Book Slam – Round 4

The Skulduggery Book Slam – the ultimate battle of the books!
With just weeks to go until the release of Resurrection, join us for 9 days of heated wordsmith warfare as the world’s most dedicated fans take to the arena in an attempt to convince YOU that their favourite book deserves to be crowned the ALL-TIME FANDOM FAVOURITE! Want your chance to join the fray? Don’t get caught cold, follow along on Facebook for all the latest ring-side action…

** Warning! If you haven’t read Dark Days (and shame on you if you haven’t), be aware that this post contains spoilers! **




Things have been getting pretty heated since the Book Slam kicked off this week, but the battle is about to take a dark turn. Three more fans join the Skulduggery skirmish as they shed some light over why BOOK 4 – DARK DAYS should be the winner of the all-time fan favourite vote. Over to you superfans… 


Q1. You’re trapped in an alternate dimension. The evil version of you is threatening to use the Decapitator Device on you unless you can explain the plot in less than ten words. What do you say?

Given Name: Annika / Taken Name: Oscar Neurotic – Billy-Ray Sanguine’s daddy issues almost explode 80,000 people.

Given Name: Katherine / Taken Name: Paige Turner – Badass Valkyrie saves Skulduggery as a new villain emerges.

Given Name: Quinn / Taken Name: Dorian Faithless – Solo detective adventure to hell, psychotic shenanigans, sad villain mob.



Q2. You break free of the Device, and run. Evil-You gives chase. Evil-You is EVIL. You get to a door, and a voice demands the password. The password is the name of the best character and an explanation in no more than nine words as to WHY this character is the best.

O.N. – Anton Shudder. Dangerous enough to not need violence to scare people.

P.T. – Skulduggery gives hope that you can change.

D.F. – Tanith! She’s tough and sweet, despite the torment she undergoes.




Q3. The door opens. You find yourself in a dimly-lit bar. You tell the bartender you’re looking for a shunter named Shadowface. The bartender demands to know which moment from the book made you grin like a demented idiot. Answer him!

O.N. – Scapegrace and Thrasher trying to deal with their new lives as zombies. Those sweet summer children, they had no idea what was coming next.



P.T. – The beginning. Because it meant I had a whole new Skulduggery book to read.

D.F. – So many my dear bartender… The first one that comes to mind is Skulduggery and Sanguine getting into a skirmish in the Midnight Hotel’s lobby before shutting up for Shudder like a pair of creepy school children.



Q4. The bartender nods to a man sitting in the corner. You approach. Shadowface tells you he can send you home, providing you tell him which moment in the book would compete for ‘most Skulduggery-ish moment ever written’.

O.N. – When Valkyrie first finds him in the plane of the Faceless Ones, and he’s gone completely off his rocker.

P.T. – The part when Skulduggery and Valkyrie are in the Bentley and there being followed by Weeper. Skulduggery is both scary and hilarious and slightly unhinged in this part and this is his entire personality in one scene.

D.F. – “Until the end.”




Q5. Shadowface takes you on a perilous journey across this dark, unnamed city. You battle unholy terrors. You bond as warriors. He opens a portal to send you home and Evil-You appears, striking him down. With his dying breath, Shadowface asks you how you felt when you finished reading this book. He only has moments to live — answer in less than ten words!

O.N. – I couldn’t wait to find out what happens next.

P.T. – Unsettled

D.F. – Genuinely surprised, intrigued, incredulous, and impatient for the next one.





Q6. You rise, and turn to Evil-You. Evil-You laughs, and says nasty things about your hair. You attack! As you fight, you distract your evil self by describing the book in just three words.

O.N. – Back for more.

P.T. – Until the end

D.F. – Insanity, genocide, darkness.


Q7. Using nothing but skill, determination, good old-fashioned courage and a rock you picked up from the ground, you emerge victorious from this battle. Before you jump through the portal you look back, and you tell Evil-You that good shall always triumph over wickedness. Then you add, in no more than 150 words, why your favourite book deserves to be crowned the all-time greatest Skulduggery Book Slam champion.

O.N. – Dark Days was the one that started the second arc of Skulduggery Pleasant, the arc where things start getting really serious and you’re no longer sure if everyone – or anyone – is going to get out okay. This is where it gets darker, where the villains get nastier, and the stakes get higher. This is where the hero is rescued from an eternity of torment at the start of the book, only to come back more than a little insane. It’s where the readers started wondering, ‘What is it that I’ve gotten myself into?…’ Dark Days is the Skulduggery Book Slam champion. Hands down.

P.T. – Dark days deserves to be crowned because there are so few badass female leads and in this Valkyrie shows she is totally capable without Skulduggery: she saves him, they save each other. This book is where their relationship becomes a real unbreakable bond. And it’s their bond that primarily keeps me reading the books. You can read action and fantasy in billions of books but two expertly written characters? That’s so hard to find.

D.F. – This is the first book where we get to see Valkyrie operating on her own. Skulduggery isn’t there to guide her through the mystery that kick starts Dark Days, the book that starts months after an insane cliffhanger. The character interaction become more complex, we finally get secrets from their pasts that define them and add so much depth. When Skulduggery returns, the changes to his personality are genuinely disturbing and it’s this shaken, violent man and his more independent, much more grown up partner we follow through the rest of the novel. We see previous villains team up and be manipulated, developing some of them more as character and making for a variety of gripping fight, and even comedy, scenes. Dark Days isn’t the most exciting, or the most heartbreaking, but it opens the window for those books to jump through and introduces the darker, more compelling concepts

*Drops mic*

And you JUMP.

These fans put up a good fight, but what do you reckon? Is Dark Days the dark horse of the series – will you be voting for it in the Book Slam final?? Join in the fray over on Facebook

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