Skulduggery Pleasant 5: Mortal Coil by Derek Landy

Skulduggery Pleasant 5: Mortal Coil

Written by Derek Landy

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Best-selling Skulduggery Pleasant has taken the world by storm. A hugely entertaining mix of fear and fun in a magical community where the strangest things seem to happen for unpredictable reasons, this fifth volume tells a new chapter in the life of the maverick Skulduggery. All is not well in the magical world as thousands of wicked souls possess any available body in their attempt to reach the messiah which means soon no one can trust anyone else – even their very best friends. Skulduggery Pleasant has to set about trying to put things right in his own very unusual way.

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


Skulduggery Pleasant 5: Mortal Coil by Derek Landy

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 is back, and reunited with his original head. But all is not well in the magical world. For one thing, there's an unstoppable assassin with a face-mask on the loose! and for another thing, Valkyrie has discovered she might be Darquesse, the evil sorceress set to destroy the entire world. The problem is, she doesn't feel she can tell Skulduggery what she's learned, and so she must try to change her terrible destiny alone. But the price of a new fate is high, and if she fails, she'll die alone too. With Valkyrie on her own quest, Skulduggery and the gang are even more vulnerable. Which is a shame, because remember that remnant the Necromancers had? They've still got it -- and they're thinking about letting it out!

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Praise for Derek Landy: 'Landy [has the] ability to craft an engaging story from start to finish.

'Derek Landy has been something of a publishing phenomenon.'

'An exciting novel that really ups the game from the already impressive previous novels and sets a new standard of excellence for the series.'

'Skulduggery himself is still as funny and awesome as ever ... I found myself laughing a lot.'

'Hugely enjoyable - a thrill-a-minute adventure.'

'It's exciting, pacy, nicely handled and fun. I sincerely hope Landy revisits these characters.'

'Skulduggery Pleasant serves up a thoroughly satisfying blend of humour, magic and adventure. Once you've met Stephanie and Skullduggery, you'll be clamouring for a sequel.'

'Landy's witty style will win him fans of all ages ... It's a good job Harry's [Potter] resigning before he's forcibly retired.'

'A rip-roaring adventure.'

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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608 pages
Interest Age: From 9


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HarperCollins Children's Books an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Publication date

31st March 2011




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