Skulduggery Pleasant: Scepter Of The Ancients

Paperback | March 25, 2008

byDerek Landy

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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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Meet Skulduggery PleasantAce DetectiveSnappy DresserRazor–tongued WitCrackerjack SorcererandWalking, 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 dea...

Derek Landy lives near Dublin. Before writing his children's story about a sharply dressed skeleton detective, he wrote the screenplays for a zombie movie and a little thriller in which everybody dies.As a blackbelt in Kenpo Karate, he has taught countless children how to defend themselves, in the hopes of one day building his own priv...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 7.62 × 5.12 × 0.83 inPublished:March 25, 2008Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0061231177

ISBN - 13:9780061231179

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! When Stephanie’s uncle dies suddenly, she inherits his estate and all of his money. During her first stay in her new house, she is attacked by a man seeking a key. The skeleton detective Skulduggery Pleasant saves her life, and she becomes the eccentric mage’s apprentice. Together they must fight a vicious villain and save the world from ancient destructive gods. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. The writing was humorous, elegant, exciting and original. Each of the characters are so unique and often possessed outrageous names. The ending was perfect; it wrapped up all of the events nicely but still left me enthusiastic for the sequel. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a humorous, action-packed, original novel. Even though this is in the junior section, it will thrill readers of all ages. There are not many novels similar to this one. However I recommend “The Kneebone Boy” by Ellen Potter to fans of this series, as it takes place in the United Kingdom and has both gothic and humorous elements.
Date published: 2013-10-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Engaging and funny. Wonderfully original writing, which is a nice surprise, considering this is the author's first book. Skulduggery generally acts, ironically enough, the way most brave-but-normal people would in tough situations -- albeit with a bit more flair. I don't usually like the 'talented child' angle, but with Stephanie, Landy pulls it off well.
Date published: 2009-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Completely fabulous! Wonderful book, wonderful plot, wonderful characters, wonderful magic, wonderful everything. This book was great. I started it yesterday, and could not put it down--- result: I finished reading the book within five hours. A comical, walking, talking, fire-throwing skeleton. Who would have thought of that? Derek Landy, of course. Mr. Landy is an awesome author... his book kept me on the edge of my seat the whole way through. If Derek Landy won his head in a poker match, the guy he beat lost a VERY smart cranium.
Date published: 2008-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A comical terror to enjoy Who said being a sitty skeleton detective was easy? The first novel of Derek Landy's writting courirer kiked off with success. Skulduggery Pleasant, a comical stylish skeleton, fights of evil as his sidekick, Stephanie along the way. After finding out that her oncle was murdered by magical creatures, she ventures off with Skullduggery to find the colprit. The two main charcters mke a great team in saving the world from evill domination.
Date published: 2008-08-14

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