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The Faceless Ones (Skulduggery Pleasant #3)

4.4  ·  Rating details ·  16,761 Ratings  ·  710 Reviews
The third bone-breaking, belly-busting adventure in the series that puts the “funny” back in, um, funny series. That didn’t really work, did it?

If you’ve read the previous Skulduggery books then you know what the Faceless Ones are — and if you know what the Faceless Ones are, then you can probably take a wild guess that things in this book are going to get AWFULLY sticky f
Hardcover, First American Edition, 423 pages
Published 2009 by HarperCollins (first published December 24th 2008)
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Damian Dubois
Jul 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
For years these books have been staring me in the face, whether they be at the local bookstore or library, and I felt no real inclination to pick one up to give it a shot. My thoughts were that these were just for kids and simply not worth the time or effort. Something my eight year old daughter might like, but ultimately not for me. Well, boy was I wrong!

I've now read three of these books and each one has been a fun, action-packed and a thrill a minute ride. While some of the names are a little
Cait (Paper Fury)
When I pick up a Skulduggery Pleasant book I know 3 things for sure and certain:
1. I'm going to laugh.
2. There's going to be freaking awesome action sequences.

Sarcasm, peoples, it's so gold and good and wonderful it enters my list twice.

This is the 3rd book in the Skulduggery Pleasant series and while I loved it, I think I like book 2 the best. There are a truckload of characters in here and, I confess, I get a lot of the secondary characters confused. Their names are aw
Amber Robertson
These are so enjoyable, I can't help myself.
Temi Panayotova
Jan 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Абсолютно и напълно неочакван край! Всяка следваща част ме кара да искам още и още - просто трябва да знам как продължава! Толкова много се смях и все едн съпреживявах битката срещу Безликите с нашите герои - такова хубаво усещане! Едно от първите неща, които ще направя другата седмица е да си купя следващата част!
3.5 stars.

My personal favorite skeleton detective is back - and not quite as snarky as ever. Close enough.

For me this series/book is not at all about the plot, because, let's be honest, it's not the greatest plot and even frustrates me sometimes. The Faceless Ones are starting to grate on my nerves but it's definitely not the worst story I've come across and absolutely everything is made better by the characters. I love Skulduggery and Valkyrie and Tanith. They are one of the best bad ass team
Kimberley doruyter
i hate the cliffhanger at the end of this one.
it drove me crazy the first time.

i always wondered why that guy was trying to kill her.
i skipped this one because my libary didn't have it, i'm kinda sorry about that.
Nov 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the best and most satisfying Skulduggery book I've read thus far! Granted, I've only read three. Derek Landy just keeps upping it with each book! Never a dull moment! Like the second book, the other characters came into their own, and as cool and awesome as Skulduggery P is, he needs people to get his back. He needs Tanith Low, Ghastly (all taken names are usually quite cool, because Derek Landy is fabulous.), Kenspeckle, and above all, he needs Valkyrie. His team has saved his butt so m ...more
Apr 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Finished listening to the audiobook for the first time, but reading for the second time. This was so great. This book is where the tone of the series becomes darker and bleaker, but still so smart and funny and enjoyable!!
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
hoo boi that ending... hoo boi

on another note: i?? love?? valkyrie?? so much?? i mean, i love everyone, but the way she's maturing and learning everything (from magic to combat training to mundane things and relationships/interactions) as she goes is astonishing and i'm just. floored. amazed. so thankful, so moved. my baby, off to destroy people.
Yuli Atta
Jul 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is not a cliffhanger, but it is a cliffhanger. In a way.

No me canso *__*
Jun 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Eine erschreckende Serie von Morden an Teleportern erschüttert die magische Welt. Wer könnte den Fall schneller aufklären als Skulduggery und Walküre? Ganz gewiss nicht das Team des Sanktuariums, aus dem die beiden Detektive rausgeworfen wurden. Doch um hinter das Geheimnis der seltsamen Morde zu kommen und die Welt wieder vor der dunklen Macht der Diablerie und der Gesichtslosen zu schützen, die ihre Fänge nach ihnen ausstrecken, müssen Walküre und Skulduggery jede Hilfe in Anspruch nehme
Bluewaterstorm ~ Skeletons ~  Evil and Sassy Girl ~ For a reason ~ To be known as a Legend ~
Ok there is one thing that I need to say and get off my mind.

Holy. F'n. Shit. Everyone needs and I mean NEEDS the read this series!



Ok to start with the Sea Hag seemed really cool, but the stupid thing that I thought at that moment was that the Sea Hag wasn't even in the sea she
The Loft
What could be better than a skeleton detective? You read that correctly, the title character, Skulduggery Pleasant, is a skeleton detective with the ability to conjure flames when he snaps his fingers. He’s not your average private eye, to say the least.

We first meet Skulduggery at the funeral of writer Gordon Edgley. He’s the mysterious figure at the edge of the crowd, wrapped up in a trench coat, scarf, and sunglasses, as though he were avoiding the paparazzi. His odd appearance does not go un
Oct 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I loved 'The Faceless Ones' just as much as the other two previous books of the series. (Still don't know, why it took me so long to read the third book of the series?!?)

The characters are funny and brilliantly done. I cannot get enough of them, especially of the unique friendship of our two main characters Skulduggery and Valkyrie.

The story itself is face-paced. A lot of stuff happens and I never once got bored during the book.

Apr 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This series just keeps getting better...
Hannah Givens
One of my favorite things about the first book was that Valkyrie embraced the magical world wholeheartedly, with none of the usual dillydallying about whether she actually wanted it or not. So, I don't really appreciate the constant condescension from everyone (except Skulduggery and Tanith) about how she should really go back to her normal life and it'll be so much better for her. But I'm glad to have Ghastly back -- it was super weird that he was hardly mentioned in the second book -- and the ...more
Paranormal Fantasy Favorites

This was fantastic. By far the best in the series so far. I loved every minute. The characters are great, the humor is hilarious, the story was more intense and took a darker turn, and the action was awesome. By this point I think I will read anything by Derek Landy.

Audio Narration
Rupert Degas is incredible. One of the very best. He is a narrator not to be missed.


Just a heads up. The violence was upped pretty hard in this book compared to the previous two from
May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
omfg the ending! It was so perfect and quite shocked I might add.
Good thing I had the next book with me.
AnHeC the Paperback Obliterator
Word count: about 70 000
Rating: I’ll finish you like a chocolate cheesecake!

*The rating is somewhere around 3,75 for this one

Oh yeah baby! They bring the sexy back!

Stephanie is a teenager now. She’s 14 and it shows ^^ (in a good way). It’s kind of cute to see her so certain of who she is and what is an appropriate course of action. She runs her life and refuses to see any fault in it (avoiding boring, trivial things like school and sending your reflection instead is normal for her. But let’s be
Jul 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
A lot of action in this book. I especially enjoyed the last 100 pages. I am on the wall if I will be letting my 9 year old continue on with this series. I will have to read book 4 and see if it gets any worse on language. It isn't horrible language in book 3, but enough H and G words that might not be the best to read so often. Book 3 did leave quite a cliff hanger!!
Jun 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Já tinha ouvido falar no Detetive Esqueleto, mas nunca me preocupei em pesquisar a coleção e perceber melhor do que se tratava. O que andei a perder!!

Começar pelo terceiro livro talvez não tenha sido a melhor ideia, porque em determinados momentos acabei por sentir que me faltava algum conhecimento prévio, provavelmente adquirido por quem leu os dois primeiros livros. Ainda assim, não foi nada de demasiado grave, e consegui ler perfeitamente toda a história e perceber tudo.

Adoro quando, com est
Jessica Harrison
Review via the Deseret News
Have you heard of Skulduggery Pleasant? You really should have by now. No? Well now's your chance.

Skulduggery is, well, there's no kind way to say it, decidedly different. You see, Skulduggery is a skeleton detective. That's right, a collection of bones walking around with no skin, muscles or organs. Oh, and his head, it's not even his own. He won the skull he's wearing in a poker game.

Skulduggery is the brainchild of author Derek Landy, whose first book about the skel
I read three and a half Skulduggery Pleasant books in one day. Because I had nothing else to do. And these books are good, and funny, and Valkyries past is going to catch up to her, and it was somewhat very surreal. But I like them.
Skulduggery and Valkyrie are really likeable people. Though when I am in life threatening situation, i can't think of quips. I love how the plot really moved along in this book. By now, they've established a rhythm. Bad guy buildup, bad guy escapes/does something bad
Jessica Zak
Mar 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love this book so much. These books get better as they go. Just thinking about the series gives me all the feels. So after two book/years of people trying to bring back these Faceless gods that want to destroy this world, they finally show up, and you can see how they really are a threat. I remember reading this for the first time and no really understanding how these gods could pose any threat and then you see them in action. The climax is the best part of this book, and the lead up isn't dis ...more
Mark O'Neill
Jan 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Skulduggery Pleasant, the skeleton in a suit with a suave sophisticated cultured air about him, goes into action again with his 14 year old sidekick Valkyrie Cain.[return][return]Having been fired from the Sanctuary in the last book, Pleasant and Cain are for the first time on the outside looking in. They have to suffer watching an inept and stupid detective take their place who couldn't detect anything even if it came up to him and bopped him on the head. Added to which, Pleasant is getting som ...more
Jul 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was AMAZING! Just what I needed to get me back into this series, after I didn't enjoy the last book that much!
I love how we are just thrown into the story, but I'm not left feeling confused. That's a real talent in writing considering the books tend to continue on a few months or so after the last events in the predecessing novel.
I'm hoping to go into more depth in a video review, hopefully without spoilers still, but this book had so many tense scenes with characters and so much action, ye
Jul 21, 2009 rated it liked it
The idea that a "normal" girl, albeit one mentioned in a prophecy and possessing incredible strength and other powers, could be involved with some secret semi-monstrous group of Others has been done before (namely, Buffy). Of course, the living-skeleton-as-mentor hasn't been done before, and that's part of what sets this series apart.

Unfortunately, this third book in the series seemed far more serious, and far more violent, than the previous two. There were few moments of by-play, and those onl
Katri Mei Lightdeth
Цялото ревю -
Да напиша две ревюта за две книги от една и съща поредица в рамките на няколко часа е абсолютно удоволствие за мен самата като читател и блогър. Но нямаше как, даже не знам как все още не съм подхванала "Безликите" (Студио Арт Лайн, 2012) за втори прочит.

Скълдъгъри Плезънт и Валкирия Каин са уволнени, официално вече не са част от екипа и персонала на Убежището и всяка тяхна намеса в магьоснически дела, които други разследват е нарушение на за
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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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