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Kingdom of the Wicked

(Skulduggery Pleasant #7)

4.51  ·  Rating details ·  12,283 ratings  ·  602 reviews
The seventh instalment in the biggest, funniest, most thrilling comedy-horror-adventure series in the universe - and the follow-up to 2011’s number-one bestseller, Death Bringer…

Magic is a disease.

Across the land, normal people are suddenly developing wild and unstable powers. Infected by a rare strain of magic, they are unwittingly endangering their own lives and the live
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Paperback, 606 pages
Published 2012 by HarperCollins Publishers
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Toni they havent puplished the 9th book yet in my country but I bought it in the internet a year ago... its worth it believe me
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Jasmine
Aug 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: To anyone who loves the Skulduggery Pleasant Series and Sci-Fi. Trust me: you’ll be in heaven.
Since the beginning of summer, I’ve waited for this book.
And waited... And waited some more...
The Australians and New Zealanders got it first. A month before anyone else. I was furious beyond explanation.
I waited...
It was released early on Kindle. I can’t read a Kindle (for some strange reason, my eyes get sore).
I waited...
The day before the offical release, I was in the bookstore and right in front of me; a guy held KOTW in his hands. And when I went to the desk, asking was my
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Grüffeline
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
"Hopefully, they'll see the funny side of it."
"There's a funny side?"
"I don't know. I'm hoping they'll see it and point it out to us."

I love love love looooove the Skulduggery Pleasant books and this one is no exception! It's funny, it's thrilling, it's magical (yes, I think I'm repeating myself in my reviews to this series but I do not care)... The characters are just awesome and I live for the bickering and the dialogues, especially between Skulduggery and Valkyrie (and the more I reread a
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Ryan Buckby
Aug 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Of course I want to kill you," said Skulduggery. "I want to kill most people. But then where would I be? In a field of dead people with no one to talk to

Epilogue. HELLO! THAT WAS MESSED UP! i need more!

This series just keeps blowing my expectations out of the water every single book that i read is just amazing and i just cannot say it honestly so if you haven't picked this series up please please do!

Plot: Things are again full swing in this book and there are so many different stories happen
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Kribu
ETA: Second read finished, just in time for book eight next week. It's still pretty damn powerful, and I think I noticed more details this time around - details that should very likely be relevant for Last Stand of Dead Men.

I'm not ready for LSODM. I'm really not. But at the same time, I can't wait. (Knowing that there will be one more book after LSODM, I'm relatively sure some people will have to survive. Probably.)

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Original comments from 1 August 2012:
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Just finished, and...

A more coherent
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Ashley
Aug 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Star Rating: —> 5 Stars

HOLY SHHHHH*TTTTTT. THINGS JUST GOT F*CKING REAL! INSANE! DYING RN! WORDS
FAILING ME ATM... 😰😱😰

ONTO BOOK 8 (Last Stand of Dead Men)!!!!
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Katie.dorny
Jul 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Well that definitely one of the most insane cliffhangers I’ve ever read..
Skulduggery and Valkyrie are back!! And even though it took a while to get into the meat of the story, it was all the way epic one we reached there!!
Mortals are suddenly able to control magic - investigating how that’s possible, who’s responsible and the consequences/clean up of said incident is the plot of the story. However it takes so many twists and turns you literally never know who is gonna be exposed next or who migh
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Stopped
Jan 14, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this book a few weeks ago, remembering how the first instalment of the series had entertained me when I was thirteen. Sadly, all the appeal has faded now I'm older and, truthfully, I can't think of anyone I would recommend the series to.

Firstly, the novel is hard to place. The style and writing is clearly written for children while the content contains so much gratuitous violence and murder it hurts. I'm not sure who Landy is writing for, but it seems odd to construct a novel so obv
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daisy
May 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Uhhhhhh, what the fuck @ that ending?? Wha?? What????
(view spoiler)

Proper RTC later!
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Emma
Aug 27, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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▪️◾️▪️ Jenvile ▪️◾️▪️
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Ela
Oct 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. She just...and the...with that...Wow.

Derek Landy has outdone himself yet again. I don't think I've ever read a series that has matured and grown so quickly as the books continued. In this book he managed to maintain the hilarity and the fantastic characters, as well as adding a load of great new aspects. At one point we were in a parallel world, at first I thought 'meh, I guess this is quite cool' then it was all I could do to stop myself from running down the street shrieking, 'THIS IS AMA
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Booknut
Our favourite Skeleton Detective is back, with his not-so-sidekick-sidekick Valkyrie Cain - but not for a holiday or casual investigations. Everyday mortals are starting to have paranormal powers; fat butterfly men being the prime example.

But this isn't the only problem. Old friends return to backstab, ex's become fond of muffins, Grand Mage's don't bother to read the manuals, headless zombies search for new bodies, true names are found and enemies believed dead make reappearances. Why can't th
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Kimberley doruyter
a little long but still so good.
i love how derek landy still gets some comedy inbetween the serious stuff.
Katie
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh wow, so far this one is close to being a favourite in the series. I’m going to be sad when it ends!!
ekaterina
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colleen the convivial curmudgeon
3.5

Oh my gods, the ending of this book...

It's one of those epilogues which is really a hook for the next book and this tactic sort of annoys me a lot of the time but I've been waiting for this particular hook to take shape for ages, and now I'm all wriggling for the next damn book!

Ugh!

Only two more to go in the series, if Landy sticks to the plan. And, to be honest, as much as I do enjoy the books, generally, I'm glad that there is an end in sight because I don't know how much longer the formul
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Kayenta
Sep 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
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Crazyjamie
Sep 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'll be honest. After the last Skulduggery Pleasant Book (Death Bringer) I was genuinely concerned that Landy had run out of ideas for this series. I actually said as much in my review on here. Because whilst Landy can clearly knock out sharp and witty dialogue until the cows come home, to be perfectly blunt the plot in the last book generally was below par for the series as a whole.

Fortunately, Kingdom of the Wicked is not just a return to form, for me it is the best book in the series. I actu
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Jessica (aus.fangirl.reads)
What can make a Skulduggery Pleasant book even better than it already is? How about some Science fiction dimensional shunting?
Kingdom of the Wicked was such an action packed read, but I still found myself laughing during really dramatic fight scenes. I mean how could you not laugh when a a characters thinks "Wow, this guy was violent" while getting the heck beaten out of them?
Just like most of these books, no matter h0w much action there is, there is always some emotional scenes and boy do they
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Tara
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was EXCELLENT!

Landy really caught me completely unawares with the plot twist (which I don't think has happened before in this series, though that hasn't detracted from my enjoyment at all), and at certain points I was dangerously close to stroking out😂 Especially those last few chapters.

I love this series so. much. and I only have two books left for now! I'm tempted to take them slowly, but I know it's not going to happen. I'm too curious to see what happens next, and I love these cha
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Amanda
Nov 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm so glad I reread this book because I had remembered so little of it from my first reading 4 years ago. This plot is a pretty complicated one for the series, and it's really dark, but as always still compelling and enjoyable, especially with the funny quips that are key to my love of the Skulduggery Pleasant series. The ending was super dark and foreboding. I have no idea what the next books in the series will bring, but right now nothing is looking good.
~`☆ isabel ˙ᵕ˙
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Stef Rozitis
The fast pace and witty dialogue made this in many ways an enjoyable read despite its flaws. Like nearly all 600 page books it was too long and in parts it seemed like the author was being self-indulgent however there print is spaced far apart for easy reading and the pacing of the story itself means that most of the time the pages practically turn themselves. The long and lingering descriptions of violence and huge proportion of the book seen through the perspective of various sort of villains ...more
Judy
Oct 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the particular Irish humour of Derek Landy's books. I don't read a huge amount of Children's books but every now and then one of my favourites comes out and I have to keep up with the story to see what the characters are up to.

I didn't really enjoy the last Skulduggery book and thought I might not bother with this one, but it was back on form and much more exciting than the last.

Valkyrie and Skulduggery are on the hunt for a pacifist sorcerer who has decided to 'gift' magic to mortals. Un
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Sheetal
Sep 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The seventh instalment in the biggest, funniest, most thrilling comedy-horror-adventure series in the universe - and the follow-up to 2011’s number-one bestseller, Death Bringer…

Magic is a disease.

Across the land, normal people are suddenly developing wild and unstable powers. Infected by a rare strain of magic, they are unwittingly endangering their own lives and the lives of the people around them. Terrified and confused, their only hope lies with the Sanctuary. Skulduggery Pleasant and Valkyr
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Hadlai
Mar 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Everything that could possibly go wrong seemed to go wrong, which, story-wise, is great, but I think I said "Craaaaaap," out loud at least 3 times last night.
I've been waiting for it to happen since Book 1 but this is the book that made me absolutely adore Ghastly Bespoke. In future books, I'd rather he didn't end up getting split in half.
I really loved the whole discourse on pacificism. It was nice not having a main character suffer inner turmoil for 20 chapters over killing the bad guy for on
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Zohal
Mar 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
NO WAY NO WAY NO WAY NO WAY

This is now my favourite book in the series so far

SO MANY THINGS HAPPEN. SO MANY THINGS I AM NOT ALLOWED TO SAY.

There are also many gross, disgusting bits in this book.

OVERALL............ AMAZING !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Can't wait to see how the last two books will play out.

Well only two years left to find out =) =) =) =)
Nicole Foster
Jul 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I just finished this book (9:55pm EST 30/07/12) and the only thing running through my head was OH MY GOD. I was twitching so much from reading this book because of all the cliff-hangers', action scenes and all the laugh's i had.
Derek Landy has out done himself on this one.... Can't wait for the next.
Cornelia Johansson
Sep 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: portals
*flails and screams incoherently about the epicness that is Skulduggery Pleasant and Valkyrie Cain*

Full review in Swedish here
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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

Other books in the series

Skulduggery Pleasant (1 - 10 of 14 books)
  • Skulduggery Pleasant (Skulduggery Pleasant, #1)
  • Playing with Fire (Skulduggery Pleasant, #2)
  • The Faceless Ones (Skulduggery Pleasant, #3)
  • Dark Days (Skulduggery Pleasant, #4)
  • Mortal Coil (Skulduggery Pleasant, #5)
  • Death Bringer (Skulduggery Pleasant, #6)
  • Last Stand of Dead Men (Skulduggery Pleasant, #8)
  • The Dying of the Light (Skulduggery Pleasant, #9)
  • Resurrection (Skulduggery Pleasant, #10)
  • Midnight (Skulduggery Pleasant, #11)

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“I had an uneventful few days," it told her. "The most exciting thing was an hour-long lecture from the headmaster on taking our studies seriously. He said next year's exam will arrive sooner than we think."
"No, they won't," Valkyrie said, frowning. "They'll arrive next year, exactly when we expect them."
"That's what I told him," the reflection nodded. "I don't think he's comfortable with logic, because he didn't look happy. He sent me to the Career Guidance counsellor, who asked me what I wanted to do after college."
Valkyrie stowed her black clothes. "What did you say?"
"I told her I wanted to be a Career Guidance counsellor. She started crying, then accused me of mocking her. I told her if she wasn't happy in her job then she should look at other options, then pointed out that I was already doing her job better than she was. She gave me detention.”
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