A Dusk of Demons

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Ben, like many others, has heard the stories of the Demons--those being summoned by the Dark One. But they exist only in his nightmares until his father, the Master, dies mysteriously and Ben is told the Demons are responsible. Then the Demons set fire to Ben's home on Old Isle and he and his stepsister must flee their homeland to find their family. Along the way, they face imprisonment, gypies, and terrified countrymen who are seeking a sacrifice to save themselves from the ...
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A Dusk of Demons

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Ben, like many others, has heard the stories of the Demons--those being summoned by the Dark One. But they exist only in his nightmares until his father, the Master, dies mysteriously and Ben is told the Demons are responsible. Then the Demons set fire to Ben's home on Old Isle and he and his stepsister must flee their homeland to find their family. Along the way, they face imprisonment, gypies, and terrified countrymen who are seeking a sacrifice to save themselves from the Dark One.

In a future world where civilization has collapsed, fourteen-year-old Ben sets out on a journey to discover his birthright, and meets members of a technologically advanced remnant, who use machines to foster belief in Demons among the people of Ben's homeland.

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School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-Ben, 14, lives with Mother Ryan, her daughters, and the Master on one of the sparsely populated Western Isles. Everyone he knows-except for the Master-lives by the laws of the Dark One and fears his Demons, seen often on the mainland but rarely on Old Isle. Forbidden glimpses of times before the Madness-a mysterious result of overpopulation and overmechanization that almost wiped out humanity-hint that life was not always this way. Just when the Master starts to show an interest in Ben, the man suddenly dies. Ben learns that he is in fact the Master's son and the new ruler of Old Isle, but Demons appear and destroy most of his inheritance. He and the Ryans are taken to the mainland, where he and the younger daughter escape and embark on a desperate search for freedom and truth. Christopher depicts a post-holocaust world very similar to that in his ``Tripods'' trilogy (Macmillan). People have reverted to a simple agrarian life style, but artifacts and rumors remain to remind a few thinkers of past glories. There are oases of freedom in this society, and those who retain full knowledge of the past. Just as The White Mountains (Macmillan, 1967) ends when Will Parker finds and joins the freedom fighters, this book ends when Ben finds his new home and heritage with the Sea People. The prospect of enlightenment is ahead, but also a great task-he must help to bring the Mainlanders out of their dark age. Although this book is not as unique or as captivating as the ``Tripods'' titles, it will appeal to the same audience, and there is ample room for sequels.-Susan L. Rogers, Chestnut Hill Academy, PA
Frances Bradburn
In a primitive future society, in which buildings have been downsized to no more than six times the height of a man except windmills, or stacks, or masts where the Demons live, Ben and Paddy set off to find their family, which disappeared after the Demons set fire to their home on Old Isle. Their search forces them to deal with imprisonment, Gypsies, and terrified countrymen who are seeking a sacrifice to save themselves from the Dark One. Christopher has set up a series of harrowing, if somewhat aimless, adventures for the two, with allusions to hellfire-and-damnation represented by the Demons that mankind has created to gain control of its lawless society. In spite of a conveniently contrived ending that allows everything to be explained in 12 short pages, Christopher fans will clamor for this newest addition to his body of work.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781481420198
  • Publisher: Aladdin
  • Publication date: 11/4/2014
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 288
  • Age range: 9 - 13 Years

Meet the Author

John Christopher was the pseudonym of Samuel Youd, who was born in Lancashire, England, in 1922. He was the author of more than fifty novels and novellas, as well as numerous short stories. His most famous books include The Death of Grass, the Tripods trilogy, The Lotus Caves, and The Guardians.

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