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Skulduggery Pleasant: Dead or Alive


Skulduggery Pleasant: Dead or Alive
Author Derek Landy
Cover Artist Tom Percival
Date Published April 1st 2021
Date Set In
Publisher HarperCollins Children's Books
No. of pages 592


ISBN-13: 978-0008386290

Publication Order
Preceded by
Seasons of War
Followed by
Untitled Book 15

Skulduggery Pleasant: Dead or Alive[1] is the fourteenth book in the Skulduggery Pleasant series. It is set to be released on April 1st 2021. It is the fifth book in Phase 2.


"Skulduggery, Valkyrie and Omen return in the 14th and penultimate novel in the internationally bestselling Skulduggery Pleasant series – and their most epic test yet…

In a matter of days, the world will change.

Billions of lives will be wiped away in a final, desperate search for the Child of the Faceless Ones — she who is destined to bring about the return of humankind’s ancient overlords.

To prevent this, Skulduggery Pleasant and Valkyrie Cain have one last – terrible – option: the assassination of Damocles Creed. With protests stirring in the magical city of Roarhaven, with riots and revolutions on the horizon, Valkyrie must decide who she wants to be: the hero who risks everything for a noble ideal, or the killer who sacrifices her own soul for the fate of humanity.

The decision must be made, and time is running out.'"

— The official synopsis from the Skulduggery Pleasant Website[2]



Chapter 1

Rancid Fines attempts to bring back the Faceless Ones with supposed friend and investor, Kiln; using the Crystal of the Saints to aid in powering a portal so the Faceless Ones can move in-between dimensions. The Crystal does not work and Kiln reveals his plans of betrayal towards Rancid. Before the betrayal continued, Valkyrie Cain and Skulduggery Pleasant arrive on the scene to arrest Rancid and Kiln which ends in a fight with ninjas. It is unknown at this point of the story if Kiln is arrested but Rancid does escape with the Crystal.

Chapter 2

Omen Darkly and Auger Darkly are lounging together waiting for assembly to begin within school. From previous events in Seasons of War Auger is traumatized from fulfilling the Prophecy and wiping the King of the Darklands from existence. Auger is also upset about his recent break up with Never (Identifies as a they/them in this chapter). Head teacher, Duenna announces the Feile na Draiochta; held every 72 years, therefore there is a half day so students can enjoy the festivities. After the assembly, the students rush to class whilst Thiago, Omen and Never discuss Auger's wellbeing coming to the conclusion that Omen must speak with him. This also results Omen in detention as he is late for class.

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