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THE HORROR CHANNEL, USA - reviewed by Jennifer Hairfield
The author of the teen series Cirque du Freak, Darren Shan, has started a new series of books called The Demonata. Lord Loss is the first of ten books in the series and is set in a world in which werewolves, demons, and the game of chess run the show.
What would you do if your normal everyday life was taken from you in one swift blow and you were face-to-face with the demon killers that did it? Personally, I would probably pee my pants and run, but that's not quite what our main character Grubitsch, call me Grubbs, Grady does. Tapping into some unknown force inside himself, he fights back two demon familiars and dives through a dog door, which he’s too big to fit through, without breaking any bones in his body.
His world is shot to Hell, both figuratively and mentally. Everyone has at one point or another wondered what it would be like to wear a straightjacket and be placed in a padded room . . . well, Grubbs lives through it. People think he’s crazy because all he talks about are the demons that killed his family and nothing else. After meeting his Uncle Dervish, who believes him, he starts to get "better" and is released into his care.
Grubbs goes to live with his uncle in a town called Vale and befriends Bill-E, one of the locals who turns out to be related to him. What is their connection? Brothers? Cousins? And why are there so many portraits of young family members on the walls of his home? Chess also plays an important role throughout the book by means of strategy. Why? What purpose does it serve to push the plot along? And let's not forget the werewolves that are scattered throughout the book. What role do they and the demons play? What is it they want from the Grady family? To give away any more information would spoil the fun for the reader. I can say that Shan sets the pace pretty quickly right at the beginning and keeps the reader guessing what will happen, which I truly liked. He keeps your interest piqued and then turns the tables. Who wins in the book, good or evil, will keep your mind working, trying to figure it out until the end, and the twist on the very last pages will bring a smile to your face, or at least it did mine.
In short, Lord Loss was a fun, quick read that had me giggling in places and uable to put it down in others. This book sets up the series to come very nicely.
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The World Somewhere on earth (probably Ireland) in what looks like modern times. A date is not specifically mention, nor a country, and the names used are ‘false’.
The Characters Young Darren Shan (who I guess is about 11-13 in age), his best friend Steve Leonard, school friends Alan Morris and Tommy Jones. Darren’s parents and his younger sister are also featured as is the mysterious Mr. Crepsley and Madam Octa.
The Story The premise of this series is that it is a true story recounted by Darren Shan. He changes everyone’s names to protect them.
Darren and his family and friends are all living a perfectly normal life. One day, his friend Alan shows them all a flyer he stole from his older brother, advertising the Cirque du Freak show. The Cirque is only in town for a few days, tickets are $23 person and children are not supposedly allowed. One of their teachers, Mr. Dalton, takes the flyer away, and his general condemnation of freak shows makes the boys wild to go see it. Little do they know, that seeing it will drastically alter the lives of two of the boys, forever. The Cirque du Freak is no ordinary (are there ordinary?) freak show. The boys end up dealing with magic and monsters.
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