The Maleficent Seven

Maleficent Seven

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The Maleficent Seven
Author Derek Landy
Cover Artist Tom Percival
Date Published 28 March 2013 (UK & Ireland)

01 April 2013 (Australia) [1]

Date Set In After May 2012.
Publisher HarperCollins
No. of pages 288
ISBN 0007500920 (10)

978-0007500925 (13) [2]

Publication Order
Preceded by
The Button
Followed by
Skulduggery Pleasant: Last Stand of Dead Men

The Maleficent Seven is a spin-off novella, set after Book 7 starring the Remnant-possessed Tanith Low,[3] released in April 2013 and initially accidentally leaked by HarperCollins.[4] It continues on from Trick Or Treat's revelation of four "God-Killer weapons" that could take down Darquesse.

The book is about 54,000 words - One third of the first book.[5][6]



This story continues on from Trick Or Treat and Kingdom Of The Wicked.

Following the inevitable rise of Darquesse, Tanith Low planned to prevent anyone from destroying her, believing that the world burning was beautiful. She and Billy-Ray Sanguine used leads from from Christophe Nocturnal, Jerry Ordain and others to track down the God-Killer Weapons, fabled tools of The Ancients which could destroy Darquesse.

The Book

The book opened when Tanith returned to her old apartments in London. She believed nobody would look for there as only an idiot would return to their residence. The fact that the Cleavers were there insulted her more than anything else. She travelled to the rooftops where she thought she could escape, however, tho cleavers were on patrol. Almost killed by them, she decapitated one and sliced through the other. At the same time, Billy-Ray interrogated Jethro to find out what the Sanctuary knew. After they regrouped, they proceeded with their plan.

Tanith realised that she would need a people with a number of different skills. For that reason, she recruited Black Annis (with whom she had a run-in in the past, Sabine (who was an old friend) and Dusk. At the same time, Billy-Ray searched for Springheeled Jack (who was trapped in London under a Sanctuary blockade with no way out) and another member. Each were promised various incentives for their help. Dusk was promised the name of the Vampire who turned him, Sabine was promised a clean start from her life of crime, Springheeled Jack was promised details of his origin and species and Black Annis was promised a cure for her condition. They meet to discuss their task: to collect & destroy the four God-Killer weapons. Sabine, as a Magiphage, could create duplicates and fool the owners of the weapons for long enough to collect all four before the alarm was raised.

At the same time Dexter Vex caught wind of Tanith's plan and organised a group to get the weapons first. They acknowledged that this was unofficial, without the help of The Irish Sanctuary. They leaved for their first location in a stolen jet.

More To Be Added.


The book partly consists of Tanith Low and Billy-Ray Sanguine recruiting a group of villains, some of whom are returning characters from previous books, short stories & novellas.

There is also a "good guy" team, featuring the return of the likes of Dexter Vex and Frightening Jones. New characters, such as previously mentioned Saracen Rue and two Monster Hunters (Donegan Bane & Gracious O'Callahan) also make an appearance.[5]

Part of the book focuses on a flashback to the past where other characters return & are introduced. Many of the characters meet their destiny in this book.

Harper-Collins Synopsis

A brilliant, hilarious one-off novella in the Skulduggery Pleasant universe, from number-one-bestselling author Derek Landy

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… [7]

Chapter List



  • The chapter titles have no names. They are numbered similar to The End of the World.
  • Extensive references are made to the Revengers' Club and why it failed. The Maleficent Seven is seen as a successor to the club.
  • A paperback will be published in 2014.


  1. "Tanith Low Novella", 2012.
  2. "Tanith Low Novella", 2012.
  3. "The Maleficent Seven", Derek Landy Blogs Under Duress. December 7, 2012.
  4. "Dammit...", Derek Landy Blogs Under Duress. October 30, 2012.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Er.", Derek Landy Blogs Under Duress. November 21, 2012.
  6. "And The Award Goes To...", Derek Landy Blogs Under Duress. November 23, 2012.
  7. "Tanith Low Novella", 2012.
  8. The Maleficent Seven Extract