Scepter of the Ancients
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.
However, despite Dugglyn Carzainia's answer to this question, I don't intend to read the sequels. One was enough for me.(less)
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
“Doors are for people with no imagination.”
I will always remember when I first read this. It was back in 2009. I was over at a friend's house when her older sister, Emma, recommended it to me. "I just know you'll love it," she told me when she handed her copy over.
You have to understand that, at this point, I wasn't a big reader. Yeah I didn't mind reading, but I also didn't love it. I didn't sit down for hours on end with a book in my hand. I didn't value the power of words as much ...more
Skulduggery Pleasant is a series I discovered during my first year at high school. I was on a vampire kick after falling in love with Twilight but figured I should read something else instead of re-reading the series for the 50th. Due to this, I found many of my favourite series of today including C ...more
My major issue was that it was all 150% predictable.
The story felt like I had read it all before: A little Harry Potter with a little Mission Impossible and a pinch of X-Men and a grain of blabla.
The character writing was superficial and especially the heroine, Stephanie, did not convince me at all.
Flat, unlikeable, unbelievable, one-dimensional.
From one day to the next, she lives in a world she didn't know existed, and guess what?
At first, it's a bit odd. There's some wei ...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 charact ...more
Usually, if a friend of recommends a young adult book featuring a magic and walking, talking skeleton....who is also wise cracking and hilarious I would have turned my nose up thinking it was too young and silly. But this book proved right from the first pages that it was worth giving a chance.
First of all I loved Skulduggery from the moment we met him. He was funny, smart and also badass and the author did a really good job of making hi ...more
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
Detective story with a fantasy twist. Skulduggery Pleasant is a sentient skeleton, detective, who also can do magic. He's good natured, with a delightfully dry wit. He teams up with 12 year old Stephanie to find out who killed her beloved uncle. Stephanie is spunky, clever and pretty quick witted herself. Their good natured bickering and conversations often had me chuckling out loud. Their relationship is what I liked best about this story.
"Being a detective isn't ...more
But the real revelation here is Skulduggery Pleasant himself, a several-hundred-year- ...more
Skulduggery Pleasant is a novel about a skeleton detective and his sidekick Stephanie. After Stephanie's uncle dies, she meets Skulduggery and they set off on their adv ...more
Nov 17, 2020: RE READDDD! I just missed Stephanie & Skullduggery SO MUCHHHH
Loved it as much as the first time. 5 Sparkly-AF Stars!
Star Rating: —> 5 Stars !
🌟 ⭐️ 🌟 ⭐️ 🌟
I have NO clue why I let this sit idly on my shelf for so long! It had a little bit of everything you could ever want ! It definitely gave me Harry Potter vibes— in the best way possible. The vibes, though, are where the similarities end, because this is wholly original, & magical all in ...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
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 one of those stories i went in not knowing if i would like it or not but once again i ended up really enjoying this book more than i thought i would.
Plot: This story takes place around a 12 year old girl named Stephanie who inherits her late uncles estate and is quickly thrown into a world she didn't know existed when someone shows up on her uncles door step wanting something and she has no idea why this man is there. Stephanie is eventually s ...more
I remember when I first discovered this series, back in 2009. It was one of my very first audiobooks, brilliantly produced and featuring the excellent voice of Rupert Degas. But what about the story? Well, as you can expect, having a talking, impeccably suited, skeleton as a detective, wielding magic, is going to be fun. And it is! The fantasy world the author creates is also one with a serious touch of darkness and horror, but all mixed with humour and snark, as expected for a middle grade ...more
I listened to this over two days on a road trip. The audio narrator did a good job, but sometimes his voice got so low, it was hard to hear.
When Stephanie’s Uncle Gordon dies, he leaves her with many fond memories … and a few other things, which a number of other people want (and they aren’t just Stephanie’s disappointed relations). Among those things is Gordon’s friend Skulduggery Pleasant, who belongs to a world of magical power and constant warfare. And once she’s aware of it, Stephanie wants nothing more than to be a part of that world as well -- danger be darned.I’m an outlier here, because this book has received nothing b ...more
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