Dark Days (Skulduggery Pleasant, Book 4) Paperback
by Derek Landy
Meet Skulduggery Pleasant: detective, sorcerer, warrior.
Oh yes. And dead. Skulduggery Pleasant is gone, sucked into a parallel dimension overrun by the Faceless Ones.
If his bones haven't already been turned to dust, chances are he's insane, driven out of his mind by the horror of the ancient gods.
There is no official, Sanctuary-approved rescue mission.
There is no official plan to save him. But Valkyrie's never had much time for plans. The problem is, even if she can get Skulduggery back, there might not be much left for him to return to.
There's a gang of villains bent on destroying the Sanctuary, there are some very powerful people who want Valkyrie dead, and as if all that wasn't enough it looks very likely that a sorcerer named Darquesse is going to kill the world and everyone on it.
Skulduggery is gone. All our hopes rest with Valkyrie. The world's weight is on her shoulders, and its fate is in her hands.
These are dark days indeed.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 416 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date: 02/09/2010
- Category: Fantasy
- ISBN: 9780007325979
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Review by phoebesmum
The fourth in the sequence, and book #3’s cliffhanger – Skulduggery is left trapped in another dimension with only the Faceless Ones for company – is quickly resolved. Thereafter it’s a race against time to stop a league of criminal sorcerers, including some familiar faces, from destroying the Sanctuary. Skulduggery himself is taking more and more of a back seat in this series, leaving the way clear for Valkyrie/Stephanie to fulfil her destiny (of course, Stephanie *would* have a destiny). A fun, light read, well-written and with a lot of entertaining dialogue, but the plot is not much more than an endless string of fight scenes, and there are far too many sketchily-drawn secondary characters. And either I nodded off, or at one point the story makes absolutely no sense at all.
Review by riida
i just burned through my copy of dark days...in about 8 hours straight! truth be told, the skulduggery pleasant books are about the only ones i can read this fast these days. each of them is just a roller-coaster ride of pure, mindless fun with a healthy helping of wise cracks! :Din this fourth installment though, it seems the ante has been raised a bit. i have began to appreciate the other dimensions of the characters' personalities, and derek landy finally introduced the one element missing from the series so far: an over-arching story line tied to a voldemort-like villain!but always, valkyrie and skulduggery are all about the fun :D