Skulduggery Pleasant Series

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The Skulduggery Pleasant books, written by Irish author Derek Landy, are a favourite with readers and critics alike. Derek Landy's books have sold over 2 million copies in the UK and Ireland and the series has won multiple awards including the Red House Children’s Book Award and the Irish Book Award. The first book was published in 2007 to rave reviews and eleven books later the series is still gaining more and more fans. 

The new Skulduggery book 14 Dead or Alive was released in April 2021 and an illustrated compendium The Skulduggery Pleasant Grimoire in May 2021.

After the first Skulduggery Pleasant series finished, in 2017 Derek Landy delighted fans by releasing the first book in a new series featuring the Skulduggery Pleasant characters – Resurrection.
 
The first book starts at the funeral of famous horror writer Gordon Edgley – twelve-year-old Stephanie’s eccentric uncle. Stephanie is intrigued by the mysterious friend of her uncle’s who appears with a scarf covering his face and gigantic sunglasses. As she finds out more about her uncle and the strange Skulduggery Pleasant, who turns out to be a skeleton detective, she realises that although the books her uncle used to write are most definitely horrifying, they are not fiction. Together, Stephanie and Skulduggery start investigating her uncle’s untimely demise. The series follows Skulduggery and Stephanie (and her dark alter ego: Valkyrie Cain) as they explore the weird and wonderful magical underworld, fighting the evil forces threatening the world and trying to get justice for her uncle’s death.
 
The series is very popular with children ten and over, but it is not just for kids and definitely not just for fantasy fans. The books are hair-raising but also very funny and fast-paced. Start at the beginning of the series to get Stephanie and Skulduggery’s back story and prepare to get addicted. You’ll be on to book 12 before you know it. 

There has been much talk of a Skulduggery Pleasant movie over the last few years but nothing concrete as yet. 

All the Skulduggery Pleasant books in order:

Book 1: Skulduggery Pleasant (2007)
Book 2: Playing With Fire (2008)
Book 3: The Faceless Ones (2009)
Book 4: Dark Days (2010)
Book 5: Mortal Coil (2010)
Book 6: Death Bringer (2011)
Book 7: Kingdom of the Wicked (2012)
Book 8: Last Stand of Dead Men (2013)
Book 9: The Dying of the Light (2014)
Book 10: Resurrection (2017)
Book 11: Midnight (2018)
Book 12: Bedlam (2019)
Book 13: Seasons of War (2020)
Book 14: Dead or Alive (2021)
Book 15: Until the End (2022)
Book 16: A Mind Full of Murder (2024)

PLUS: 
The Maleficent Seven (2014)
Armagedden Outta Here - The World of Skullduggery Pleasant (2014)
The End of the World (World Book Day Title 2020)
Apocalypse Kings (World Book Day Title 2021)
Paraquel: Pleasant Grimoire (2021)
Bad Magic: A Skulduggery Pleasant Graphic Novel (2023)
Paraquel: Hell Breaks Loose (2023)

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Skulduggery Pleasant

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Book 2
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Playing With Fire

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Book 3
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The Faceless Ones

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Book 4
Book 4

Dark Days

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Book 5
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Mortal Coil

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Book 6
Book 6

Death Bringer

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Book 7
Book 7

Kingdom of the Wicked

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Book 8
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Last Stand of Dead Men

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Book 9
Book 9

The Dying of the Light

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Book 10
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Resurrection

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Book 11
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Midnight

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Book 12
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Bedlam

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Book 13
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Seasons of War

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Book 14
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Dead or Alive

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Book 15
Book 15

Until the End

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Book 16
Book 16

A Mind Full of Murder

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The End of the World

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Apocalypse Kings

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The Skulduggery Pleasant Grimoire

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Graphic Novel

Bad Magic

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Hell Breaks Loose

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The Haunted House on Hollow Hill

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