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Skulduggery Pleasant nine book franchise bought

Skulduggery Pleasant is an unusual book by the Irish writer Derek Landy, and it has just been picked up by Warner Brothers to become the latest childrens franchise.

The book has a quite unusual write up, here's what the official blurb says about it:

Meet Skulduggery Pleasant, Ace Detective, Snappy Dresser, Razor-tongued Wit, Crackerjack Sorcerer and Walking, Talking, Fire-throwing Skeleton - as well as ally, protector, and mentor of Stephanie Edgley, a very unusual and darkly talented twelve-year-old.

These two alone must defeat an all-consuming ancient evil. The end of the world? Over his dead body.

The series is planned to be a mere nine books, with Skulduggery Pleasant being the first in the series, being released in the UK and US in early April.

The story from Variety tells us a little more about the plot:

"...set in contemporary Dublin, follows a wise-cracking skeleton detective and his young female accomplice, who together try to stop the return of the evil Faceless Ones."

It does sound interesting, even on these little snippets of plot, but another childrens franchise? Well I guess if it turns out to be good enough to sit up there with there rest then why not? It does sound as though it is different enough to stand out from them.



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