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Death Bringer (Skulduggery Pleasant #6)

4.53 of 5 stars 4.53  ·  rating details  ·  6,691 ratings  ·  334 reviews
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…

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 th
Paperback, 603 pages
Published March 29th 2012 by Harpercollins UK (first published 2011)
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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
Cait Grace
OKAY. I CAN'T STAND IT. I LOVE THIS SERIES A CATASTROPHIC AMOUNT. I started thinking, "Yes, I'll be mild fan of this." But pfft, I think I've crossed over to let-me-be-an-obsessive-fan-who-has-a-million-ships-and-cries-a-lot-and-screams-at-the-epic-plot-twists-and-sometimes-howls-because-the-character-development-it-a-thing-of-beauty. The fandom life is nothing if it doesn't consume you, right?

Consider me 100% consumed.

I thought Mortal Coil was mind-blowingly incredible but Death Bringer shoves
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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
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
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
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
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
Kimberley doruyter
some books don't servive a series past book 3, this series stays soooooo good.
Secreeettttssss, so many secrets! I really teared up at times during this book. We're finally told what Skulduggery did, we finally see the terrible toll Darquesse is taking on Valkyrie, we finally see and understand a (view spoiler) of the characters' pasts and understand them better.

And Fletcher and Valkyrie?! DARN IT, Valkyrie, don't mess with the poor boy's feelings!

And the part that made me tear up really badly? Thiiiissss:

"No,"said Valkyrie. "What do we do now? We're p
read it all so kl love the twists OMG romance parts were heart stoping
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 ( 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
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
Miriam Joy

Also a really gross scene involving an eyeball.
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
Another marathon run of fights concludes this second trilogy, but with a little welcome introspection. Comic book style encounters still feature heavily - one even ends in a Forbidden Planet bookshop, however we do see more depth from a few of the major players. The storyline also continues to develop in line with the expectation of an older readership (Valkyrie is now 16/17). Since it is so action based, it becomes very difficult to say anything without spoilers. This is probably my favourite i ...more
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
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 th
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
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
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
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:
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
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
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
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
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
Sam Piper
Death Bringer.

An apt title to read this week as I have struggled with another vile bug. Or possibly the same vile bug that I've had since Christmas and never really shifted.

The Death Bringer virus.

Or perhaps just book six in the Skulduggery Pleasant series.

I lost faith a little with Mortal Coil and the unnecessary violence inflicted in Valkyrie Cain there. I was pleased that Landy appeared to have stepped back: there is plenty of violence in here - plenty! - but it has a comic book quality
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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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Other Books in the Series

Skulduggery Pleasant (9 books)
  • Skulduggery Pleasant (Skulduggery Pleasant, #1)
  • Playing with Fire (Skulduggery Pleasant, #2)
  • The Faceless Ones (Skulduggery Pleasant, #3)
  • Dark Days (Skulduggery Pleasant, # 4)
  • Mortal Coil (Skulduggery Pleasant, #5)
  • Kingdom of the Wicked (Skulduggery Pleasant, #7)
  • Last Stand of Dead Men (Skulduggery Pleasant, #8)
  • The Dying of the Light (Skulduggery Pleasant, #9)
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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.”
“We punch people, Valkyrie. That’s who we are. Embrace your inner lunatic. Fun times guaranteed.” 222 likes
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