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Skulduggery Pleasant

Skulduggery Pleasant is a series of fantasy novels written by Irish author Derek Landy. The books chronicle the adventures of the skeleton detective, Skulduggery Pleasant and a teenage girl, Stephanie Edgley (Valkyrie Cain) along with other friends. The central story arc concerns Valkyrie's struggle to stop evil forces threatening the world and to finally find justice for her late uncle's death.


Skulduggery Pleasant (2007)Edit

Skulduggery Pleasant, Skeleton DetectiveEdit

"You're one of his nieces, then? You're not stealing anything, you're not breaking anything so I'd guess you're Stephanie."

  • p. 6, sentence 18 - 20
  • Skulduggery and Stephanie chat at Gordon's funeral

"There’s no such thing as winning or losing. There is won and lost, there is victory and defeat. There are absolutes. Everything in between is still left to fight for. Serpine will have won only when there is no one left to stand against him. Until then, there is only the struggle, because tides do what tides do – they turn."

  • p. 329, sentence 22 - 27
  • Skulduggery gives a despondent Tanith a lesson in war

"You've lost, Nefarian. Even your henchman is abandoning you. Even he recognizes your defeat. I'm placing you under arrest for murder, attempted mudrer, conspiracy to commit murder and, I don't know, possibly littering."

  • p. 381, sentence 10 - 15
  • Skulduggery has Serpine at his mercy

DialogueEdit

"Well, I don't plan on dying anytime soon, and I've got something he didn't."
"And that is...?"
"Your hat. Take me with you, or I'll stand on it."

  • p. 56, sentence 3 - 6
  • Skulduggery's dire warnings of danger fail to dissuade Stephanie


"So if they want to wag their fingers at you..."
"I have to stand there and be wagged at."
"So why do they want me to be there? Aren't I the innocent young girl being led astray?"
"See, I don't really want them to view you as the innocent young girl. I want them to view you more as the rebellious, insubordinate, troublesome rapscallion who has made herself my partner. Then maybe they'll take pity on me."

  • p. 139
  • Skulduggery and Stephanie go to the sanctuary.

"Being a detective isn't all torture and murder and monsters. Sometimes it gets truly unpleasant."
"But I don't like them!" she whined.
"The fate of the world may depend on whether or not you can bring yourself to visit your relatives."
She turned her head, looking at him out of the corner of her eye. "It may depend?"
"Valkyrie-"
"Fine; I'll go."
"Good girl."
She crossed her arms and didn't respond.
"Are you sulking now?" he asked.
"Yes," she answered curtly.
"Okay."

  • p. 263, sentences 10 - 21
  • Stephanie has to pay a visit


"What is it?" Stephanie whispered.
"That, my dear Valkyrie, is what we call a monster."
She looked at Skulduggery. "You don't know what it is, do you?"
"I told you what it is. It's a horrible monster. Now shut up before it comes over here and eats us."

  • p. 292, sentence 17 - 23
  • A direct assessment of the situation

Skulduggery Pleasant: Playing with Fire (2008)Edit

"Are you going to shoot me?' Vengeous sneered. 'I wouldn't be surprised. What would a thing like you know about honor? Only a heathen would bring a gun to a sword fight.'

'And only a moron would bring a sword to a gunfight." - (Skulduggery/Baron Vengeous)

"Vengeous scowled. 'As you can see,' he said, 'you are vastly outnumbered.'

'I usually am.'

'Your situation has become quite untenable.'

'It usually does.'

'You are within moments of being swarmed by these filthy creatures of undeath and torn apart in a maelstrom of pain and fury.'

Skulduggery paused. 'Okay, that's a new one on me." - (Skulduggery/Baron Vengeous)

'If you tell me what baron is planning then maybe I'll let you walk away from this'

He frowned, 'but I drove here' - (Tanith Low/Billy-Ray)