One of the books that I’ve been reading through our earthquake crisis is Derek Landy’s latest Skulduggery Pleasant book, Mortal Coil. We’ve seen Skulduggery and his butt-kicking companion, Valkyrie, fighting all sorts of evil so far, but Mortal Coil has even more in store for them. As I was reading I kept wondering ‘how the heck are they going to get out of this situation?’
In the last book, Dark Days, Valkyrie found out a terrible secret that she couldn’t bear to tell Skulduggery. In Mortal Coil she is doing all she can to try to change her terrible destiny, without the help of Skulduggery. If that wasn’t enough to deal with, the Remnants have escaped the Midnight Hotel and foreign powers are threatening to take over the Irish Sanctuary. The Remnants believe that Valkyrie is their saviour and will possess any body to get to her. Will Skulduggery be able to save the day this time?
I loved Mortal Coil! As always, the story is fast-paced, the characters (and their names) are interesting, the humour is witty, and it’s scary and pretty gory in parts. Derek Landy can make me laugh or make my skin crawl (sometimes in the same sentence). If you’ve read the other Skulduggery books you’ll love Mortal Coil, but if you haven’t read them yet, get them from the library. Age 10+ 10 out of 10