Mortal Coil (Skulduggery Pleasant)
Skulduggery’s partner, Valkyrie, had always been loyal to him. But when Valkyrie discovers a terrible secret, things started to change. As Valkyrie struggles to keep her secret, thousands of Remnants (monsters with the ability to possess people) are set loose. The world falls into chaos.
This book is the fifth book in the Skulduggery Pleasant series. To fully enjoy this book, you would have to have read the previous books in the series.
My favourite character in the book is Skulduggery Pleasant. He is a smart and courageous skeleton, and also very humorous. Even when he is in a very tough situation, e.g. Being tortured by dark gods, or facing his worst enemy, he doesn't lose his sense of humour and keeps up his good mood.
I liked how the author ends every chapter in this book with a cliffhanger, even the last chapter. This really hooked me to the book—questions sprouted in my mind and I had to read on to find the answer. But on my journey to find the answers to my questions, more and more questions entered my mind. At the end of the book, some of the answers get revealed. Some stays mysterious and foreshadows to what will happen in the next book. I also liked how this story had multiple story lines for the reader to follow, but not too much that the reader gets confused. This keeps the reader interested, and all the storylines joins together and form a big dilemma in the middle of the book.
Overall, Mortal Coil is a fast paced and action packed book. This book also has a touch of horror, just right to make the story interesting but not scare away the readers along the way. This book’s genre fits into both mystery and adventure. I would say this book is suitable for Y6 students and above.