Death Bringer

Death Bringer

Book - 2011
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Meet Skulduggery Pleasant: detective, sorcerer, warrior. Oh yes. And dead.

Publisher: London : HarperCollins Children's, [2011], 2017.
ISBN: 9780007326037
Characteristics: 596 pages ; 20 cm


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Mar 20, 2018

Midnight (book 11) is coming out in June!!! Literally tearing my hair out waiting!

Jul 12, 2017

The huge plot twist in the middle is strategic and well placed. The sparrow flies south for winter

ChristchurchTeens Feb 07, 2017

This book is about the adventures of Skulduggery Pleasant, the skeleton detective, and his young apprentice Valkyrie Cain. This is the sixth book in the nine book series. If you like lots of action, magic, a complex story, plot twists, mystery and lots of characters then this book is for you. In the sixth book in the Skulduggery series, Death Bringer builds on the story in the first five books. I would recommend reading the first five books in the series before you read this one otherwise this book won't make any sense.

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ChristchurchKids Dec 22, 2014

If you’re a huge fan of Skulduggery Pleasant like me, you’ve been waiting a whole year to find out what happens next to Skulduggery Pleasant and his side-kick Valkyrie Cain. We were left wondering whether Valkyrie’s dark side would show her head and there was a feeling of impending doom. Death Bringer doesn’t disappoint and there are plenty of thrill, chills and surprises to keep you on your toes.

Even before I started the story, Derek’s dedication made me crack up so I knew this book was going to be great. The story starts with you meeting Melancholia St. Clair, a young Necromancer who Craven has chosen to be the Death Bringer. Who and what the Death Bringer is is revealed throughout the book. We’re reunited with Skulduggery and Valkyrie when they question a reporter who has been trying to dig up information about some strange disappearances that have occurred recently. It appears someone is trying to cover up the truth about the Death Bringer and The Passage, and Skulduggery and Valkyrie are determined to get to the bottom of it. When they discover the truth they must do anything they can to capture Melancholia and stop The Passage.

Death Bringer is a huge book with so much packed into it and I didn’t want it to end. Skulduggery and Valkyrie face some terrible truths in this book and the line between good and evil is blurred. You discover more about Skulduggery’s past and get inside Valkyrie’s head. Because we’re getting close to the end of the series (only 3 more books to go), the story is getting darker and there’s less focus on some of the minor characters. There’s still plenty of Derek Landy’s humour shining through though and a couple of parts had me laughing out loud, especially this part when Skulduggery meets a family travelling through Roarhaven.

“Ah,” Skulduggery said, “yes. Very rude man, that shopkeeper. All’s well, though? No harm done? Excellent.” He crouched at the car window and looked in. “What a lovely family you have. What a charming family. They’re all lovely. Except for that one.” His finger jabbed the glass. “That one’s a bit ugly.”

One of my favourite parts has to be the fight between Fletcher and Caelan. It’s shows you exactly what Derek thinks of Twilight and some of the insults they throw at each other are classic. Some of my favourite characters are back too, including Vaurien Scapegrace, the decomposing vampire and his follower, Thrasher. There are also some great new character names including Dexter Vex, Melancholia St Clair and Oblivious. If you’re a fan of Skulduggery Pleasant make sure you reserve your copy of Death Bringer at the library now, or if you haven’t read any of the series make sure you get your hands on the first Skulduggery Pleasant book. Recommended for 9+ 10 out of 10

JewelMcLatchy Nov 12, 2014

Had been a while between reading the last book and this one, so I'd forgotten just how much I love the series! Great action, adventure, humour. Writing's fantastic, as are the characters. I was already a fan, but if I hadn't been, the dedication before the book even starts would have hooked me (trust me, this is a funny one!)

Sep 30, 2012

This series has never let me down its adventure, mystery, action, witty and keeps you on your toes!

Mar 24, 2012

in a triple battle who would win adept, elemental or necromancer?
I think necromancer so i think that all the necromancers made the right choice on wich magic to choose

Feb 19, 2012

this is a book that is very detailed and awesome

Feb 19, 2012

i'm post. 3 tee hee

Feb 08, 2012

cannot wait position 8

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Oct 07, 2014

Violence: you want violence? read this book. the caption tells it all 'kicking evil very hard in the face'

Jan 21, 2012

Frightening or Intense Scenes: The final battle between two certain people is both 'frightening' and 'intense' ... Mostly intense...

Jan 21, 2012

Violence: Oh yeah, so much violence...


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Oct 20, 2014

"But every once in a while, i get the urge. You know what I'm talking about, don't you? The urge for destruction. The urge to hurt, maim, kill. It's quite a thing to experience that urge, to let it wash over you, to give in to it. It's addictive. It's all-consuming. You lose yourself to it. It's quite, quite wonderful. I can feel it even as I speak, tapping around the edges of my mind, trying to prise me open, slip its fingers in. And it would be so easy to let it happen. But we're all like that, aren't we? We're all barbarians at our core. We're all savage, murderous beasts. I know I am. I'm sure you are. The only difference between us, Mr Prave, is how loudly we roar. I know I roar very loudly indeed. How about you? Do you think you can match me?"

- China Sorrows

Jul 26, 2014

"What a lovely family you have. What a charming family. They're all lovely. Except for that one." His finger jabbed the glass. "That one's a bit ugly.”

Jul 26, 2014

“We punch people, Valkyrie. That’s who we are. Embrace your inner lunatic. Fun times guaranteed.”


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