Sunday, February 25, 2018

SnarkNotes: Scepter of the Ancients by Derek Landy

SnarkNotes: noun. The sort of review Susie does for books that wouldn't mesh with her usual review format. Graphic novels, nonfiction, fiction she's read before, and fiction she simply doesn't have much to say about all fall under the SnarkNotes category. SnarkNotes are usually brief and snide in nature.

Today's SnarkNotes topic is... Scepter of the Ancients by Derek Landy!

  • fantasy
  • comedy

  • Stephanie's uncle is dead. Super, hella dead.
  • He leaves her his mansion and his fortune, and apparently, a shitload of trouble, because the first night Stephanie spends in her new house, someone nearly kills her trying to break in.
  • Luckily, Steph is rescued by Skulduggery Pleasant, a magic-wielding detective who was close friends with her uncle.
  • (Did we mention Skul is a walking, talking skeleton?)
  • Realizing that her uncle was murdered, Steph teams up with Skul to try and figure out who killed him, and why.
  • It's clear they were after something her uncle had, but what?
  • (Spoiler alert: the Scepter of the Ancients. The thing in the title.)
  • (If the bad guys find it, they can use it to bring back the evil, ancient gods known as the Faceless Ones, who would basically wipe out/enslave humanity.)
  • (So, no pressure.)


  • smol baby Stephanie, before the world broke her
  • even from the first chapter, this series is goddamn hilarious
  • seriously, go read it
  • really good worldbuilding and magic system
  • also LOTS of foreshadowing for future books
  • Skulduggery is a freaking dumbass and i love him
  • this book is a really great introduction into this world and series and i need EVERYONE to read it so i have more people to scream at about it


  • there are loads of characters to keep track of, and it only gets more confusing as the series goes on
  • i was practically keeping a chart in my head
  • also this isn't a criticism but there were a shitload of lines that, since i know now the twists that will take place in future books, just made me go
  • "oh"
  • "oh NO"

  • finally starting my Skullduggery Pleasant marathon read YEAH
  • now i just have.... nine more books to go.......
  • .......most of which were only ever published in the UK.........
  • yes i most definitely thought this through
  • oy
  • stay tuned for my review of Playing With Fire
  • coming soon
  • probably

RATING: 8 / 10


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