cat63 (cat63) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

Book 54 for 2012

Skulduggery Pleasant - Kingdom of the Wicked by Derek Landy. 607 pages

Seventh book in this series and Landy seems to have really kicked things up a gear and packed so much plot into this one that it spills out over the edges and tries to glue the pages together.

This time the plot involves mortals suddenly gaining magic powers and causing havoc, and as if that wasn't bad enough, a delegation of sorcerers from the other Santuaries of the world have arrived to help - or rather take over if they can manage it. And then Skulduggery and Valkyrie follow a lead to a magical prison and things start to get really complicated….

One small niggly thing that I noticed is that it's established in the first book of the series that sorcerers need to choose a new name for themselves once their magic manifests or other sorcerers can use their birth names to exert control over them. One group of antagonists in this book are teenagers who've been given enormous power, but no knowledge, so they don't know about the name thing. And yet none of the experienced and knowledgeable sorcerers trying to stop them ever suggests using their mortal names to control them. Not even Valkyrie on whom someone tried to use the same trick in the first book. It really wouldn't have taken much to explain why they couldn't do it - the fact that the power wasn't intrinsic but came from elsewhere would have been a decent enough plot explanation - but it was never mentioned at all, which suggests sloppy continuity to me.

That's particularly annoying as this book has several ongoing plot threads which have been going on for several books and at least one that goes all the way back to the first book, so it's not as if the author can't do continuity when he feels so inclined.

But that aside, this was an enjoyable addition to the series and we're looking forward to the next one.

Tags: fantasy

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