Book Slam – Round 6

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 Death Bringer (and shame on you if you haven’t), be aware that this post contains spoilers! ***




The battle is hotting up as three more fans prepare to bring the pain in their bid to champion BOOK 6 – DEATH BRINGER. Will they secure YOUR 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: Sara / Taken Name: Voodoo Blaspheme – It’s ‘Mean Girls’ with Necromancers.

Given Name: Jemma / Taken Name: Cynder Enigmatic – Wisecracking skeleton and teen badass avert emo gang apocalypse.

Given Name: Imogen / Taken Name: Riot Synastry – Murderous goths, dark shadows and darker secrets.



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.

V.B. – Gerald: completely useless, a warm heart in a cold body.

C.E. – China: Many reasons to hate her, but you just can’t.


R.S. – Skulduggery Pleasant: a snazzy, sassy skeleton in a suit, a.k.a. perfection.



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!

V.B. – The Killer Supreme’s reluctant mode of transport and Gerald / Thrasher’s dream of running a (very inconspicuous) ice cream van.

C.E. – Darquesse vs. Vile super battle!

R.S. – When a confused Kenny Dunne is interviewed by the enigmatic and the very ‘humble’ Detective Inspector Me. There is no reason why I find this exchange so hilarious, all I know is that I can quote it from memory and always laugh as I do so.



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’.

V.B. – When Skulduggery evades torture using a pen that doesn’t exist.


C.E. – Inspector Me’s ninja granny with a sword and throwing stars.

R.S. – Hmmm…difficult… The most Skulduggery-ish line defiantly has to be “embrace your inner lunatic, fun times guaranteed”. It just sums up Skulduggery, all of the characters and the whole book series. It also has the distinction of being my favourite quote!



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!

V.B. – Kenny is a name that has never sounded so suspicious.

C.E. – Awed, complete; I’d finally found a DEFINITE favourite book.

R.S. – Sad yet satisfied. Exhilarated but empty. Honestly… a complete mess!




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.


C.E. – Dark, beautiful disaster.




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.

V.B. – Let’s work it out, shall we? I have nowhere to be…

The first book: unfortunate choice of wig. 5/10.

Playing with Fire: the Grotesquery is gross. Enough said. 4/10.

The Faceless Ones: a whole chapter on Beryl. Disqualified. 0/10.

Dark Days: don’t hurt my little-wittle Skulduggery. 3/10.

Mortal Coil: Tesseract’s yucky face mask. Ugh. 5/10.

Death Bringer: good quality humour, nail-biting action, and an ice cream truck. 11/10.

Kingdom of the Wicked: one teenager was enough, thanks. 2/10.

Last Stand of Dead Men: there’s less space between the lines than before. Where’s the consistency? 3/10.

Dying of the Light: I’m like *this* sure you signed a contract saying ‘I won’t kill off Ghastly Bespoke’. I feel betrayed. 1/10.

We have a clear winner, Evil-Me. Give up your petty feud with me. You’ll never win.


C.E. – Death Bringer just does everything right: typical Skulduggery awesomeness combined with a dark but blazing superhero aspect – in many ways, I think, that’s what the series is all about. It reveals much about the inner workings and pasts of primary characters, not only without losing any of its forward momentum, but adding to the momentum and tension. I had never read something that succeeded in that until I read Death Bringer, nor have I since. Somewhere between the thrilling mystery and witty humour, real grim depth was woven into the characters and series plot as a whole. Complexity, conflict, and just plain fun all interlock and drive to make Death Bringer soar above the rest. As great as the other books are, they just don’t succeed in generating the same outstanding level of awe, shock and joy, nor interlacing the spellbinding magical horror themes.


R.S. – Death Bringer, in my opinion, brings together all elements of Skulduggery Pleasant which makes it great and condenses it in one action packed story. It’s funny, quick, intense, has cool villains and even cooler heroes placed within a plot with so many twists and turns you can barely breathe. It’d be unfair to say this book is better than all the rest in the series buuttt…this book is and I love it and it should definitely win.

And you JUMP.

And there you have it minions, a valiant attempt to secure your vote for Book 6. But what do you think, does Death Bringer deserve to take the number one slot? Will you be voting for it in the Book Slam final? Don’t miss the backstage backchat, join in over on Facebook

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