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The Faceless Ones (Skulduggery Pleasant #3)

4.4  ·  Rating Details ·  15,648 Ratings  ·  659 Reviews
The third bone-breaking, belly-busting adventure in the series that puts the “funny” back in, um, funny series. That didn’t really work, did it?

If you’ve read the previous Skulduggery books then you know what the Faceless Ones are — and if you know what the Faceless Ones are, then you can probably take a wild guess that things in this book are going to get AWFULLY sticky f
Hardcover, 395 pages
Published April 6th 2009 by HarperCollins Children's Books (first published December 24th 2008)
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Cait (Paper Fury)
When I pick up a Skulduggery Pleasant book I know 3 things for sure and certain:
1. I'm going to laugh.
2. There's going to be freaking awesome action sequences.

Sarcasm, peoples, it's so gold and good and wonderful it enters my list twice.

This is the 3rd book in the Skulduggery Pleasant series and while I loved it, I think I like book 2 the best. There are a truckload of characters in here and, I confess, I get a lot of the secondary characters confused. Their names are aw
Damian Dubois
Aug 03, 2015 Damian Dubois rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
For years these books have been staring me in the face, whether they be at the local bookstore or library, and I felt no real inclination to pick one up to give it a shot. My thoughts were that these were just for kids and simply not worth the time or effort. Something my eight year old daughter might like, but ultimately not for me. Well, boy was I wrong!

I've now read three of these books and each one has been a fun, action-packed and a thrill a minute ride. While some of the names are a little
Temi Panayotova
Jan 09, 2016 Temi Panayotova rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Абсолютно и напълно неочакван край! Всяка следваща част ме кара да искам още и още - просто трябва да знам как продължава! Толкова много се смях и все едн съпреживявах битката срещу Безликите с нашите герои - такова хубаво усещане! Едно от първите неща, които ще направя другата седмица е да си купя следващата част!
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
Kimberley doruyter
Jun 17, 2016 Kimberley doruyter rated it it was amazing
i hate the cliffhanger at the end of this one.
it drove me crazy the first time.

i always wondered why that guy was trying to kill her.
i skipped this one because my libary didn't have it, i'm kinda sorry about that.

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
Aug 28, 2016 Amanda rated it it was amazing
Finished listening to the audiobook for the first time, but reading for the second time. This was so great. This book is where the tone of the series becomes darker and bleaker, but still so smart and funny and enjoyable!!
Nov 19, 2010 Rachel rated it it was amazing
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
Yuli Atta
Jul 25, 2016 Yuli Atta rated it it was amazing
This is not a cliffhanger, but it is a cliffhanger. In a way.

Bluewaterstorm ~ Skeletons ~  Evil and Sassy Girl ~ For a reason ~ To be known as a Legend ~
Ok there is one thing that I need to say and get off my mind.

Holy. F'n. Shit. Everyone needs and I mean NEEDS the read this series!



Ok to start with the Sea Hag seemed really cool, but the stupid thing that I thought at that moment was that the Sea Hag wasn't even in the sea she
Sep 01, 2016 Klaudia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Eine erschreckende Serie von Morden an Teleportern erschüttert die magische Welt. Wer könnte den Fall schneller aufklären als Skulduggery und Walküre? Ganz gewiss nicht das Team des Sanktuariums, aus dem die beiden Detektive rausgeworfen wurden. Doch um hinter das Geheimnis der seltsamen Morde zu kommen und die Welt wieder vor der dunklen Macht der Diablerie und der Gesichtslosen zu schützen, die ihre Fänge nach ihnen ausstrecken, müssen Walküre und Skulduggery jede Hilfe in Anspruch nehme
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
May 07, 2016 Eileen rated it it was amazing

I loved 'The Faceless Ones' just as much as the other two previous books of the series. (Still don't know, why it took me so long to read the third book of the series?!?)

The characters are funny and brilliantly done. I cannot get enough of them, especially of the unique friendship of our two main characters Skulduggery and Valkyrie.

The story itself is face-paced. A lot of stuff happens and I never once got bored during the book.

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
Сибин Майналовски
Сравнително по-малко лафове от предните, но за сметка на това яки баталии и обрати :) Мразя отворените финали...
Jun 08, 2015 Catarina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Já tinha ouvido falar no Detetive Esqueleto, mas nunca me preocupei em pesquisar a coleção e perceber melhor do que se tratava. O que andei a perder!!

Começar pelo terceiro livro talvez não tenha sido a melhor ideia, porque em determinados momentos acabei por sentir que me faltava algum conhecimento prévio, provavelmente adquirido por quem leu os dois primeiros livros. Ainda assim, não foi nada de demasiado grave, e consegui ler perfeitamente toda a história e perceber tudo.

Adoro quando, com est
Imran Kashem
I have become a fan of Derek Landy. Seriously, I am! There are few writers whom I hold in high regard and there's a good chance that D. L. will become one of them. It's not about the story or characters or writing or humour. It's because he showed extraordinary maturity in mixing all the ingredients in right amount & right time to make a perfect novel. At first, I thought the moves Skulduggery making were haphazard but later found out, they were somehow perfect and the only thing to do at th ...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
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
Katri Mei Lightdeth
Цялото ревю -
Да напиша две ревюта за две книги от една и съща поредица в рамките на няколко часа е абсолютно удоволствие за мен самата като читател и блогър. Но нямаше как, даже не знам как все още не съм подхванала "Безликите" (Студио Арт Лайн, 2012) за втори прочит.

Скълдъгъри Плезънт и Валкирия Каин са уволнени, официално вече не са част от екипа и персонала на Убежището и всяка тяхна намеса в магьоснически дела, които други разследват е нарушение на за
JEžiši, veď ja som toto dočítal!

Akože mne sa Detektív kostlivec strašne páči. Hej, prvé časti sú trochu detskejšie, ale veď má hrdinka 12, potom 13 a teraz 14 rokov... tak čo by sme chceli. Má to však grády, nebojí sa to ničoho, ide to do všetkého.

Čo sa mi na tretej knihe strašne rátalo bola mágia, to ako to má prešpekulované, a je to veeeľmi zaujímavé. Akože fakt prepracovaný a úplne šialený systém. A kebyže si mám vybrať obľúbenú postavu, tak neviem, lebo všetky sú super. naozaj by sa mi ťaž
Oct 06, 2015 Nikki rated it it was amazing
THE ENDING. GAH! I remember first reading this and pretty much tearing apart every bookstore to find the next one. Still just as hectic and awesome the 3rd time round...

First read in 2013
Second read July, 2014
Third read October 2015
Andi Rahmat
Sep 11, 2015 Andi Rahmat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Exciting :D . This time the fight is really big and like the habits of the writer should be tolerated -_- . I love this third book. I'm curious about the next book :) please Derek Landy dont be so cruel >_<
Jan 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
The wise-cracking, snappy-dressing,hilarious skeleton detective and his accomplices never fail to disappoint!
Possibly their best, and definitely their most thrilling adventure yet.
Apr 28, 2015 Cassie rated it it was amazing
This series just keeps getting better...
Ten konec!!! Já chci další díl!!
Jan 07, 2017 Anneliese rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bibliothek, 2017
Konnte mich tatsächlich überraschen :o
Jessica Harrison
Sep 10, 2016 Jessica Harrison rated it it was amazing
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
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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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Skulduggery Pleasant (10 books)
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