Friday, 4 May 2012

Series Spotlight - The Demonata Books 9 & 10



Title: Dark Calling

Author: Darren Shan

Publisher: HarperCollins

My rating: 10/10



I know it's ridiculous.

Lights can't whisper. But I swear I heard a voice calling to me.

It sounded like static to begin with, but then it came into focus, a single word repeated over and over.

Softly, slyly, seductively, insistently.


The Disciples are being manipulated by beings older than time. Only Kernel Fleck knows that something is wrong.

But he is in the grip of a creature who cares nothing for the fate of humanity. Voices are calling to him from the darkness and he's powerless to resist.

Kernel has already been to hell and back. Now he's about to go further...


My thoughts:

I love this book just as much as I love the rest of the books in the series which is a lot.

Dark Calling is almost a break from the rest of the characters and the main action.  This one is all Kernel and it follows his journey through Universes to possibly save countless creatures from the Demonata.

This book definitely lags on the action side as there's only one really exciting scene in the whole book. However, it definitely makes up for it with where the plot goes. Some unexpected things happen in this book and I would say most of the plot is revealed. It all starts to come together which makes it a great experience for any reader of the series.

I think readers who started this series purely for the amazing action between the Disciples, main characters and the demons will not enjoy this one so much. It definitely fits right into the series though in terms of the plot and the characters - it takes a really unexpected turn. 

This is most definitely another one of my favourite reads.


Title: Hell's Heroes

My rating: 10/10



The girl gazes up at me.

She's even younger than I thought, clutching a small teddy bear in one hand.

"Are you the bogey man?" she whispers, eyes round.

"Yes," I croak, then take hold of her head with my huge, scarred, blood-soaked hands and crush...

Beranabus and Dervish are gone. Bec has formed an unholy alliance with Lord Loss. Kernel is blind, held on Earth against his will. Grubbs is mad with grief and spinning out of control.

The demons are crossing.

The Disciples are falling.

The Shadow is waiting.

Welcome to the end.


My thoughts:

The last book in any series has a lot riding on it. I remember starting to read this for the first time and being so apprehensive purely because I was almost afraid that the end to the series would disappoint me after such great books before this one.

Safe to say I had absolutely nothing to worry about because it was just pure brilliance. 

First off, there was an actual ending. I absolutely hate it when a series just ends without leaving the readers with any understanding of what happens to any of the characters and leaves readers to make up their own minds about it. It's not an ending.

Secondly, even though it was the last of 10 books, it still had its own individual plot which in itself was a fantastic read.

There are still plenty of surprises and the ending is definitely unexpected and in no way predictable. 

Without going into a rant that never ends, this book is fantastic...period.

This series is definitely one I recommend to anybody who is a fan of horror and is partial to the odd story full of guts, gore and great characters!


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Braine @ Talk Supe said...

Scary covers