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When the Roman legions advertise the benefits of concubinage to the local female population for example, resentment in the male Jewish population skyrockets. In bringing to life a fictional industrialised Roman society, Helen Dale has deeply researched Roman law, paganism and economics, and there is an element to this industrialised Roman society that is decidedly libertarian in nature.

As this is a legal story, contracts, private property and the rule of law are in evidence throughout. Helen goes to lengths to describe concubinage contracts, for example, in detail and in doing so presents almost a manifesto on how our society could be if we were to embrace a model that allowed for people to freely and privately negotiate voluntary transactions with each other, not only over property or business activities, but also over personal relationships.

Of course being the Roman Empire, it is heavily dominated by the state and the military which is decidedly un-libertarian. There are citizens and non-citizens who enjoy vastly different rights and therefore standards of living. And the tensions that arise between the conquerors and the conquered are evidence that forcing change on people from above is doomed to failure, even if the system being imposed is superior.

But apart from the fact that the disciples of the New Testament were decidedly not terrorists, nor rapists at least two of them are portrayed this way I had nothing much to worry about.

Kingdom of the Wicked (Skulduggery Pleasant, Book 7)

Yeshua is preaching a message that pertains to another world; he is non-violent — apart from his actions in the Temple — and has an otherworldly presence that manifests in one scene as an uncanny ability to imitate voices. The most desirable woman in Judaea follows his teachings and believes that he is the son of God. I cannot detect a tone of ridicule.

Which makes sense, because Kingdom of the Wicked is a two part story. Helen Dale has written an explanatory essay on what she set out to accomplish in writing the Kingdom of the Wicked books.

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You can read this essay at Libertarianism. Silas is promptly re-arrested. Soon after, Valkyrie is attacked by an old lady in a coffee shop, but Tanith Low intervenes and kills the woman, informing Valkyrie that she and Billy-Ray Sanguine have returned from the USA and that the woman was sent by Christophe Nocturnal. Valkyrie sees Christophe Nocturnal trying to run from a Cleaver but the people of Roahaven beat him up and the Cleaver arrests him.

Skulduggery realises that Lament and his group aren't dead, but guarding Argeddion so that he doesn't use his powers. Skulduggery works out that in order to transport something big enough to contain Argeddion, they will have to have used a freight company, most likely the company owned by Arthur Dagan.

Remembering Dagan from the previous year, they decide that Valkyrie should talk to his son, Hansard Kray , and ask for information. After boarding a train and speaking to Hansard, Valkyrie learns that Tyren Lament and his team had some cargo delivered to a location in the Alps, where Skulduggery and Valkyrie decide to set off to. Meanwhile, Eliza Scorn has enlisted the help of Tanith Low and orders her to murder Christophe Nocturnal in his cell, so all the people from his Church of the Faceless can be dissolved into hers.

Tanith swiftly kills him and takes her leave. Later, after visiting Patrick Xebec's wife, Valkyrie starts to feel her arm hurt in the place Silas Nadir grabbed her. She is then 'shunted' into another dimension, with different surroundings. Everyone he wears brown and is scared of talking to others. Valkyrie sees sensitives patrolling the road, surrounded by Cleavers dressed in red.

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A man nearby tells her that the sensitives are called Sense-Wardens, and the Cleavers are Redhoods. Valkyrie and the man are then attacked by Redhoods,with Valkyrie mentally attacking the Sense-Wardens and escaping, but the man is killed. Running along the rooftops, she meets Alexander Remit , a Teleporter who attempts to arrest her. She fights him off but is re-shunted back into her original universe but not before she hears Remit say that Mevolent rules this dimension.

Meanwhile Scapegrace and Thrasher meet with Clarabelle. She is so relieved to see them as she thought that the White Cleaver had killed them. They go to the Dr.

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Nye who agrees to help them for a price. Scapegrace had put the White Cleaver back together and offered that. Nye accepts and takes the White Cleaver's corpse to be its assistant. Meanwhile Ghastly makes some special clothing items for Valkyrie as Skulduggery and Valkyrie are jumping from an aeroplane into the Alps.

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After Valkyrie and Skulduggery fight a Yeti they find Kalvin. He runs away but they catch up with him. He tells them where Lament is and that he will not be pleased to see them. Lament does not allow them to see Argeddion.


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Then they meet a blond haired girl named Lenka. She is so excited and hugs Valkyrie madly. In the morning she had a nice breakfast with Lenka. She leaves Lenka and meets up with Lament with Skulduggery. He agrees to show them Argeddion. They find that the prison he is contained in, the Cube when powered by the Accelerator could imprison Darquesse if she is released again, and they hatch a plan to contain Darquesse in the Accelerator.

Seeing that their immense power is causing them to have a change of thoughts, Elsie leaves the others because she would rather be at home with her family then hanging with her friends. After the murder, Valkyrie and Geoffrey Scrutinous question Doran about the murder and Valkyrie suspects he is involved with Tommy's death. When they follow Doran to a coffee shop, Skulduggery follows him in. Not long after, Skulduggery is shot through the front window inside and Kitana blasts the car Valkyrie is in, and when Skulduggery tries to shoot them, the bullets ricochet off a shield they just learned to make.

Skulduggery and Valkyrie try to run but Kitana shoots a blast of energy at Skulduggery, and he collapses. Mad, Valkyrie attempts to stop them, but she fails and they break her lungs and ribs but she is saved by Skulduggery. They escape but Valkyrie loses her jacket in the fight to Katana. On the way home Valkyrie meets Carol, her cousin and they a frank talk about life, magic and the future. Nye makes progress with her patients, Scapegrace gets a woman's body attached to his head and is quite embarrassed by it while Sanguine is refurnished with a very muscular body appealing him and thanks Doctor Nye who further gains the brains and the remainder of the White Cleavers body, this is discovered by Valkyrie later in the book but she keeps quite about the whole ordeal.

The Sanctuary develops a plan to get back the Scepter of the Ancients in order to erase Argiddeon from existence. Upon Argiddeons return he threatens to eliminate all his experimental geniuses as he observes them massacring a large number of people and to conclude he steals the souls of a few of his test subjects which threatens Kitana and her squad. Taking advantage of the situation, Skulduggery and Valkyrie enlist them to help them in order to imprison Argiddeon.

Hesitantly, they agree and get enough power supercharged into them to kill of Argiddeon.


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  • During these past events, Valkyrie is shunted twice over into the parallel dimension i. Valkyrie transports to her reality mistaking that the Scepter was lost in the 'Kingdom of Wicked'. Her reflection grabs the Scepter and scurries without anyone realizing. The Grand Mage from the global community threatens Ghastly and Raven that they will be dissolving the community because f the incapabilities shown by the council but Raven and Ghastly temporarily subdue the outbreak by securing the grand mage until things become cool.

    Kitana executes Greta Dapple, thus weakening Argiddeon's morale and the entire Sactuary attack him with the combined power of the discs and manage to make him unconcious only for Kitana to reveal her true colurs and turn on them. Skulduggery and Valkyrie bring out Lord Vile and Darquesse respectively and beat the hell out of Kitana and her crew who actaully regret getting magic but continue to taunt Darkquesse only to be shunted back again.

    Mevolent almost decapitates Darkqueese when both indulge in a legendary battle but Darkqueese managew to trick him and escape. Lord Vile and Darkquesse once again, head against each other when Skulduggery returns to his senses and rolls out a rhytimc light presentation which induces epilipsy in Valkyrie who returns to her true self. The Grand Mage is released and agrees to a truce only to be killed later by Tanith low who runs away with Sanguine. Skulduggery, Valkyrie adn the Council of Elders prepare for a global scale unsanctioned war between the sanctuaries due to Tanith's execution of the grand Mage.

    In the epilogue, Valkyrie's reflection murders Carol after hiring her reflection to take on Carol's identity and refrin from interacting with Valkyrie. She hopes to murder Valkyrie and tkae her rightful place in the Edgley family, a place he much deserves and is fond of by murdering her true self.

    A mage who discovered his true name becoming Argeddion develops unlimited powers. He has the ability to control people, even whilst in a coma. He also had shown the ability to give a portion of his magic to anyone, able to retrieve it when he wished. He even had enough power to destroy a machine channeling dozens of powerful sorcerers' energy, and quickly recover.