Although suggested for readers aged 12-15 years-old,
Skulduggery Pleasant is likely to be enjoyed
by many younger readers from about 9 years up. We
read it as a family and, from 11 to 47, enjoyed it
immensely! From the moment Skulduggery appears the
action heats up and drives the reader relentlessly
through the book. While comparisons with Harry
Potter seem inevitable, this book has more in common
Artemis Fowl novels - lots of action, snappy
dialog and magic.
Despite most of the action taking place in Ireland, the writing has a distinctly English flair. Conversations between the principal characters sparkle with dry wit, sarcasm and understatement. Skulduggery has more than a little James Bond in his character, including a liking for well tailored suits and and a very fine vintage Bentley.
Occasionally some of the plot elements seem a little gratuitous, and there are a few discontinuities. Nevertheless, a good stage has been developed, with much promise for the future. It is to be hoped that Mr. Landy's vivid imagination and amusing writing style will be delivered even more smoothly in the anticipated sequel!
This review was originally published in April 2007, and has been updated for the March 2008 paperback release. Click here to go to this issue.
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