I love coming across something new - especially books! and was excited to be sent Derek Landy's Skulduggery Pleasant, Kingdom of the Wicked.
This is obviously for children older than my little ones, however at 33, I have to say, I'm still a big fan of all things magic, mystical, fantasy, and make-believe - I'd rather be reading about vampires, ghosts, wizards, knights, murders and mysteries than about mushy chick lit or various shades of monotone.
I loved the way this was written - it was easy to define the characters - Derek portrays the vocabulary of the teenagers perfectly! its easy to follow the dialogue of each character - there are a lot of characters in this story and I'm completely new to the series, and at no point did I find this confusing and even though I only get to read in short burst (Thanks to my small children!) I didn't lose sight of the story! It really was one I wanted to keep reading (Sorry kids, just one more cartoon while I have a 5 min read!)
I'm not sure if its just a sign of my age but I did feel that some of the content - such as actual murders was a little advanced for adolescent readers but then I remember, at this age it was all about Point Horror for me! - and now I'm a parent, murder is one of the things on that list to keep my kids sheltered from for as long as possible!
(As the story is all based on a virus which gives victims the ability to do sorcery, I don't think its anything that could ever be taken as anything other than a story!)
I think this winter, I'd quite like to catch a little bit of magic rather than the usual cold!
The Skulduggery Pleasant series is hilarious, smart, action packed and full of extraordinary characters – a riotous blend of brilliant storytelling and comic book excitement, it’s perfect reading for kids who are bored of the same old heroes. Children of 9 and up from all over the world have discovered the awesome thrills and humour of the skeleton detective and his teenage sidekick as they battle to save the world.
Kingdom of the Wicked is the seventh instalment in the biggest, funniest, most thrilling comedy-horror-adventure series in the universe - and the follow-up to 2011’s number-one bestseller, Death Bringer…
Across the land, normal people are suddenly developing wild and unstable powers. Infected by a rare strain of magic, they are unwittingly endangering their own lives and the lives of the people around them. Terrified and confused, their only hope lies with the Sanctuary. Skulduggery Pleasant and Valkyrie Cain are needed now more than ever.
And then there's the small matter of Kitana. A normal teenage girl who, along with her normal teenage friends, becomes infected. Becomes powerful. Becomes corrupted. Wielding the magic of gods, they're set to tear the city apart unless someone stands up against them.
To celebrate the launch of the latest book (Kingdom of the Wicked) I have the whole series of Skulduggery Pleasant consisting of seven books to be won by one of my lucky readers!
Skulduggery Pleasant can be bought on Amazon
How to Enter
All you have to do is leave a comment below naming another Derek Landy book (there are lots to choose from!) and a way for me to contact you if you win! (twitter id or email addy etc)
One reader will win one set of 7 Skulduggery Pleasant books, sent out directly from the lovely PR lady.
UK entries only please.
Winners selected using random.org, please reply with your details with 7days of winning or another winner will be selected.
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Emma in Bromley xx