SKULDUGGERY PLEASANT: MORTAL COIL by DEREK LANDY.
Meet Skulduggary Pleasant: detective, magician, warrior. Oh yes, and dead.
With Valkyrie struggling to protect her dark secret, Skulduggery and the gang are more vulnerable than ever, just as a plague of body-snatching Remnants are released upon the world ...
- Back Cover Blurb
The doors swung open and High Priest Auron Tenebrae strode into the room, his robe swirling around his tall, narrow frame.
- First Sentence; Chapter 1, Wreath's Task
At the top of the stairs he turned and walked through the doorway, and that was when the skinny man with the Pogue's T-shirt came at him with a cushion. Not being the world's deadliest weapon, the cushion bounced softly off Wreath's shoulder, and the skinny man did his best to run by.
- Memorable Moment; Page 53
SOURCE ... A charity shop buy.
READ FOR A CHALLENGE? ... No.
MY THOUGHTS ... I strongly suspect a series best read from the beginning. That said, a book I really rather enjoyed; my not having read any of the others in no way detracting from this, the back story (and my imagination) being pretty much enough to fill in most of the gaps.
What I felt as being ideal for those boys of a certain age for whom reading maybe isn't seen as cool. Summed up in one word, I'd have to say this was a fun read.
- Deliciously witty
- Great characters (some of the names alone had me quietly chuckling to myself); I adored Sulduggery's sarcasm
- Plenty of adventure
- Gory; for the most part what I'd describe as cartoon-like and yet, as the story progressed, I did have my niggling concerns that things were turning really rather dark. I can quite see some parents of perhaps pre-teen, more sensitive children having their doubts about this one whilst devouring it themselves whilst said children are at school/in bed
- Cinematic in scope - it has 'movie in the making' written all over it so to speak ...
.... So, yeah, I'm guessing, perfect for adolescent boys.
What then was the appeal for me, far from adolescent and female?
In need of some light relief (laughter really is sometimes the best medicine), it was, without question, the humour. Take that away and I'd not have enjoyed the book nearly as much as I did.