The first book in the Demonata, the demonic symphony in ten parts by multi-million-copy bestselling horror writer Darren Shan…
When Grubbs Grady first encounters Lord Loss and his evil minions, he learns three things:
• the world is vicious,
• magic is possible,
• demons are real.
He thinks that he will never again witness such a terrible night of death and darkness.
…He is wrong.
“Utterly unputdownable” – The Times
“The master of children’s horror at his blood-curdling best.” – Publishing News
“The plot twists and turns like a sharp descent down a dark flume” – TES
About the author
Darren Shan is the number-one best-selling author of the series THE SAGA OF DARREN SHAN, the DEMONATA and more recently the SAGA OF LARTEN CREPSLEY and ZOM-B. His books have been read by millions of people around the world and translated into more than 25 languages. Darren lives in seclusion in the depths of Ireland. He is a big film buff, and also loves theatre, comics and books, and collecting art. He loves dreaming up new ways to terrify his readers, but never drinks blood. Or so he claims.
The author of the popular Cirque du Freak books launches another no less gruesome series with this first installment in the Demonata books. Readers meet teen narrator Grubitsch Grady ("Grubbs") in a bad spot he's in the principal's office, caught smoking cigarettes but things are about to get far worse. Grubbs seeks revenge against the informant, his sister, Gretelda, by smearing her bath towels with rat guts. He feels guilty about this when, just a few pages later, Gretelda, Mom and Dad are killed in appalling fashion by Lord Loss, a "demon master," and his grotesque familiars Vein and Artery. Grubbs is sole witness to his family's execution and his narrow escape, by means he doesn't quite understand himself, nearly drives him mad. He goes to live with insensitive Uncle Dervish, who regales his newly orphaned nephew with stories about the "long and bloody history" of the house that Grubbs will now call home. Written mainly in sentence fragments with an excess of exclamation points, the narrative is a mish-mash of occult motifs. Halfway through the story, werewolves make an appearance. It's tough to take any of this seriously: the cartoonish villain stages high-stakes showdowns that mix slasher flick style battles with chess matches. The author introduces threads about rare books and a missing treasure, then drops them, presumably to pick them up in the following volume, due out next year. Ages 15-up.
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Really great for any ages. Super descriptive, easy to read, keeps readers entertained every page. One of my favourite authors!!! I'd recommend the vampire saga too if you enjoyed this book (obviously after reading this series).
I loved the book, and have gone on to purchase the three following books in the demonata saga. Must buy!!!!
Really cool but really scary! (: