Trolls and goblins are always interesting, and disgusting, and a good misadventure for any books’ or series’ heroes. Which is where the Brothers Muldoon fit into this tale – they are disgusting and entertaining. They are a good counterbalance to the babies which Valkyrie and Skulduggery are trying to rescue. And the combination of evil cunning and sheer stupidity made me giggle all throughout this short story.
This is a Skulduggery Pleasant story that I was expecting. Funny, witty and adorable. It also involved a villain that had no idea what he was doing, a detective that was kind of clueless about what said villain was doing and a poor rescue from his sidekick. Honestly, this was just a cute and funny side story between Skulduggery Pleasant and Playing with Fire.
Gordon Edgely’s death is the instigator of the Skulduggery Pleasant series, and although Skulduggery talks about it, it’s kind of hard to see how they related to one another. Until you read The Horror Writers’ Halloween Ball – it’s one of the adventures the two had together and an idea of how their friendship operated.
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!