To celebrate the release of his new book, The Maleficent Seven, Derek Landy went down to a crypt under Dublin and answered some questions about Tanith and her part in the Skulduggery Pleasant series. The 3 parts of the interview are below for your viewing pleasure.
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Are you a huge Skulduggery Pleasant fan? Well here’s the competition for you.
I received a very exciting email today from HarperCollins, the publisher of Derek Landy’s Skulduggery Pleasant series. The email was about a new competition that HarperCollins and Derek Landy are running for all Skulduggery fans, to celebrate the release of The Maleficent Seven. There are some awesome prizes up for grabs and it’s super easy to enter. Read all about it below and enter your masterpiece.
INTRODUCING EXQUISITE CORPSE
“There are things, pieces of artwork, stories… creations. Objects that burn with an inner light. These things have power. They are fused with the magic imbued in them by their creators. They are fragments of their creators’ minds, of their very souls, fragments taken and cut free, wrenched loose, torn from them for all to see and then stitched together to form a patchwork world, a collage of dreams… an Exquisite Corpse.” Your Golden God, Derek Landy
Exquisite Corpse is our very first fan works competition!
We know you’re awesome. You know you’re awesome. We know that you know that you’re… you get the idea. But the thing is, sometimes it’s not enough to just know, sometimes you have to show everyone else. So, this is your chance. We’re looking for fan works, created by you, inspired by the Golden God himself. Derek, that is. And we’re going to have a theme. This month, unsurprisingly, the theme is Tanith Low. We love her. You love her. Get to it!
You can submit anything… well, anything you’ve created. It could be a poem, a drawing, a short story (under 1,000 words, please, we know how prolific you all get, and Derek needs a little time to, you know, finish Book 8), it could be a Haiku, a clay model, a photo montage. Anything you like, as long as it was inspired by Tanith.
Simply email it – or a picture of it – to us at email@example.com.
Derek will judge the entries, and then one lucky fan will WIN the chance to be featured in our newsletter and on the Skulduggery Pleasant website, as the creator of the Exquisite Corpse Work of the Month! Everyone who enters will get an exclusive The Maleficent Seven themed poster, plus we’ll also send the winner a signed copy of The Maleficent Seven.
Derek Landy’s new book, The Maleficent Seven, is a one-off novella focusing on Tanith Low. The Maleficent Seven is released in NZ on April 18. Look out for my review soon and your chance to win a copy.
The wonderful people at HarperCollins New Zealand sent me a very exciting email today about Skulduggery Pleasant. Only 219 days until the, as yet untitled, Skulduggery Pleasant Book 8 is released! Read on for more info and to view Tom Percival’s temporary cover.
If you’ve been following Derek’s blog, you’ll know that he has written a third of Book Eight already. In fact, he’s cracking on with it at such an amazing pace that we can now officially confirm that Skulduggery Pleasant Book Eight will publish on 29th August 2013.
Yes, that’s just a little over 7 months away. Or a mere 219 days. Only 5,256 hours. And if you want to know the minutes, you should get a calculator.
Only kidding: it’s 315,360.
Derek will reveal the title on his blog soon (http://dereklandy.blogspot.co.nz/) – just another reason to check the blog page regularly. That, and he sometimes posts funny pictures of cats.
Nor will that be the last exciting reveal of the spring, because the jacket will be revealed sometime after that, once artist extraordinaire Tom Percival has worked his usual magic.
In the meantime, here’s a lovely holding image, to keep you going:
Stay tuned for further developments.
And start counting down the minutes.
Derek Landy has just revealed the spectacular cover for his Tanith Low novella, as created by the brilliant Tom Percival. Check out the cover and the synopsis below…
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…
The Maleficent Seven is a stand alone novel set in the Skulduggery Pleasant world, starring Tanith Low. It‘s due out on 28th March, 2013, so for those crazy Skulduggery Pleasant fans like me you don’t have too long to wait.
Would you like to win a set of 6 postcards featuring everybody’s favourite skeleton detective, Skulduggery Pleasant? Derek Landy’s wonderful publishers had a whole heap of these very cool postcards left over after Derek’s tour of NZ so I’m very lucky to have some to give away here on the blog.
If you would like to get your hands on a set, just enter your name and address in the form below and I’ll pick 10 lucky winners on Friday (NZ only). If you’re one of the winners, a set of the postcards will turn up in your letterbox soon.
This competition is now closed.
Derek Landy’s Skulduggery Pleasant series keeps getting better and better (as well as each book getting bigger and bigger). We find out more about our favourite characters with each new adventure and get introduced to new weird and wonderful ones. Skulduggery Pleasant: Kingdom of the Wicked is Derek Landy’s latest and greatest Skulduggery book and he sure doesn’t let his army of minions down.
Across the land, normal people are suddenly developing wild and unstable powers. Somehow infected by a rare strain of magic, they are unwittingly endangering their own lives and the lives of the people around them. Terrified and confused, their only hope lies with the Sanctuary, which is having problems of its own. Skulduggery Pleasant and Valkyrie Cain are needed now more than ever – not only to find out what is causing the infection, but also to prevent the take-over of the Sanctuary by a consortium of international sorcerers.
And then there’s the small matter of Kitana. A normal teenage girl who, along with her normal teenage friends, becomes infected. Becomes powerful. Becomes corrupted. Wielding the magic of gods, they’re set to tear the city apart unless someone stands up against them.
Looks like it’s going to be another one of those days …
CAUTION: While I do my best not to mention any spoilers, if you don’t want to know anything about Kingdom of the Wicked, please don’t read on. You have been warned!
Kingdom of the Wicked delivers everything I’ve come to expect from a Skulduggery Pleasant book – brilliant characters with the best names around, witty dialogue, magic creating havoc, and violence aplenty. This book could almost be titled, Valkyrie Cain: Kingdom of the Wicked, as the story focuses mainly on her, with Skulduggery popping up every now and again to help save the day. Valkyrie has grown in confidence and can now handle situations by herself, and in this book, she doesn’t have much choice as Skulduggery often isn’t around to help.
Many of Derek’s best characters are back, including Scapegrace and Thrasher, who were real highlights in this book for me as they provide some hilarious comic relief in amongst the death and destruction. We meet some new characters (with awesome names) and some old characters that have only been mentioned in other books in the series.
Derek Landy doesn’t just write a good story, he’s also fantastic with dialogue. The interaction between characters, particularly the banter between Skulduggery and Valkyrie, is one of the reasons why I love the Skulduggery books so much. You can always rely on Skulduggery and Valkyrie to see the humour in a situation, even if they may be facing death.
Kingdom of the Wicked is probably the most violent, and at times revolting, book in the series so far. There were several parts that made me cringe, especially towards the end. When Derek describes a tendon ripping in someone’s neck of someone’s ribs shattering you almost feel it yourself.
The shocking conclusion to Kingdom of the Wicked made me desperately want to read the next book. However, with only two more books left in the Skulduggery Pleasant series, I’m willing to wait because I don’t want to say goodbye to Derek’s fantastic creation.
5 out of 5 stars