Skulduggery Pleasant: Last Stand of Dead Men by Derek Landy – review

I have loved every single book in the series and this was one of the best so far

The war between the sanctuaries has arrived. Divided loyalties, undisclosed secrets and plots and battles of magic make up this part of the story. The Irish sanctuary has long been targeted by various villains trying to bring destruction down upon it. They have survived – just – and now the other sanctuaries around the world have decided that the time has come to take it over for "the safety of the magical communities."

Skulduggery and his fellow sanctuary mages do not think they will take this lying down and are determined that the magical world should go on as normal while they try to restore the balance of power. They team up with the rest of The Dead Men to do just that. While the sanctuaries war is just beginning, Valkyrie is struggling to keep her darker side from emerging and Skulduggery is too preoccupied to be of much help with this. She is away from her family even more than usual, leaving her mirror self to keep her life at home as normal as possible. However she becomes increasingly unbalanced as Darquesse rises perilously close to the surface…..

Skulduggery Pleasant, Ghastly Bespoke, Valkyrie Cain, Tanith Low – the very best characters in this outstanding series of books. I have loved every single book in the series and this was one of the best so far. I thought the battles were epic and so well described, the plot interesting and suspenseful. It was a long book but kept me reading until the very last page. It was an emotional rollercoaster with abundant plot twists and the series' excellent style of humorous dialogue throughout.

I recommend these books to everybody because they are just so brilliant! I tried to read this as slowly as possible as it will feel like a long time until the next one!

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