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Mortal Coil (Skulduggery Pleasant #5)

4.48  ·  Rating Details  ·  9,986 Ratings  ·  400 Reviews
Meet Skulduggery Pleasant: detective, sorcerer, warrior.

Oh yeah. And dead.

Skulduggery Pleasant and Valkyrie Cain are back – just in time to see their whole world get turned upside down.

With Valkyrie struggling to protect her dark secret, Skulduggery and the gang are more vulnerable than ever, just as a plague of body-snatching Remnants are released upon the world…
Paperback, 572 pages
Published March 31st 2011 by HarperCollinsChildren’sBooks (first published September 2nd 2010)
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Temi Panayotova
Jan 30, 2016 Temi Panayotova rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
След прочитането на тази част - никоя книга вече не е същата!!!
Толкова много действие, толкова много изненади, толкова много ужасни неща и мъртви хора - е очевидно и възкръсващи (както се разбира по края на книгата) - е как да се спре човек да я чете тази поредица - буквално съм ПРИСТРАСТЕНА - ако не сте я чели - само губите - това е най-готината поредица, която съм чела - направо не знам как да спра, като знам, че края скоро наближава... искам да продължа
Cait Grace
BASICALLY I HATE THIS BOOK AND BY "HATE" I MEAN I LOVE IT SO SO MUCH. It was completely dark and scary and sad and, wow. Goodbye happy days where the book ended with Val getting some family time, sleep, and possibly a better meal than cold cereal. (Although I question the lack of meals in these series, but HEY. It's magic.) So much happened... Gah. Where do I even begin??

Pfft. I'll begin with: I LOVE THIS SERIES SO MUCH. I recommend it 2 thousand percent. Literally the only thing I have issues w
May 03, 2015 Taha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
-Serinin bundan önceki kitabının şok edici sonundan sonra çok iyi şekilde devam ettirilmiş ve bu sefer karakterlerin duygularına ve aralarındaki ilişkilere daha fazla ağırlık verilmiş, kurgu olarak biraz tekrara düşse de ve birçok soruyu yine cevapsız bırakmış olsa da, yine çok akıcı, heyecanlı ve keyifle okunan bir kitap oldu.

-Valkyrie'nin daha güçlü olmasını sevinerek takip ediyordum seride. Ama kız fazlasıyla savaşçı hale bürünüp soğuk nevalenin teki olmaya başlamıştıı. Bu kitapta neyse ki V
Jan 07, 2011 Rachel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was by far the thickest, and like, one of the most incredible books ever! Hands down the best in the series. Everything is witty and dry as usual, and Derek Landy even succeeded in making me tear up at one point. I also went "Oh shit," among other things a couple of times. You know it's a good book when you can laugh, cry, and swear while reading it. In fact, I loved this so much, I won't even bother trying to spoil anything, because the momentum would keep me going until I'd written the wh ...more
Darren Hartwell
Aug 29, 2010 Darren Hartwell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
In preparation for writing this review I have just looked back at what I wrote about Dark Days, the previous book in this hugely entertaining series. At the time I really struggled to write a detailed review that did not contain any spoilers, and I'm now having that Groundhog Day feeling. Please do not feel let down if this review is not as detailed as some of my others but given the recent backlash on blogs and Twitter about certain nasty reviewers peppering their Mockingjay reviews with spoile ...more
Kimberley doruyter
this book had me running in circles holding my head and screaming,
in a good way:)
Jun 25, 2011 Crazyjamie rated it really liked it
Mortal Coil is the fifth book in Derek Landy's entertaining fantasy series, and sees a continuation of the overarching storyline that emerged in the fourth book. Valkyrie Cain continues to enjoy her life as the side kick of Skulduggery Pleasant, along with her other supernatural friends and her new boyfriend Fletcher Renn. However, her apparent future as Darquesse continues to hang over her, driving her to take drastic steps to change her fate. Elsewhere, the Necromancers decide to possess Finba ...more
May 25, 2011 Iskreads rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
1) "What exactly would you call a dog" pg156

2) This is the fifth and most current book in the already intriguing series, Derek Landy make this book thriling with the introduction as well as the much anticipated introduction of Lord Vile. THe book is thrilling and i would highly recommend it to people of all ages. Skulduggery and Valkyrie are both trying to find out how to stop Darquesse from emerging. As Valkyrie reveals this information to Skulduggery, she has tried to block her true name as we
After looking forward to redding this for a while and finally getting in the mood for it, I must say I was a bit disappointed. I found Mortal Coil to be the weakest book in the. Series so far. The plot was neither as fas paced or as fun as any of the previous ones. Also it was rather dark, which definitely wasn't something I appreciated. The humour helped as usual but I wish there was more of it to balance the gloom and doom.

There was anew narrator for this book, which might also have contribut
Apr 13, 2016 Tokio rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-read
In a remarkable change of events I am still in love with a skeleton. Which is odd for me since the majority of the time I like living breathing people but whatever.

This my friends, was a fantastic book. Something that's really hard to achieve seeing that it's the sixth book in a series. All the charm and dark dry humor is still here along with some new developments that keep you entertained. Be warned though, if you expect the nice sweet ending that we have learned to expect out of the Skuldugg
Sam Piper
I have been enjoying this series. They were nothing exciting, nothing terribly original.

But they were fun.

They were light hearted.

They were fast-paced and witty.

But niggles and worries are starting to mar my enjoyment of them now. The worse elements are coming to the fore and the books are becoming increasingly dark, violent and disturbing.


The plot focuses much more on Valkyrie Cain than the previous books: the threat doesn't come from an escaped convict or a malicious gaggle of vengeful p
Feb 20, 2012 Lucy rated it it was amazing
W-O-W. Derek Landy has outdone himself with Mortal Coil, the fifth and my personal favourite so far of the Skulduggery Pleasant series. Skulduggery and the gang are forced to deal with an invasion of body-snatching remnants while Valkyrie goes on a mission to seal her true name before it can be used against her... and the entire world.

Things get darker in this novel and there's some truly horrifying scenes that had me reading through the night to find out what happened next just so I could sleep
Jun 15, 2011 Viktoria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, 2011
Skulduggery is back! He is just a very good and interesting character! Actually the story isn't that important somehow, i mean it's good and well thought through. But the interesting part is the interaction between those great characters! Most of the time it's not laughing out loud funny, it's kind of a quiet sarcasm and irony. Which suits the story and the characters very well. And you cannot know for sure whether they are good or evil. You just hope that they are good but even Skulduggery has ...more
Nov 16, 2012 Sam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All hell breaks loose in this novel. If you haven't started reading this series yet, then I insist that you do! This one has amped up the evil and the creepiness with the remnants (which are featured in another book) taking over bodies.

One thing that has changed which wasn't really in the others is the amount of kissing in this. I don't mind a good kissing session in a book but I think that maybe younger teenage boys who have been reading the series may be put off by it. I am also seeing some '
Jul 05, 2013 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

A few of my previous complaints about this series have included -

1. Decrease in snappy humor
2. Increase in tendency towards darkness
3. General creepiness and kind of disturbing.
4. Back of the cover was inappropriate

Mortal Coil doesn't really stray from any of those problems. In fact, the front cover is a seriously creepy picture of Skulduggery's head and a whole bunch of skeleton and human hands reaching for it. I've been trying to keep it face down as much as possible, which
colleen the fabulous fabulaphile
3 1/2

This is one of those times where I wish we could do a review for the whole series.

This is a fun, action-packed middle-grade series starring Skulduggery Pleasant, a skeleton/wizard detective, and his young apprentice/partner, Valkyrie Cain. There's a lot going on, and every book, generally, gets a little bit better and, to a surprising degree, a little bit darker.

There's a lot of death and mayhem, and the stakes are raised with every book. But while the general goings on are fairly predicta
Juan Manuel Sarmiento
Ataduras Mortales resulta ser una lectura satisfactoriamente entretenida. El autor crea un estilo propio y unos personajes con una buena profundidad y desarrollo, donde el humor sarcástico es el elemento principal. No puedo esperar a leer la continuación.
Reseña completa mañana en MI BLOG
Apr 12, 2016 Nadja rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Vielleicht erhöhe ich die Wertung irgendwann auch noch auf 5 Sterne. ;) Ich hatte allerdings das Gefühl, dass dieser Teil nicht ganz so toll war und nicht ganz so spannend und überraschend wie die vorherigen... Vielleicht ist es auch nur das "Liebesdrama" mit Caelan...

Das soll jetzt aber auch gar keine wirkliche Rezi sein, die werde ich dann irgendwann wenn ich alle Bücher gelesen habe zu der ganzen Reihe schreiben. Ich habe das Gefühl sonst wiederhole ich mich nur ständig. Toller Humor, super
This book didn't do it for me as previous titles in the series.

I personally felt that the story got lost or muddled by it's indecision of whether to be a Kick arse, action packed book or one where we saw Valkyrie feeling torn between the family life that she has grown so far apart from, the future she has seen of being a bit of a gushy teenager. Though her conflicts are founded in very believable aspects, I personally felt that when she was all gushy and loved up, let the character down. Not bec
Mar 18, 2015 Angelmira rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, m-f, paranormal
*sad sigh* ...this is really heartbreaking. First Mr. Big. Now Kenspeckle. they are my favorite characters... well, all the characters are my favorite characters. and that disaster with Tanith. *sad sigh*
5 stars for Mortal Coil
"I like to think I beat him in a moral sense, in that he's an assassin and I'm not, but apart from that, no, not really.”

1/1 star for plot
Dark Days concluded with Valkyrie realizing that her true name is Darquesse--the same as the sorceress destined to destroy the world. We all saw it coming, but who cares?

Now the race is on to find a way to bind her name so that no one can use her to end the world. Because surely that's what happens, isn't it? In the attempt, she mee
S.E. Berrow
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Leanne Bell
As with most books that i totally love, i'm going to struggle to write a review, infact its taken me a few days just to finally put fingers to keyboard.

Mortal Coil begins around about half a year after the end of dark days. Valkyrie is trying to find out how to stop herself from destroying the world and they are still trying to establish a new Sancturary in Ireland. Meanwhile, there's a giant psychotic man in a metal mask running around murdering people. So in short, it's all action from the ver
Jan 04, 2013 Jack rated it really liked it
As you all know, I love the Skulduggery Pleasant books, so couldn't wait to get going on this one! For the length, it was a fairly quick read and an enjoyable one, too!

+ Always love the characters in these books, they're probably the highlight and what I enjoy reading about and discovering the most.
+ Valkyrie and Skulduggery are amazing and have been from the start, can't help but instantly connect and empathise with them throughout!
+ We're also introduced to Tesseract who was
I don't know. It felt lacking somehow. The humor only crops up once in a while now, I couldn't quite get a handle on the "Darquesse" thing (though I mostly blame myself for that one), love triangle looming?, not much Tanith or Fletcher, etc. There were a few comments that annoyed me but they weren't a big deal.

What really gets me is that at the beginning of the series, it wasn't very serious and it was really funny. Now...not so much. Yet there are still some sections that feel close to the earl
Kyra (Blog of a Bookaholic)
Jan 02, 2015 Kyra (Blog of a Bookaholic) rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed it! It was quite a bit darker and there were too many action scenes, but otherwise another fantastic instalment. There was a character death and I very nearly cried. Okay FINE, I'll admit it, there were tears. (view spoiler)
Rachel Lightwood
Apr 19, 2016 Rachel Lightwood rated it it was ok
Recommended to Rachel by: Devon Reid.
What happened, Landy?

No, seriously. What the hell happened to this book? I feel like I picked up the wrong book. This cannot be part of the amazingly funny, kick-ass Skulduggery Pleasant series, can it? Because it failed to make me laugh. It failed to keep me captivated. It failed on so many levels. Only the last quarter of the book, perhaps, was anything like the good old Skulduggery Pleasant books I have come to love.

I am really, really disappointed with this book. I was bored. I could barely
Miriam Joy
I definitely think these books are getting better as they go on, just in terms of writing style -- this one was really good. It's got some really brutal moments and lots of drama and some hilarious parts too.
Robert Spencer
Aug 27, 2015 Robert Spencer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Massively entertaining, just as you would expect from this consistently excellent series. Imaginative, funny and exciting, with plenty of gruesomeness thrown in, what more could a teenage reader want? My inner 13-year-old is loving it!
Христо Блажев
Хора и магьосници са само “Тленни обвивки” в петата част на Скълдъгъри Плезънт

“Тленни обвивки” определено вече не е роман само за тийнейджъри. Също както в страхотната трилогия “Живият хаос” първата част (тук първите три части) беше лека, а после бързо се усложни и стана мащабна и покоряваща. Петата част на поредицата за Валкирия Каин и детективът-скелет Скълдъгъри Плезънт е вече точно това – една “пораснала” книга, в която вече няма място за шеги – всичко е смъртоносно сериозно. Е, почти, все п
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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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“They say sarcasm is the lowest form of wit," Valkyrie said.

China glanced at her. "They've obviously never met me.”
“Stairs," Valkyrie said, disappointed.
"Not just ordinary stairs," Skulduggery told her as he led the way down. "Magic stairs."
"Oh, yes."
She followed him into the darkness. "How are they magic?"
"They just are."
"In what way?"
"In a magicky way."
She glared at the back of his head. "They aren't magic at all, are they?"
"Not really.”
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