Bec (Demonata Series #4)

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As demonic Fomorii ravage their land, Bec and a band of warrior companions leave their devastated rath to answer a plea for help. An orphaned priestess-in-training, Bec hopes the journey will help her solve the mysteries of her birth. But fighting demons has a steep price...

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Overview

As demonic Fomorii ravage their land, Bec and a band of warrior companions leave their devastated rath to answer a plea for help. An orphaned priestess-in-training, Bec hopes the journey will help her solve the mysteries of her birth. But fighting demons has a steep price...

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Bec is the fourth book in the “Demonata” series. Bec is an orphaned apprentice priestess. Her teacher died leaving her to care for her village. The village struggles to defend itself from nightly demon attacks, where every night more villagers are injured or killed. Other villages in the area are being destroyed. Survivors come to Bec’s village for sanctuary. When things seem hopeless, Bec is offered an opportunity to save her village. She is frightened, but a vision encourages her to leave the relative safety of her childhood home. She and several of the village’s warriors strike out on the epic adventure. Along the way, Bec discovers why her mother abandoned her. Will this new information jeopardize her mission? She is terrified her friends will no longer accept her. She also gains great power in working men’s magic. As she continues on her journey, she comes across a demon who begins to stalk the group. He is a little too interested in Bec’s magical development and the group’s destination. Although the adventurers get the information to defeat the demon hordes, they discover they will not reach their destination in time. Even if they could get there in time, Bec questions whether she will have the courage and strength needed. This book is a great read for reluctant readers. It is quick paced. It addresses the topics of choices and consequences and bonds of friendship. It is a great book to examine for character development. Reviewer: Jennifer Mitchell
VOYA - Erin Kilby
Gentle orphan and child of magic, Bec journeys across ancient Ireland with her companions on a quest to banish the demon Fomorii and save the Earth. In his trademark fragmentary style, Shan moves the plot of this thriller forward at racing speeds, but with a uniqueness that contrasts with the earlier novels in the Demonota series. The use of well-researched Irish mythology and folklore weaves throughout, lending an air of the fantasy genre to Shan's traditionally ghoulish fare. The novel skillfully answers many questions put forth in earlier books in the series through the mild, magical protagonist Bec and a mysterious druid, Drust, who seeks redemption for secret transgressions. The two are surrounded by Bec's faithful, warring companions who embody the ideals of loyalty and fight not only for their lives, but against time and evil as the Fomorii demons summon strength to open a mysterious tunnel for the Demon Master, Lord Loss. Yet unbeknownst to Bec's companions, they are doubly cursed. During their travels, Bec learns a shocking secret from her ancestry that threatens to destroy them from within. Gruesome battles, demons with Siren-like abilities to lure the warriors, an endearing young character dubbed "Run Fast," and a traitorous twist build toward a climax that will leave readers stunned. Book four is by far the best in the series; fans most certainly will run fast to snatch up this latest installment-a classic illustration of how everyone fights against evil-especially the evil that lies within.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316013901
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 3/26/2008
  • Series: Demonata Series , #4
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 124,187
  • Age range: 15 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.37 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Darren Shan

Darren Shan is the New York Times bestselling author of Cirque Du Freak and The Demonata, whose novels have sold over 15 million copies worldwide. Darren lives in Ireland, where he writes and collects art, comics, and film.

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  • Posted May 31, 2009

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    Shan.<3

    First off, I would like to say this author is great. I've finished his Cirque du freak series and it was one of my favorite books. This series is awesome, too. I'm on the next book but you get hooked by the story and characters in it. I usually go for romance stories but this is well worth getting. Demons, blood, surprises around every corner.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 26, 2008

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    Reviewed by Randstostipher "tallnlankyrn" Nguyen for TeensReadToo.com

    Bec has never led a normal life, or was never given the chance to. Born only remembering her mother and how she passed away, Bec was saved by a village's priestess who urged the village leaders to let her live. Making her the priestess's apprentice, Bec was able to learn the magic and potions that would be used in aid of those who fought in battles. <BR/><BR/>Unfortunately for Bec, she didn't know how many battles her village would be facing. <BR/><BR/>Never a quiet night, Bec's village is continuously invaded by demons, the Fomorii, who come to tear the village apart. And every night Bec must use what she has learned, which isn't much since the priestess was killed way before she was able to pass on everything she knew. <BR/><BR/>Used to having other villagers come through, Bec's village is visited by Run Fast, a boy who says that his village is in trouble. Unsure of his story or of what side he is on, the warriors feel an obligation to help and so set off to end their fight. Usually the priestess does not go along with the warriors, but this time Bec sees fit to travel with them, hoping that this journey will help her figure out what troubles her and hopefully to become one with her surroundings and her magic. <BR/><BR/>Fighting off the demons is not an easy feat, especially since both worlds have just been connected, making it easier for the demons to enter, multiplying their numbers every time one is killed. Magic is what destroys them -- and the lives of the villagers and the warriors are in the hands of Bec. <BR/><BR/>Thrilling and different from the other novels in the series, BEC is a courageous novel that leaps off the pages and plays with our imagination. The descriptions are vivid and the story is unique. With an ending that will leave you breathless, BEC is a great addition to the already popular series, THE DEMONATA.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2008

    Amazing...yet strange

    This one threw me off. I love Darren Shan...I mean LOVE! His books are amazing...but this book in the series threw me off a little...but if you've ever read any other Shan books you'll know it all ties together in the end...somehow.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2008

    The Best Demonata book ever

    This book is really good and is the best one of all of his books. It is so cool that we see why lord loss likes chess and why the gradys turn into werewolfs.This is a must read!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2008

    The review on the forth novel by Darren Shan

    This one was.... ok but darren was showing another life of a child and this time it was a girl and her powers she had.Her parents died and the man that took care of her was named Barnanabus but this novel is a demonta book so the same charicter was in it Lord loss the demon master whole story was about the that lived with the young girl they went to battle on the demonta and close the portal to all demonta from coming into the human world. some parts are kinda boring but i passed them. Bec was ok i love all darren shan's novels i can't say the book sucked. Darren shan made me a reader and all i do is read only when i got a good book in my hands, Bec was one of the best. to all my respects to my favorite writter Darren Shan.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2007

    Bec book 4

    This is more of a prequel basically before the events of the first book. Its the title character a girl basically who with some warriors travel to stop the apocalypse of demons taking over their world with help from a mysterious druid called Drust and a strange but unpredictable boy.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2007

    Actually, very good.

    In my opinion, it was a wonderfull book. Breezed through it. A very easy read, but amazing. Different than the other books, one of the most noticable being that the main character was a girl. It was very good, and very well sewn together with the rest of the story. A little predictable, but that's the only critism I have. All in all, another good book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2014

    Best book ever

    My favorite in the series

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2014

    Awsome

    Awsome

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  • Posted December 27, 2013

    When I first read this, I either didn't like it or appreciate it

    When I first read this, I either didn't like it or appreciate it. After reading it again, I found myself liking it and appreciating it being installment in the series. This one we meet Bec and it in a way seems to be like a prequel. What I remember most about this one was one moment with a character that was just sad, creepy but sad and the ending, wow that ending. Not to mention the cover.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2013

    Very important read!!!

    I see people on here saying "ignore this book" but that will ruin the story. The events that occur in this book are very important for the story. It all ties in during the 6th book. Just dont skip this book.

    On the topic of this book, i rather enjoyed it. I liked the story and the actiom that takes place (near the end). Ill admit the action doesnt pick up till later but its worth thr wait. Enjoy the book! The series gets really really good later on, but you gotta know what happens here in Bec before you can enjoy the other books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2012

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    Great book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2012

    Just one thing...

    I havent read this book,but i have read the cirque du freak series.i wanna know two things.
    1.is the book worth reading?
    2.what is the picture on the main page for this book a picture of?

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2012

    Amazing.

    Grabs you by the guts and pulls.

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  • Posted July 23, 2011

    Could have been a lil better

    First three where awesome this onenfelt like i was draging butt through it i think it need a lil more action and gore

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 14, 2011

    Killed the buzz

    I was so intrigued with the last three in the series only to be disappointed in this one. The adventure and gore in this one just aren't up to par with the others.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2010

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    Thrilling

    I personally thing that this is one of the most thrilling books that you can find on the market. it's full of action, horror and it's got a breathtaking plot which will leave the reader howling for more

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  • Posted February 1, 2010

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    Demonata Series

    I ordered the book for my son.
    He loves the Demonata Series.
    Can't seem to put them down.

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  • Posted December 26, 2009

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    I Also Recommend:

    Empathetic Ending!

    At first when I read this fourth book of the Demonata series I didn't know what to make of it. I thought it was a bit strange to advert from the original series, but may had a purpose still.
    I ended up thinking this book was one of the best in the Demonata series, especially for the ending; it's an eye opener and will definitely surprise you.
    I would definitely suggest this book to anyone who loves action, horror, and hardships in their stories.
    Also, you don't have to read the other books before this to understand whats going on, but I'm not saying the other books aren't just as good!

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  • Posted November 2, 2009

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    Bec

    Bec is by far my favorite book of the series, and possibly my favorite character. That girl knows how to fight! I love the series but this book stands out to me; I do not usually re-read books but this is an exception.

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