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Preview — Scepter of the Ancients by Derek Landy
Scepter of the Ancients (Skulduggery Pleasant #1)
Meet Skulduggery Pleasant
Walking, Talking, Fire-throwing Skeleton -— as well as ally, protector, and mentor of Stephanie Edgley, a very unusual and darkly talented twelve-year-old.
These two alone must defeat an all-consuming ancient evil.
The end of the world?
Over his dead body.
He put his hand to his chest. "Cross my heart and hope to die."
"Okay then. Though you don't actually have a heart," she said.
"And technically, you've already died."
"I know that too."
"Just so we're clear."
When Stephanie Edgley’s Uncle Gordon – a writer of horror novels – passes away, she meets his one-time friend Skulduggery Pleasant…who just happens to be a skeleton wizard-detective, that believes he is invincible and has the world’s bigg...more
Initial Final Page Thoughts.
When I grow up I want to be Stephanie Edgley.
Skulduggery Pleasant. Stephanie. Banter, so much banter. Dublin. Witty prose. Canary Cars. Supporting characters. Cloak and daggers shizz. Willpower. Magic. Raising Cain. The Girl from Ipanema. A fantastic start to a promising series.
As much as I love Skulduggery and Stephanie, I would have liked there to have been more time spent with the other characters...more
But the real revelation here is Skulduggery Pleasant himself, a several-hundred-year-...more
Rating: I’ll finish you like a cheesecake
For me it’s 3,5 * - keep in mind that it’s a positive rating. I liked that book. I really did.
The grand haze had been lifted! I come to tell you of a good book (no, don't shut your doors in my face, not that book, come on!). If you want a break from all the romance and drama (*I want to break feeeeeeeeeeee!*) of many today's books, you're in a right place! It's a pretty short book (well, as far as children's books are concern...more
This is the story of twelve-year-old Stephanie, who inherits her beloved but somewhat mysterious author uncle's fortune and estate after his sudden death. The unusual stranger at the reading of the will catches her eye--his voice, his mannerisms, his name (who is named Skulduggery Pleasant, after all!?), all so stran...more
"Being a detective isn't all about torture and murder an...more
Is this a kids book? It did strike me as odd how the reaction to a walking, talking skeleton didn't freak Stephanie out more completely.
Not a bad book, help track down the Faceless ones...if you dare. hee hee hee ... (or is that bwa-ha-ha?)
Some have suggested that there are some similarities between the Faceless Ones and Lovecraft's Great Old One...more
Rupert Degas did a wonderful job as a narrator. He managed to convey the author's sense of humour with great skill. Then this guy is not bored by the book he's narrating, he does wonders!
Disappointing. The title/name and the cover illustration really appealed to me, but the book was generic and unbelievable from the start. I suppose some could be forgiven considering that the intended audience appears to be maybe 11 year olds (?), but...more
As far as children's books are concerned Skulduggery Pleasant is an interesting and different read. However as far as an older audience it lacked a little. Hopefully the few cracks I detected were mainly due to this being the opening story for the series.
There were sections where the writing was superb and brilliant. It was witty and it was fun. The opening sentence was particularly well structured and really drew me into the plot...more
Another part of the 4-star rating is that I like the characters. I like Skulduggery and Stephanie, and I can...more
Surprised? I was too, so I decided that I had to give it a go. Boy was I shocked when I was unable to put...more
Scepter of the Ancients is the first book in Derek Landy’s children’s series called SKULDUGGERY PLEASANT. The story follows 11 year old Stephanie Edgley who inherits her eccentric uncle’s property after he dies. Stephanie gets involved with some supernatural goings-on when a thief breaks into her new house (the one her uncle left her) and nearly kills her. To her rescue comes Skulduggery Pleasant — a man who used to be alive bu...more
Landy really nailed it from the start with his zappy writing style that draws you in. If you're ever going to judge a book by it's cover, then this is the one that lives up to the cover and then some. The skill of the writer to pull you into a story well told, seemingly without effort, is what makes for a good book. You don't get any pauses, o...more
I'm not exaggerating when I say that Skulduggery Pleasant is one of the best childrens...more
Oh, and he's a skeleton. Mustn't forget that part.
When Stephanie Edgley's beloved uncle passes away, a series of events are set in motion that leave his niece awestruck. Magic really does exist, villains are scrambling for power, and the twelve year old finds herself willingly flung into the midst of it all. Stephanie has to rely upon...more
This book reminds me of a children's version of Cassandra Clare's books. A very strong female character that incounters a whole new world of magic and creatures. Minus the weird love triangles, of course.
I was recommended by 2 of my friends, who swore that this seires would not let me down. And y...more
The characters are vivid and lively, the plot is fast paced and thrilling. With British charm and the nonchalant ways of this book, it took a unique concept and made it spin with creativity, imagination and entertainment.
A fun, fast paced adventure for all ages!
Absolutely loved this world!
i... am in love.
i know this is not written for people my age but i really enjoyed it.
i giggled and gasped well worth the read!
a re-read in august after a lot of dissapointing books it's good to go back to something you know you already love.
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'That, my dear Valkyrie, is what we call a monster.'
She looked at Skulduggery. 'You don't know what it is, do you?'
'I told you what it is, it's a horrible monster. Now shut up before it comes over here and eats us.”