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The Faceless Ones (Skulduggery Pleasant #3)

4.4 of 5 stars 4.40  ·  rating details  ·  10,927 ratings  ·  486 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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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

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
Cait Grace
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
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
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
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
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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;)
Excellent, best of the series so far! One say I'll get my daughter to read these since I found them for her I. The first place.
The magical world is on edge. Someone has been murdering Teleporters, who are just about the hardest type of magic-user to kill since they vanish as soon as they sense any danger. Skulduggery and Valkyrie are on the case, but only unofficially. Without the Sanctuary's resources the investigation is slow. Yet they may be the only ones capable of solving the crime (and possibly saving the world in the process).

I re-read the first two books before picking this one up, and I'm glad I did. The plot p
Oct 27, 2014 Tshedza is currently reading it
Skulduggery the third

Skulduggery is a detective with a bit of a twist, skulduggery is a skeleton who lives in the human realm where humans are unaware that magical powers are real. Mr Skulduggery is currently investigating the deaths of numerous tele porters. He and his apprentice suspect the diablerie (the antagonists) are responsible for the murders. While they are looking for the diablerie, the mythical police are looking for them because of the robbery in the head police offices.

In my opinio
Oct 21, 2014 Katrina rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of the Series
Shelves: fantasy, tween
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!
Taha Yasin
-Dedektif Kurukafa'nın geçmişiyle ilgili gerçekler tam anlatılmasa da, en azından bu konuya değinilmesi serinin gidişatı açısından iyi olmuş. Umarım yazar fazla uzatmadan, diğer kitaplarda, bu konuyu açıklığa da kavuşturur:)
-Valkyrie'nin normal hayatını bırakıp Dedektif Kurukafa ile çalışması ve riskli işlere girmesi bu kitapta birkaç karakter tarafından fazlasıyla eleştirilmiş haklı olarak. İlk iki kitapta bunun eksikliğini ve mantıksızlığını çok hissetmiştim. Şimdi, artık küçük yaşta bir
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
This book was awesome.

Although the ending had the most action.

Truth be told, I wasn't expecting Paddy to be (view spoiler) He was so nice.

I was surprised and then upset when (view spoiler)

I just wish that Derek would drop hints that Stephanie's parents would know that something is wrong with their daughter. I'm not calling her Valkyrie, that sounds like a mouthful.

I still think that Stepha
"...változatlanul szeretem. Teljesen más a hangulata, mint a Rick Riordan könyveknek, mégis bátran adható angolul értó kilencévesek kezébe. Különben gondoltam már rá, hogy petíciót indítok a folytatásáért, de kicsit álszent dolognak érzem, mivel én úgy sem venném meg magyarul. Mindenesetre komolyan kár érte."
This is the third book in the Skulduggery Pleasant series, and they just keep getting better and better as the series continues. I was on the edge of my seat the whole book, and it ends with a cliffhanger so I cannot wait to read the next book. This had a lot more violence than the first two books, and some of it is graphic. I was wincing a lot during the action scenes. I also laughed aloud, and got teary eyed. This book took me on a roller coaster ride of emotions and I loved every moment of it ...more
Best one so far!
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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 (9 books)
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  • Playing with Fire (Skulduggery Pleasant, #2)
  • Dark Days (Skulduggery Pleasant, # 4)
  • Mortal Coil (Skulduggery Pleasant, #5)
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“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?” 148 likes
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