Book: Resurrection (Skulduggery Pleasant #10)
Author: Derek Landy
Pages: 432 (Hardback)
Genre: Young Adult / Fantasy
Age Recommendation: 11+
Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books
This is how I’m going to die, she’d realised. On my knees.
Set after the events of The Dying of The Light, Skulduggery and Valkyrie are back for an adventure that takes the story to global proportions.
In Resurrection, we see a weaker, more apologetic Valkyrie who is having to overcome the horrors of her past. She’s shut herself off from her family and Skulduggery and she tries to avoid Roarhaven altogether. Meanwhile, Skulduggery is pretending that nothing is wrong and believes a good case is all it will take to get his partner back. The dream duo has lost their spark and desperately need it back if they want to start saving the world again.
Like the previous books, Resurrection is divided up into POV chapters featuring both old and new characters. Whilst I unexpectedly loved reading from Omen Darkly’s POV I found myself quickly getting bored of some of the minor characters and longing for more Valkyrie chapters.
At times, the introduction of new characters and new locations does make Resurrection a little bit difficult to read. That being said, Resurrection is setting us up for new adventures and whilst there may be a lot of new information to take in it is balanced out with the same Derek Landy humour that makes the series so enjoyable. Some of my old favourites like Tanith and Scapegrace are absent but not totally forgotten about and the connection between Valkyrie and Skulduggery is growing stronger than ever.
There’s no denying that Resurrection has a very different vibe to the previous books. There is definitely a sense that this is the start of a new, more mature phase of the Skulduggery Pleasant series. But as someone who has grown up with Valkyrie, I am so glad the series is still going and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for my two favourite detectives.