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Last Stand of Dead Men (Skulduggery Pleasant #8)

4.63 of 5 stars 4.63  ·  rating details  ·  2,933 ratings  ·  288 reviews
War has finally come. Not between good and evil, but between Sanctuaries, and if Skulduggery and Valkyrie are to stop it they must team up with the rest of the dead men.

At the same time, war rages within Valkyrie herself, as Darquesse is on the verge to rising.
Hardcover, 604 pages
Published August 29th 2013 by HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks (first published January 1st 2013)
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This is Derek Landy. Doesn't he look like a nice guy - with his ginger hair and pudginess? He writes a series of novels called Skulduggery Pleasant. When I started with the first book three or four years ago, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I thought it was going to be a nice, light, funny but slighty dark series that I'll forget straight after reading them.

This is was what REALLY happened:
Derek Landy is not a nice guy. He kills off all the characters you love, and takes complete a
17 August 2014: re-reading this after a year, it's a ... mixed bag.

Well, not that mixed: I still stand by my original five star rating, but on the other hand, a slow re-read a year later, when I could actually pay attention to more things and not just hungrily gulp down everything that happened - with my brain no longer reeling from the twists and turns - it's also clearly not a perfect book, from editing issues (a couple of confusing paragraphs, the odd extraneous word) to other problems (Ping
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Never have I read a series where the war starts in the second last book and then you have to wait A WHOLE ENTIRE YEAR FOR THE LAST ONE!!!!!!!!! UGH!!!!

Just ... I can't ... I can't even- Why?! Why would you do that?! Why .. why.. why. *sobs*
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If you've read the book then you know what I mean. You know what I'm talking about. Am I right?! Did it fill you with uncontrollable sadness and anger and made you almost swear and want to throw the book
Prepare yourself...

To laugh.
To cry.
To laugh and cry at the same time.

And to have your ability to feel obliterated as Derek Landy turns your heart into a punching bag.

Full review to come after a long period of recovery :)
Emma L Smith
Yet another brilliant foray into the world of Skulduggery. Full of more dry wit and sarcasm than previously if that's even possible - Scrapegrace and Thraser are absolutely hilarious!

Slight spoilers coming here.....

Don't look if you can't take it...........

Seriously, if you don't want any hints about this book, stop reading........


My secret wishes for the future of this series.....

They get a new Ghastly from another dimension because I would be so sad to never see him again - and he
I cannot breathe OHMYGOD

Did Derek Landy really just do that to me?!?!?! TO US??!?!??!

This is not okay. This is just painful. I just wanna crawl into my hermit shell and never come out. I just wanna cry all day. Derek, I have one question for you. Just one. And that is,


I cannot. I just cannot. And for the record, I really hate Valkyrie's reflection. There is no way on earth I will like it. So, you know, Derek, please, I beg you, please make sure the next book would give me the person I'm
The Book Gazer (Eddie)
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My Thoughts:
Okay, you know those books that are just great? They meet all your expectations, captivate you, everything. Yet despite that, you stare at your computer screen, wondering what on earth to ramble on about? Yeah, Welcome to my current situation.

When Derek Landy revealed the tagline to his latest piece of work, I was a bit skeptical. "No one is safe"? I've heard that line a hundred times before, but not quite like this. Pe
I don't think I've ever been as completely speechless as I was when I first finished this book (and several times during). I still haven't quite come to terms with the twists, and I have no idea where the hell the story is going to go from here. But I know one thing: that was possibly the most awesome thing I have ever read to date. I had high expectations, but the final product didn't even come close - as in it overshot those expectations by...a lot.
Note - there will be a spoiler section in thi
If it helps, I do feel bad about the rating...but I feel its's why.

The first thing I noticed when I started to read the new book was that way too many new sorcerers from different sactuaries were introduced, it gets hard to tell many of them apart, and you are expected to remember the names and characters, even though many get very fleetingly mentioned chapters before.

In terms of plot, whilst not as bad as the last book was for being a bit random, the plot in this book has bec
Review to come, I need to go and breath into a paper bag.

Edit 4 months later:
I'm not sure this is ever going to get reviewed, the topic is too painful and I have trouble putting my emotions into words.
Apr 02, 2013 Oliver marked it as to-read
Screw the world!!! I have to wait that long???!!!
Can't wait
I'jaaz (The Magician of Mirrex)
Jun 19, 2014 I'jaaz (The Magician of Mirrex) rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Every person who ever lived
Recommended to I'jaaz (The Magician of Mirrex) by: Friends

(5 stars, Derek Landy. 5 hard-won, blood-drenched stars)
What did I think? WHAT DID I THINK?!?! How can you even ask that question, you cold, soulless...*degenerates into blubbering mess*

(You've all heard the tagline, "No one is Safe" before, right? When it comes to Skulduggery Pleasant, you had better believe it with all of what's left of your souls. "What's left of your souls? Why would you say that?" Two reasons:

1) This series has a very prominent history, at least in my experience, of taking
Ugh. I feel like I did at the end of Deathly Hallows - emotionally strung out and amazed at how much I care about fictional characters.

This isn't even the last book! Now I need to make it til next September for the end, and just...I'm not expecting any type of happy ending. With everything that happened in this one, it was one horrible event after another.

Loved everything. I shed a few tears for one character, shed a whole lot during one of the chapters near the end, and smiled quite a bit becau
Rachel Hamilton
Star rating: * * * * * 5 out of 5

Oof! Just finished Last Stand of Dead Men and I feel like I’ve been fighting alongside Skulduggery, Valkyrie, Tanith and the rest for the last few days. When Derek Landy says on the cover, ‘No one is safe’, you’d better believe it. The book offers everything you’d expect from the eighth installment in the Skulduggery Pleasant series: action, action and more action, with the usual witty one-liners and spiky dialogue thrown in to the horror – slash – comedy – slash
Aurora Taylor
This book didn't start out much different from the other Skulduggery Pleasant books. It had the usual amounts of sass and sarcasm and narcissism and attitude, with a some violence and magic and weirdness thrown in there for hoots. It was fun to read. I laughed quite a bit and was constantly exclaiming about how much I loved it, even though there was a war going on. Despite the seriousness of it, everything was still okay.

Then, about half way through the book, there came a scene that changed ever

For anyone who is reading this review, I hope you have already read this book, as well as the previous seven, because there will be some spoilers.

First and foremost, this is the first Skulduggery Pleasant book that I have even considered giving a lower score than five.

Of course it was fantastic. Of course it was witty. Of course it was incredibly all-consuming.

However, Derek Landy seemed, for the first time, to kind of... be lazy about his rules and writing.

For instance, there are several ti
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I don't want to spoil anything, but the strapline, "No one is safe'? Ain't that the truth. Some serious stuff (avoiding spoilers, see?) happens in this book. There's the usual death and destruction, plus some twists and revelations that I DID NOT see coming.

I can't believe that this is the second last time that I will ever pick up a Skulduggery Pleasant book for the first time... I think that I'll forever associate these books with my teenage years, and I am so, so happy to have gr
.........and breathe!

That was a lot to take in! I'm kind of angry & annoyed, a little bit shocked, happy with some parts and at the same time thinking that Derek Landy is one hell of an author! He's a bit of a genius really.

There were so many different POVs in this book that occasionally I felt like my head was spinning but it was all necessary to the story. We really got to know many of the other characters from the Skulduggery series in this book and that was awesome but I'd have liked a
You know what sucks the most about this book? That I have to wait a year, a YEAR for the next one!

I think this is the funniest in the series. It is also probably the scariest and the outlook is definitely the most dire for our Skulduggery and his team. I am very mad at Derek Landy about a few things, but I'm not going to spoil it for the rest of you - you will see what I mean when you get there.

I wish more adult books would read like this.
Христо Блажев
Уморената Валкирия се предава:

С почти религиозна страст проповядвам колко страхотна е тази поредица – книга след книга Дерек Ланди развива шеметно своите герои и техния свят, изправя ги през страховити изпитания, безмилостно ги принуждава да взимат решения, сред които няма ни едно абсолютно правилно и безболезнено. Започналата като детска поредица след четвъртата си книга е много повече – хипнотично фентъзи с хорър елементи, в което двамата главни герои р
Ivy Animosity
Just be ready to cry your eyes out. You'll be a sobbing mess by the end of it.

Lots of fighting. Lots of dying. Lots of readers hating the author because of how much stuff happens.

Oh, and lots of character cameos, of which I was one of, so I did like that.

I absolutely cannot wait to read this because I know it'll be amazing!!!
Can time go any slower?!?
Jessy (OCD Anonymous) Smith
Skulduggery 8 was... Appropriate.
This is a sad adjective to use about Skulduggery but it is what it is.

Here they are, standing at what is, in many ways, the threshold and epicentre of the war between the sanctuaries. The mood in Skulduggery had to shift and that’s just a fact. It certainly got darker, which was handled well. It also had to encompass the entirety of the war, which Derek Landy did by introducing a couple of new point of views. Now while this was effective, it cut down on the Sku
I'm too upset to review because WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY?!

EDIT: OK, now that I have managed to compose myself, here goes...

The latest instalment of the truly excellent Skulduggery Pleasant series by Irish author Derek Landy (which incidentally most definitely stopped being a children's book around book 5, possibly even book 4) is bleak, bloody and brutal. Absolutely brutal; there are no other words for it. "No one is safe" reads the strapline, and you had better bloody believe it. Landy has never reall
Tanja Voosen

Wie immer dient mein Applaus dem Gestalter der gesamten Reihe: Tom Percival. Dieser Mann ist einfach unheimlich begabt! Vom ersten Buch an, bis heute hat er jedes Motiv, das es jemals für Skulduggery gab entworfen und er hat seinen Job immer zu 100% spitzen mäßig erledigt. Wie immer stellt das Motiv eine Schlüsselszene aus dem Buch dar. Wie immer passt der Titel unheimlich gut. Wie immer ist die Gesamtaufmachung absolut perfekt! WIE IMMER xD


Dieses Buch hat mich psychisch fer
Sep 05, 2013 Mr rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Skulduggery
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Annie Lovatt
I started this series when The Faceless Ones had just come out, I think I must have been about eleven. I'm fourteen now, and still really enjoy these books so much.

They've got darker as its audience gets older, which is, (I feel) a good thing. It means that Valkyrie gets this new side to her, more of an edge, and the villains are even more villainous than before, while Skulduggery's anti-hero thing he's had going on from the start just gets deeper.

The plot was a lot slower than the others, but s
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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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“She turned to Skulduggery and held out her arms. “Come here, you.”

He tilted his head. “My hugs are for special occasions only.”

“Hug me.”

“I prefer the old tradition.”


“Would a handshake do?”


“A pat on the back?”

She stepped forward and wrapped her arms round him. “Hug,” she said.

He sighed, and his hands settled on her shoulders. The others were warm and their embraces strong – with Skulduggery the hug was cold, and there were areas on his jacket that gave way beneath her fingers, and she could feel the emptiness within. She didn’t mind.”
“Are you sulking?”
“Me? No. I don’t sulk.”
“You sound like you’re sulking.”
“I’m just waiting for the violent urges to subside.”
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