Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Book Review: Skulduggery Pleasant: Scepter of the Ancients by Derek Landy

Stephanie led a pretty quiet existence until her uncle died. Not only did he leave her his mansion, he left her a new best friend--Skulduggery Pleasant, a skeleton detective (sorry, a supernatural skeleton detective)--who waltzes into her life for keeps. Now she's acquiring magical powers, endangering her life to fight evil, and trading snappy comebacks with something without a body. So much for her quiet existence. Stephanie's big job is to find the Scepter of the Ancients--a weapon capable of destroying anyone and anything--before the evil Faceless Ones steal it for themselves. She just has to defeat a bunch of ghouls, kick the butts of a clan of vampires, and hide her powers from the entire world (oh, and her parents). No worries. She's got a bunch of bones on her side. 
This is a children's book for ages 9-12.  It's a really fun story that children will love.  There's excitement, magic, and danger.  Stephanie meets Skulduggery, a detective who just happens to be a skeleton, and she gets caught up in the adventure of her life.  She learns magic and helps save the world.

This was a great book to read even as an adult.  The witty barbs that fly between Stephanie and Skulduggery will make you literally laugh out loud!  It's a wonderful book for kids!

I give this book 4 Bookworms!

Reading Level:  Ages 9-12
Pages:  416
Publisher:  Harper Trophy (March 25, 2008)
ISBN-10:  0061231177
ISBN-13:  978-0061231179


  1. Sounds good. I'm always looking for good books to tempt my nephew.

  2. I just got this book from HC, too, and can't wait to read it :) Looks very interesting and definitely something I would enjoy! :)