Skulduggery Pleasant Book 10! Resurrection, Derek Landy Book Review

Fun story! The first Skulduggery Pleasant book actually came out when I was about twelve? I read it as part of a judging panel for the Hampshire book award when I was in school and the main thing I can remember about the whole experience was the orange spray on the pages coming off on my fingers and me wiping it on my friend’s face.

So these books have a happy little place in my heart and when I got the opportunity to read book ten I was cautiously excited. Ten books is a lot of content to fill, would this be suitably ‘new’ enough to keep me interested? Would it be as I remembered? Stay tuned to find out!

Goodreads Summary: 

The skeleton detective is coming back to life… again! It’s the tenth, triumphant novel in the Skulduggery Pleasant series, and it will rearrange your world.

Skulduggery and Valkyrie are back in the tenth instalment in the bestselling Skulduggery Pleasant series – an incredible and unexpected treat for the legions of fans around the world.

We can’t say much but we can say this: Skulduggery and Valkyrie are going to team up with beloved characters from the first 9 books as well as an all-new cast, including new teen co-star Omen Darkly, for an adventure that takes the story to truly global proportions… while answering questions that go right back to the beginning.

And Derek says this: “I was halfway through Last Stand of Dead Men, I think, when I realised that I had more stories to tell. I told myself that if Skulduggery and Valkyrie survived the series, I would leave the option open of returning to their world. There were still secrets I need to reveal, after all, and there were still horrors they had to face. They survived the first series. But they’re really going to wish they hadn’t.”

Which…isn’t a summary at all. Thanks Goodreads.

So this will be a fairly short review because I think ten books in you probably know whether you’re going to like the style or not. What I will say is I think this series has slightly grown with it’s readers. I’m certainly a different person to who I was at twelve and I still enjoyed this book. It’s a little darker than the earlier books and the characters are dealing with some large issues but it’s still true to the slightly sassy tone that made the books so popular.

In terms of new additions Omen Darkly was a great character to bring in. I’m excited to see if he can develop in any way or if this is the only glimpse we get of him.

Does this book hold up to what I remember of the first nine? I would say yes. I had a good time sitting and binge reading this. I didn’t laugh out loud as many times as I did ten years ago but that’s probably because my sense of humour is weirder now.

If you were/are a fan of Skulduggery Pleasant I can recommend reading Resurrection. I think it’s a good thing for a series to change and to develop and that’s what I felt Landy achieved.

My rating: 5/5 stars (a fun read)

Resurrection is available to buy now so head to your normal source of books to find your copy!

By the way, I received a digital copy of this book for free from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

What do you think? Did you also read Skulduggery Pleasant all those years ago? Should I go back and read them all from 1-9? Let me know in the comments below.

Can’t wait to hear from you


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