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The FINAL shocking heart wrenching book in the jaw droppingly stupendous Skulduggery Pleasant series Valkyrie Daruesse Stephanie The world ain’t big enough for the three of them The end will comeThe War of the Sanctuari. actual rating 35So we're here at last It's unusual for a book series to stretch on for nine volumes with a coherent storyline and the plot elements that have been in play since book one finally come to their well deserved conclusion in 'The Dying of the Light' It's just a bit of a shame the whole affair was a bit touch and goIt pains me to give this book such a low rating but don't get me wrong; there's still three and a half stars of Derek Landy goodness here DOTL might have been the weakest of the nine but the series itself still shinesWhich is why I'll finish on the good So here's the badWe were left with a fairly clear goal at the end of 'Last Stand of Dead Men' stop Daruesse Of course that simple goal doesn't exactly translate to a 600 page novel so I was expecting some twists The thing is the plot didn't so much twist as zig zag Our band of heroes would achieve one goal which we were apparently meant to believe was the end of the conflict only a fraction of the way into the book and the cycle would begin again They separate Daruesse from Valkyrie This plan fails They separate Daruesse from Valkyrie again This plan also fails They shunt Ravel into another dimension A few pages later he's back again and we're back where we started The plot starts to feel a bit like a constant stream of fetch uests as everyone scrambles for one way after another of defeating Daruesse Plot elements are introduced and dropped with blinding speedSome vampires show up They go almost unmentioned for the rest of the book Tanith is miraculously restored to being herself and her return is treated with all the fanfare of righting an overturned chair The subplot of her developing a conscience is brutally cut short rendering Moribund's entire existence moot Her grief over Ghastly's death is dealt with in a couple of linesEliza Scorn flits in and out and Doctor Nye makes no appearances at all strange given that they have a fairly strong impact on the climaxMelancholia makes a return a scant few pages before she's blown to steaming bitsWe're even treated to a bizarre few pages where it seems like Daruesse just chooses to be one of the good guys before that gets dropped as well Perhaps the greatest example is the necromancer trials that Skulduggery and later Scapegrace must endure The entire plot device is whipped out at the last minute fulfilled in order to give Valkyrie a few of invincibilitywhich she suanders on a pointless fight The plot moves on There's also a degree to which Landy seems to have lost respect for his characters Saracen Rue the monster hunters and several others merely stand in the background and act as manpower for most of the story Vex is barely an improvement possessed as he is by a remnant for a majority of the tale Meanwhile Valkyrie's parents are pushed to the forefront of the action which results in them utterly losing their mundane charmThen there's the ending At the end of a nine book series it wasn't uite what we were expecting for the most part It was abrupt jarringly so The fates of most of the characters go unrevealed as if Landy assumes we simply don't care Valkyrie's shiny new powers are barely given a second thought The book actually ends with a gritty unpleasant action seuence with Valkyrie versus random bad guy #54 and by that point I was beyond caring Daruesse's defeat was also written in an odd direction; instead of true defeat she's given exactly what she wanted then tricked into leaving It was anticlimactic especially given that it was accomplished by a group of relatively minor characters displaying abilities that no sensitive has ever been hinted to possess For this reason it didn't feel clever or satisfying which is a low blow at end of seven years' worth of novelsThat seems like a lot of bad Here's a bit of goodThe front cover may promise that fun time is over but there's still fun in droves to be found in DOTL Scapegrace and Thrasher receive satisfying conclusions to their own stories and fewer things in fiction have ever been penned that are funnier than Clarabelle's improvised tale of Lewis Holmes master of unarmed combatThe action scenes read splendidly as always and each interaction is full of wit and gravity in eual measures Gordon is given the ultimate send off and Billy Ray Sanguine somehow ends up as one of the book's greatest and just plain coolest characters Put simply everything you love about Landy's writing is all here 'The Dying of the Light' was far from the perfect ending Perhaps a novella is planned to wrap things up or maybe we're going to be left in hope while Derek Landy laughs at us It seems like the sort of thing he'd do like showing us Ghastly in a vision so we're all expecting him to pop back Seriously jerk moveHowever I stand by my rating of 35 stars There's than enough here to wrap up the story bowl us over with fantastical fight scenes give us a few laughs along the wayTo uote the skeleton detective and his partner from 'Death Bringer'This wasn't the ending we wanted Skulduggery saidNo it wasn't Valkyrie replied It was the one we got thoughLet's just accept and enjoy it for what it was

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CinderAnd so he draws together a team of soldiers monster hunters killers criminals and Valkyrie’s own murderous reflectionThe war may be over but the final battle is about to begin And not everyone gets out of here ali. The Review August 31 2014 edited September 6 2014I remember when I first saw Skulduggery Pleasant I first saw it at my local library and I thought it looked intriguing The skeleton with the glasses and the girl with wavy hair that's how I thought back then made the cover look like some little fun horror story that I would read and uickly forget Years passed with me looking up at that purple skeleton book with the really weird name Skulduggery Pleasant Then nine years later after I had first saw it when I was 7 just went well let's just see what this is all aboutI Was blown OUT This was the book series I was looking for this was the best thing I had read since Percy Jackson Artemis Fowl and the Bartimaeus Trilogy times two After that I went straight to the library put on hold every book after book one and hungrily devoured everything related to SP I fell in love with the Skeleton Detective with Valkyrie with China but really who doesn't love China Even in the books she's irresistible with Ghastly with Tanith and with Mr Bliss I liked him especially He was so much in line with what I aspired to be it really hurt to see him dead I guess I could count myself lucky that I had waited so long to pick up this book because I don't think I could have survived the wait I don't know how you guys survived but I for one am glad you did; I found friends in you guys cue tear wiping Isn't this adorable Anyway this book the Dying of the Light was the death knell of mediocrity because every single piece of it was exceptional in every way The characters grown over a period of way too long years have become so three dimensional that it can be easily imagined which makes for wonderful reading experiences the likes of which can only be replicated by the Oculus Rift I wonder why they haven't made movies for that alreadyI can't go any further without going into the Spoiler Zone but suffice it to say that this book will kill your feels You than likely won't be able to feel anything for a few weeks andwell let me warn you to keep a few boxes of tissue nearby Why One word Leather Just don't throw the book out the door WhyDoors are for people with no imaginationPrevious review under spoiler tagview spoilerWow That's all I really have to sayjust wow The writing was amazing the chapters were unconventional and Valkyrieoh Valkyrie how did you manage to live through that the entire book felt real Derek had put his whole heart and soul into this book and you could feel it in every chapter every sentence every flipping word You could feel that this was the end and you will definitely miss SP by the end if you're not already crying by the first chapter The endingit takes you all the way back to the first book and Derek did a fantastic job looping it all back to the beginning without it being too Pendragon esue Not too much emotion this time since I am all out of feels right now If there's one thing Derek was right about it was the fact that it crushed my soul I can't even feel anything anyWhat am I going to do now after this The Blood of Olympus is coming up and so is Jonathan Stroud's The Whispering Skull but I don't think I will again be as excited as for what was in my opinion the crowning event of the year The Dying of the Light Then again time heals all wounds rightright hide spoiler Two Wheels and a Map is about to begin And not everyone gets out of here ali. 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  1. says:

    actual rating 35So we're here at last It's unusual for a book series to stretch on for nine volumes with a coherent storyline and the plot elements that have been in play since book one finally come to their well deserved conclusion in 'The Dying of the Light' It's just a bit of a shame the whole affair was a bit touch and goIt pains me to give this book such a low rating but don't get me wrong; there's still three and a half stars of Derek Landy goodness here DOTL might have been the weakest of the nine but the series itself still shinesWhich is why I'll finish on the good So here's the badWe were left with a fairly clear goal at the end of 'Last Stand of Dead Men' stop Daruesse Of course that simple goal doesn't exactly translate to a 600 page novel so I was expecting some twists The thing is the plot didn't so much twist as zig zag Our band of heroes would achieve one goal which we were apparently meant to believe was the end of the conflict only a fraction of the way into the book and the cycle would begin again They separate Daruesse from Valkyrie This plan fails They separate Daruesse from Valkyrie again This plan also fails They shunt Ravel into another dimension A few pages later he's back again and we're back where we started The plot starts to feel a bit like a constant stream of fetch uests as everyone scrambles for one way after another of defeating Daruesse Plot elements are introduced and dropped with blinding speedSome vampires show up They go almost unmentioned for the rest of the book Tanith is miraculously restored to being herself and her return is treated with all the fanfare of righting an overturned chair The subplot of her developing a conscience is brutally cut short rendering Moribund's entire existence moot Her grief over Ghastly's death is dealt with in a couple of linesEliza Scorn flits in and out and Doctor Nye makes no appearances at all strange given that they have a fairly strong impact on the climaxMelancholia makes a return a scant few pages before she's blown to steaming bitsWe're even treated to a bizarre few pages where it seems like Daruesse just chooses to be one of the good guys before that gets dropped as well Perhaps the greatest example is the necromancer trials that Skulduggery and later Scapegrace must endure The entire plot device is whipped out at the last minute fulfilled in order to give Valkyrie a few of invincibilitywhich she suanders on a pointless fight The plot moves on There's also a degree to which Landy seems to have lost respect for his characters Saracen Rue the monster hunters and several others merely stand in the background and act as manpower for most of the story Vex is barely an improvement possessed as he is by a remnant for a majority of the tale Meanwhile Valkyrie's parents are pushed to the forefront of the action which results in them utterly losing their mundane charmThen there's the ending At the end of a nine book series it wasn't uite what we were expecting for the most part It was abrupt jarringly so The fates of most of the characters go unrevealed as if Landy assumes we simply don't care Valkyrie's shiny new powers are barely given a second thought The book actually ends with a gritty unpleasant action seuence with Valkyrie versus random bad guy #54 and by that point I was beyond caring Daruesse's defeat was also written in an odd direction; instead of true defeat she's given exactly what she wanted then tricked into leaving It was anticlimactic especially given that it was accomplished by a group of relatively minor characters displaying abilities that no sensitive has ever been hinted to possess For this reason it didn't feel clever or satisfying which is a low blow at end of seven years' worth of novelsThat seems like a lot of bad Here's a bit of goodThe front cover may promise that fun time is over but there's still fun in droves to be found in DOTL Scapegrace and Thrasher receive satisfying conclusions to their own stories and fewer things in fiction have ever been penned that are funnier than Clarabelle's improvised tale of Lewis Holmes master of unarmed combatThe action scenes read splendidly as always and each interaction is full of wit and gravity in eual measures Gordon is given the ultimate send off and Billy Ray Sanguine somehow ends up as one of the book's greatest and just plain coolest characters Put simply everything you love about Landy's writing is all here 'The Dying of the Light' was far from the perfect ending Perhaps a novella is planned to wrap things up or maybe we're going to be left in hope while Derek Landy laughs at us It seems like the sort of thing he'd do like showing us Ghastly in a vision so we're all expecting him to pop back Seriously jerk moveHowever I stand by my rating of 35 stars There's than enough here to wrap up the story bowl us over with fantastical fight scenes give us a few laughs along the wayTo uote the skeleton detective and his partner from 'Death Bringer'This wasn't the ending we wanted Skulduggery saidNo it wasn't Valkyrie replied It was the one we got thoughLet's just accept and enjoy it for what it was


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    ETA Still mulling over a Goodreads review but in the meantime here is my review as spoiler free as possible I am done Finished Read itI'm not even going to try coherence right now and I really don't want to give anything away at this point where most people haven't had the chance to read it yet anything at all not even in spoiler tags so right now I'm just going to leave this here with WHOAHYeahThis was a fitting ending to my favourite series everAn actual review to follow at some point Right now I've done eight straight hours of reading and it's 2 AM and I need sleep


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    Dying of the Light? More like Dying of the FangirlsOne thought played over and over in my mind as I finished the final page of The Dying of the Light it can't be over It just can't beThis series has been such a big part of my reading experience of my life The first Skulduggery Pleasant book came out in 2007 7 years of my life since then have been filled with a deep abiding love for this series with its spot on dry humor brilliant characters and amazingly detailed plot And nowit's overI can't believe that we've reached the final Skulduggery book A true testament to this series' brilliance is how readers can see looking back how much the characters have developed since the beginning especially Valkyrie The changes are subtle but there and they make the characters feel all the real The Dying of the Light has everything the Skulduggery Pleasant books are known for and from bloody battles pointless arguments and cool weapons to unexpected twists heartbreaking ultimatums and unsatisfying endings That ending was so unsatisfyingI needed a full chapters worth of writing to end that book A chapter filled with information like What happened to all our fave characters? What happened to all our not so fave characters? What happens next? Does Skulduggery ever part ways with his hat?Those kind of important uestions needed to be answered Instead we get an ending that is about as satisfying as the ending of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Or AllegiantUnsatisfying ending aside this book was one hell of a rideThere was so much to process in this book And the twist is truly flawless So flawless that Derek Landy manages to fool the reader into believing the lie too for a few heart wrenching momentsIn those moments all you can think is would Derek Landy really be that sadistic?And the thing is no one knows with Derek Landy He's such an unpredictable author that if he decided to kill off all the characters and repopulate his world with bunnies you wouldn't even be surprisedEspecially if those bunnies turned out to be man eating So if you're dying for a good read be sure to pick up The Dying of the LightSorry for the terrible pun It was punny at the time ;


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    Very fun read 1010 would recommend Here we go again The sarcasm and wittiness is as on point as ever 1000 subplots and adventures are included in this novel And I loved everyone of them The ending was so creative and something I didn’t see coming I also loved the way Landy told this story overall Valkyrie breaks my heart in this one You can feel her pain I hope in the next book she allows herself to grieve and heal Skulduggery should be able to help her a lot with thatThe people that diedsome of it did upset me Especially with one death and the guilt associated with itSkulduggery is such a tortured soul What he must have went through in those tests a strong man would never survive that But his love for Valkyrie my god


  5. says:

    279So I just finished the book And I'm feeling kind of emotional In a good or bad way? I'm not sure actuallyAttempt at a review up tomorrow really just an essay made out of feelings259YES I have it Let the angst and tears beginThis series only brings me pain


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    I think my heart has been ripped outEDIT 010115THE PAPERBACK COVER IS OUTASDFGHJK Also Guess who got the Black edition for 200€? EDIT 200814 EDIT 040714 The cover for The Dying of the Light has already been revealed to much gasping and weeping and general emotional trauma but Waterstones will also be stocking a special signed limited edition of 5000 copies with an alternate — almost photo negative — coverBehold the awesomenessYou can pre order this limited edition while stocks last from any Waterstones branch as of right now Printed over silver foil it will shimmer and shine dazzle your friends and stun your enemiesAnd finally your life will be complete Derek Landy for Waterstonescomblog EDIT 030714 Oh and speaking of TDOTL tomorrow I shall be revealing an awesomely cool limited edition alternative coverAnd it ROCKSEDIT 200614Guess who is back from holidays? And who saw the cover of TDOTL? MememeEDIT 140514 On a cheerier note I've seen Tom Percival's rough sketch of the cover and it will literally KILL YOU with feelsWhich now that I think of it probably isn't a cheerier note at all EDIT 140414The whole day i was likeAnd nowWE HAVE THE TITLEThe Dying of the LightEDIT 130414Tomorrow we will get the titleOutside I'm just like And inside I'm like thisEDIT 080414 The war may be over but the final battle is about to begin And not everyone gets out of here aliveBut reallyEDIT 280314I thought for a momenent this was a coverI was almost happyAlmostBecause this book will only bring me pain and misery And because I and therefore WE are on the home stretch this blog is going to be choc a block with announcements and reveals over the next few weeks By the end of THIS week for example we'll be revealing the cover for the Armageddon Outta Here short story collection Next week we'll reveal the full WRAPAROUND cover for the collection it's awesome And the week after that? We'll be revealing the title for the ninth and last Skulduggery Pleasant book ICAN'TFUCKINGWAITEDIT 120214 Oh and speaking of Book 9 I have just reached the 75000 word mark Judging by this the finished book will be at least 100000 words which is Mortal Coil length and could be longer LSODM will stay the longest I reckon simply because of the massive amount of characters involved But because most of those characters are now DEAD Book 9 allows me a smaller intimate story — while remaining as heart rendingly traumatic as anything I've written beforeAnd speaking of heart rendingly traumatic I've actually written the last few chapters Not to completion of course but I've written enough to know what happens and how it ends and who lives and who dies and all I can say isI am MEAN Still haven't read LSODM I am too chickenNoi am not I will start a re read Every month one book That's it Really Lies I'm way too chickenBut i want this bookAnd a TitleAnd a CoverNOW Expected publication August 28th 2014 August 28th 2014


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    The Review August 31 2014 edited September 6 2014I remember when I first saw Skulduggery Pleasant I first saw it at my local library and I thought it looked intriguing The skeleton with the glasses and the girl with wavy hair that's how I thought back then made the cover look like some little fun horror story that I would read and uickly forget Years passed with me looking up at that purple skeleton book with the really weird name Skulduggery Pleasant Then nine years later after I had first saw it when I was 7 just went well let's just see what this is all aboutI Was blown OUT This was the book series I was looking for this was the best thing I had read since Percy Jackson Artemis Fowl and the Bartimaeus Trilogy times two After that I went straight to the library put on hold every book after book one and hungrily devoured everything related to SP I fell in love with the Skeleton Detective with Valkyrie with China but really who doesn't love China? Even in the books she's irresistible with Ghastly with Tanith and with Mr Bliss I liked him especially He was so much in line with what I aspired to be it really hurt to see him dead I guess I could count myself lucky that I had waited so long to pick up this book because I don't think I could have survived the wait I don't know how you guys survived but I for one am glad you did; I found friends in you guys cue tear wiping Isn't this adorable? Anyway this book the Dying of the Light was the death knell of mediocrity because every single piece of it was exceptional in every way The characters grown over a period of way too long years have become so three dimensional that it can be easily imagined which makes for wonderful reading experiences the likes of which can only be replicated by the Oculus Rift I wonder why they haven't made movies for that alreadyI can't go any further without going into the Spoiler Zone but suffice it to say that this book will kill your feels You than likely won't be able to feel anything for a few weeks andwell let me warn you to keep a few boxes of tissue nearby Why? One word Leather Just don't throw the book out the door Why?Doors are for people with no imaginationPrevious review under spoiler tagview spoilerWow That's all I really have to sayjust wow The writing was amazing the chapters were unconventional and Valkyrieoh Valkyrie how did you manage to live through that? the entire book felt real Derek had put his whole heart and soul into this book and you could feel it in every chapter every sentence every flipping word You could feel that this was the end and you will definitely miss SP by the end if you're not already crying by the first chapter The endingit takes you all the way back to the first book and Derek did a fantastic job looping it all back to the beginning without it being too Pendragon esue Not too much emotion this time since I am all out of feels right now If there's one thing Derek was right about it was the fact that it crushed my soul I can't even feel anything anyWhat am I going to do now after this? The Blood of Olympus is coming up and so is Jonathan Stroud's The Whispering Skull but I don't think I will again be as excited as for what was in my opinion the crowning event of the year The Dying of the Light Then again time heals all wounds right?right? hide spoiler


  8. says:

    3 35 stars I think?Wooooow it took me way too long to finish this I want to blame my reading slump but I have to admit that this is probably my least favourite book of the series so far I've thankfully taken notes down as I read so there'll definitely be a proper review coming later I swear but this was pretty disappointing I still enjoyed it because it's Skulduggery Pleasant but Mm I was expecting from this oneI have Resurrection and Midnight waiting and I'm super excited to see what happens next but I'm going to be taking a little break from the Skulduggery Pleasant world Have a heap of books to get through for Tome Topple and I think zooming through 7 books in a series warrants a little breather lmao


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    Once upon a time a girl was sitting in a module for her graduate writing program This module was on the differences between middle grade young adult and new adult fiction Many books were mentioned in the middle grade section one of which was Skullduggery Pleasant The professor summarized the series by describing it as a story about a teen girl who teams up with a talking skeleton and solves mysteries I thought “sounds cool Maybe I’ll try it someday” Alternatively I also thought that the skeleton was also twelve years old and that there would be some kind of forbidden deadliving romance Five months later I picked up Scepter of the Ancients I read I liked but I didn’t love I kept reading though Stephanie was cool Skullduggery was amusing and the story was well done So I read Playing with Fire and The Faceless Ones and Dark Days and Mortal CoilAnd then I read Death BringerAnd then Skullduggery’s big secret was revealedAnd then I sat up straight jaw hanging open and wondered what exactly I’d stumbled into I finished Death Bringer and gave it 5 stars Then I read Kingdom of the Wicked and gave it 5 starsI’m legally blind and I get most of my books in a blind friendly format Last Stand of Dead Men wasn’t available I bought the paperback and scanned it into my computer This took two days and I have done this for only one other book in my lifetime That is how much I was now paying attentionThen I read LSODM and gave it 5 stars Then I went back reread the first five books and changed my ratings from 4 to 5 starsThen I waited a month and a half for The Dying of the Light scanned it read it in 2 days and gave it 5 starsAnd now I just can’tThis seriesthis series There aren’t words so let me say that it’s everything I’ve ever wanted A female main character who makes mistakes but is still a good person A world with real conseuences A non romantic main relationship That than anything is why I’m unable to think clearly right now There isn’t a thing Skullduggery and Valkyrie wouldn’t do for each other not a freaking thing “Till the end” That’s the power of friendship That’s the power of love That’s the power of a bond that runs deeper than any romance ever could That’s the kind of relationship I read for and this is that brought to its most pureIt’s over and there aren’t enough wordsI will reread and reread this series I will never get tired and I will always want But I know that would ruin what I have here Derek Landy thank you for these books these characters “The sparrow flies south for winter”


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    So I found Armageddon Outta Here in a bookshop and immediately pulled it out and flipped to the back to get that promised chapter from The Dying of the Light It's the second chapter And it was nice In fact I was surprised by how normal it was Same old same old Skulduggery Pleasant Except for that one major difference that just kept nagging on me the whole time and made me feel sick somewhere in my stomach God I don't want to follow this character I can't stand this character Derek Landy don't make me feel sympathetic towards this character not after Dead MenIn this way I guess me and Skul are gonna have a lot in common during this last book Man I can't wait to see what happens I literally have no expectations and have no idea what could happenI really can't waitOh God Derek You complete and utter Incoherent grumbling And Skulduggery You heartless loveable jerk How could you do that to me? To Valkyrie?God I nearly died several times in this bookWow so I finally finished it This is the end I've been dreading this moment since I first bought the book and even a little before that and now that it's over and the only other series I'm currently reading will also release its final installment this year I am desperately scrambling around for another fantasy series for me and my sister to read she's still got her Land of Stories books I said I'd check them up after I finished everything else I want to read but I don't think I'll see it as anything too special; looks a lot like Magic Tree House slash InkheartI haven't been with this series for nearly as long as most people in fact I've technically only been a fan for around a year and a half 2 years? and my review is waaaaaayyy late since I had to wait eleven months after the initial release of The Dying of the Light before getting a copy 1 because I'm very picky and I only like paperback editions but the cover is gorgeous and so worth it 2 because books get released over here like 3 months after they get released in the US but my love for Skulduggery Pleasant and all its glory can't be any less than a lot of other fans who've made it this far In fact this finale alone has bumped up the series on my top ten favorite series list to number 3 surpassing The Cirue du Freak and How to Train Your Dragon at least until the last book for Httyd gets released later this yearGosh what a ride this series has been The characters the action the suspense the magic It's the only series I have on here where I've rated every book five stars and that's not to say I see them as completely flawless particularly not this book or that I didn't have a few problems here and there with them mostly with this book or that there weren't a few I didn't like as much as the rest I suppose the weakest for me would be Playing With Fire but those five star ratings were all based on my honest raw feelings of exhiliration and enjoyment after finishing each one and there were some I started on the same day I'd finished the last and each took around a two to three day span apart from this one since me and my sis were reading it together and she likes to do other things with her time had I been reading it alone I probably would have finished it in two days max it was so unputdownable It's the one series where I'd finish each book and my immediate thought is not about what it did wrong but what it did right Where I'd take a deep breath smiling widely and think ah that was amazing The Dying of the Light though it's very hard to express exactly what I feel about this book especially considering that it is THE LAST Before I get into thatIt's funny that only after finishing this last installment did I recognize the pattern in which these books diligently follow you'll have a bad guy wanting to destroy the world summon demons from another dimension and have them destroy the world kill a whole load of people and to do these things they need some sort of mystical magical artifact andor the knowledge of a specific person and Skul and Val will be sent to intercept said magical artifactperson before they do finding out where its kept by tracking down and talking to a few people and gathering up the things for their plan of action and they'll usually fail in the process often the plan will be interrupted by a magical monster andor unprecedented back up from the bad guy's side and maybe someone gets captured forcing them to come up with an alternate plan that involves either locating another magical object to counter the one previously stolen or coming up with a final back up plan to use upon rendezvousing with the enemy at the site of their evil plot This plan will also usually fail at first but then after fighting after a lot of kicking and biting and scratching and desperate reaching of fingers the heroes just manage to succeed by the skin of their teeth with a trump card they'd been holding back or else a really lucky break While all of this is going on there'll be a subplot panning out in the background and I don't mean Scapegrace and Thrasher maybe another villain or imminent doom approaching that are less pressing for timeIn other words it's just non stop action and dialogue almost all the way through And I love that For awhile now I've come to really notice and nitpick while reading books when authors explain or tell even a little than they necessarily should I've gotten uite attached to the show don't tell method of story telling Maybe it's due to the large amount of manga I've been reading the past two years I do think Skulduggery Pleasant would make a truly awesome mangaanimeApart from Last Stand of Dead Men which took place during a civil war between Sanctuaries and so had to be a little complicated all the SP books work on this cycle of events and the last book is no different The only real difference is that this time the stakes are much higher But while the rest of the books all seemed well self contained and wrapped up I felt like a lot was left hanging loose in DOTL and those loose ends are probably apparent to me here because it is THE LASTWhen writing a finale for a long fantasy series there are a number of things that need ticking1 Every important character that has made an appearance in the series so far and is not dead but you don't even have to let that stop you needs to come back for one last bow Of course it's important to make sure their inclusion serves some sort of purpose however small check2 When the book is finished the reader needs to feel like there is nothing else at all they want to know about what happens after to any of the characters Yes I know this doesn't always have to be the case and may just be greedy and unimaginative on my part since there are some series that do work best with endings that are left open for interpretation eg The Dark Tower series still iffy on that ending though but if you are going to leave a few things open ended at least do it in a way that the readers can feel satisfied with how the overall ending looks And besides if you've been scrupulous in tying off the loose ends in your plot in all the previous books it'll only feel like a cop out to not do so here checkish3 The climax has to overshadow every other climax in the series in terms of size epicness danger and importance check4 The reader has to feel all sorts of feels Multiple times And this doesn't always necessitate killing off a bunch of characters either check5 When the villain is defeated ultimate goal of the story is finally reached it has to be done in a way that makes sense is not predictable and feels satisfying This is the goal you've been aiming for throughout the whole series after all checkish6 There has to be at least one or two throw backs to previous books preferably the very first just for that extra sense of nostalgia checkAs far as finales go DOTL gets an A if you're going to go by that list But there are two major things I felt were slightly wrong with this book so much that it made me hesitate in giving it five stars and is forcing me to rename my bad endings shelf to the specific dissatisfying endings shelf I don't think I've read anything I could really say constitutes the bad ending label unless you count the entirety of the final Narnia book although that was due to an oversight on what the series was actually about on my partThe first problem I had with this book was that looking at it in hindsight there were a lot of plot lines that rather than left hanging loose sort of just led to nowhereOf course I can't go into too much detail without giving stuff away but I'll just mention the few specific ones I can recall For one the renegade sorcerers who got magically boosted in the last book and went running loose That problem didn't really serve too much to the story as than well as a problem that the characters temporarily had to face Another would be the reflection and while we're on the reflection let me just say that my greatest fear while reading this book was that Derek would have the audacity to attempt to make me sympathize with it I hate the reflection note that when I say I hate the character I do not mean I hate its inclusion or part in the story just that I hate her as a person Well he I'm not gonna say he succeeded in making me like it or even acknowledge it as a person in fact if anything this book just increased my annoyance with it but given that it's been there since book one and the last two books have sort of been building up its character and its alright her emotions and dreams I kind of expected a bigger pay off at the end where she was concerned I mean I'm happy I didn't have to put up with her for the whole book like I'd thought I'd have to but even as a character I hated I found her ending a little unfair and by that point my feelings towards her had actually turned to neutral On another note are we never going to fully address what she did at the end of Kingdom of the Wicked? Specifically is no one ever going to let Valkyrie's uncle and his family know what she did?My sister countered my points here by saying that in real life not everything is going to tie in or lead to the final climax and not everything is going to go according to your original plan and I guess that she's right But there are just some things that happen here that take up way too much time from the book and trick you by presenting things that you think might have a larger impact on the outcome but then just get sort of tossed aside one of these things literally does get tossed aside and the cost that went into getting this thing was so much and so traumatizing for the protagonist that it really made me frustrated with this book for the first time view spoilerI'm talking about Valkyrie having to kill her sister to get the scepter and then having it taken from her by Daruesse and tossed aside without being any use at all hide spoiler


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