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Playing with Fire: Skulduggery Pleasant Series, Book 2 (Skulduggery Pleasant #2)

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Meet Skulduggery Pleasant

Ace Detective
Snappy Dresser
Razor-tongued Wit
Crackerjack Sorcerer
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.
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Published May 6th 2008 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published April 1st 2008)
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Kimberley doruyter
this one shows a bit of landy's very desturbing amagination.

i love all the skulduggery pleasant books so much i can read them anytime
Cait Grace
Woah. This series. I REALLY REALLY LIKE IT, OKAY? I may flail....but I will attempt logicalness. Because I am kind like that.

I listened to this on audio and I can't recommend it enough! It's narrated by a dude with an Irish accent and...can I say: BEST ACCENT IN THE WORLD?!! It was wonderful to listen too and the voices for different characters were perfection. It also went really fast. I listened to it all in just a few days.

These books are downright hilarious. If I can only ask for two thing

Like the first Skulduggery Pleasant novel, Playing With Fire is an enigma to me. I know that Derek Landy was aiming to write a children's fiction novel. I know that children's fiction at its best should appeal to a variety of age groups - that it should not be static, unforgiving or patronising. However, the enigma is that Landy's novel is one which is, fractured and unstable. I welcome the use of a fascinating female lead (I call her the lead as, through her perspective, we see various changes
Temi Panayotova
Jan 04, 2016 Temi Panayotova rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Борбата срещу злите сили продължава и в тази част. Стефани или вече по известна като Валкирия Каин и Скълдъгъри Плезънт трябва да се изправят срещу верните на Безликите, които искат отново да ги събудят и сложат край на света. Разбира се, нашите така смели и забавни герои намират и невъзможни начини да ги победят и да спрат идването на Безликите. И разбира се това не е краят - почвам 3-тата част...
Втората част ми се стори леко по-слаба от първата, но въпреки всичко тази поредица се очертава като
Jul 06, 2012 Sam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After listening on Audio to the first book in the ‘Skulduggery Pleasant’ series I couldn’t wait to read the second. The first book was funny, magical and full of adventure, and this one also delivers all of those things. I love the soundtrack and special effect sounds on the audio book, it really sets the scene and makes the story more exciting! In the first book there were so many laugh out loud moments but I didn’t feel like there were as many in this one. I still really love the banter betwee ...more
Деница Райкова
Приключи и втората ми среща с детектива-скелет.
И категорично мога да кажа, че беше още по-интересна от първата. Едва ли казвам нещо ново, но понякога първата книга от една поредица, особено когато е толкова завладяваща още с първите си страници, поражда високи очаквания, които не се оправдават в следващата книга. Тук обаче, за щастие, не е така. "Да играеш с огъня" е още по-напрегната, още по-наситена и изпълнена с действие, и още по-страховита.
Едно от нещата, които много ми хареса, е бързото р
Feb 04, 2015 Gemma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's like Doctor Who and Harry Potter had a love child
Oct 30, 2015 Abby rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
If books were food, Skulduggery Pleasant would be a chocolate-covered gummy bear.
Allow me to elaborate. At first, the idea of a chocolate-covered gummy bear sounds weird and a little gross. But in reality, although it is weird, it is completely delicious. In the same way, the idea of Skulduggery Pleasant is weird and unappealing: the hero is a skeleton sorcerer. Gross. But once you taste it, you discover how delightfully fun it is. Don't get me wrong, it isn't very good for you. In fact, consume
Dec 01, 2010 Davonp rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Davon Pritchard
Playing With Fire By Derek Landy
Can you imagine being a person with special powers having to fight crime every day until your life is done or if you lose it in a fight? If you do then you can imagine how Valkrie feels wanting to be like all the other kids but just knowing she can’t. Playing with fire by Derek Landy is one of the best books you will ever read about a powerful girl. Valkrie is a girl with special powers to stop crime. She can’t likes being with her best fr
RJ McGill
Jan 09, 2015 RJ McGill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone!
Wow - What Fun!

Moving forward in her apprenticeship to Skulduggery, Valkrie Cain (aka Stephanie Edgley) has made great strides, but has a great deal left to learn. Skulduggery's old nemesis, Baron Vengeous and his band of legendary monsters, known as the Grotesguery are determined to release the Faceless Ones and destroy the world. Of course, the oh' so cool, ultra chic, quick witted wizard stands in their way.

The story takes off when the Baron escapes from what was reportedly an inescapable pr
Jun 12, 2015 Tamara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Auch das 2. Abenteuer rund um Skulduggery Pleasant & Walküre Unruh hat mich vollends überzeugt. Derek Landy erschafft sehr unterhaltsame Geschichten. Skulduggery Pleasant ist einfach Kult und die Schurken stehen ihm in Nichts nach. 5 Sterne plus!!!
Feb 01, 2016 Wickedshizuku rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Middle School
Recommended to Wickedshizuku by: Goodreads
I'm excited to be able to read this series! The first book was excellent and I have Brooks from One Piece pop into my head. I find it so humorous, because to me I can positively say that this wouldn't seem strange to me...
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For some reason it seems that the villains are funnier than the protagonists. You're definitely in for a good laugh while reading this installment.
Jan 01, 2015 Erik rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bože, to bolo zase niečo! Akože fakt, som si ani na chvíľu nevydýchol, Derek Landy mi jednoducho nedal šancu! Akože vôbec.
Áno, Luu mala pravdu, že je to kúsok slabšie ako jednotka, ale to len preto, že tu nie sú žiadne mindshattering odhalenia a v podstate je nám už svet známy a --vraj-- v trojke a štvroke to zasa rozbaľuje úplne šialene!
Takže ja sa idem hneď pustiť do ďalšieho dielu! To sa proste inak ani nedá.
Nov 26, 2009 Qt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another thrilling adventure with Skulduggery, and a delicious sequel to the first :-) More freaky bad guys than you can shake a stick at, lots of action and magic, and plenty of humor made this another really fun ride. I'm looking forward to the third!

I enjoyed this story but not nearly as much as the first book and not nearly as much as I'd hoped. While Landy's talent as a writer is still evident, and I still love the characters of Skulduggery and Valkyrie (and some of the new ones are very interesting! I think my "favorite" is Billy Ray Sanguine), I felt this story lacked the sparkle and wit of the first one. It focused more on action sequences and less on character development and dialogue. The action sequences are well written as
Deborah O'Carroll
Another scary, action-packed fantasy tale in modern Dublin with Skulduggery Pleasant the skeleton detective!

But most importantly, containing numerous witty lines (by Skulduggery himself, naturally) and lots of humorous banter between him and Valkyrie, because THAT'S what I really read these books for! ;)

I don't think I liked it quite as much as the first one, but it was gripping and I find myself rather glad that it's a book instead of a movie because with a book, it's just the words and imagi
Oct 25, 2015 Eileen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Playing with Fire was maybe not as good as Skulduggery's first adventure, however I absolutely enjoyed reading it.
I just love Skulduggery and Valkyrie so much.
I also like how every book is full of action and adventures, there's literally no time to take a breath and relax.
I cannot wait to read the third book in the series!
Apr 17, 2016 Lluxita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Още се смея на глас, тая поредица си играе с психическото ми здраве...
Mar 31, 2016 I'mogén rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I give this a 2.5 star rating.

I forgot how funny Landy's writing can be, and he really proved that from the get go, when I read his dedications. Now, although I really found this book to be funny, witty and action packed, it was strangely very slow going for me, in terms of me deciding when to pick it up again, to continue reading... It just hardly happened. I didn't feel drawn to it and felt myself getting distracted and not very gripped when I was reading, although I could easily read a lot of
Feb 04, 2009 Jamieson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stephanie Edgley has been having a rough time as of late.

After her uncle’s death, twelve-year-old Stephanie meets Skulduggery Pleasant, a fast-talking, snappy dressing detective who just happens to be a walking, talking skeleton. He tells Stephanie that she is directly descendant from the Ancients, people who used control magic.

Under Skulduggery’s tutelage, Stephanie’s skills have grown. She is an Elemental, able to control Air, Earth, Water and Fire to her will. While still not as skilled as Sk
I love these stories and I love the narrator! He breaths so much life and character into each role that it's a feast for the ears!

One of the best things about this series is that the characters continue to grow with each installment. Yes, there are the adventures that are self-contained to each book, but the character arcs play on the tales that went before (as do the overall situations of the magical world). Thus, the tales never feel repetitive, and I'm always excited to see what Valkyrie will
Emily Mead
I didn't like it as much as the first one - I guess maybe there were just TOO many characters and TOO many fighting scenes and it was just TOO plot-drive (I like contemporary YA because of the characters, and I guess this is a case of "it's not you, it's me").

Still, I do want to keep reading the series :)
Yzabel Ginsberg
Still unsure as to what I should make of this series.

I sort of enjoyed the book, because of a few good ideas that could turn into great plot points later (especially the part about the reflection). Also, Tanith. She's mostly Action Girl and little else, but I like her no matter what.

I think I have a hard time reconciling the juvenile writing style with the dark themes and gory scenes (one of the villains kills people by causing them to explode; another one uses a razor blade that leaves permanen
Nicole Gozdek
Warum habe ich eigentlich so spät mit dieser Reihe angefangen? Denn eigentlich ist sie genau mein Ding. Ich liebe die skurrilen Helden, die Kombi aus frühreifer, frecher, mutiger jugendlicher Heldin Stephanie alias Walküre Unruh und ihrem Mentor Skulduggery Pleasant, Skelett-Detektiv und Elementezauberer im Dienst des Sanktuariums. Wenn die beiden miteinander reden, muss ich immer schmunzeln, denn ihre Wortgefechte, wenn sie mal wieder uneins sind, sind überaus unterhaltsam. :-)

Auch die weitere
Feb 16, 2016 PiMaster rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Absolutely thrilling. Even better than the 1st book. One of my favorite aspects of this book are the character interactions. Valkyrie Cain and Skulduggery Pleasant have a very interesting relationship. Pleasant is rather confident in his abilities and pompous to Valkyrie, and she is exasperated at his puns and jokes. Tons of new characters were introduced into the series, including Dusk, a vampire on the side of the main villain, Baron Vengeous, Billy-Ray Sanguine, Vaurien Scapegrace, The Tormen ...more
Kimberley doruyter
didn't like it as much as the first, some of the mystery is lost now that stephanie is already in the world of magic.
but i still wanna read the next one.
Yvis Leseecke
Leider konnte mich der Zweite Band auch nicht komplett überzeugen. Wahrscheinlich bin ich doch nicht die richtige Zielgruppe.
Mein Sohn (11) liest inzwischen Band 9 und wir haben gemeinsam mit der Reihe begonnen.
Der Schreibstil war eigentlich ganz OK. Ich konnte da jetzt kein Unterschied zu ersten Band entdecken.
Was mich hauptsächlich gestört hat, waren die vielen Charaktere im Buch, dadurch konnte ich mich nicht so gut hineinversetzen oder mitfühlen.
Generell war die Story aber auch einfach für m
Nov 19, 2009 Liz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: young girls ages 10+
Shelves: lis-565
Stephanie Edgley is back for more adventure with the walking, talking, flame towing, crime fighting skeleton detective Skuldiggery Pleasant. Stephanie's magical powers are getting stronger and she puts them to good use as they battle Baron Vengeous and his minions who are calling the Faceless Ones back to the world by bringing the Grotesquery to life. High energy and fast paced Stephanie, Skulduggery and their crime fighting cohort once again thwart the evil plan, but their adventure isn't over ...more
Nicholas Jobe
When I first got the book, I didn't want to put it down. Yet there was something different about it… something I couldn’t put my finger on. But we’ll get to that. First, the summary: Playing With Fire picks up one year after the first book, with Stephanie (now going by her taken name, which I won’t spoil for those who haven’t read the first yet) becoming better and better at what she does (though still the rookie). But Baron Vengeous, one of Mevolent’s top three soldiers (next to Serpine and Lor ...more
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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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  • Dark Days (Skulduggery Pleasant, # 4)
  • Mortal Coil (Skulduggery Pleasant, #5)
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“Are you going to shoot me?' Vengeous sneered. 'I wouldn't be surprised. What would a thing like you know about honor? Only a heathen would bring a gun to a sword fight.'

And only a moron would bring a sword to a gunfight.”
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