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Skulduggery Pleasant: The Dying of the Light

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Skulduggery Pleasant: The Dying of the Light
Author Derek Landy
Cover Artist Tom Percival
Date Published 28th August 2014 (Hardback)[1], 26 March 2015 (paperback)
Date Set In A few weeks after Last Stand Of Dead Men
Publisher HaperCollins
No. of pages 605
ISBN ISBN-10: 0007489250

ISBN-13: 978-0007489251

Publication Order
Preceded by
Last Stand of Dead Men
Followed by

Skulduggery Pleasant: The Dying of the Light[2] is the ninth book in the series. Derek Landy confirmed that the ninth book will be about the Darquesse vision that was forseen in Dark Days and set in motion during Last Stand Of Dead Men. [3] He completed the book on May 21st, 2014. On Monday, the 16th of June, 2014, the front cover of the book was uploaded.[4] A limited edition cover was also released.[5] A Black Edition, limited to 1000 copies will be hidden in Waterstones Stores.[6] The Back Cover art was revealed on Tuesday, the 19th of August. [7]

The book was released on August 28th, 2014; roughly the same release date of his books since Mortal Coil.

Official Summary

Valkyrie. Darquesse. Stephanie. The world ain’t big enough for the three of them. The end will come…

The War of the Sanctuaries has been won, but it was not without its casualties. Following the loss of Valkyrie Cain, Skulduggery Pleasant must use any and all means to track down and stop Darquesse before she turns the world into a charred, lifeless cinder.

And so he draws together a team of soldiers, monster hunters, killers, criminals… and Valkyrie’s own murderous reflection.

The war may be over, but the final battle is about to begin. And not everyone gets out of here alive...

Chapter List



  • It was nominated for Senior Irish Children's book award in 2014.


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  2. Derek Landy Blogs Under Duress: The Year of the Requiem
  3. List of questions and answers from Booktopia on the Skulduggery Forums
  4. Derek Landy Blogs Under Duress: The Dying of the Light
  5. Derek Landy Blogs Under Duress: TDOTL: Shadow Edition
  6. Derek Landy Blogs Under Duress: The Black Edition
  7. Derek Landy Blogs Under Duress: The Back Cover
  8. Armageddon Outta Here