Skulduggery Pleasant

21 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 4,146 ratings

Skulduggery Pleasant Summary

The first story in the series that has captured the imaginations of children across the nation, Skulduggery Pleasant has it all. Strap yourself in for a rip-roaring ride through a world filled with magic, mystery and murder most foul.

Stephanie's uncle Gordon is a writer of horror fiction. But when he dies and leaves her his estate, Stephanie learns that, while he may have written horror, it certainly wasn't fiction. Pursued by evil forces intent on recovering a mysterious key, Stephanie finds help from an unusual source, the wisecracking skeleton of a dead wizard.

When all hell breaks loose, it's lucky for Skulduggery that he's already dead. Though he's about to discover that being a skeleton doesn't stop you from being tortured, if the torturer is determined enough. And if there's anything Skulduggery hates, it's torture. Will evil win the day? Will Stephanie and Skulduggery stop bickering long enough to stop it? One thing's for sure: evil won't know what's hit it.

©2007 Derek Landy (P)2007 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London, UK
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  • Book 1

    • Skulduggery Pleasant

    • Skulduggery Pleasant, Book 1
    • By: Derek Landy
    • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
    • Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 872
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 689
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 695

    Stephanie's uncle Gordon is a writer of horror fiction. But when he dies and leaves her his estate, Stephanie learns that, while he may have written horror, it certainly wasn't fiction. Pursued by evil forces intent on recovering a mysterious key, Stephanie finds help from an unusual source, the wisecracking skeleton of a dead wizard.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • From an impluse buy to a firm favourite

    • By Jonathan on 23-11-10

    Regular price: £8.49

    • Skulduggery Pleasant

    • Skulduggery Pleasant, Book 1
    • By: Derek Landy
    • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
    • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
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    She's 12. He's dead. But together they're going to save the world. Hopefully. The iconic first book in the best-selling Skulduggery Pleasant series. Stephanie's uncle Gordon is a writer of horror fiction. But when he dies and leaves her his estate, Stephanie learns that while he may have written horror it certainly wasn't fiction. Pursued by evil forces, Stephanie finds help from an unusual source - the wisecracking skeleton of a dead sorcerer....

    Regular price: £12.99

  • Book 2

    • Playing with Fire

    • Skulduggery Pleasant, Book 2
    • By: Derek Landy
    • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
    • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 507
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 405
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 407

    With Serpine dead, the world is safe once more. At least, that's what Valkyrie and Skulduggery think, until the notorious Baron Vengeous makes a bloody escape from prison, and dead bodies and vampires start showing up all over Ireland.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Good journey fodder

    • By Jas on 07-04-13

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    • Playing with Fire

    • Skulduggery Pleasant, Book 2
    • By: Derek Landy
    • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
    • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
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    She's 12. He's dead. But together they're going to save the world. Hopefully. The second book in the best-selling Skulduggery Pleasant series. Vengeous. Dusk. Sanguine. Three of the deadliest killers alive are in town to resurrect an unstoppable creature of horrifying power. And only Skulduggery and Valkyrie stand in their way.

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  • Book 3

    • The Faceless Ones

    • Skulduggery Pleasant, Book 3
    • By: Derek Landy
    • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
    • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 449
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 352
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 352

    The third book in Landy's fantastically imaginative and illustrious series about our favourite dead detective, Skulduggery Pleasant and his wonderfully cheeky and inquisitive side kick Valkyrie take us through another journey which promises to be filled with adventure, dark mysterious meetings, and classically funny moments. With all the characters read once again by Rupert Degas 'The Faceless Ones' will enchant, enthral and keep you gripped as they take you through another adventure in this brilliant series.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Amazing!!!😖

    • By My Review On Running Wild on 04-08-15

    Regular price: £11.99

    • The Faceless Ones

    • Skulduggery Pleasant, Book 3
    • By: Derek Landy
    • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
    • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
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    She's 12. He's dead. But together they're going to save the world. Hopefully. The third book in the best-selling Skulduggery Pleasant series. You've seen it all before: some bad guy wants to bring about the end of the world. A few people get hurt, sure, but everything's all right in the end. Well...not this time.

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  • Book 4

    • Dark Days

    • Skulduggery Pleasant, Book 4
    • By: Derek Landy
    • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
    • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 377
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 286
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 284

    What can we say, without giving too much away? Not much, is the answer. But what we CAN say is that this book is hilarious, it’s tense, and it’s packed with all the eye-popping action, crackling one liners and imaginative set pieces you’ve come to expect. There’s a new threat to our plucky heroine, of course. But that’s not all. There’s also the little fact of the Big Bad, the uber-baddy who’s going to come along and really, really destroy the world. (Really.)

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Very enjoyable

    • By Sandra on 14-12-14

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    • Dark Days

    • Skulduggery Pleasant, Book 4
    • By: Derek Landy
    • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
    • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Meet Skulduggery Pleasant: detective, sorcerer, warrior.

    Oh yes. And dead.

    Skulduggery Pleasant is gone, sucked into a parallel dimension overrun by the Faceless Ones. If his bones haven’t already been turned to dust, chances are he’s insane, driven out of his mind by the horror of the ancient gods. There is no official, Sanctuary-approved rescue mission. There is no official plan to save him.

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  • Book 5

    • Mortal Coil

    • Skulduggery Pleasant, Book 5
    • By: Derek Landy
    • Narrated by: Brian Bowles
    • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 338
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 260
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 261

    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 Valkyrie Cain are back – just in time to see their whole world get turned upside down…

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent book spoiled by the new narrator

    • By Joanne on 03-08-11

    Regular price: £12.99

    • Mortal Coil

    • Skulduggery Pleasant, Book 5
    • By: Derek Landy
    • Narrated by: Brian Bowles
    • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Meet Skulduggery Pleasant: detective, sorcerer, warrior. Oh yeah. And dead. Skulduggery Pleasant and Valkyrie Cain are back - just in time to see their whole world get turned upside down. 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....

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  • Book 6

    • Death Bringer

    • Skulduggery Pleasant, Book 6
    • By: Derek Landy
    • Narrated by: Stephen Hogan
    • Length: 13 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 306
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 233
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 231

    The sixth instalment in the historic, hysterical and horrific Skulduggery Pleasant series. Think you’ve seen anything yet? You haven’t. Because the Death Bringer is about to rise…The Necromancers no longer need Valkyrie to be their Death Bringer, and that’s a Good Thing.There’s just one catch. There’s a reason the Necromancers don’t need her any more. And that’s because they’ve found their Death Bringer already, the person who will dissolve the doors between life and death.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Good book, but don't like the narrator.

    • By Lauren Downie on 20-06-15

    Regular price: £14.49

    • Death Bringer

    • Skulduggery Pleasant, Book 6
    • By: Derek Landy
    • Narrated by: Stephen Hogan
    • Length: 13 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
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    Meet Skulduggery Pleasant: detective, sorcerer, warrior. Oh yes. And dead. The Necromancers no longer need Valkyrie to be their Death Bringer, and that's a Good Thing. There's just one catch. There's a reason the Necromancers don’t need her any more - because they've found their Death Bringer already, the person who will dissolve the doors between life and death. And that’s a very, very Bad Thing....

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  • Book 7

    • Kingdom of the Wicked

    • Skulduggery Pleasant, Book 7
    • By: Derek Landy
    • Narrated by: Stephen Hogan
    • Length: 15 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 314
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 252
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 252

    The seventh instalment in the biggest, funniest, most thrilling comedy-horror-adventure series in the universe…Death Bringer, book 6 in the Skulduggery Pleasant series, was the number-one bestselling children’s book for two weeks running in September 2011, as well as outselling the number one adult fiction hardback. And guess what? This one is going to be Even Bigger.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • The new book in the trilogy of trilogies

    • By M on 07-09-12

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    • Kingdom of the Wicked

    • Skulduggery Pleasant, Book 7
    • By: Derek Landy
    • Narrated by: Stephen Hogan
    • Length: 15 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Across the land, normal people are suddenly developing wild and unstable powers. Infected by a rare strain of magic, they are unwittingly endangering their own lives and the lives of the people around them. Terrified and confused, their only hope lies with the Sanctuary. Skulduggery Pleasant and Valkyrie Cain are needed now more than ever. And then there’s the small matter of Kitana. A normal teenage girl who, along with her normal teenage friends, becomes infected. Becomes powerful. Becomes corrupted. 

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  • Book 8

    • Last Stand of Dead Men

    • Skulduggery Pleasant, Book 8
    • By: Derek Landy
    • Narrated by: Stephen Hogan
    • Length: 19 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 303
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 267
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 268

    War has finally come. But it's not a war between good and evil, or light and dark - it's a war between Sanctuaries. For too long, the Irish Sanctuary has teetered on the brink of world-ending disaster, and the other Sanctuaries around the world have had enough. Allies turn to enemies, friends turn to foes, and Skulduggery and Valkyrie must team up with the rest of the Dead Men if they're going to have any chance at all of maintaining the balance of power and getting to the root of a vast conspiracy that has been years in the making.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brilliant as usual

    • By Nadina Vasileva on 01-12-13

    Regular price: £16.99

    • Last Stand of Dead Men

    • Skulduggery Pleasant, Book 8
    • By: Derek Landy
    • Narrated by: Stephen Hogan
    • Length: 19 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
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    War has finally come. But it's not a war between good and evil or light and dark - it's a war between Sanctuaries. For too long, the Irish Sanctuary has teetered on the brink of world-ending disaster, and the other Sanctuaries around the world have had enough. Allies turn to enemies, friends turn to foes, and Skulduggery and Valkyrie must team up with the rest of the Dead Men if they're going to have any chance at all of maintaining the balance of power and getting to the root of a vast conspiracy that has been years in the making.

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  • Book 9

    • The Dying of the Light

    • Skulduggery Pleasant, Book 9
    • By: Derek Landy
    • Narrated by: Stephen Hogan
    • Length: 18 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 317
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 289
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 290

    The final shocking, heart-wrenching book in the jaw-droppingly stupendous Skulduggery Pleasant series. Valkerie. Darquesse. Stephanie. The world ain't big enough for the three of them. The end will come…The War of the Sanctuaries has been won, but it was not without its casualties. Following the loss of Valkyrie Cain, Skulduggery Pleasant must use any and all means to track down and stop Darquesse before she turns the world into a charred, lifeless cinder.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Best series of books ever along with the demon road trilogy

    • By Georgina Elson on 06-04-19

    Regular price: £16.99

    • The Dying of the Light

    • Skulduggery Pleasant, Book 9
    • By: Derek Landy
    • Narrated by: Stephen Hogan
    • Length: 18 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Valkyrie. Darquesse. Stephanie. The world ain’t big enough for the three of them. The end will come.... The War of the Sanctuaries has been won, but it was not without its casualties. Following the loss of Valkyrie Cain, Skulduggery Pleasant must use any and all means to track down and stop Darquesse before she turns the world into a charred, lifeless cinder. And so he draws together a team of soldiers, monster hunters, killers, criminals...and Valkyrie’s own murderous reflection.

    Regular price: £12.99

  • Book 10

    • Resurrection

    • Skulduggery Pleasant, Book 10
    • By: Derek Landy
    • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
    • Length: 13 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 222
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 203
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 206

    We can't say much, but we can say this: Skulduggery and Valkyrie are going to team up with beloved characters from the first nine audiobooks as well as an all-new cast, including new teen costar Omen Darkly, for an adventure that takes the story to truly global proportions...while answering questions that go right back to the beginning.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great story shame about the narrater

    • By Aine smyth on 06-07-17

    Regular price: £14.49

  • Book 11

    • Midnight

    • Skulduggery Pleasant, Book 11
    • By: Derek Landy
    • Narrated by: Kevin Hely
    • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 137
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 122
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 123

    For years, Valkyrie Cain has struggled to keep her loved ones safe from harm, plunging into battle - time and time again - by Skulduggery Pleasant’s side, and always emerging triumphant. But now the very thing that Valkyrie fights for is in danger, as a ruthless killer snatches her little sister in order to lure Valkyrie into a final confrontation. With Skulduggery racing to catch up and young sorcerer Omen scrambling along behind, Valkyrie only has twelve hours to find Alice before it’s too late. The clock is ticking....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brilliany

    • By Amazon Customer on 07-10-18
    • Skulduggery Pleasant, Book 11
    • By: Derek Landy
    • Narrated by: Kevin Hely
    • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
    • Release date: 06-09-18
    • 5 out of 5 stars 137 ratings

    Regular price: £8.49

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