be a bit more hands-on. He has a huge fan base who will lap up whatever is provided, but sometimes his prose needs tightening up a bit. There are some clunky sentences/awkward word choices which would be much better if someone had just said 'Derek, have another look at this would you?'

Anyway, a tremendous read. Some astounding revelations. Lots of humour. Very good battles. When will Valkyrie realise that there is only one man she can...more
Daniel
The best book of the series. Everything needed in an urban fantasy story is found in this book. There is mystery, action, romance and of course humor.

Skulduggery and Valkyrie are off on another hilarious action packed adventure. The Death Bringer has been announced, and the passage has been revealed. There is a hit out on Skulduggery and Valkyrie, they have to fight there way through warlocks and necromancers to stop the Death Bringer.

The secret of Lord Vile will be revealed and the best fig...more
Sam Whitehouse
It's a guaranteed action-packed thrill ride with any of the Skulduggery Pleasant books, but this, the sixth installment in the nine book series, improves on all of it's predecessors. Rather than recycling the plot of the first book like the first few sequels did, Landy mixes things up a little and makes the 'big threat' a little more personal for both Valkyrie and Skulduggery. Both face off against themselves and each other at more than one point, along with a host of new monsters and enemies. T...more
Christelle
Valkyrie Cain and Skulduggery Pleasant are back to save the world and kick some ass!

What's the book about?
The sixth installment of the Skulduggery Pleasant series tells the story of our favourite skeleton detective, Skulduggery Pleasant and his "combat accessory", Valkyrie Cain, as they try to prevent the new Death Bringer from killing half of the world's population. And try not to get themselves killed along the way

What I liked
(i) DEREK LANDY IS A COMEDIC GENIUS! - I swear these books never f...more
Georgina Howlett
Death Bringer is possibly my favourite of the series so far. It has everything you could ever want, and the story of it is dramatic, fast-paced and revolutionary. The first time I read this I got goosebumps permanently, I was on the edge of my seat and I had no idea what was going to happen next - the whole Darquesse/Lord Vile thing was amazing - and really just everything was perfect. Definitely five stars.
Legolas
Holy frickity frack that was amazing and FLETCHERRR
Kirsty

First things first - I judge books by their covers. This book (and indeed the whole series) has a really interesting cover - it has raised areas, like Skulduggery is trying to push through the shadows that are surrounding him. I'm not a huge fan of the title font, but at least it is distinctive.

Because this book is the sixth in the series, I won't go into any spoilery territory. What I can say is how much I love the character names in this series - Valkyrie Cain, China Sorrows, Ghastly Bespoke,...more
Eric Boo
Notice that the series is called "Skulduggery Pleasant" and not "Valkyrie Cain"?

It's like reading a Batman series and most of the time you read about Robin and his love life. The only time you get to read about Batman is when Robin is around.

There is nearly Zero character development on Skulduggery as well as most of the other characters. There is no development on the Tanith situation as well.

Instead we get to read about Valkyrie and how she handles her love life. Is this a Twilight book? Even...more
Oscar Duffy
I want to start this review by saying that I love this series. I've loved it ever since I read the last page of The faceless Ones and have continued to love it to this point. If you gave me this book 2 years ago, I would have said that this was the best in the series so far. It was great. It had a mix of drama, action and lighthearted comedy to make this book solid. But this book had the misfortune of coming after the incredible Mortal coil. Lots say that Mortal Coil was the worst book in the se...more
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“Valkyrie patted Fletcher’s arm. “Don’t worry,” she said. “If the bad man comes, I’ll protect you.”
“If the bad man comes,” Fletcher responded, “I’ll bravely give out a high-pitched scream to distract him. I may even bravely faint, to give him a false sense of security. That will be your signal to strike.”
“We make a great team.”
“Just don’t forget to stand in front of me the whole time,” he said.”
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“The man had a smooth voice, like velvet. “I’m Detective Inspector Me. Unusual name, I know. My family were incredibly
narcissistic. I’m lucky I escaped with any degree of humility at all, to be honest, but then I’ve always managed to exceed expectations. You are Kenny Dunne, are you not?”
“I am.”
“Just a few questions for you, Mr Dunne. Or Kenny. Can I call you Kenny? I feel we’ve become friends these past few seconds. Can I call you Kenny?”
“Sure,” Kenny said, slightly baffled.
“Thank you. Thank you very much. It’s important you feel comfortable around me, Kenny. It’s important we build up a level of trust. That way I’ll catch you completely unprepared when I
suddenly accuse you of murder.”
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