The Captain’s Log – playing with fire (Derek Landy)

Ahoy there me mateys!  So this is the second book in the series.  No real spoilers but read further at yer own peril . . .

This book continues the adventure of a detective named Skulduggery Pleasant who just happens to be a walking, talking skeleton who can do magic.  His sidekick, Stephanie is back as well.  While I still enjoyed the banter between the two, I still feel that the battle between the good and evil seems lackluster.

Part of the issue is that the “fights” basically dissolve into a couple of whacks at each other, trickery, and running away to leave the fighting for another day.  However, there was a character in this book named Billy-Ray Sanguine that I adored.  Part of Billy-Ray’s charm was readin’ about a stereotypical Texan written from the author’s Irish perspective.  I also loved the reflection.

I listened to this one on audiobook and very much enjoyed the switch.  Rupert Degas was an excellent narrator.  This is one of those series that is good to squeeze in between other heavier works.  I don’t love the plots so much but the characters are quite fun.  But since reading the first book, the book series has climbed to 11 with number 12 coming out it 2019.  Be forewarned.  The skeleton is still awesome.  Arrrr!

Goodreads has this to say about the novel:

Skulduggery and Valkyrie are facing a new enemy: Baron Vengeous, who is determined to bring back the terrifying Faceless Ones and is crafting an army of evil to help him. Added to that, Vengeous is about to enlist a new ally (if he can raise it from the dead): the horrible Grotesquery, a very unlikable monster of legend.

Once Vengeous is on the loose, dead bodies and vampires start showing up all over Ireland. Now pretty much everybody is out to kill Valkyrie, and the daring detective duo faces its biggest challenge yet.

But what if the greatest threat to Valkyrie is just a little closer to home?

To visit the author’s website go to:

Derek Landy – Author

To buy the book go to:

playing with fire – Book

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Previous Log Entries for this Author

skulduggery pleasant (Captain’s Log – Young Adult Fantasy)

9 thoughts on “The Captain’s Log – playing with fire (Derek Landy)

  1. I’ve read one of the grittier YA reads from this author and wasn’t keen to dive into this one – but your excellent review has encouraged me that it won’t be too dark. Thank you, Cap!

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      1. Fourteen books! Goodness – I’m not going to run out anytime soon, am I? Thank you for sharing – maybe me and my grandson will embark on this adventure together:))

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