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Resurrection (Skulduggery Pleasant, Book 10):Animewalk

Derek Landy
Derek Landy Published in October 17, 2018, 3:02 pm
 Resurrection (Skulduggery Pleasant, Book 10):Animewalk

Resurrection (Skulduggery Pleasant, Book 10):Animewalk


Atlas Reply to on 11 June 2017
"This is how I'm going to die, she'd realised. On my knees"

*this review contains select quotes from the book because the writing is too good not to share, but no spoilers*

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4 / 5

I didn't expect for there to be a tenth book to the series, but I am very glad that there is. I think it has quite a different vibe to the previous few books and it's lacking a few old favourites (like Tanith or Scapegrace), but I did enjoy Resurrection. Whilst the plot isn't that great, maybe on par with Dark Days or one of the earliest books, it's made up for by a much more mature consideration of Skulduggery and Valkyrie.

"Skulduggery, you're my best friend and I love you"

Valkyrie Cain is an older, broken woman. After the events of Dying of the Light with Gant, she moves back to Ireland to live in Gordan's house with her dog, Xena. She's wracked with guilt for what has happened to her younger sister, Alice, and barely leaves the house. She avoids Roarhaven because of her association with Darquesse, murderer of mages. Valkyrie Cain lived for years with prophecies and worlds on her young shoulders and now she just wants to be left alone. I can't much blame her. Meanwhile, Skulduggery is futilely trying to pretend that nothing is wrong, that a good case will take them back five years to when they were the dream duo, saving the world left and right.

Valkyrie broke my heart. When I was younger, I wanted to be her, and so I fell into the same trap that Valkyrie Cain did: wanting to be someone, a hero, but saving the world is not fun, it breaks you. We are the same age in Resurrection which makes it even easier to understand her. There's this lovely quote right at the start of her POV:

"The years, they had thundered by, heavy and unstoppable, a boulder rolling downhill. Bruises and broken bones and bloody knuckles and screams and laughs and tears. A lot of tears. Too many tears"

Sounds a bit depressing, doesn't it? Never fear, Resurrection manages to balance this rather depressing, but realistic, outlook on Valkyrie and Skulduggery with good, Landy humour. The plot is entirely new, with new characters, rather than trying to rehash old characters and storylines. Roarhaven has grown, under the guiding hand of China Sorrows, into a full mage city complete with school for children. Attending this school is Omen Darkly, younger brother to Auger Darkly who is prophesied to have a courageous heart and to fight the King of the Darklands in a battle to decide the fate of humanity. He's recruited by Skulduggery to have a nosey into some strange goings on at the Academy; Omen is interesting, he's nice and pleasant in his own right but also serves as a reflection of Valkyrie when Skulduggery recruited her.

"You should have seen her, back in the good old days. She sparked. She was fearless."

"No," she said, 'I wasn't."

"You were fearless in every way that mattered," he responded. "You were magnificent. You were funny, and tough, and confident, and amazing. You did things no one else could do. You survived what no one else could survive. Just being around you made me a better person. And now look at what you've become"

The writing is, I think, the highlight of this book. It's so beautiful and thoughtful. There's so many amazing quotes that I want to share: funny ones, philosophical ones, sad ones. The best ones are, I think, about Skulduggery and Valkyrie's relationship. They aren't in love, obviously, but they love each other in a way that develops from shared burdens and suffering:

"Fight them. I'm begging you."

"I thought you didn't beg."

"You're my exception," she said. "You always were."

Essentially, Skulduggery Pleasant: Resurrection is a great addition to the series. It isn't as intense and wide-spanning as The Dying of the Light, not having as many links and connections to the other books, but it is fun, clever, and very enjoyable with some new additions to the cast and a great look at how some of the characters have aged.
Jools Butcher
Jools Butcher Reply to on 28 June 2017
I was a little disappointed in Valkeryie's characterisation in this storyline but the action held the tale together. Assume there will be a continuation as so many plot lines are left open. Saying that, still couldn't stop reading but more for the hope that it got better as it went along.
If I didn't love the characters so much maybe I wouldn't have carried on...
Katerina Vlaykova
Katerina Vlaykova Reply to on 30 August 2017
Awesome book! He has stepped up his writing. You could tell who he meant when he was talking about the president. Loved the description of the character's emotional state. Kind of repeating some of the previous plotlines though. Will be interesting to see what Derek Landy does.
Joe ashton
Joe ashton Reply to on 9 July 2017
Always loved skulduggery and couldn't wait to read this book, but it was just not up to standard compared to the others. It was really slow moving and from start to finish, it just seemed like not a lot happened.

But if you have read Skulduggery up to this point then obviously you gotta read this...

Just hope it doesn't end on this note.
EmmaTP Reply to on 17 January 2018
Well received by my teenage son when he got the latest instalment for Christmas. He had been on about me buying it for him before Christmas. A book that gets my teenager boy off his Xbox deserves 5 stars!
Aslinda Reply to on 28 July 2017
Love it!! This time we see the more human side of Valkyrie, her vulnerability, not just a hero. The plot is quite interesting but the banter between the characters never fail to produce a chuckle or two. Really entertaining, can't put the book down. Slightly
Christine Maguire
Christine Maguire Reply to on 21 June 2017
my sons been waiting patiently for this book to be released and now he has it hes stuck into it!
Greebo Reply to on 25 January 2018
My son loved this series right from the start. Bought it for him for Christmas, he had finished it by boxing day and is already waiting for the next.
Tommy Greenan
Tommy Greenan Reply to on 2 June 2017
The story is expanded on and the characters actually seem affected by the events that have occurred to them in the previous books. So much has changed but Resurrection is still a funny book with out favourite skeleton detective and his witty partner.
Amazon Customer
Amazon Customer Reply to on 14 June 2018
If you’re a die hard fan of the series you’re going to love this. Landy is a fabulous author. Highly recommend
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