Derek Landy, Skulduggery Pleasant, London: HarperCollins, 2011, p. 133 & Derek Landy, Skulduggery Pleasant: The Faceless Ones, London: HarperCollins, 2011, p. 265.

I am aware that Valkyrie is pretty busy learning magic and saving the world, but surely she could find time to tidy her room now and then.


So, this is how far we’ve come.
I’ve grew up with these books for the past 7/8 years and after each and every one of them I’ve spent the time in between releases just thinking about the story, the characters, their relationships, their world, their banter and the sheer wonder that is the Skulduggery Pleasant series.
This series has plagued my mind since the moment I saw the front cover and read that blurb.
10 books down and 2 more to go and then it will ‘end’.
I say 'end’ because I know we still have movies and such to go but in reality, the series will live on forever, because if you’re like me it will forever be in your mind. Even after you read that last sentence of that last book. Even after you re-read the whole series for the 18th time and maybe somehow find a sense of closure. It will still be there.
In your mind.
Allowing you to feel all the things you felt as if you’re reading the words for the first time.
Making you smile. Making you cry. Making you wonder why those characters died. Making you wonder just how Derek managed to create this amazing world.
It will always be there for us.
Just like we will be there for those characters. They will always have a place in our hearts.

Until the end.

So I don’t know if anyone’s thought of this yet, but is it possible that China Sorrows and Gordon Edgley are Valkyrie’s real parents?

Just a thought I had based on a few things:

  • Valkyrie looks a lot like China.
  • Her personality is a lot like Gordon’s, and they seem very close for uncle and niece.
  • When China meets the Echo Stone Gordon, he is one of the few people she is genuinely warm and nice towards. (Valkyrie being one of the others)
  • At Valkyrie’s 18th birthday toast, Desmond Edgley mentions that he didn’t first see her until she was two days old, which seems a bit unusual since fathers are supposed to be there for the birth.
  • If China had a child, that child would be in a lot of danger and would be a target for people wanting revenge on China (Eliza Scorn, Skulduggery Pleasant, etc.) so giving baby Valkyrie to Desmond and Melissa for safekeeping would make a lot of sense.
  • People seem to fall in love with Valkyrie at first sight a lot (just like they fall in love with China a lot). For example, Fletcher, Caelan, Aaron Boyle, Owen from the club Val and Fletch went to, Alan from the coffee shop, etc. 
  • In Last Stand of Dead Men, Dusk promises Valkyrie that one day he’ll tell her a secret about herself that even she doesn’t know. Since Dusk’s tasted Valkyrie’s blood, it’s possible he could tell she was related to China from that.

Here’s the drawing I gave to Derek! Thankfully he really seemed to like it- I was so nervous about meeting him, but he was honestly so nice and friendly that I completely forgot my nervousness haha.

While I was getting my book signed I also got the chance to ask him a question- so I of course asked why he chose for Skull to sing ’Me and Mrs Jones’. His answer was because it was so romantic, and that Skull was a natural singer- so it was the obvious choice. He told me that if I ever wanted to sweep a girl off her feet, all I needed to do was serenade her with that song!