I spotted this on Derek Landy's blog on Friday but this is the first chance I have had to bring it to your attention. As most of you know, I am a huge fan of the Skulduggery Pleasant series by Derek Landy, but one of my favourite characters has not had the page count that she deserves over the past couple of books. I know I am not alone in wanting more Tanith Low, and I and the multitude of Tanith fans around the world will be rewarded for our patience come the end of March 1013 when The Maleficent Seven, a one-off novella set in the Skulduggery Pleasant universe, is scheduled to be published.
Amazon has the book listed as having 288 pages, so it will be significantly shorter than the recent Skulduggery books, but it is sure to be a real treat. As ever, illustrator Tom Percival has produced a cracking cover for the book, and Derek revealed this to the world yesterday. I have included the final cover with text for you below, but if you want to see the artwork as nature intended then head on over to Derek's blog here.
And from Goodreads.com:
A brilliant, hilarious one-off novella in the Skulduggery Pleasant universe, from number-one-bestselling author Derek Landy
This time, the bad guys take the stage.
Tanith Low, now possessed by a remnant, recruits a gang of villains – many of whom will be familiar from previous Skulduggery adventures – in order to track down and steal the four God-Killer level weapons that could hurt Darquesse when she eventually emerges. Also on the trail of the weapons is a secret group of Sanctuary sorcerers, and doing his best to keep up and keep Tanith alive is one Mister Ghastly Bespoke.
When the villains around her are lying and scheming and plotting, Tanith needs to stay two steps ahead of her teammates and her enemies. After all, she's got her own double-crosses to plan – and she’s a villain herself…