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Summary

The 12th explosive novel in the internationally bestselling Skulduggery Pleasant series, Bedlam will blow your mind - and change everything....

On a desperate journey to recover her sister's lost soul, Valkyrie Cain goes up against the High Sanctuary itself, and there's nothing Skulduggery Pleasant can do to stop her. 

With Abyssinia's grand plan about to kick off in a night of magic, terror and bloodshed, it falls to Omen Darkly to save the lives of thousands of innocent people. And as the madness unfolds around him, as hidden enemies step into the light, and as Valkyrie is sucked into a desperate, lawless quest of her own, he has no choice but to become the hero he never really wanted to be - or die in the attempt. 

©2019 Derek Landy (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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Derek Landy hates us all.

Skulduggery pleasant meant something when I started reading it, it meant badass heroes fighting ingenious villains with a combination of casual violence and kick ass lines. In this book those characters are flat, skulduggery pleasant contributes almost literally nothing to the story and even less to the entertainment value of this book. There is exactly one scene that is worthy of a skulduggery pleasant book and it doesn’t involve skulduggery pleasant in self. In this book the skeleton detective is not present, he has been replaced with a humourless psychiatrist with no social skills. This is the third book in the series where Valkyrie Kane is sorting through her own problems. I sincerely hope that the next book will come with an announcement that books 10 11 and 12 in the series have been removed from Canon and we can just start again. I also don’t really care about the side characters, skulduggery pleasant is about awesome heroes so why do we keep watching Omen fluffing around like an idiot, the president fluffing around like an idiot, Sebastian fluffing around like an idiot. The killer supreme/zombie King was one thing but having three Wimpy idiots randomly influencing plot is just annoying.
The reader is not the worst reader to ever read a skulduggery pleasant book, he is the second worst. Any accent that isn’t Irish inevitably ends up as Irish anyway, The title character is flat and has no inflection or life in his voice, conversations between characters where the author has omitted to say who is speaking get confusing because both characters sound exactly the same. I spend most of my time reading this book grieving for what skulduggery pleasant used to be.
The story had a little to recommend it barring the fact that the conclusion suggests that maybe future books will be returning to the old style, witticisms and cool fights instead of introspection and self loathing. Quite frankly the themes covered in this book are exactlyThe things that I want to get away from when I read the fantasy book. And he tried to bring in real world emotional context and just made the most fun and entertaining series of all time into the most depressing book I ever read.
Derek Landy, please bring back the original skulduggery pleasant and please employ a reader capable of reading these books! Obviously I would like Rupert Degas back but Stephen Hogan would be a massive improvement on the people who have read the last three books. Are used to love this series and I will keep buying the books, but I now buy them in fear that they might be as Bad as the last not in the excitement that they may be as good as the last.

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Brilliant story - Terrible narrator

Eesh. The story itself was excellent. Loved it. However, the narrator's accents were just horrendous. The British accent sounded like someone from Downton Abbey rather than the beloved Tanith we know and love, and the Scottish accent sounded like a really, really old person. Just....bad. I would be prepared to purchase this again if it was narrated by one of the previous people.

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great book ruined by terrible accents

The narrator just can't do accents. I'm all for different voices for characters but both Tanith's English and Melitsa's Scottish accent were what you'd hear in a carry on film and you'd not guess Razia was Australian unless you knew.

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Great book bought down by politics

Skulduggery Pleasant as a series has changed. This is fine as it keeps things fresh. This book really picks up at the end while being a bit slow at the start. The series has become more about introspection than anything. This leads to points where things get a bit slower and in my opinion, a bit boring. This is not necessarily a bad thing. It builds characters very well and the reader or listener understands them on another level.
The new characters are quite meh. Omen just reminds me of grey and is just a bit dumb. While it is obviously Landy was going for the "its fine being normal and not all heros wear capes" , its a bit much. Auger is too vacant during the story to really build a connection to and Never is just narcissistic and at times a chore to listen to.
The new villains however, are great (only bought down by the accents by the narrator) Flannery is a perfect example of a middle man and the group of main villains play off each other really well.
New characters or characters that play a bigger role than they did before are very good. Cropuscular Vise (hope I spelt that right) and Temper Fray have very good sideplots and to be honest, more interesting than the main plot.
One thing that just seems a bit unnecessary is the hyper-political outlook on new things. I don't need characters changing genders every second sentence or metaphoric racism. I think that it is good to raise awareness about these topics but I'm not reading for the politics. The way it it was dealt with before was better. There would be scenes between characters where it was the topic of conversation. Not entire chapters disguising sexuality or climate change. Again, it's a good thing to have these as part of books. Its just a but unnecessary how prevalent of a theme they are in the book

All in all still a good story but on the lower end of the Skulduggery Pleasant saga

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Love Skulduggary, struggled with book 12

I have read/listened to the first 11 books three times now. However, I struggled with book 12. The story was all over the place, characters all washed into each other. I forced myself through it and got to book 13. Read this book and get to book 13, its worth it.

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Never Ending

Like a snake out for a walk this was full of twists and turns and the venom has you begging for more, please let there be more.

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A really good listen

Enjoying the series. So far. The twists keep on coming, can’t wait until the last instalment!

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Splendid storytelling... awful narration.

This has got to be one of the most brilliant books in the series yet. However, I feel that the narrator absolutely ruined this masterpiece. Nero fitted much better as American, and now he sounds even whinier. Militsa Gnosis and Tanith Low are both fantastic characters. The accents Kevin Hely has given them... are not. It gets to the point where the accents distract your focus from the actual writing, a true tragedy as Tanith is one of my favourite characters in the entire series. I love the writing, but please, and I cannot stress this enough, find someone who is able to do the accents in the series properly. I would encourage everyone who listens to this audiobook to read the physical copy if you haven’t already - Kevin Hely does not do it justice.

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Can’t recommend it enough!

Love it. This book was amazing the it is very well read, Kevin Hely’s accent is soothing. The book was thrilling at moments and humorous at others but you go on an great journey with characters you love!
By Stephanie age 10

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the narattor was a bit slow at points and then sped up again, I had to keep changing the speed of how he read and the name of the person that it says next to the title that reads it is wrong.