Book Review: Skulduggery Pleasant; The Faceless Ones

Book Reivew:  The Faceless ones by Derek Landy

This is the thrid book in the Skulduggery Pleasant series by Derek Landy.  The reader once again joins Skulduggery and Valkyrie on another mystery which could end the world.  The pair face new difficulties such as not being able to rely on support from the sanctuary as they were disbarred after the previous book.

Skulduggery Pleasant The Faceless Ones by Derek Landy

Valkyrie has clearly learnt a lot from Skulduggery since the first book and this is instantly recognisable in the first chapter. Valkyrie is also starting to realise how the magically world is impacting on her ‘normal’ life experiences. It is also becoming clear that Skulduggery not only is hiding things from Valkyrie, but there are things that are being kept from him, almost on pain on death.

Throughout the book there are emerging mysteries surrounding all of the characters surrounding Valkyrie ,  Why is Skulduggery still living?; What happened to Lord Vile?; What secret is China  Sorrows keeping?   All of these questions  are hopefully answered is the next book as the mysteries are already starting to make me itch to know the answers.  Luckily there are a few more books to read yet, and most of them are already on my bookcase. 

The first page of the book includes incredible description and instantly draws the reader in, and the rest of the book keeps you gripped in.  I read this book in two days and on one of those days I was working.   The writing keeps the readers on their toes, with a few uncommon words, a smattering of chapters from the point of view of the bad guys, and the occasional dark comedic moment. 

One of the themes in this book is trust.  Who you can trust, who you can’t and who you should trust.  Throughout this book there are examples where the readers is questioning why an Elder is refusing to trust Skulduggery, or why Skulduggery finds it so difficult to trust China.  Each of the characters have a reason to not trust what the others around them are saying, the only one that seems to be overlooked is Valkyrie who is the one that the readers know shouldn’t be trusted at the very least by her parents. 

Another theme that this book addresses is faith.  The characters are fighting over gods, whom at the beginning of the series the main characters either didn’t know of them or didn’t believe in them.  Whereas those who are fighting them believe in them totally and in some cases have no real basis for their belief. 

The final theme I want to share is friendship.  While there are a lot of untrustworthy people involved in this book a lot of them are bound by the  strength of friendships that have lasted decades, or longer.  Despite the lack of trustworthiness they know at the end of the day the others would fight with them back to back and in some cases save their lives. 

This book has made me was the pick up the next book desperately, I am planning on starting to tonight! I really want to know what happens next, and I am suddenly glad that I usually wait until all the books are out in a series prior to reading them as I wouldn’t want to wait a year to read the next one of this series.


I am giving this book a five star rating.  It not only dragged me out of a small reading slump but I am intent on reading the next book in the series. 

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