The eighth instalment in the biggest, funniest, most thrilling comedy-horror- adventure series in the universe - and the follow-up to s number-one bestseller. Landy, Last Stand of Dead Men (Skulduggery Pleasant, Book 8), , eBook, Größe: KBytes, , portofrei. Last Stand of Dead Men: Skulduggery Pleasant, Book 8 (Hörbuch-Download): s21.nu: Derek Landy, Stephen Hogan, HarperCollins Publishers Limited.
Wreath gives Valkyrie an "upgrade" to her Necromancer abilites as a present. Wreath reveals that Dragonclaw gave a name to the Warlock that Charivari wanted which was Department X.
Skulduggery says that Department X doesn't exist; It's just used as an excuse in case any mortals ask any questions over why creatures died.
Wreath also says that five years ago Baritone , one of the necromancers during the Battle of Aranmore Farm, noticed three mortals boasting about how they faced warlocks.
Baritone asked who hired them but they couldn't remember the man. Meanwhile, Ghastly is out jogging and is startled when he realizes he is being tracked.
He follows the trackers to the Accelerator where Bernard Sult and other Supreme Council members are planting explosives to destroy the Accelerator.
Sult says that if the Supreme Council cannot have the Accelerator then neither can Ireland have it. Ghastly manages to defeat the Council members but Sult detonates the bombs himself.
He and the others survive but are astonished that the Accelerator wasn't destroyed or even damaged. Ravel and the Cleavers arrive to arrest Sult and the mages.
Valkyrie visits China Sorrows to find out who and how the Man with Golden Eyes manages to erase himself from other people's thoughts.
However, it is not a discipline of magic so anyone can use it. China also says that most of the crystals are locked away carefully and there can even be one in The Sanctuary in Roarhaven.
China then asks why Valkyrie really came to her. She says that she wants advice. Her parents expect her to go to college and study but she keeps wanting to work at the Sanctuary but also does not want to get too distant from other mortals.
China tells her that its called Second Lifetime Syndrome and it happens when sorcerers watch their friends or family die around them.
Valkyrie suggests that she could tell her parents about magic. China strongly advises her against that since Valkyrie's parent's lives will be ruined with fear and worry about their daughter and their lives.
Scapegrace, now in a woman's body, trains under Grandmaster Ping. He insists that he is still a man, and Thrasher appears to be developing romantic feelings for him.
They return to Ireland in the hopes of thwarting evil, becoming vigilantes. He reveals that a robot called The Engineer was the only machine capable of deactivating the Accelerator.
The Supreme Council are demanding the release of Sult and respond by accusing and arresting Irish Mages all over the world of spying on the council.
They arrest many Irish Mages including Dexter Vex. Skulduggery and Valkyrie go to the Repository to find the amethyst crystal that China mentioned.
On the way, Valkyrie mentions that she was talking to China about the Second Lifetime Syndrome but Skulduggery responds that saying that she wants her to be happy and whatever way she can achieve that is fine.
They find the crystal and Skulduggery realizes that the Crystals are so rare that the Man with Golden Eyes could have been using that same crystal.
They then also realize that the Man is probably a Sanctuary Mage. They receive a message from Cassandra Pharos who says she is going to have a vision, and wants them to be there.
Caius is distraught as he is being imprisoned and that he did no crime to deserve it. He is being escorted by Grim - the ex-bodyguard of Grand Mage Strom, who lost his job after Strom's assassination.
Grim beats Caius by shoving him against the wall, and Caius responds by saying that he is 'a big, tough man' when he is beating another with shackles on.
Grim takes this as a challenge and goads Caius into taking his shackles off, even thought Dexter tells him not to.
Caius lunges at Grim, but Grim easily overpowers Caius, and puts him in a chokehold. Dexter attempts to convince the both of them to stop, but Grim kills Caius.
The death of an imprisoned Irish mage makes the Irish Sanctuary very angry. The Supreme Council does not directly apologize, saying that he could have been an Irish Spy.
They find that Bernard Sult is not in his cell, and the guard on watch is unconscious. The Supreme Council's channel, which is broadcast internationally, is hacked by Syc and Portia - the Children of the Spider.
Madame Mist is mysteriously calm on this matter, firmly stating she had no control over them. Skulduggery and Valkyrie go to Cassandra's house to witness her new vision.
In this vision, Ghastly with a new scar on his forehead kisses Tanith, implying that Tanith is free of the Remnant. However, Tanith is injured on her lower torso.
They also see Ravel, in his Elder Robes, in unbearable agony, with his hands shackled behind his back. They see Valkyrie, pleading not to watch something again, and is holding an unrecognizable object in her hand.
They witness Darquesse, wearing a black suit so tight that looks like a second skin, kill Desmond, Melissa and Alison Edgley using black flames.
They also see Darquesse kill Skulduggery then kiss him. Cassandra alerts them that people are outside, with a mission to kill them. Skulduggery and Valkyrie go outside Cassandra's house to meet a man that Skulduggery fought with in the war against Mevolent.
They are told of Bernard Sult's murder, and the Supreme Council have sent people to kill potiental threats, and Skulduggery Pleasant and Valkyrie Cain are on the top of the list.
They are able to subdue their enemies. They then realize they are at war. A shield is sent up over Ireland, to prevent people coming in.
The German Grand Mage, Wahrheit informs that the Irish have put up a force-field dome that stops any mages entering Ireland and also discuss the possiblity of Austrilia and Africa The Other Cradles of Magic alling themselves with Ireland, although they dismiss this as they assume they wont get involved due to the two countries having nothing to do with the War.
They also plan to assassinate people such as China Sorrows, many of the Sensitives in Ireland as not to predict the future of the war and Fletcher Renn as he will probably ally himself with Ireland.
Fletcher Renn is targeted. Myra, his girlfriend, turns out to be a mortal assassin. Two Australian mages sent to protect Fletcher are murdered by Myra and Myra tasers Flecther, rendering him momentarily incapable of teleportation.
Before she can kill him, he manages to escape, and then teleports to the Irish Sanctuary. Anton Shudder is targeted at the Midnight Hotel. All his guests Supreme Council Soliders including Regis attempt to kill him, but he manages to escape through a hidden exit.
Finbar Wrong is targeted. Through a sly conservation with his assassin, he reveals that his powers are slowly returning after he was possessed by a Remnant.
He foresaw him coming and had poisoned his assassin's mug of tea, killing the man. China Sorrows is targeted by Foe's gang. She escapes, but they chase her.
Dexter Vex is being relocated with an escort of three Cleavers, one being female. After regarding how uncommon female cleavers are, the female Cleaver kills the other two.
She reveals herself to be Tanith Low , and she abducts him. Meanwhile, Vaurien Scapegrace and Thrasher have changed their minds about being "bad guys" and try to be "good guys" by trying to find Silas Nadir through their disguises as The Dark and Stormy Knight and the Village Idiot respectively.
After a brief scuffle between Ghastly and Sanguine, the three agree and send Tanith and Sanguine with Donegan and Gracious to disable the Midnight Hotel which is the only the Supreme Council can send their troops in through the shield.
The Supreme Council recruit General Mantis - one of the best generals of all time, who was a 'secret weapon' against Mevolent and send him along of 80 other sorcerers on the Hotel and into Ireland.
Sanguine manages to disable the Hotel however he and Tanith are captured. Tanith is later freed by Aurora Jane and rescues Sanguine where the four manage to escape.
Valkyrie is recruited to the Dead Men as the seventh member. They want to retrieve the Engineer, who is currently in possession of the French Sanctuary.
They tip off the Australian and African Sanctuary in the hope that they will gain new allies in the war. The Dead Men encounter a ghost town along the way that brings about seemingly invincible creatures known as Wraiths.
Wraiths cause intense burning with a single touch. They suffer intense burns. The Dead Men infiltrate the French base that holds the Engineer.
After some time, they retrieve the Engineer and bring it to Ireland, with the assistance of the Australian and African Sanctuary.
A Warlock kills several mages in the African Sanctuary. There was an unexpected plot twist that I truly did not see coming. But the most amazing thing about the plot twist was that even though it was unanticipated, it still managed to not be staggering.
Or maybe it was me, and I was in the wrong mood for Skulduggery. I mean Ravel being the mastermind behind the whole thing?
Seriously Derek Landy, seriously? You know that time when an event in a book is so unexpected it becomes spurious?
There was nothing that led up to his moment. I liked you better with the red. I liked Fletcher in this book for some reason; his scenes were always a welcome break.
I liked how she became The Grand Mage, because truly, five books ago, or even a book ago, no one would have seen that coming for China.
This is a proper plot twist. I like the idea of Stephanie and Darquesse though; I just wish it was better perpetuated. His book was about war but he still managed to give us some happy-go-lucky humour in there, which was a relief.
All in all, this book was a bevy of conflicting emotions, and the best part was the end. I mean that literally though. It was the cliff-hanger of all cliff-hangers.
Damn you Derek Landy for making me want to buy the last book while leaving me disappointed with the penultimate one.
Aug 03, maria rated it it was amazing Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.
To view it, click here. Derek Landy just keeps improving with every, single book. The hopelessness o first read: The hopelessness of the war and losing against the warlocks seeped through the pages.
The part where Mantis's army were defeated blew a hole through my chest. I've already read this book and yet I still felt severely crestfallen.
Landy is amazing as none of the characters are good. They are all twisted in some form or the other and the skeleton is one of them. He was constantly referred to as "cold" and "humourless".
War brings out the worst in things. And I was completely petrified when you could feel the white hot anger radiating from the book.
Valkyrie had gone and the pure desperation he wants her back. It so beautiful but sad to see how much he loves her, finally, a bond of friendship and not love.
Lastly, my angry side Sep 01, The Book Gazer Eddie rated it it was amazing. This review is courtesy of http: Okay, you know those books that are just great?
They meet all your expectations, captivate you, everything. Yet despite that, you stare at your computer screen, wondering what on earth to ramble on about?
Yeah, Welcome to my current situation. When Derek Landy revealed the tagline to his latest piece of work, I was a bit skeptical. I've heard that line a hundred times before, but not quite like this.
Pe This review is courtesy of http: People die in Last Stand of Dead men, main characters and nameless characters alike.
At this point, my only worry is how many people will die in the last book of the series When everything comes crumbling down.
Derek Landy still maintains his witty humour, laugh-out-loud scenarios, and signature combat choreography. Which you can expect a lot of, considering the war that this novel revolves around.
If you were expecting this series to "bog down" before the end, you''ll be sorely disappointed. What exactly you ask?
Well, he included some of us in his book. I raced through all , words of it in exactly two days. Somehow, amidst my frantic preparations for school, I managed to find some time for this gargantuan-sized thrill-ride.
War Death Secrets Betrayal Jun 06, Angela rated it it was amazing Shelves: I feel like I did at the end of Deathly Hallows - emotionally strung out and amazed at how much I care about fictional characters.
This isn't even the last book! Now I need to make it til next September for the end, and just I'm not expecting any type of happy ending.
With everything that happened in this one, it was one horrible event after another. I shed a few tears for one character, shed a whole lot during one of the chapters near the end, and smiled quite a bit becau Ugh.
I shed a few tears for one character, shed a whole lot during one of the chapters near the end, and smiled quite a bit because Landy, amidst all the heartbreak, kept the humor.
The banter between Valkyrie and Skulduggery about her birthday present being a stick, and the camaraderie between the Dead Men Things were gross Wretchlings?
Worse and way more gross than zombies. Why would you bite something covered in boils? Love that Landy went there, since there is a war.
And funny, and heartbreaking, and I love this series so freakin much. In all honesty, I can't wait for this series to be over, just so I can read the other books Landy will hopefully be writing.
Given the last few days though, I'm not entirely ready for the ending. It's gonna be rough. Nov 04, Ela rated it it was amazing.
Review to come, I need to go and breath into a paper bag. Edit 4 months later: I'm not sure this is ever going to get reviewed, the topic is too painful and I have trouble putting my emotions into words.
Aug 17, S. Berrow rated it really liked it Shelves: OK, now that I have managed to compose myself, here goes The latest instalment of the truly excellent Skulduggery Pleasant series by Irish author Derek Landy which incidentally most definitely stopped being a children's book around book 5, possibly even book 4 is bleak, bloody and brutal.
Absolutely brutal; there are no other words for it. Primarily, this book is about war - the realities of war, scarily close to how war games are currently operating in this present day and age.
There is fighting, there is death. There is a televised, provocative execution to incite war. There are twists, turns and very sudden drops.
There is no good and evil, no demons, no forces of darkness Characters who were formerly allies and friends now fighting one another in a bid to fill the enormous power vacuum that's been kicking about since Mortal Coil.
The ambiguity and distasteful nature of the whole affair is frequently impounded upon, amidst an extremely chaotic narrative that jumps erratically from one area of the globe to another across several viewpoints, some familiar characters, some new.
As opposed to previous books in the series, Last Stand of Dead Men is primarily action driven with little room for mystery and suspense and even less room for humour.
Skulduggery and Valkyrie are weirdly absent for the majority of this book also which was a little disappointing, although I really, really loved Ghastly Bespoke in this book, and relatively new character Dexter Vex, whom I'm guessing had quite a significant role in the Tanith Low novella The Maleficent Seven that I have yet to read Previous Skulduggery short stories were not expanded upon or referenced in the series but it sounds like some pretty major events happened in The Maleficent Seven.
Consequently that's where the book fell down a little for me - Last Stand of Dead Men does not flow smoothly from the previous book in the series to the other.
Overall, this book was intense. So, so, so intense. And I mean that in a genuine 'I was really shaken and disturbed' by this book kind of way, less of an exhilarated, exciting, 'all the feels' kind of way.
There were moments in this book where I felt genuinely shocked and upset. I feel very, very anxious about Skulduggery and Valkyrie's future and sincerely hope it all works out, because at the moment I cannot possibly see how it can.
In fact, I would even go so far as to say that I feel a little traumatised by it all, and I don't think I've ever felt this way about a book before, not even after breaking down upon reading Sheryl Jordan's Secret Sacrament when I was, like, Keep out of reach of children.
Stephanie Edgley alias Walküre Unruh hat jetzt mittlerweile ihren Seit 8 Bänden begleitet man sie, wie sie seit ihrem Lebensjahr mit dem magischen Skelettdetektiv Skulduggery Pleasant die Welt vor bösen Magiern auf 4,5 Sterne Meine Meinung Die Rezension fällt mir echt schwer und ich muss mal schauen, ob ich da was vernünftiges zusammenbekomme Derek Landys Schreibstil ist sehr flüssig, kompakt und gerade im 8.
Band legt er ein hohes Tempo vor. Kein überflüssiges Geplänkel hält einen beim Lesen auf, was bei der Vielzahl an Figuren und der verstrickten Handlung auch kein Problem ist.
Die Reihe muss man auf jeden Fall nacheinander lesen, da man sonst nicht mehr hinterher kommt. Der letzte Teil ist bei mir schon ein Jahr her und ich musste mich auch erst mal wieder mit den ganzen Zusammenhängen zurechtfinden was aber recht schnell ging.
Und es ist echt selten, dass ich bei Büchern Schmunzeln oder gar Lachen muss! Immer noch nicht gewöhnen konnte ich mich allerdings an den Namen der Protagonistin "Walküre Unruh".
Dafür hat er aber sonst bei den Seiten konstant eine aufregende Atmosphäre gehalten und durch kleine Szenensprünge unnötiges in die Länge ziehen vermeiden können.
Auf den letzten Seiten gibts wieder Cliffhanger, die die Spannung auf den nächsten und letzten Band anheizen. Fazit Ein voll bepacktes Action-Fantasy-Abenteuer mit einer erwachsen gewordenen Stephanie alias Walküre, fetzigen Dialogen, viel trockenem Humor und dem ewigem Kampf um die Weltherrschaft - und mit Skulduggery, der für andere immer unnahbar und sich selbst immer treu bleibt.
Sep 05, Rachel Hamilton rated it it was amazing. Because, in the words of Derek Landy: Overall, another cracker from Derek Landy, and a great book to get people talking and weirdly enough laughing about the themes shaping global events You can find this review, and many more, at Book Walrus http: Last Stand of Dead Men Aug 04, Skyril rated it it was amazing.
First and foremost, this is the first Skulduggery Pleasant book that I have even considered giving a lower score than five.
Of course it was fantastic. Of course it was witty. Of course it was incredibly all-consuming. However, Derek Landy seemed, for the first time, to kind of For instance, there are several ti 4.
For instance, there are several times when Fletcher teleports someone who, as far as I am aware, has never been teleported.
Another thing, the cloaking spheres? They didn't seem to have a time limit as they are meant to. Lastly, the book was somewhat confusing.
I blinked, went "What? When Ravel gives his speech, and the shunter When did they build this? No one knew about it? How did he shunt it over?
I just do not get it. Basically, it was written less strictly and uniformly as usual. The goods still outweigh the bads, though. The characters are wonderful, stay true to their personalities, and develop.
The plotline is brilliant. The ideas fantastic and believable. I was just telling my mom how much I have grown to love the battles, not for the craziness or gore or death, but because no one cares about honor or dignity- only winning, in any way he possibly can.
They fight dirty, and I love it. It was a wonderful book, terrible, sad, but wonderful, which is absolutely to be expected of Derek Landy, and I absolutely enjoyed it.
I don't know if you could do anything to make me hate you Unless you kill off Skulduggery or Saracen. I love Saracen too much. Feb 20, Aurora rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book didn't start out much different from the other Skulduggery Pleasant books.
It had the usual amounts of sass and sarcasm and narcissism and attitude, with a some violence and magic and weirdness thrown in there for hoots.
It was fun to read. I laughed quite a bit and was constantly exclaiming about how much I loved it, even though there was a war going on.
Despite the seriousness of it, everything was still okay. Then, about half way through the book, there came a scene that changed ever This book didn't start out much different from the other Skulduggery Pleasant books.
Then, about half way through the book, there came a scene that changed everything. I'm sure those of you who have read the book know what scene I'm talking about.
The fun yet dark book that I started reading disappeared and was replaced by one that was different. It became so much harder to read.
I began to turn every page with a new sense of dread, not knowing if any of the characters I had grown to love would live or die or have to make a very difficult choice that would ruin them for the rest of their life.
The perspectives of each character grew worse and worse as the war continued and people fought and lost. I will certainly admit that this was a hard book to read.
I've rarely encountered a book that has taken me by such surprise by how bleak and soul-ruining as LSODM. If this trend of spiraling into the depths of despair thing is going to continue, I think I'm really going to be afraid of reading the final book.
It's going to be a heartbreaker, that's for sure. Derek Landy is a cruel, cruel author to kill so many people in the way he did.
Some of those deaths were just awful. Even if they were once enemies of the main characters, they were still good people. They didn't deserve to die the way they did.
And now, I have one last question: Chapter 50, for reference hide spoiler ] May 28, Sarah rated it it was amazing Shelves: I don't want to spoil anything, but the strapline, "No one is safe'?
Ain't that the truth. Some serious stuff avoiding spoilers, see? I can't believe that this is the second last time that I will ever pick up a Skulduggery Pleasant book for the first time I think that I'll forever associate these books with my teenage years, and I am so, so happy to have gr WOW.
I think that I'll forever associate these books with my teenage years, and I am so, so happy to have grown up reading them. I've completely fallen in love with these characters, and this book just continues that on a massive scale.
For me, the previous book, Kingdom of the Wicked, wasn't the best of the series, but I was completely astounded by Last Stand of Dead Men.
I'm not sure, but I think this is my favourite SP book yet. It was a bit emotionally taxing, this one. At least more so than the others.
There's the same humour that exists in all of the books, but this one's darker, and very, very, very enthralling.
I read it in less than 24 hours, and when I was finished, I just sat there and stared at the book for a while, trying to process everything that had happened.
I'm still recovering, I think. There are new characters, old characters and some serious plot developments. Now all I have to do is wait another year for the next and last I think that I might expire from impatience in that time.
Jul 05, Thalia Grace rated it it was amazing. This book is by far the best so far in the whole series. It deserves 6 stars!
And the next book is going to be better how?!?! I don't understand how Derek Landy can be so cruel. He kills of characters all the time so I should be used to it.
He went to far this time killing view spoiler [ Ghastly hide spoiler ] How could he?!?!??! Seriously and with the betrayal of view spoiler [ Ravel hide spoiler ] What even?
This book is full of gory death and bloody torture. I would close the book, bring it to my forehead and scream. There is pure madness going on during this book, and you are put right in the middle of it.
Valkyrie's reflection is good? Who knows what anything is going on. The 9th and final book is scaring me.
I see it on my shelf and I really want to read it, but at the same time I am terrified. Who will die next?
What the hell is going to happen? Will I drown in a pool of agonized tears? I want to know what happens so badly, but at the same time never want to pick up the next book.
No matter how prepared I was for this book it still managed to rip my heart out and throw it at my own face!
This book is full of action and emotions, while still having time to make you laugh. In the middle of a war you find yourself laughing at something one of the Dead Men has said or thought.
Only certain authors can have you laughing while there is a war going on in the background and Derek does an amazing job. One of my favourite things about this book is after so much mentioning, we finall No matter how prepared I was for this book it still managed to rip my heart out and throw it at my own face!
One of my favourite things about this book is after so much mentioning, we finally get the full Dead Men back together and it is magnificent to see them go off on missions together and just be sassy with one another.
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Derek plays too many video games, reads too many comics, and watches too many movies. Before they left for the mission, the group were already discreetly being called "Dead Men" due to no one believing they'd return.
After they did return, successful and with all seven men alive - or undead, in Skulduggery's special case - the name stuck. The Dead Men received their name because they went on suicide missions but always came back alive.
Dead Men took orders from Corrival Deuce , he was one of the few they did. It was revealed that Larrikin was the comedian of the group, as recalled by Dexter , Ghastly and Skulduggery at the Requiem Ball.
He was known to wind up Anton , by leaning in and whispering something in his ear in the middle of a dangerous mission.
One of his antics was known as 'Shudder's Birthday'. In , all the members of the Dead Men were down in France, huddled in a field.
They had been in that spot for three days, and all of them, excluding Skulduggery, were wet and hungry. On the third day, Larrikin decided that it was Anton's birthday.
Although their targets were passing by, Larrikin insisted he sing Anton a happy birthday song. He then proceeded to hug Anton, which showed Anton not being a hugging person.