Landry, D. (2007). Skulduggery pleasant NY: HarperCollins.
Skulduggery Pleasant is about a young girl named Stephanie Edgley and a long-dead mage named Skulduggery Pleasant as they try to stop an evil Adept named Nefarian Serpine from getting his hands on the Sceptre of the Ancients and bringing back the Faceless Ones.When twelve-year-old Stephanie’s beloved uncle dies, she finds herself the benefactor of his sizable fortune. What she is most surprised to inherit is her uncle’s dear friend Skulduggery Pleasant, ace detective and sorcerer extraordinaire. Once she learns about Skulduggery’s magical world, Stephanie realizes that she can never go back to her own ordinary existence. After some convincing, Stephanie teams up with Skulduggery to uncover the truth behind her uncle’s death.
Evaluative Criteria for Fantasy:
Skulduggery Pleasant is a skeleton who is very cunning and comical. After his horrifying death, Skulduggery did not move on but stayed and watched the war around him. He also watches over Stephanie (Valkyrie Cain) throughout the novel as they search for the mysteries behind her Uncle’s death.
Stephanie is left a fortune when her novelist uncle passes away unexpectedly. While his will is being reading, Stephanie notice a strange figure in the room who turns out to be Skulduggery Pleasant, a skeleton detective. Together, Stephanie and Skulduggery try to solve the mystery of her uncle’s death. Towards the end of the book, Stephanie even choose a new name for herself, Valkyrie Cain.