Saturday, 1 November 2014

Dark Days by Derek Landy

Series: Skulduggery Pleasant, Book Four
Publisher: HarperCollins
Format: Hardback
Published: 1st  April 2010
Number of Pages: 320
Book: Bought
Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy, Comedy, Urban Fantasy, Thriller, Suspense, Horror, Action-Adventure, Mystery, Children's, YA, Children's-YA Crossover
Recommended Age: 9+
Contains: Violence, Death – Lots And Lots Of Violence And Death! – And Mild Swearing
No Alcohol or Drug References
Skulduggery Pleasant Site: Skulduggery Pleasant



“Valkyrie turned to the portal.  The wind whipped her hair, and she could feel the gravitational pull, eager to welcome her.  She ran, straight into the yellow…”
Skulduggery Pleasant is gone, sucked into a parallel dimension overrun by the Faceless Ones.  If his bones haven’t already been turned to dust, chances are he’s insane, driven out of his mind by the horror of the ancient gods.  There is no official rescue mission.  There is no official plan to save him.
But Valkyrie’s never had much time for plans.
The problem is, even if she can get Skulduggery back, there might not be much left for him to return to.  There’s a gang of villains bent on destroying the Sanctuary, there are some very powerful people who want Valkyrie dead, and as if all that wasn’t enough it looks very likely that a sorcerer named Darquesse is going to kill the world and everyone on it.
Skulduggery is gone.  All hopes rest with Valkyrie.  The world’s weight is on her shoulders, and its fate is in her hands.

These are dark days indeed.

"Valkyrie, I hate to be the one to tell you this, but your friend is most likely dead."
"Of course he's dead.  He's a skeleton."
Skulduggery Pleasant is gone, missing, taken, held hostage by the homicidal gods known as The Faceless Ones.
Valkyrie Cain will go to any length to get him back – including risking her own life.
But meanwhile criminals that Skulduggery and Valkyrie put away are gathering.  Their plan?  To destroy the Sanctuary – and Valkyrie Cain.
Things are looking grim.
Grimmer: the mysterious and dangerously powerful Darquesse, whose only goal is to destroy the world...  And on top of this, they can trust no one at the Sanctuary.
Yup, things are looking pretty damn dark...
If only they had Skulduggery to help them...  Cue foolish planning, now...
God, I adore this series!  I've seriously forgotten how much I love it.  Even on my second or third reading, it's just so damn good!  Dark Days was action-packed, hilarious and just as magical as all Skulduggery Pleasant novels.  I literally can never get enough of Skulduggery and co, and Dark Days really didn’t disappoint me – in fact, it was better than the three that came before it, which I thought impossible.  How Derek Landy always manages to completely outdo himself with each new book is beyond me, but he does, and it's awesome.  Also, totally addictive.  I can't wait to continue my reread in the big run-up to the final book!  But God knows I'm going to be a snivelling mess by the time it's done!
Ok, Valkyrie is getting to be soo awesome!  She's growing up a lot, you can just see the difference, like her getting crushes.   I was really impressed by how natural and subtle Derek made her growth feel – Val really does seem so much like a real person, albeit one with magic, razor-sharp wit and more strength than a million elephants.  And even though I know where she's going, I can't wait to see it!
Skulduggery: I love him so much.  I really wish people would stop saying mean things about him (in the book) 'cause I adore him.  He's funny, bonkers, snarky and smart and is my favourite ever detective – and this includes Sherlock from the BBC TV show, so that's sayin' something!  
I loved Fletcher too – he was so cute and obsessed with his hair!  However, I always see Jedward whenever I think of him...  Don't ask...  Tanith was, as always, brilliant (I do so love the kickass girls in this series) – as was Ghastly (brilliant, I mean, not a kickass girl).  I also really like China, even if she is a bit... creepy...  Oh, and Finbar is amazing – that guy kills me each and every time!
The villains in Dark Days were epic.  You had the Revengers Club (or Vengeance Brigade, depending on who you ask), who were made up of familiar and new faces, and then there was the mysterious Darquesse...  My favourite (though I probably shouldn’t have a fave villain) was Billy-Ray, purely because he cracks me up.  But all the villains were pretty awesome.
And damn, I love the writing in these books – the dialogue in particular!  The characters never lack a snarky thing to say, some witty and brilliant comeback.  I love that.  I also love how amazing Derek's writing is: reading his books is like watching a film inside my head, which is awesome.  These books are just the perfect escape for reluctant readers, in my opinion!
As for that plot... all the twists, the turns, the action, the murder, the excitement...  It's enough to hook a girl for eternity.  And as for the ending: cliff-hanger alert!  I mean, I saw it coming this time, but the first time I ever read Dark Days: serious jaw-drop moment. 
And I really quickly have to mention the world in these books, because it is awesome – seriously, awesome!  Magic, monsters, mayhem, awesomeness…  I want to move to this world and become a sorcerer so badly!
I also want to say how much I appreciate Derek writing to please everyone.  There's magic, science, adventure, suspense, humour and friendship in this book, appealing to a wide audience.  I also love how it's not aimed at boys or girls.  I mean, Val's a girl but Skulduggery plays just as big a part.  Boys and girls alike love this series – and some not-so-boys-or-girls too – and they're all so very right to.  Skulduggery Pleasant is one hell of a series and everyone, everywhere ought to pick it up.  Right now.  I'll be waiting.
Oh, but before you go I want to and this: Dark Days was dark in the most delicious way.  It left me wanting more, as always, and I seriously can't recommend it - all of the bokos actually - enough.  
Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to go read Mortal Coil and those of you who haven't read Skulduggery Pleasant need to go read that ASAP. 

Happy reading!

Star Rating:
5 Out of 5 

Read this book if you liked:
Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy
Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan
Department 19 by Will Hill
The Spooks' Apprentice by Joseph Delaney
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Happy Reading


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