Title: Across a Dark Plain
Author: Derek Landy
In: Armageddon Outta Here (Derek Landy)
Series: Skulduggery Pleasant #0.25
Rating Out of 5: 4.5 (Amazing, but not quite perfect)
My Bookshelves: Crime, Dark fantasy, Easy reading, Paranormal fantasy
Format: Short story
Publisher: Harper Collins
5th sentence, 74th page: The kind only fire or a bullet to the brainpan could put down.
150 years before the events of the series, the Dead Men are on a mission to hunt down Nefarian Serpine in the Wild West.
Western meets Skulduggery. Brilliant. And funny. And just… fun. It wasn’t even remotely what I would have expected of a pre-Valkyrie era, but that’s probably because I thought it was even better!
Skulduggery’s history with Serpine and his desire to wreak vengeance on him are drivers that were well publicised in Skulduggery Pleasant. But, this drive, the lengths to which he is willing to travel are shown a little more in Across a Dark Plain. There isn’t the wit and humour that marks his words throughout the first novel, just a single-minded drive and desire to gain his revenge.
His companions are introduced beautifully though, and even though this isn’t a story full of wit and humour as I was kind of expecting, it is one that helps to show the drivers of the main character in a different light. I love the different ways in which Landy is able to explore his character. It adds even more layers to an already well-loved, multi-dimensional character.
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