Reader Reviewed The Dying of the Light by Derek Landy

The Dying of the Light

Written by Derek Landy

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September 2014 Book of the Month The final shocking, heart-wrenching book in the jaw-droppingly stupendous Skulduggery Pleasant series.

This is it; this is the end, the concluding part, the final outcome and as the curtain comes down there is a moment of hush, of quiet, of stunned silence before the applause starts, quite simply because this is the most incredible ending a series could ever wish for. Once you start, you won’t want to stop as the book will open up and swallow you whole. Be prepared for anything and everything; sniggers and cackles, gasps and groans, tears, shock and wonderment. Once you've finished, don’t despair, the series may have ended but you can always start at the beginning and read them all over again. Mr Landy, you wonderful wordsmith you…may you never walk through doors! ~ Liz Robinson

See below for links to all the series books:

1. Skulduggery Pleasant

2. Playing with Fire

3. The Faceless Ones

4. Dark Days

5. Mortal Coil

6. Death Bringer

7. Kingdom of the Wicked

8. Last Stand of Dead Men

9. The Dying of the Light

Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.

  • Sorcha Crumlish, age 12 - 'an excellent read . It has a new twist in every chapter. It makes you want to cry and laugh. I throughly recommend it. A brilliant book to finish a brilliant series!' Read full review >
  • Dylan Sweet, age 11 - 'A fascinating book new from the Skulduggery series which is very interesting to read.' Read full review >
  • Callum Broomfield, age 10 - 'With dark twists around every corner I’m starting to wonder who to trust, will the vision come true? Death and betrayal, blood and gore - I think it might be my favourite book so far.' Read full review >
  • Sam Harper, age 10 - 'The twists will have you on the edge of your seat and you’ll be unable to tear yourself away. An absolutely fantastic end to an amazing series.' Read full review >
  • Huw Olding, age 12 - 'This is one of the best books I have ever read as it is very exciting and full of surprises.' Read full review >
  • Joseph Harris-Hart, age 12 - 'A fabulous end to a great series, it will not disappoint you!' Read full review >
  • Poppy, age 15 - 'I loved Skulduggery Pleasant; The Dying Of The Light It was hilariously funny, terrifyingly exciting, and excitingly terrifying! Every moment was an adventure, and every second a joy!' Read full review >
  • Finn Morris, age 11 - 'I've read many books in my life but none as heart-pounding, mind blowing or shocking as this.' Read full review >
  • Mukunth Kowsik, age 12 - 'he couldn't have written a better conclusion to the series. As always, with a great storyline full of humor, suspense and drama, this book was a wonderful thriller!' Read full review >


The Dying of the Light by Derek Landy

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. And so he draws together a team of soldiers, monster hunters, killers, criminals...and Valkyrie's own murderous reflection. The war may be over, but the final battle is about to begin. And not everyone gets out of here alive...

Click here to visit the Skulduggery Pleasant website for competition giveaways, downloads and lots more information on the series.

There is also a Skulduggery Pleasant facebook page for more chat about the books!



This is a writer at the height of his powers and Landy is getting better with every book... Whatever your age, read them and enjoy the ride. - Irish Independent

A fast evolving plot and a great mix of scariness and humour 5 star review, Sunday Express

About the Author

Derek Landy

Derek Landy is far too modest to talk about any awards or accolades his books may have won. He will not, for instance, mention the fact that his first book, Skulduggery Pleasant, won the Bord Gais Energy Irish Book of the Decade Award AND the Red House Children's Book Award, or that his second, Playing With Fire, won an Irish Book Award for Children's Book of the Year, or that his third, The Faceless Ones, is his mother's personal favourite. He could go on, all the way to The End of the World, which is the title of the story he wrote for World Book Day 2012, but he won’t.

He lives in Ireland with a variety of cats, a German Shepherd, and two geriatric Staffordshire Bull Terriers who keep peeing on his kitchen floor because they think it's funny.

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HarperCollins Children's Books an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Publication date

28th August 2014




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