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Mortal Coil

(Skulduggery Pleasant #5)

4.48  ·  Rating details ·  14,452 ratings  ·  588 reviews
Following the shocking revelations of DARK DAYS, get ready for the fifth instalment of the bestselling Skulduggery Pleasant series -- guaranteed to contain at least 40% humour, 50% action, and 100% thrills!

The blonde girl with the black lips turned to Valkyrie. 'We know,' she said. 'We've seen the future. We know you're going to kill the world!'

Skulduggery Pleasant and Va
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Hardcover, 604 pages
Published September 2nd 2010 by HarperCollins Children's Books
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C.G. Drews
Feb 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
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Katie.dorny
Jun 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Oh shit is gonna get so real and I think I know a plot twist and I hope it’s real so badly.
This book was amazing, we saw potential super villain status from the 2 main ‘good’(?) (questionable) characters - Valkyrie and Skulduggery. It was amazing. Watching their relationship develop after Skulduggery’s time in the land of the faceless ones is actually really sweet - they are honestly soul mates but in a platonic way and it’s wonderful to read a book where romance isn’t being forced or is the mai
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Rachel
Dec 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Grüffeline
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Plans are an invitation to disappointment."

I'm disappointed, too. Disappointed that it took me three days to finish this book when it clearly could have been done faster because it was so fricking good. But my body decided it needed more sleep than usual. Damn it. Where was I? Ah, Skulduggery. I loved this series from book 1 and I can't help loving it more with each book and even the reread won't get boring because there are so many little things you tend to forget and the bickering between
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Kimberley doruyter
Nov 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
this book had me running in circles holding my head and screaming,
in a good way:)
Tara
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As the series progresses it just keeps getting darker and darker, and I have so many questions that I need answered...

I might change the rating after I've had time to reflect a bit more, because while this one doesn't scream favorite! at me, giving it anything less than a full rating when I feel like this just seems wrong. So for now:

5 stars!
Darren
Aug 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
daisy
May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm pretty sure the power is going to go out any minute now, so I have to make this quick lmao

- Enjoyed this one as much as the others. I honestly don't know if it's nostalgia or whether I'm just genuinely really enjoying these books and these characters, but either way: I'm having a great time!
- I remember reading these books as they were coming out when I was a kid and then teenager, so it must not have bothered me at the time, but some of the scenes in this book are preeeetty damn gory and da
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Crazyjamie
Jun 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Iskreads
May 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
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Desinka
May 20, 2014 rated it liked it
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
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Amanda
Apr 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read 17 Dec 2012

Read 25 Jan 2017: I still really love all the books in this series. This volume has awesome Tesseract and the ridiculously frustrating Remnants. This book is where the series really turns dark and makes you want to cry. What fun I have to look forward to moving forwards!
Michael Cattigan
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.



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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
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Tokio Myers
Jan 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
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Lucy
Feb 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Viktoria
Jun 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Sam
Apr 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 '
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Emily
Jul 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourite-books
That one was well good. I feel like the series takes a turn for the very dark at #5, probably because of the Remnants. It's really interesting, all the themes of darkness within, who we are, how darkness can latch on inside us. Is it a part of you (like Darquesse) or an external force (like a Remnant?).

I forgot how much I love Fletcher. Annoying, yes, but adorable!

Also, these books are still ridiculously funny. Reading them in public = laughing all over the place!

Rereading them as an adult I'm
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Kristy ▪ The Reader Dragon
I honestly think that Mortal Coil has one of the best endings in this series. Well, so far. I actually don't remember a whole lot that happens in the series after this point which is weird because I'd read them more recently than the earlier books. But oh god I am so excited to see what happens (again).
Γιώργος
Feb 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reread
4,5/5 stars
Highness Atharva
May 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Skulduggery Pleasant Book 5
*Mortal Coil* by Derek Landy
This goes without saying, Mortal Coil has a crazy subservant plot for the series and it is full on action with a lot of primary 'Skulduggery Pleasant' elements and Derek Landy boldly establishes the fact about where the series is currently heading and it's evident it's halfway through and things are already getting much darker than I could have suspected. I mean, the story is wild and unleashed, the book introduces some formidable and memora
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❣Amy and Sofie ❣❤
5th book in the series: Mortal coil

pretty good!

thoughts:
with the points of view here my fave is Valkyrie's. i hated Tesseract's point of view it wasn't very interesting. i like Skulduggery's point of view. And Caelans in love with Valkyrie WHAAAAAAAATT????

Story line:
Of course if anyone read the 4th book, you'd know Valkyrie's super dark secret. i was super alarmed by that. but Remnants* are being released to the world and what the damn hell are you gonna do? meanwhile Valkyrie and Fletcher are d
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Sand-Witch
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
100% funny. This book will crack you up. The skull dude makes jokes without realising that he is making jokes and its hilarious. The sarcasm is definitely a yes for me, they characters can’t get through a single convo without being sarcastic. Even when the bad guys are talking to the good guys. Apart from the funny stuff, the book also has some intense and scary stuff in it. The story still hasn’t finished but the ending was somehow still satisfying. I love it.
Tamsyn J
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So technically finished this yesterday but was so excited for the next book that I closed book 5 and jumped into book 6 right away. The story gets more intense with each book and I can't take it anymore. Okay I can totally take it and this book was particularly hair raising. Eek!!
Amy
Jul 05, 2013 rated it liked it
It's....it's.....













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
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colleen the convivial curmudgeon
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
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Angelmira
Feb 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-f, favorites, 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*
Bilbo Baggins
Apr 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another Reread that was fully enjoyable!!
Natalie
Mar 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 / 5

He was wrong, of course. It wasn't about her being the hero - not any more. It was just about her trying not to be the villain.

Following the events of the last book, Valkyrie is well aware of her true name (view spoiler) and is doing all she can to prevent an apocalyptic future from occurring, having seen visions of it in the previous book. The first step, of course, is to seal her true name - so that no one can find it out and potentially use it against her.
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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 (1 - 10 of 12 books)
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  • Playing with Fire (Skulduggery Pleasant, #2)
  • The Faceless Ones (Skulduggery Pleasant, #3)
  • Dark Days (Skulduggery Pleasant, #4)
  • Death Bringer (Skulduggery Pleasant, #6)
  • Kingdom of the Wicked (Skulduggery Pleasant, #7)
  • Last Stand of Dead Men (Skulduggery Pleasant, #8)
  • The Dying of the Light (Skulduggery Pleasant, #9)
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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.”
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“Stairs," Valkyrie said, disappointed.
"Not just ordinary stairs," Skulduggery told her as he led the way down. "Magic stairs."
"Really?"
"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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