Last Stand of Dead Men

Last Stand of Dead Men

Book - 2013
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War has finally come. Not between good and evil, but between Sanctuaries, and if Skulduggery and Valkyrie are to stop it they must team up with the rest of the Dead Men. And at the same time, another war rages within Valkyrie herself, as Darquesse is on the verge of rising ...
Publisher: London :, HarperCollins Children's Books,, 2013
ISBN: 9780007489237
9780007489206
Branch Call Number: j LAN NVD
Characteristics: 604 pages ; 24 cm

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ChristchurchKids Dec 23, 2014

Last Stand of Dead Men is the second to last book in Derek Landy’s wonderful Skulduggery Pleasant series, and it sure is one tense, action-packed read. The further we’ve been getting to the end of the series, the more dramatic the events of each book have been. The magic world has been teetering on the brink of war for some time now and it’s in Last Stand of Dead Men that war finally breaks out between the Sanctuaries. An epic magic battle ensues, with death and destruction galore.

As the front cover says, ‘no one is safe.’ The characters that we’ve come to love are caught up in the middle of the war and not everyone survives. Heroes become villains, enemies fight together, some people aren’t who we thought they were, and others look completely different from the last time we saw them. Derek also introduces us to new characters and creations, my favourite of which are the Warlock’s minions, the Wretchlings.

Last Stand of Dead Men is the darkest of the series so far and we see the darker side of Skulduggery coming out. While it doesn’t have the same humour as some of the earlier books, the scenes with Scapegrace and Thrasher provide some light relief and had me laughing out loud. One of the things I like the most about Derek’s books is his brilliant dialogue and there is plenty of this in this book.

Skulduggery will do anything to save Valkyrie and I certainly can’t wait until September next year to find out how it all ends. Will Skulduggery save her or will Darquesse destroy the world?

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samcoughlan
Oct 07, 2014

the dead men (and girl) are awesome

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Anaktiga3
Sep 27, 2014

This book was filled with twists and turns that made my gut wrench. the entire series is phenomenal and deserves five stars

purpleplatypus Aug 18, 2014

BEST BOOK SERIES EVER!!!
I LOVE THIS SERIES BEYOND BELIFE!!!! I READ MOST OF THE BOOKS IN 4 TO 5 DAYS!!! LOVE IT!
i am kind of sad that ghastly and shudder died, but i guess someone had to die eventually, so im not really mad at derek landy. I AM SO EXCITED FOR THE LAST BOOK TO COME OUT IN SEPTEMBER!!!!!!!!
I GIVE THIS BOOK A FIVE STAR RATING IF NOT HIGHER!!!!!!!!

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winner2345
Jul 07, 2014

This is an awesome book! The whole series is awesome but this is one of my favorite books because it has a lot of suspense and unlike other books the main characters aren't all nice and good, they are also very evil, even though they are the good guys.

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rnwj01
Mar 05, 2014

This is the best series in the world.If anyone hasn't read it yet, they are crazy!!!!! I love the plot and the characters and i am so sad that Derek Landy is not continuing the series, but i hope he starts a new one.

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hawwkster
Nov 27, 2013

great series

mliam Nov 04, 2013

i can not wait for this to come out! I My dad and I have been waiting for it for so long, and i think we may have some fights over it.

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jegan4911
Oct 19, 2013

I can't wait for this book to come out! The entire series has been amazing, and I can't believe it's almost over!
Also, I know this is an amazing series, and all of Derek's minions have been really good so far, and he's said how much he appreciates that people don't post too many spoilers online, and I think that should go for the comments section of the book too.
I always read other people's comments before starting a book, and I know I can't be the only one, so thank you to everyone who has been kind enough not to ruin any of the surprises!

Jesse_Kriese Sep 25, 2013

I cant wait for it to come out!

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Anaktiga3
Oct 27, 2014

A wraith lunged from the fog and Saracen shrieked, hitting the creature so hard the pitchfork handle broke in two.
"Do NOT jump out at me!" Saracen roared, driving the remains of thr putchfork into the wraith's mouth.
"I HATE IT when people jump out at me!"

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winner2345
Jul 10, 2014

“She turned to Skulduggery and held out her arms. “Come here, you.”
He tilted his head. “My hugs are for special occasions only.”
“Hug me.”
“I prefer the old tradition.”
“Hug.”
“Would a handshake do?”

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navy_dove_26
Mar 09, 2014

navy_dove_26 thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

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winner2345
Jul 10, 2014

When sanctuaries disagree on something, what happens? They go to war and that is exactly what is happening and Skulduggery and Valkyrie not only have to deal with war now but now there is Valkyrie"s reflection, Tanith and Darquess involved as well.

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