Picked this up on a whim and have been so impressed by it that I've now bought all the others in the series. There are elements of Potter, Dresden an..Show More »d Artimis Fowl but only in the very losest terms....there is a young hero, magic is involved and it's based in Ireland. The rest is all Landy's own and feels it.
The world is realised beautifully with the old device of a magic world hiding behind or 'real' one given a more believable feel than the fantasical Potter. The characters are each distinct from each other and you'll grow to love the banter between Stephanie and Skulduggery with some proper laugh out loud moments - none of the dialogue feels forced or there for pure plot line purposes. A very natural feel is evident throughout.
Special mention must be made for the narration by Rupert Degas which is probably the best I've ever heard in an audio book. He manages to convey the warmth and humour wonderfully and his pacing and style allows the listener to conjure up the images perfectly.
Suffice to say that if you'd bought the phyiscal book it would now have it's own honoured place on your favourite shelf.
I do love the Skulduggery Pleasant series, such witty and well plotted adventures and this is one of my favourite stories. Rupert Degas is a wonderfu..Show More »l narrator; he really creates an image of the characters and they have stayed with me as I've gone on and read the paper versions of the subsequent installments. I think it's a shame Degas didn't stay on to voice these. Having said that, there are a few occasions where he does the wrong voice for the character (notably getting Remus Crux and Springheeled Jack mixed up in conversation, which is a bit confusing). I can live with it though, because everything else is perfect.
This book, like the others in the series was just sooo good. However, it was spoiled by the new narrator, he just can't compare with the previous one ..Show More »and the characters were much more one-dimesional as a result. If this was the first book I'd heard I would think again about getting the next one. The plot and everything was still just excellent and the best in the genre by far in my opinion, but once you've heard characters come to life in Rupert Degas's melodic tones, no one can even come near to him and the new narrator didn't even nearly meet the mark....such a shame and it really spolied it for me....
This amazing book has but beaten my expectations once again. starting of with a Mystery and ending with a tragic finish. I would give this book 11 out..Show More » of 10. The way the author has managed to separate facts and mythic stories together into one book. Its a white knuckle roller-coaster. This book has already made an extreme amount of attention form not just teenagers like myself but with also adults aswell.
Amazing book, i hope that the author does not finish writing.
Now of course all Skulduggery books should get five stars by default, but I felt that with this outing Derek wanted to cram too many new ideas into on..Show More »e book. It loses a star for being so full of overlapping plot points that by the end I thought I still had a couple of hours to go because I had forgotten what the actual plot of this book was. None the less while not being perfect this is definitely a brilliant set up for the chaos that is going to be the Darquesse trilogy.
Being a great Skulduggery Pleasant fan, I am absolutely addicted to this series and I am agog with anticipation for each subsequent instalment. The "L..Show More »ast Stand of Dead Men" does not disappoint. With his usual ruthlessness, Derek Landy clearly does not appreciate too much attachment to any given character and the book is full of twists and turns. Can't wait for the next one!