The Maleficent Seven (2013) – Derek Landy


Four stars

Read Apr 05 2014 – Apr 07 2014

Book 7.5 of Skulduggery Pleasant

This time, the bad guys take the stage.

Tanith Low, now possessed by a remnant, recruits a gang of villains – many of whom will be familiar from previous Skulduggery adventures – in order to track down and steal the four God-Killer level weapons that could hurt Darquesse when she eventually emerges. Also on the trail of the weapons is a secret group of Sanctuary sorcerers, and doing his best to keep up and keep Tanith alive is one Mister Ghastly Bespoke.

When the villains around her are lying and scheming and plotting, Tanith needs to stay two steps ahead of her teammates and her enemies. After all, she’s got her own double-crosses to plan – and she’s a villain herself…

I have completely lost track of the order of events in the Skulduggery Pleasant series, but oh well. The general gist and few memories and of course the Wiki helps me out in the tough times. I don’t normally read “extra” books but this one was lent to me by a friend, so why not.

Like Landy’s other books, The Maleficent Seven was super easy to read. The writing style is straightforward and unobtrusive, with the usual cutting wit. I am also in love with the formatting – double spaced lines are amazing!

The Maleficent Seven focuses on Tanith Low, an ex-assassin possessed by a Remnant which has devoured her conscience. Together with six other “baddies”, she tries to steal and destroy all four Godkillers to clear the way for Darquesse, the prophesied destroyer of the world.

Billy-Ray Sanguine is Tanith’s, uh, boyfriend (for lack of a better term). His power is tunneling through the ground, which actually is a lot better than it seems once you think about it.

Dusk is a vampire, and yay that the vampires aren’t sparkly or deeply seductive or any of that jazz, but a vicious crazed beast (once he tears off his skin at night).

Black Annis, a blue-skinned people eater (who has two eyes, no horns and cannot fly).

Sabine, a Leech who can suck out magic from people and also a conwoman. I was all ready to have Sabine be a favourite character, but she was a little generic. I guess that should’ve been the first sign that she wouldn’t last.

Springheeled Jack I remember as being just an agile, jumpy human. The crush on Sabine was just so adorable and I was so annoyed that Tanith killed him. Especially with his hopes up about Sabine and all.

The final member of the team was Wilhelm, who was a double agent who infiltrated the gang of Rue and Vex. Kinda wimpy, kinda meh.

I have to admit it kinda disappointed me that Tanith was so ruthless. I mean, yes, I get that she is a psychopath but I still liked her. I think Landy has the remarkable talent of making even the bad characters very likeable and relatable. Or if not that at least humourous and somewhat appealing.

I just have to add, I seriously want to know what Saracen Rue’s power is. Hopefully it’s not one of those things that are just left in the air (I’m looking at you VFD).

Skulduggery Pleasant
Skulduggery Pleasant (2007)
Playing with Fire (2008)
The Faceless Ones (2008)
Dark Days (2010)
Mortal Coil (2010)
Death Bringer (2011)
Kingdom of the Wicked (2012)
Last Stand of Dead Men (2013)
The Dying of the Light (2014)

*The Maleficent Seven is set between Kingdom of the Wicked and Last Stand of Dead Men.



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