Scepter of the Ancients (Skulduggery Pleasant, Book 1) by Derek Landy

As a living skeleton, detective, and sorceror, you don't expect Skulduggery Pleasant to be likeable or a good guy, but he is both. Twelve-year-old Stephanie Edgley is an equally impressive character and together they are out to save the world. This quick-witted duo race through action packed adventures with clever banter to round out the scenes. Dealing with the battle between good and evil, Skulduggery Pleasant deals with dark magic and evil villains, but the humor helps keep this series light.

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