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Dead or Alive

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What to expect

Skulduggery, Valkyrie and Omen return in the 14th and penultimate novel in the internationally bestselling Skulduggery Pleasant series – and their most epic test yet…

In a matter of days, the world will change.

Billions of lives will be wiped away in a final, desperate search for the Child of the Faceless Ones — she who is destined to bring about the return of humankind’s ancient overlords.

To prevent this, Skulduggery Pleasant and Valkyrie Cain have one last – terrible – option: the assassination of Damocles Creed. With protests stirring in the magical city of Roarhaven, with riots and revolutions on the horizon, Valkyrie must decide who she wants to be: the hero who risks everything for a noble ideal, or the killer who sacrifices her own soul for the fate of humanity.

The decision must be made, and time is running out.

Critics Review

  • Praise for Derek Landy:

    ‘Landy [has the] ability to craft an engaging story from start to finish.’ Inis

    ‘Derek Landy has been something of a publishing phenomenon.’ Irish Post

    Praise for Skulduggery Pleasant:

    ‘A gripping debut.’ Phil Hogan, Observer

    ‘Landy’s witty style will win him fans of all ages … It’s a good job Harry’s [Potter] resigning before he’s forcibly retired.’ Irish Mail on Sunday

    ‘Hugely enjoyable – a thrill-a-minute adventure.’ Jonathan Stroud, author of the BARTIMAEUS TRILOGY

    ‘It’s exciting, pacy, nicely handled and fun. I sincerely hope Landy revisits these characters.’ Philip Ardagh, Guardian

    ‘Skulduggery Pleasant serves up a thoroughly satisfying blend of humour, magic and adventure. Once you’ve met Stephanie and Skulduggery, you’ll be clamouring for a sequel.’ Rick Riordan, author of the PERCY JACKSON series

    ‘A remarkably accomplished debut with wonderful dialogue.’ Robert Dunbar, Irish Times

    ‘A rip-roaring adventure.’ Irish Sunday Independent

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