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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. 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. 

    The Skulduggery Pleasant audiobook was serialised during lockdown as Skulduggery Bites. The new Skulduggery book 13 Seasons of War was released in April 2020.  

    All the Skulduggery Pleasant books in order:

    Skulduggery Pleasant Book 1: Skulduggery Pleasant (2007)
    Skulduggery Pleasant Book 2: Playing With Fire (2008)
    Skulduggery Pleasant Book 3: The Faceless Ones (2009)
    Skulduggery Pleasant Book 4: Dark Days (2010)
    Skulduggery Pleasant Book 5: Mortal Coil (2010)
    Skulduggery Pleasant Book 6: Death Bringer (2011)
    Skulduggery Pleasant Book 7: Kingdom of the Wicked (2012)
    Skulduggery Pleasant Book 8: Last Stand of Dead Men (2013)
    Skulduggery Pleasant Book 9: The Dying of the Light (2014)
    Skulduggery Pleasant Book 10: Resurrection (2017)
    Skulduggery Pleasant Book 11: Midnight (2018)
    Skulduggery Pleasant Book 12: Bedlam (2019)
    Skulduggery Pleasant Book 13: Seasons of War (April 2020)

    PLUS: Apocalypse Kings (World Book Day Title 2021)

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    Skulduggery Pleasant

    Meet the great Skulduggery Pleasant: wise-cracking detective, powerful magician, master of dirty tricks and burglary (in... More

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    Book 2
    Book 2

    Playing With Fire

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    Book 3
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    The Faceless Ones

    Third bone-breaking, belly-busting adventure in the bestselling series that puts the "funny" back in... um... funny be... More

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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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    Death Bringer

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    Book 7
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    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
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    The Dying of the Light

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    Book 10
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    Resurrection

    The best-selling return of skeleton detective Skulduggery Pleasant, out now in paperback. A lot has chan... More

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    Book 11
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    Midnight

    Skulduggery Pleasant and Valkyrie Cain are back in their most gripping story yet, as book 11, Midnight, picks up where... More

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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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    The End of the World

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    Mortal Coil

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    Apocalypse Kings

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