Skulduggery Pleasant is the debut novel of Irish playwright Derek Landy, published in 2007. It is the first of the Skulduggery Pleasant novels. The novel crosses the horror, comedy, mystery and fantasy genres.
The story follows the titular character Skulduggery Pleasant, an undead wizard and detective, with his partner Stephanie Edgley (Valkyrie Cain), and numerous magic-wielding allies as they try to prevent Nefarian Serpine from unleashing a weapon of terrible power on the world. The book was retitled Sceptre Of The Ancients for the 2009 paperback release in the US and Canada.
It won the coveted Red House Children's Book Award and the Hampshire Book Award in 2007.
The second book, Skulduggery Pleasant: Playing With Fire, third book, Skulduggery Pleasant: The Faceless Ones, fourth book, Skulduggery Pleasant: Dark Days and the fifth book, Skulduggery Pleasant: Mortal Coil, are currently available. Harper Collins Audio also publishes the unabridged CD sets of the books read by Rupert Degas.
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