Book Reviews

The Dying of the Light By Derek Landy (Mini Review)

Warning!! – This review contains spoilers for Skulduggery Pleasant: The Dying of the Light by Derek Landy.


Fun Time Is Over. Mostly.

With The Dying of the Light completed I have officially completed my Skulduggery Pleasant reread and boy did it mess with my emotions.

I first read The Dying of the Light when it was released back in 2014 and I will be honest, I cried when I finished it. It was the final book and therefore the ending of the series that got me into reading and my heart just couldn’t take it, I ended up in a reading slump that lasted 3 months. That’s right… THREE MONTHS!

But with the release of Resurrection only days away the end is no longer… until Derek finishes this part of the series and it ends again…. OH NO!!!

Enough about my eternal struggle with this series ending and let’s talk about The Dying of the Light.

Being the last book (at the time) Derek has pulled out all the stops, there is so much action, comedy and emotion in this book that it will both please you and destroy you. The action scenes keep you on the edge of your seat, while the funny moments force you to try hold in your laughs, especially if you’re in public.

There is something this book has that all the other books didn’t and that is flash forwards. The first chapter takes place 5 years in the future in an American town called Meek Ridge. After the first chapter we get random chapters throughout the book jumping back to Danny and following his story with Valkyrie.

It is a really interesting thing to have and it was a really good way to end the story. I have actually gone through the book and tabbed these chapters, just because you can read it without reading the rest of the book and it is a really good short story of sorts.

Book Synopsis

Valkyrie. Darquesse. Stephanie. The world ain’t big enough for the three of them. The end will come…

The War of the Sanctuaries has been won, but it was not without its casualties. Following the loss of Valkyrie Cain, Skulduggery Pleasant must use any and all means to track down and stop Darquesse before she turns the world into a charred, lifeless cinder.
And so he draws together a team of soldiers, monster hunters, killers, criminals… and Valkyrie’s own murderous reflection.
The war may be over, but the final battle is about to begin. And not everyone gets out of here alive…

If you would like a full plot summary I would recommend this one. It tells you everything you need to know if you don’t have time to re-read the book.

Favourite Scenes

There are just so many amazing scenes and it’s really hard to pick one or two out of the whole book but after looking through all my notes I have found two that I will share with you guys.

The first is not just a scene but a whole chapter. That is Chapter 46.

In this chapter  Valkyrie’s parents see the video recorded by Kenny Dunne showing the battle at Roarhaven where he believed Valkyrie is killed. When they confront Vaslkyrie about this and she can’t explain herself she goes off and calls her uncle Fergus and Skulduggery.

Fergus arrives first and begins to talk and explain to Desmond and Melissa before having to prove himself, where he clicks his fingers and produces a small flame. After a bit more conversation and a lot of silence Skulduggery Knocks on the door and comes in wearing his Façade.

As soon as he enters Desmond demands to know what Skulduggery has been doing with their daughter, to which Skulduggery says he will explain everything, but first offers to make everyone some tea.

Once everyone has tea Skulduggery begins to explain who he is  and eventually revealing himself as he normally is, a skeleton. After the a bit of panic everyone calms down and  there is more explain ( there is a lot of talking and explaining in this scene) before Melissa asks Skulduggery “what his excuse is for dragging their daughter into harm way”.

To which skulduggery responds “I don’t have one. I don’t need one.”

This is where skulduggery gives a speech that breaks my heart.

“Valkyrie is my partner.”

“Her name is Stephanie.”

“Her name is also Valkyrie, and she’s my partner. She came into this willingly, after I save her life at her uncle’s house. She proved utterly capavle and, as it turned out, invaluable. Over the last few years Ive been berated by friends and colleagues over this partnership, and i  have been advised to dissolve it. They all thought Valkyrie should be leading a normal life. But shes meant for greater things than a normal life. Shes meant for amazing things. She has saved lives. She has saved me. She has saved the world.

“I undertand your urge to protect her, to shield her from danger and threat, I once felt that urge, too, for my own child. Long ago. But if you think I’m going to apologize  for, as you say, dragging her into harm’s way, you’re going to be sorely disappointed. There’s nothing I would change about the last few years. Valkyrie has proven herself to be an astonishing individual and one I would glasdly lay down my life for, such as it is. How many people leading normal lives would you be able to say that about?”

“Until the end.” Valkyrie said softly.

Skulduggery looked at her, his head tilting gently.

There is an argument between Valkyrie and her parents about her stopping before Valkyire and Skulduggery walk out of the house and leave.

There are two reason I love this scene, One, is beucase Valkyries parents finally learn about magic and even though it is a hard thing for them to accept they soon will becomes accustom to it and accepting (hopefully), Two, is because of Skulduggery’s speech, he lets go and tells them what he feels about Valkyrie and about her being his partner. He cares for her as he would his own child and when Valkyrie said “Until the end” well I lost it!

I loved this scene so much. Almost as much as the last scene in the Accelerator room. But that is not for me to talk about, that is something you need to read and experience yourself.

The next scene I want to talk about is from Chapter 36 (yes I know I’m going out of order but Meh!)

After Stephanie (Valkyrie’s Reflection) is murdered by Darquesse and Fletcher teleports away, upset, Valkyrie walks away and finds herself in the dining hall where she gets a tray of food, but after realising she isn’t hungry she pushes it away and rests her head on her arms.

When she hears a  someone talking to her she looks up to see Solomon Wreath sitting across from her, they have a conversation about what Solomon’s religion believes happens when we die and also about her losing her magic.

They are just finishing up that topic when Skulduggery walks into the hall and the reason I love this scene begins.

Over his shoulder, she saw Skulduggery walk in. “Oh, hell,” she muttered.

Wreath’s smiled reappeared. “It’s Skulduggery isn’t it?”

“Please don’t annoy him.”

“Me? When have I ever annoyed the great Skulduggery Pleasant?”

Skulduggery arrived at their table. Wreath smiled up at him. “Hello.”

“I will shoot you in the eye,” Skulduggery said.

Wreath glanced at Valkyrie. “I think I’ve annoyed him.”

“What are you doing here, Wreath? How the hell did you get in the front door?”

“The Cleavers love me,” Wreath said. “I told a few jokes, we had a few laughs, they invited me in. Also, I shadow-walked past them. I’m sure they won’t mind though.”

Skulduggery motioned to someone behind Valkyrie. “And I’m sure you won’t mind if I assign one of them to stick by your side while you’re here.”

“Not at all,” Wreath said. “I love making new friends.”

The reason I love this scene is because it’s Solomon Wreath! I love this sassy necromancer so much, and to see him comfort Valkyrie and be someone she can always talk to makes me so happy. But pretty much because this scene made me laugh and involves Solomon sassing Skulduggery.

Favourite Quotes

“As I always say, what’s the point in power if you can’t abuse it?”- China Sorrows- Page 35

Gracious ignored him.  “A farmer’s daughter, she was, though back then every girl was a farmer’s daughter. Or a farmer. She had long hair like rope, and a nose. All her eyes were blue and she had a smile like a radiant hole in the ground, with teeth. God, she was beautiful.”
“She sounds terrifying,” said Donegan.
“Hush, you. I will hear no bad word spoken of your sister.”-  Gracious O’Callahan & Donegan Bane- Page 105

“Consoling someone has nothing to do with the person who has passed on, and everything to do with the people left behind.”-Solomon Wreath- Page 249

“I lost my hat, you haven’t once asked what happened to it. I’ll tell you what happened to it. I lost it. As we speak, it’s probably making its way down the digestive tract of a particularly fashion-conscious Phalanx Tiger. I await your condolences.” –Skulduggery Pleasant- Page 289

“You don’t have to save the world to change it.” – Valkyrie Cain- Page 604


We lose a lot of amazing characters in this book which killed me but it’s okay because we still have some of our favourites and they will be there for Resurrection, which I am really looking forward to. I mean it’s only around the corner!

Thank you all for reading all of my Skulduggery Pleasant Mini reviews (which turned out to be just deconstructed reviews) and I will be back with a normal review of Skulduggery Pleasant: Resurrection!!

Rating: 5/5 stars- Amazing! I loved it!

Happy reading everyone!

Jess

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