Scepter of the Ancients (Skulduggery Pleasant #1) by Derek Landy
“There’s no such things as winning or losing. There is won and there is lost, there is victory and defeat. There are absolutes. Everything in between is still left to fight for.”
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Kindle eBook
Source: Library Rating: ★★★★☆ (4.5/5 Stars) Synopsis:
Meet Skulduggery Pleasant: Ace Detective, Snappy Dresser, Razor–tongued Wit, Crackerjack Sorcerer and Walking, Talking, Fire-throwing Skeleton—as well as ally, protector, and mentor of Stephanie Edgley, a very unusual and darkly talented twelve-year-old. These two alone must defeat an all-consuming ancient evil. The end of the world? Over his dead body.
If there is one thing this book isn’t, it is predictable. There were so many mini-plot twists and gasp worthy moments. It was FANTASTIC.
This was a book I simply couldn’t put down. Every chapter led into the next perfectly and the only slightly slow part was the very beginning, but that’s to be expected, really. The action just kept going.
I loved the characters. There wasn’t a single one who felt flat, or had motivations that made no sense or I wasn’t curious about. I especially like the main character, Stephanie. She was interesting and it was nice to watch her discover the world of this book.
Speaking of the world, the worldbuilding in this book was impeccable. Nothing felt cliched and everything made some sort of logical sense to the book’s universe. The only thing I questioned during the entire book was in the first bit, when I wondered “Instead of telling nobody their name why don’t they take fake names?” but instead of being a critique that ended up being more of a prediction of something explained not long after.
Besides all of that, what really made me love this book was the snark. There was so much banter and sarcasm in this book, and it was all hilarious. There was a lot of hastily muffled laughter while reading this one.