March 19, 2009

Evildoers Beware: Skulduggery Pleasant - Playing With Fire

You thought there was swashbuckling supernatural action in the first Skulduggery Pleasant novel. Just wait until you read the sequel.

Now that Stephanie Edgley has officially taken on her secret identity of Valkyrie Cain, fighter against the evil forces who aim to bring back the Faceless Ones to destroy the world, she’s in the path of danger nearly constantly. Her old life seems like merely an afterthought as she’s caught up in her apprenticeship with the skeleton detective Skulduggery Pleasant. And when the powerfully evil Baron Vengeous escapes from prison with the help of the rogue earth-tunneling Billy Ray Sanguine, Valkyrie, Skulduggery and their allies must race to stop him before he re-assembles the Grotesquery, an unimaginably horrible and near-invincible monster cobbled from awful bits and pieces of other unimaginable horrors.

The sequel is a fight-a-minute and action-packed read, and though I missed some of the complexity of story and laugh-out-loud humor of the first book, Playing With Fire was a fitting follow-up with some truly scary moments of danger that kept me hooked. Plus, don’t you just love those character names?

Buy Skulduggery Pleasant: Playing With Fire from an independent bookstore near you!

1 comment:

tanita s. davis said...

Aaaaaaaaargh!
I meant to pick this one up when I was home!!!!!!!