Scepter of the Ancients

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Scepter of the Ancients

By Derek Landy

HarperTrophy, Paperback, 9780061231179, 392pp.

Publication Date: March 25, 2008

Description

Meet Skulduggery Pleasant

Ace DetectiveSnappy DresserRazor tongued WitCrackerjack SorcererandWalking, 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.



About the Author
Derek Landy lives near Dublin. Before writing his children's story about a sharply dressed skeleton detective, he wrote the screenplays for a zombie movie and a little thriller in which everybody dies.

As a blackbelt in Kenpo Karate, he has taught countless children how to defend themselves, in the hopes of one day building his own private munchkin army. He firmly believes that they await his call to strike against his enemies (he doesn't actually have any enemies but he's assuming they'll show up sooner or later).

The reason Derek writes his own biographical blurb is so that he can finally refer to himself in the third person without looking pompous or insane.



Praise For Scepter of the Ancients

“An utterly charming debut, perfect for the Potter crowd.”
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Landy keeps the action brisk, his characters slightly macabre, and uses humor to take the edge off.”
-ALA Booklist

“Fun and quirky with lots of humor.”
-Locus

“A distinctly Horowitzian humor and verve.”
-London Times

“This book is a delight. Full of character, black humor, and great fun.”
-Daily Telegraph (London)

“Expected to take over Harry Potter’s place.”
-UPI