Warning!! – This review contains spoilers for The Maleficent Seven by Derek Landy.
And She’s The Bad Guy
When I was planning my Skulduggery Pleasant reread I wasn’t sure if I was going to read The Maleficent Seven, it was going to be a tight reading schedule as it was but after finishing Kingdom of the Wicked I decided that It wouldn’t take too long to read and it would have information that would be good to have when going into Last Stand of Dead Men.
Maleficent Seven is a short book (288 pages) taking place between Kingdom of the Wicked and Last Stand of Dead Men. We follow Tanith Low, who is still possessed by the Remnant, while she and Billy-Ray Sanguine gather a group of villains together to go on a heist to collect several of the God Killer weapons and destroy them before a fellow group of “good guys”, Lead by Dexter Vex, get their hands on them to use them against Darquesse.
This book is full of action and comedy just like any book Derek writes, so from the start we are laughing in the middle of a fight scene and excited to see where this book will go. As expected we are treated to a story with details and hints to help us through the rest of the series.
We also follow both groups’ perspectives as they go on the heists, so we get to see the differences between the two groups and how they work together. It’s actually really hard to pick a side to root for when reading as Derek does an amazing job at making you love the villains as much as you would the good guys.
Speaking of the good guys let’s talk about Dexter Vex and his team of babes!
Dexter has managed to gather together a group of mages from all over the globe and convince them all to go on this mission without telling the Grand Mages or Elders about it. His group consists of The Monster Hunters (Donegan Bane & Gracious O’Callahan), Saracen Rue, Frightening Jones, Aurora Jane, Wilhelm Scream and Himself.
I love this group, well everyone except for Wilhelm Scream because he sucks. They are talented individuals who work amazing in the team. This is also we actually get to meet Saracen and the monster hunter before they appear in The Last Stand of Dead Men, so it is pretty important to read Maleficent Seven just so you can meet these babes before they come up.
In Tanith’s little group of bad guys we have Billy-Ray Sanguine, Springheeled Jack, Black Annis, Dusk and new character Sabine. They are all promised something in return for their assistance in the heists. Which they all agree to.
All in all I really enjoyed this book and as a break from the main story it was great, there was still mention of Skulduggery and Valkyrie but the story didn’t revolve around them. We got to explore more places in the world and meet a few new people.
Rating: 5/5 stars- Amazing! I loved it!
Even though I am not sharing with you my favourite scenes, I will be sharing with you all some of my favourite quotes because it would be considered a sin to read a Derek Landy book and not share some funny quotes to make you laugh before finishing this review.
“Ladies and gentleman,” he said over the speakers, “welcome aboard this recently liberated Gulfstream V. If I could have your attention for just a few moments, I’d like to go over the safety features of this aircraft. It has an engine, to make us go, and wings, to keep us in the air. There are seatbelts, which won’t do you an awful lot of good if we fly into the side of a mountain.”- Gracious O’Callaha.
“It’s a stereotype,” he hissed. “It’s a damn stereotype and it’s harmful. If this catches on, we’ll have all sorts of sorcerers running around, waving wands and chanting spells. Do you know how ridiculous we’d look?”
Tanith shrugged. “I liked Harry Potter.”
“This ain’t about Harry Potter!”
“You liked Harry Potter as well.”
“They’re good books,” he snapped, “but I do not agree with this wand business. All those guys down there, criminals and mobsters and gangsters, and who are they taking orders from? A wizard with a wand. How can they take him seriously? How are they going to take us seriously when we attack?”- Tanith Low and Billy-Ray Sanguine
“I’m almost finished,” said Wilhelm, wiping out a line with his sleeve and drawing over it.
“I never doubted you for a moment,” said Vex, then looked at Aurora and spoke more softly. “I actually doubted him the whole time. He’s really not very good.”
Wilhelm turned. “I’m standing right in front of you. I can hear literally every sound you make.”
“Wilhelm, please,” said Vex, “this is a private conversation.”
“We could wear disguises,” said Frightening.
Aurora nodded quickly. “Like a false beard. I’ve always wanted to wear a false beard.”
Vex frowned. “But you’re a woman.”
“Exactly. They’d never suspect it was me.”
Happy reading everyone!