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Hell Breaks Loose: A prequel from the Sunday Times bestselling Skulduggery Pleasant universe

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m pretty sure means the theory that the universe resetting made her an Elemental isn't true, but that's a topic for another day).

Hell Breaks Loose by Derek Landy | Waterstones

You will not get anything of substance out of this if you’re not familiar with at least a book or two from the original series, but even then this book felt lacking to me. I don’t even think it counts as a prequel by the time you factor in the time travel (that melted my brain). In October 2022, Landy announced via YouTube livestream that a "one-off prequel" and "Book 0·1", officially titled Skulduggery Pleasant: Hell Breaks Loose (titled on-page as Hell Breaks Loose: From the World of Skulduggery Pleasant, the same titling scheme as the 2013 novella Tanith Low in.Aside from the dialogue which is great as always in any Derek Landy book, it is not as well written in any shape or form and it just felt clumsy. I have always been a big fan of the Skulduggery Pleasant universe and book series and so it's always nice to have new releases following the end of a Phase of the main books even though this wasn't anything incredible or innovative, it did keep me entertained and having a good time whilst I read it.

my German copy of the faceless ones arrived and turns out

Sometime before The Maleficent Seven, Tanith and Billy-Ray Sanguine continue their quest to destroy the God-Killers. I haven’t been in this universe for a while so I was a little rusty, but you definitely need some previous knowledge of this series if you want to get some enjoyment out of this book because with no context it’s not going to make any sense at all! Infected by a rare strain of magic, they are unwittingly endangering their own lives and the lives of the people around them. These books are known for funny dedications, but we've never had one that terrified me to my very soul.

When Skulduggery learns of a plot to resurrect a terrifying evil, he persuades Valkyrie to join him for just 24 hours. What I personally wanted most from HBL was to see Skulduggery 300 years before we actually meet him.

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