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. But while this war is only beginning, another war rages within Valkyrie herself. Her own dark side, the insanely powerful being known as Darquesse, is on the verge of rising to the surface. And if Valkyrie slips, even for a moment, then Darquesse will burn the world and everyone in it.
Last Stand of Dead Men is the second to last book in Derek Landy’s wonderful Skulduggery Pleasant series, and it sure is one tense, action-packed read. The further we’ve been getting to the end of the series, the more dramatic the events of each book have been. The magic world has been teetering on the brink of war for some time now and it’s in Last Stand of Dead Men that war finally breaks out between the Sanctuaries. An epic magic battle ensues, with death and destruction galore.
As the front cover says, ‘no one is safe.’ The characters that we’ve come to love are caught up in the middle of the war and not everyone survives. Heroes become villains, enemies fight together, some people aren’t who we thought they were, and others look completely different from the last time we saw them. Derek also introduces us to new characters and creations, my favourite of which are the Warlock’s minions, the Wretchlings.
Last Stand of Dead Men is the darkest of the series so far and we see the darker side of Skulduggery coming out. While it doesn’t have the same humour as some of the earlier books, the scenes with Scapegrace and Thrasher provide some light relief and had me laughing out loud. One of the things I like the most about Derek’s books is his brilliant dialogue and there is plenty of this in this book.
Skulduggery will do anything to save Valkyrie and I certainly can’t wait until September next year to find out how it all ends. Will Skulduggery save her or will Darquesse destroy the world?
Last Stand of Dead Men is out now. Grab a copy from your library or bookshop.
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