Skulduggery Pleasant - Playing With Fire (Skulduggery Pleasant, Book 2)
She’s twelve. He’s dead. But together they’re going to save the world. Hopefully.
The second book in the bestselling Skulduggery Pleasant series.
You will kill her?” the Torment asked.
Skulduggery sagged. “Yes.” He hesitated, then took his gun from his jacket. “I’m sorry, Valkyrie,” he said softly.
“Don’t talk to me,” Valkyrie said. “Just do what you have to do.”
Valkyrie parted her tunic, and Skulduggery pointed the gun at the vest beneath.
“Please forgive me,” Skulduggery said, then aimed the gun at the girl and pulled the trigger.
With Serpine dead, the world is safe once more. At least, that’s what Valkyrie and Skulduggery think, until the notorious Baron Vengeous makes a bloody escape from prison, and dead bodies and vampires start showing up all over Ireland. With Baron Vengeous after the deadly armour of Lord Vile, and pretty much everyone out to kill Valkyrie, the daring detective duo face their biggest challenge yet. But what if the greatest threat to Valkyrie is just a little closer to home…?
”'A high-intensity tale….Readers, particularly Artemis Fowl fans, will be skipping meals and sleep to get to the end.' ” - Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
”'Utterly charming…perfect for the Potter crowd.' ” - Publishers Weekly (starred review)
”'Rich fantasy that is as engaging in its creative protagonists and villains as it is in the lightning-paced plot and sharp humor.' ” - BCCB
”'Landy keeps the action brisk, his characters slightly macabre, and uses humor to take the edge off.' ” - ALA Booklist
”'Skulduggery Pleasant serves up a thoroughly satisfying blend of humor, magic and adventure. Once you’ve met Stephanie and Skulduggery, you’ll be clamoring for a sequel.' ” - Rick Riordan, author of the Percy Jackson series