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Dark Days (Skulduggery Pleasant #4)

4.45 of 5 stars 4.45  ·  rating details  ·  9,198 ratings  ·  404 reviews
Teen Valkyrie runs into the Faceless Ones dimension and brings back skeleton mentor Skulduggery, after seeking his skull almost a year. After two centuries, Dreylan Scarab intends to avenge his wrongful imprisonment by Guild, now Grand Mage for Ireland. With gang, armies of zombies and paper men, Scarab can defeat Guild, Irish Sanctuary, and of course, rule the world.
Paperback, 415 pages
Published 2010 by Harper Collins Children's
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When you need lightweight fantasy craziness with ultra-violence, wit and nemeses who just keep on coming back, book after book, your two best options are Eoin Colfer's Artemis Fowl books and Derek Landy's Skulduggery Pleasant novels. The Fowl has gone off the boil (I haven't bothered with the latest one) so that leaves Landy and the Skeleton Detective as possessors of the field. Except Pleasant is stuck in another dimension with a bunch of Gods that appear to have escaped from a Lovecraft story. ...more
ANGRY NOTE: How could you end Faceless Ones like that, Derek?! With Skulduggery sucked into the Faceless Ones World?! You've got to be kidding me!?

It's official; this series is awesome.
Halfway through the book, I found myself shouting, "Flaming Fudge-cakes! This book is beyond the awesome level!" At the end of the book, I was wiling, "Oh my god! This is just too good!"

Like always, Derek makes me read 3D writing. Oh yeah; 3D equipped with fantastic HD as well. The action senses, as usual, are wel
Kimberley doruyter
that ending had me staring with my mouth flapping open.
Cait Grace
I CANNOT EVEN RIGHT NOW. WHAT WAS THAT ENDING??!! WHAT WHAT WHAT. I glare at everyone who told me this was a good series. I glare and I cry.

It is freaking brilliant but...but....


That last page.

The wicked cliffhanger.

Okay, okay, I'll actually review the book. But just know that this has been the bestest so far. I give it 4.5-stars only because I thin

While I am certainly enjoying the quirky tone of Derek Landy's work in this series and his children's fantasy ideas, these are hardly the best children's fiction books I have read. I think I've realised why, having completed this novel.

The major issue is that Derek Landy, in his quest to put his ideas and humour out there, seems to tell far too much rather than show. Which leads to situations where the action is being told to you 'he threw the chair' or 'he threw a fireball.' The better option t
This has been a worthy continuation of the series. I'm glad the story and the character keep being interesting and complex. Thoroughly enjoyed this darker book.
Paula  Phillips
At the end of Faceless Ones , we read as Skulduggery was sucked into the portal to the world of the Faceless Ones . In Dark Days , we read as Valkyrie Cain is on a mission to find Skulduggery's real skull-the one that was stolen by Goblins so that she can save him and return him to the real world. As usual , these novels are anything but safe as a new killer -this time one thats been locked up for 200 years and was framed is out on the loose to seek revenge on those - however he can't do this wi ...more
Shelby Finger
Firstly, Derek Landy is not only one of my top favorite authors, but the author I aspire to be like. His series (Skulduggery Pleasant, starting with "Scepter of the Ancients")fits into the young adult category. The books aren't easy to find in American stores (he's Irish, and given the lingo he uses, it definitely shines through in his writing), so I reccomend looking for them on amazon.
I RECCOMEND THIS SERIES to all ages, and all readers.

This is the ONLY series of books I've ever read, and la
Vermutlich wäre ich jetzt an einem Herzinfakt krepiert, wenn ich es nicht schon vorher gewusst hätte... Von daher war es vielleicht ganz gut, dass ich auf der Lesung bei der lit.Cologne zugespoilert worden bin xD
...and so onto book 4. The first half with Valkyrie working out how to solve the problem with Skuldugerry was more engaging for me as I like longer story arcs. The second slipped back into a number of relatively faceless baddies once again trying to get revenge either on Valkyrie or on the Sanctuary. It's a wonder there are any Cleavers left. There was a strong moment with China confronting something from her past and an interesting alliance between Val and a lone vampire but otherwise much of t ...more
Skulduggery is gone. Valkyrie is searching desperately for his original skull, which can be used as an Isthmus Anchor. Several people that Valkyrie has wronged in the past have gotten together to destroy her. And she’s having terrible headaches.

There’s a moment in Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. where Coulson asks Ward, “Who are you without him?” This quote can be applied to Valkyrie, who has left her family to her reflection, stopped spending time with her friends, and has taken up dark magic.
This book certainly takes a dark turn and from this point on, everything is all Darquesse and Lord Vile and The Man With The Golden Eyes. This is probably my favourite Skulduggery book, and sometimes I find myself wondering why. It certainly wasn't the one I enjoyed the most or the one that even shocked me the most(You're all probably like wtf how is the Darquesse twist NOT shocking?) I have had several rereads of this series, mainly for the release of every new book and when I do, I always find ...more
So fast-paced, witty and slightly unnerving, as my concern for the characters makes it almost unbearable to see them in the challenges up ahead. Skulduggery continues to be the brightest spark of the series, of course. I probably don't need to mention at this point his cunning, his charm, his resourcefulness and his reliably witty responses to any given situation.
Stephanie still grates on my nerves slightly, because she feels like a very plain character in some ways... In other ways she's very t

Skulduggery ist immer noch verschwunden. Das einzige, was noch übrig bleibt, ist seinen richtigen Schädel als Isthmus-Anker zu benutzen, um das Portal zu öffnen. Genau das hat Stephanie alias Walküre Unruh vor. Ein verrückter Plan, der alle möglichen Feinde auf den Plan ruft und dabei bleibt es nicht. Skarab ist endlich aus der Haft entlassen worden und schwört Rache für das unschuldige Absitzen seiner Strafe…


Landy zeichnet sich ja bekanntlich durch seine zynischen, sa
Stephen K
A great 4th book with a good twist to the seris. This book is a great continuing dirrectly fron the 3rd book 'SKULDDUGGERY PLEASENT THE FACELESS ONES'. It shows Valkrie's full detailed investagation on finding Skuldduggery from the world of the world of the faceless ones. When Valkrie finally finds Skuldduggery it is really well written with emotion brought out from pure torture and horror (from which you would never expect from a sskelaton detective). It then shows a really real reality kind of ...more
AnHeC the Paperback Obliterator
Word count: about 77 700
Rating: I’ll finish you like a chocolate cheesecake BIATCH!

*The rating is somewhere around 3,75 for this one too (can’t really give it a full **** Just can’t. I know I have issues, but don’t worry, I don’t plan to breed so it’s OK)

Non-stop thrilling action

That is going to be a rather short review, as I have nothing profound to say.

Stephanie is 15 now (surprise, surprise, you didn’t see that one coming *sarcasm*). I really enjoy seeing her grow up and following changing
11 months have passed and we find out exactly what happened to Skulduggery at the end of Book three.
After the huge cliffhanger of Book three, I had to move straight onto four to find out what happened. What I love about this series is the writing - its so exciting and the description makes me feel like I'm watching a movie. I think it helps even more when hearing it on Audio because the actor does such a fantastic job at narrating and getting all the voices perfectly! A few things are unfolding
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So... A pretty good read, I definitely enjoyed it! With it's much simpler style than other books this month, it proved for an easier read which really helped me cope with my current reading slump. The characters were excellent as usual, and this book had a little more character development which is always nice to see. The plot got going straight away, and I certainly loved the first 100 or so pages, probably the highlight of the book where they were finding Skulduggery and putting him back toget ...more
Getting better and better. I never thought that children's book can suck me in so deeply... All those little details that keep coming, spiraling around the main action, preparing your mind - sounds like the author really knew the end from the beginning. I absolutely love it! So, you really don't have to be in age twelve for enjoying the good and funny story. Age 34 can also do the trick (if The Story is Good)!
ahhhhhh!!! i have to wait til september for the next one!
this series is sooo much fun! great characters and very surprising twists. and really one of the most amazing things is that you can feel how much fun derek landy had writing this! although the things he is telling us are not at all nice and harmless, the contary: they are dark and cruel. people get tortured, die or are just really mad and insane. but still it is not easy to pigeonhole all the characters. skulduggery and valkyrie meet a l
So. 4th book in the series - and everyone still wants to kill Valkyrie. Why? Sanguine, Crux, Scapegrace, Dusk... *sigh* The whole little Revengers' Club.

And finally, we get Protective Fletcher. *happy* Yay! And at the end *sigh of pleasure* She finally realises how she feels and it's all happy:

"Where'd you lot disappear to?" Fletcher Renn asked as he
stepped out into the rain behind them.
Valkyrie turned, saw him there and the next moment she had
her arms wrapped around him and her head on his
I have ordered this book from Play and at the time of writing I'm still waiting on it although now that I've had the book from the school library and have read it no doubt it will have arrived today, oh well.

As for the book what can I say, I absolutely love this series and I hate when the book is finished as then I need to wait on the next one although thankfully I only need to wait until September. I love Landy's humour and sarcasm. The characters are brilliant, they are well developed and well
Kelly H. (Maybedog)
Another wonderful tale in the Skulduggery Pleasant series. Lots of action and a complex plot with very distinguishable characters. There's actually a slight bit of emotion in this one, although I always want slightly more. I just love how strong Valkyrie is and how she saves Skullduggery a lot.

As usual for this series, I listened to it on CD and I highly recommend it. Rupert Degas is probably my favorite reader. I lose myself in the story and forget it's one person doing the voices, all of whic
Word of warning: Dark Days was not published in the United States. While I don’t advocate e-books under normal circumstances, getting it in e-book is your best bet, rather than, say, ordering it all the way from the United Kingdom. Like I did. For books 4-9 in this series. Oops!

Anyway, Dark Days is the fourth book in the Skulduggery Pleasant series. When last we left our wisecracking skeletal Irish detective, he had just been sucked into a portal to an eldritch dimension. Which really, if you’l
I cannot even think. Merp.


Okay, that's better.


(Heavy Breathing . . .)

Heroes : With the good old gang, (Minus Skullduggery) tries to get him back, it's pretty funny. Tanith is awesome, Ghastly is cool, ad Valkyrie is just there. Oh yea
Leanne Bell
Amazing, simply put! This book in the series focuses a lot more on Valkyrie than the other books, as we see how much she's grown up compared to back at the beginning of the series.
That's not to say that there's less laugh out loud moments, because there are lots and i think this is probably one of the best in the series.
The ending has a truly brilliant cliff-hanger and i'm now left wanting the fifth book in the series to find out what happens next.
Derek Landy is quite simply a genius!
I knew it.

I freaking knew it.

I think this book is the most illuminating about each character yet. We learn a lot about every major character in the series, from revelations about their pasts and from their actions. The ending leaves the reading with a need to know what will happen to everyone, especially with Valkyrie—it's a doozy.

As far as the audiobook production value, I was disappointed that it wasn't of the same caliber as the previous three. There was no music and no sound effects, and I was shocked to hear at one poi
An Odd1
Re-read series. What a thrill to fall back into such a strange invention. Valkyrie is brave, would do anything to save her teacher, and does risk the impossible. Swing of who is who and where, unremembered motivations, would be easier if I'd read series read closer together, but worth sorting out puzzle and catching up with eccentrics -- good, bad, and zig-zag in-betweens.

Magic and mortal worlds scatter news reports seemingly at random. Scarab unites Springheel Jack "the Ripper" and other villa
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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)
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“Valkyrie, I hate to be the one to tell you this, but your friend is most likely dead.”
“Of course he’s dead. He’s a skeleton.”
“Well, for future reference, this is my serious face.” 211 likes
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