Again, this book really deserves five stars, but it can’t be read and understood without the others, so it only gets four. Sometimes I really dislike Derek Landy. He seems to punish my favourite characters the most, but I suppose that means that they’re his favourites too.
In this book the Remnants break free and try to get to Valkyrie because they think that she’s their saviour, or rather, the person that will destroy the world. So, you know, there’s that to deal with. The remnants possess people in power in both the magical and mortal worlds and pull out all the stops to get to Valkyrie. Skulduggery and the gang have to round up all of the possessed and rip the remnants out of them within four days, otherwise they will be bonded to their hosts forever. They manage it of course, but as I mentioned in the last review, things are getting darker in this series. One of the remnants manages to escape in the body of one of the main characters (I shan’t tell you which) and becomes permanently bonded. That’s nice of you Derek, thanks for that.
Things begin to change on the romance front too. Valkyrie and Fletcher are an item, because they’re young, and that’s normal for young people. But things are rarely as simple as that in Valkyrie’s life. Having an attractive vampire following her around and saving her life threatens the safe and normal relationship that she has with Fletcher. I feel I must point out that although there is a love interest (or two) it is not a love story. The choice that Valkyrie has to make is not a choice between two boys, as much as it is between two lifestyles. Good and Easy. It would be easy for Val to be with Caelan. It would be good for her to be with Fletcher. It would be easy for SPOILER:
It would be easy for Val to become Darquesse. It would be good for her (and the rest of the world) to stay who she is. It’s a difficult choice that is going to have to be made, and the onl one that can make it is Valkyrie. (Or Darquesse. Shall we just call her Stephanie?)
Oh, and there’s a baby about to be born that might just be able to save Valkyrie with her cuteness.
(SPOILER: her name is Alice!)
Have a lovely day,