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Dead or Alive

Written by Derek Landy

Part of the Skulduggery Pleasant Series

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Dead or Alive Review

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Riots and revolution rage in this penultimate Skulduggery page-turner

April 2021 Book of the Month

Derek Landy’s riotously inventive Skulduggery Pleasant series first blasted its way onto bookshelves back in 2007, and fresh fantastical thrills keep on coming in Dead or Alive - no mean feat for book fourteen in a series. With the world teetering on the brink of irrevocable, devastating change, this penultimate novel sees Skulduggery, Valkyrie and Omen face their most trying test (yet…).


As wildly witty and exhilarating as ever, this doorstopper of a page-turner sizzles with a burning sense of time slipping away, for if Skulduggery Pleasant and Valkyrie can’t rid the world of Damocles Creed, the world’s people will be wiped out. Even Valkyrie is thrown by the imminent prospect of making the ultimate sacrifice: “Valkyrie woke, jumped out of bed and managed to get halfway to the bathroom before she threw up. They were going to kill Creed. They were going to kill Creed and nothing would be the same again.”  


The dialogue dances, desperation escalates, and fans will be left longing to know how Skulduggery’s awe-inspiring story will end.

Joanne Owen

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Our Kids Reader Review Panel reviewed Last Stand of Dead Men, the 8th book in the series - Callum Donnelly, age 13 wrote 'I love Skulduggery’s wit and humour, he is sooo cooool!!!! And he keeps us guessing as the plot is full of twists and turns.'

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Dead or Alive Synopsis

In a matter of days, the world will change. Billions of lives will be wiped away in a final, desperate search for the Child of the Faceless Ones - she who is destined to bring about the return of humankind's ancient overlords.

To prevent this, Skulduggery Pleasant and Valkyrie Cain have one last - terrible - option: the assassination of Damocles Creed. With protests stirring in the magical city of Roarhaven, with riots and revolutions on the horizon, Valkyrie must decide who she wants to be: the hero who risks everything for a noble ideal, or the killer who sacrifices her own soul for the fate of humanity. The decision must be made, and time is running out.

Dead or Alive Press Reviews

Praise for the series:

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

Fast and funny The Times

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

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ISBN: 9780008386290
Publication date: 01/04/2021
Publisher: HarperCollins an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780008386290
Publication date: 1st April 2021
Author: Derek Landy
Publisher: HarperCollins an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 608 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 13+ readers
Genres: Fantasy / Magical, Funny, Horror & Ghost Stories
Recommendations: Books of the Month

About 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 ...

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