Skulduggery Pleasant: Playing With Fire

Skulduggery Pleasant is a walking, talking, fire throwing skeleton detective who takes up the case of saving the world from the Faceless Ones, dark gods banished by the ancients a very long time ago. The story starts after Baron Vengeous, a deadly supporter of the Faceless Ones, breaks out of a high security prison and sets after key items to bring life to the Grotesquery, a terrible beast housing parts of all sorts of nasty things, who can summon back the Faceless Ones to end the world as we know it. Vengeous needs Lord Vile’s armor and another secret ingredient to do this, So it’s up to Skulduggery and his young apprentice, Valkyrie Cain, to thwart him in his evil plans and once again keep away the dark gods.

This book is the second of the ongoing series that chronicles the adventures of sharp tongued living-dead wizard detective. It’s a good read, filled with all sorts of action, plenty of violence, and humor. Here’s an excerpt of some of Skulduggery’s dry humor and sarcasm with an exchange between him and Valkyrie Cain:

“Was it a test?” she asked. “I mean, I know I’m still new at this, I’m still the rookie. Did you hang back to test me, to see if I’d be able to handle it alone?” “Well, Kind of,” he said. “Actually, no, nothing like that. My shoelace was untied. That’s why I was late. That’s why you were alone.” “I could have been killed because you were tying your shoelace?” “An untied shoelace can be dangerous,” He said. “I could have tripped.” She stared at him. A moment dragged by. “I’m joking,” he said at last. She relaxed. “Really?” “Absolutely. I would have never tripped. I’m far too graceful.”

Stuff like this is all thought the three hundred and eighty nine pages of this book. I personally enjoyed the book, but many people will have problems in it, with all the magic, some of the characters (such as vampires and talking skeletons) violence, and swearing (minor words around 11 times). If none of that bothers you, I highly recommend this book after you have read the first in the series. Check out The official website for more information.

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