Skulduggery Pleasant: The Faceless Ones
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Skulduggery Pleasant: The Faceless Ones (Skulduggery Pleasant #3)

4.4 of 5 stars 4.40  ·  rating details  ·  9,344 ratings  ·  428 reviews
Valkyrie screamed, sprinting toward Skulduggery.

He looked up and reached out to her, but it was too late.

f you've read the other Skulduggery books by Derek Landy (and you really should have read them by now), you've seen it all before: Some bad guy wants to bring about the end of the world, and Skulduggery and Valkyrie fight valiantly to stop it from happening. A few peopl...more
ebook, 432 pages
Published February 22nd 2011 by HarperCollins (first published December 24th 2008)
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This was a much better Skulduggery Pleasant novel, yet it had its own set of inconsistencies and issues such as plenty of info-dumping/name-dropping. There were perhaps too many characters for this story and, on occasion, Derek Landy lost control of a couple of them.

The big problem for me is how Derek Landy races through everything so fast that he sometimes fails to slow down and allow for a more nuanced or subtle approach to building his world and characters. In that sense there is a loss of c...more
3.5 stars.

My personal favorite skeleton detective is back - and not quite as snarky as ever. Close enough.

For me this series/book is not at all about the plot, because, let's be honest, it's not the greatest plot and even frustrates me sometimes. The Faceless Ones are starting to grate on my nerves but it's definitely not the worst story I've come across and absolutely everything is made better by the characters. I love Skulduggery and Valkyrie and Tanith. They are one of the best bad ass team...more
The Loft
What could be better than a skeleton detective? You read that correctly, the title character, Skulduggery Pleasant, is a skeleton detective with the ability to conjure flames when he snaps his fingers. He’s not your average private eye, to say the least.

We first meet Skulduggery at the funeral of writer Gordon Edgley. He’s the mysterious figure at the edge of the crowd, wrapped up in a trench coat, scarf, and sunglasses, as though he were avoiding the paparazzi. His odd appearance does not go un...more
This is the best and most satisfying Skulduggery book I've read thus far! Granted, I've only read three. Derek Landy just keeps upping it with each book! Never a dull moment! Like the second book, the other characters came into their own, and as cool and awesome as Skulduggery P is, he needs people to get his back. He needs Tanith Low, Ghastly (all taken names are usually quite cool, because Derek Landy is fabulous.), Kenspeckle, and above all, he needs Valkyrie. His team has saved his butt so m...more
Mark O'Neill
Skulduggery Pleasant, the skeleton in a suit with a suave sophisticated cultured air about him, goes into action again with his 14 year old sidekick Valkyrie Cain.[return][return]Having been fired from the Sanctuary in the last book, Pleasant and Cain are for the first time on the outside looking in. They have to suffer watching an inept and stupid detective take their place who couldn't detect anything even if it came up to him and bopped him on the head. Added to which, Pleasant is getting som...more
AnHeC the Paperback Obliterator
Word count: about 70 000
Rating: I’ll finish you like a chocolate cheesecake!

*The rating is somewhere around 3,75 for this one

Oh yeah baby! They bring the sexy back!

Stephanie is a teenager now. She’s 14 and it shows ^^ (in a good way). It’s kind of cute to see her so certain of who she is and what is an appropriate course of action. She runs her life and refuses to see any fault in it (avoiding boring, trivial things like school and sending your reflection instead is normal for her. But let’s be...more
The idea that a "normal" girl, albeit one mentioned in a prophecy and possessing incredible strength and other powers, could be involved with some secret semi-monstrous group of Others has been done before (namely, Buffy). Of course, the living-skeleton-as-mentor hasn't been done before, and that's part of what sets this series apart.

Unfortunately, this third book in the series seemed far more serious, and far more violent, than the previous two. There were few moments of by-play, and those onl...more
This book was OK. Just OK.

I have a little bone to pick with this series (no pun intended). All of the books so far seem to have practically the same plot. Even the blurb acknowledges it:
"If you've read the other Skulduggery Pleasant books by Derek Landy, you've seen it all before: some bad guy wants to bring about the end of the world, and Skulduggery and Valkyrie fight valiantly to stop it from happening. A few people get hurt, sure but everything's all right in the end. Well not this time."
Jessica Harrison
Review via the Deseret News
Have you heard of Skulduggery Pleasant? You really should have by now. No? Well now's your chance.

Skulduggery is, well, there's no kind way to say it, decidedly different. You see, Skulduggery is a skeleton detective. That's right, a collection of bones walking around with no skin, muscles or organs. Oh, and his head, it's not even his own. He won the skull he's wearing in a poker game.

Skulduggery is the brainchild of author Derek Landy, whose first book about the skel...more
It is with some regret I give this book two stars, because I truly enjoyed it. I can't remember the last time a book made me laugh out loud so many times, or catch my breath because I honestly didn't forsee an outcome. Needless to say, its been a while.
The characters are great. Easy to like, unique, the important ones were complicated. Tanith Low is still my ultimate favorite. Of course, everyone did keep going on and on about Valkyrie losing her childhood, everyone keeps dropping hints a...more
The Faceless Ones is most likely one of the best final books of a series I've seen. I consider myself something of a writer, but nowhere near professional author level, but that's beside the point. What I was trying to say is that I found Derek Landy's writing style to be very much like my own, and I love that. His witty and intelligent writing style captivates me and reminds me of many of my own writing pieces.

What really captivated me most, through all of the superb writing and hilarious dial...more
This actually makes up for what I thought of the second book.

To quote the blurb If you've read the other Skulduggery Pleasant books by Derek Landy, you've seen it all before: some bad guy wants to bring about the end of the world, and Skulduggery and Valkyrie fight valiantly to stop it from happening. A few people get hurt, sure but everything's all right in the end. Well not this time.

I loved the twist on who the villain was. Its this huge mystery like wondering who "George Kaplin" was in North...more
To be honest I actually thought the start of the book was "meh, nothing special" in comparison to it's predecessors. But somehow Landy managed to suck me in and continue reading, watching it getting only better and better until the ending, which is the best part out of the book.

The basic plot of this is that teleporters are on some sort of murder list. Nobody knows who's doing it, the only name which they know he has is "Batu". It's up to Skulduggery and Valkyrie to investigate it.

Derek Landy di...more
Mark Lawrence
The reason i decided to read this book was because i read the first two in its series and i have really enjoyed then. It's sort of similar to most fiction books except at the end one of the main characters goes into the world were the faceless ones are imprisoned.

This book ticks off a science fiction or fantasy book on the bingo broad because it is based in a world sort of like Harry Potter.

My favorite character in this book was Solomon Wreath because even thought he is a Necromancer (a mage of...more
The Flooze

Beginning at a murder scene, The Faceless Ones has a sharp start that sets the tone for the entire book. With Valkyrie and Skulduggery facing their most challenging mission yet, the story has a darker and more urgent feel than the previous installments.

Although she’s still only fourteen years old, our heroine seems to be growing up. She’s increasingly aware of the dangers her newfound life of magic entails, and it’s taking a toll. This is punctuated by several adults finally commenting o...more
I loved book one and, though I loved book two I felt it strayed into too much action and not enough characterization. But this book is right back up there with the first! I was surprised to find the plot building quite heavily on book two (which, still left me a bit confused as to who was who sometimes since I had a hard time following some of the history in book two). But, overall I love the questions of who is guilty, who is lying to who, and how various characters have different motives.

4.5 well deserved stars. The Faceless Ones was another memorable installment. Action-packed and exciting, keeping you at the edge of your seat and full of shocks! It won't be long before I grab for the next Skulduggery book;)
> 'The Faceless Ones' brings to an end the first of the three trilogies which make up the entire Skulduggery Pleasant series, and a very justifying end it is too, although not expected.
> Teleporters are being murdered left, right and center, and Valkyrie and Skulduggery must know why, or a lot of people could be in trouble. Not to mention a lot of danger. While reading, you must prepare yourself for loads of humor, surprises, twists and turns and unexpected deaths, not to mention seating y...more
Dec 23, 2009 Katrina rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of the Series
Shelves: fantasy, juvenile
I have throughly enjoyed every Skulduggery Pleasant book and this one is no exception. Landy's combination of horror and humor are perfectly matched and the suspense is incredible. We get to delve into some of our favorite characters which tend to leave us with more questions than answers. I again marvel at how adept Landy is at allowing the hero to display a fear so that kids get to see that even the people they look up to have faults and fears. Can't wait for the next one!
Liz Hoover
You know how the story goes by now; there's a problem that threatens to destroy the world and Skullduggery Pleasant and Valkyrie Cain is there to save the day, things get a little messy but everything turns out alright. The bad guys are running a muck and it's up to the duo to set things right and make sure the world is safe once again from the Faceless Ones that only want to cause the end of the world. But not this time, sometimes it's the end that really affects you and what you do to save eve...more
Best one so far!
I read this nearly two years after reading the previous entry in the Skulduggery Pleasant series. Unlike in many series, this book did little to refresh my memory of characters and situations; it fully expected me to remember from one book to the next with little prompting. This is not necessarily a fault with the book (obviously, I was at fault for waiting so long to read the third installment) but merely a case of Landy having high expectations of his readers.

As with the previous books, the s...more
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Philip Goddard
Fast moving, enough to keep your attention. Well observed and very quirky in dialogue. The character sarcasm and wit adds to this book. This is my third Skulduggery book and I am looking forward to the next.
Jameelah L
Thrill! Thrill! Thrill! An amazing book that any of you were or are probably looking forward to reading it which just brings up intensity if u dot know what happens next
I think this series is wonderful. I love books that mix action and humor, and these do that beautifully. Plus: talking skeleton. Yes.
Shelly May
I thought I would only read the first few of these, but I'm still really enjoying them!
REALLY Awesome! Can't wait to read the first book in Lit Circle!!!!
Sam Whitehouse
Derek Landy is now one of my all time favourite authors, and Skulduggery Pleasant one of my favourite series. After an action-packed first two books, Landy had a task ahead of him to deliver something that improved on the brilliant first two books. And he did it, and then some. Thankfully, he improves on his one weakness, plot, which was somewhat bog-standard in the first two books: stop an ancient evil etc. This time round, there is still an ancient evil to stop, but Landy introduces plenty of...more
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Derek Landy is an Irish writer and screenwriter. In addition to the bestselling children's/YA series of Skulduggery Pleasant books, a supernatural mystery series starring Skulduggery Pleasant, a skeleton detective, and Valkyrie Cain, a young female magician, he has written two screenplays that have been made into films: the IFTA award winning "Dead Bodies" and the IFTA nominated "Boy Eats Girl". L...more
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“Then I reckon we got ourselves a good old-fashioned standoff."
Nobody moved, or said anything, for the next few moments.
"Old-fashioned standoffs are mighty borin”
“I'm sorry, I don't know what any of you want, or why guns and knives are being waved around, or why the girl has just been taken hostage, but everyone seems to be acting like having a TALKING SKELETON in the room is perfectly normal. And you, where are your eyes? How can you see? How come the only people with eyes in this room are me and her?” 138 likes
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