Wolf Island (Demonata Series #8)

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As the mysterious Shadow builds an army of demons, Grubbs Grady and his team search desperately for answers. But when they follow up a new lead, it takes them to an old, unexpected foe - the Lambs.

"We spot the werewolves as we skim the treetops. Mutated, vicious, hairy monstrosities, all fangs, claws and muscles. The beast within me tries to force its way to the surface, howling silently at its warped brethren. I've never rid myself of the wolf..."


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VOYA - Erin Kilby
Every reader of The Demonata series knows that the Lambs are a necessary evil, ridding the world of innocent—albeit dangerous—teens who morph into werewolves and make the earth unsafe for humanity. But when Grubbs and his crew return from the demon universe to investigate an increase in wolf attacks, the true motives of the Lambs come into question and Grubbs's wolven side strains for release. Fans may be shocked by some of the unique conflicts that begin to surface in book eight. Past series installments have required Grubbs to accept the deaths of his loved ones, make sacrifices for the cause, kill, and even be willing to give his own life to save another. Those killings, however, were always of the demon kind, and Grubbs's sacrifices served to make the world a safer place. Yet this installment reveals Grubbs's transformation from a young man fighting for the survival of all humans, be they good or slightly bad, to developing a bloodlust that is out of control—one that does not exclude the desire to murder members of the human race. A moral line is crossed here, and the reader is left to wonder whether Grubbs's character has succumbed to his own internal evil or if he is being manipulated by some outside force—an uncertainty that is not fully clarified by the book's conclusion. Readers will be left crestfallen at the changes in Grubbs, but they will also be curious to see whether he will be redeemed in the next installment. Reviewer: Erin Kilby
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Gr 7–10—Grubbs Grady, his magical mentor Beranabus, and their ally Kernel—all featured in previous volumes—battle their way through the alternate worlds of demons and other creepy creatures. They kill all the demons they can while hoping to learn more about the monstrous power that propels them to slaughter humanity. Grubbs, as readers know from earlier installments, carries a family curse that could turn him into a werewolf, and it takes all of his magical talents to keep that curse at bay. When his beloved Uncle Dervish is attacked by werewolves and is near death, and the Lambs may have allied with Lord Loss, Grubbs and the other demon fighters learn that things are worse than they thought (in the "Demonata" books, they always are). Like all of the books in this series, Wolf Island is not for the squeamish; blood and death are gruesome constants and triumphs are only temporary.—Walter Minkel, Austin Public Library, TX
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780007260423
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
  • Publication date: 4/28/2009
  • Series: Demonata Series , #8

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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First Chapter

The Demonata #8: Wolf Island


By Shan, Darren

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Copyright © 2009 Shan, Darren
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780316048903

SHADOW PLAY

A FIVE-HEADED demon with the body of a giant earwig bears down on me. I leap high into the air and unleash a paralyzing spell. The demon stiffens, quivers wildly, then collapses. Its brittle legs shatter beneath the weight of its oversized body. Beranabus and Kernel move in on the helpless bug. I follow halfheartedly, stifling a yawn. Just another dull day at the office.

One of the demon’s heads looks like a crow, another a vulture, while the rest look like nothing on Earth. It opens its birdlike beak and squirts a thick green liquid. Beranabus ducks swiftly, but the spit catches Kernel’s right arm. His flesh bubbles away to the bone. Cursing with more irritation than pain, he uses magic to cleanse his flesh and repair the damage.

“We could do with a bit of help here,” Kernel growls as I stroll after them.

“I doubt it,” I grunt, but break into a jog, just in case the demon’s tougher than we anticipated. Wouldn’t want to let the team down.

The earwig unleashes another ball of spit at Beranabus. The elderly magician flicks a hand at the liquid, which rebounds over the demon’s heads. It screams with shock and then agony. Kernel, back to full health, freezes the acidic spit before it fries the creature’s brains. We want this ugly baby alive.

I leap onto the demon’s back. Its shell is slimy beneath my bare feet. Stinks worse than a thousand sweaty armpits. But in this universe that doesn’t even begin to approach the boundaries of disgusting. I confronted a demon made of vomit a few months ago. The only way to subdue it was to suck on the strands of puke and sap it of its strength. Yum!

This wasn’t a career move. I didn’t read a prospectus and go, “Hmm, drinking demon puke… I could do that!” Life just led me here. I’m a magician, and if you’re born with a power like mine, you tend to get drawn into the war with the Demonata hordes. I fought my destiny for a long time, but now I grudgingly accept it and get on with the job at hand.

The earwig shudders, overcoming my paralyzing spell. It tries to buck me off, but I dig my toes in and drive a fist through the shell. I let magical warmth flood from my fingers. An electric shock crackles through the demon. It squeals, then collapses limply beneath me.

Beranabus and Kernel face the demon’s vulture-like head and interrogate it. I stay perched on its back, hand immersed in its gooey flesh, green blood staining my forearm, nose crinkled against the stench.

“What is it?” Beranabus shouts, punching the twisted head, then grabbing the beak. “What’s its real name? Where’s it from? How powerful is it? What are its plans?” He releases his hold and waits for an answer.

The demon only moans in response. There are thousands of demon languages. I can’t speak any, but there are spells you can cast to understand them. I generally don’t bother. I’m sure this demon knows no more about the mysterious Shadow than any of the hundreds we’ve tormented over the last however many months that we’ve been on this wild goose chase.

The Shadow is the name we’ve given to a demon of immense power. It’s a massive, pitch-black beast, seemingly stitched together out of patches of shadow, with hundreds of snake-like tentacles. Beranabus thinks it’s the greatest threat we’ve ever faced. Lord Loss—an old foe of mine—said the Shadow was going to destroy the world. When a demon master makes a prediction like that, only a fool doesn’t take note.

We’ve been searching for the monster ever since we first encountered it in a cave, on a night when I lost my brother, but saved the world. We’ve been trying to find out more about it by torturing creatures like this giant earwig. We know the Shadow has assembled an army of demons, promising them the destruction of mankind and even the end of death itself. But we don’t know who it is, where it comes from, exactly how powerful it is.

“This is your last chance,” Beranabus growls, taking a step back from the earwig. “Tell us what you know or we’ll kill you.”

The demon makes a series of spluttering noises. Beranabus and Kernel listen attentively while I scratch my neck and yawn again.

“The same old rubbish,” Kernel murmurs when the demon finishes.

“Unless it’s lying,” Beranabus says without any real hope.

The earwig babbles rapidly, panicked.

“Spare you?” Beranabus muses, as if it’s a novel idea. “Why should we?”

More squeaks and splutters.

“Very well,” Beranabus says after a short pause. “But if you discover something and don’t tell us…” There’s no need for him to finish. The magician is feared in this universe of horrors. The earwig knows the many kinds of hell we could put it through.

I withdraw my hand from the hole in the earwig’s shell and jump to the ground. We’re in a gloomy realm, no sun in the dark purple sky. The land around us is like a desert. I make my hand hard and jab it into the dry earth, over and over, cleaning the green blood from my skin. Kernel opens a window while I’m doing that. When I’m ready, we step through into the next zone, in search of more demons to pump for information about the elusive, ominous Shadow.



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Excerpted from The Demonata #8: Wolf Island by Shan, Darren Copyright © 2009 by Shan, Darren. Excerpted by permission.
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  • Posted April 9, 2009

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    Overall, Darren Shan is an amazing author and has the ability to stretch your mind to places you have never been before. All of his series are very descriptive and breath taking. It's one of those books that keeps you on the edge of your seat.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Wolf's Island - The 8th book to a series that has Werewolves, Magicians and Demons

    This tells from Grubbs point of view of when he traveled with Kernal and Beranabes (Sorry if I spelled his name wrong) in the demon universe. They come back to the real world and find out just what happened while their gone (the events that happened in the last book). Next thing he along with Meera, Timas, Shark, and his team of soldiers come to an island that has other werewolves. Grubbs starts to think whether to let out his inner Wolf or not when guess who shows up, no (and I just realized after finishing the book) not Lord Loss. The writing is as always good and like the sixth book well all the books are really descriptive. Awaiting the ninth book in this amazing series!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2009

    best book ever

    this book is a realistic fight with demons that leaves you wanting to read the next and next and next!... i would know they were so goodi bought them all :D

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2009

    Darren Shan

    Darren Shan has been one of my all time favorite authors since I was in 6th grade. His books are good reads, and i've made most of my friends read them. Everytime I hear one of his books have come out I immediately go out and buy it! Darren Shan is wonderful. His books capture you into the story like you're really there and it's really happening. When I have nothing else to read (which is often because I go through books extremely fast) I revert to reading Cirque Du Freak or the Demonata series. Truely phenomenal writing!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 2, 2009

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    cute as a Lamb...

    its wonderful. Daren shan can take you places you havent experienced with any other book. He twists and plays with your mind till you can bear it no longer. You find yourself, after a book, rereading the previous book to figure out how something happened or how he put something into the story when you didnt see it coming. This truely is a wonderful series and I HIGHLY recommend it!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2014

    Nice book love it

    Love the book so cool

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2012

    I highly recomend this book for people who have stong stomach's!

    Darren Shan is the best writer I have seen so far but I am still a child so I have not seen all of the writers work. Wolf Island is a great book for kids who love action, crime, and mystery books, kids like me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2012

    ?

    So like....is there really werewolves on the island or is the island in need of hair cut?

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2012

    Awesome

    Another great book from a great writer

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  • Posted July 9, 2011

    If its Darren, you know it good.

    I wont give anything away, read it for yourself and find out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2011

    Everyone should read this book

    This is such a great book. Its got adventure, action, and this book doesnt hide a thing. It tells you all the details of the book no matter how bad it is. A great book to read.

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  • Posted January 7, 2011

    Wolf Island Review

    First of all this Series is a Edge of your seat thrill rollercoaster with many twist and turns.You can read this book over & over and learn more and more.And you always want MORE MORE AND MORE.Darren Shan is Brilliant!

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  • Posted January 20, 2010

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    This novel is an inspiring thrill ride. From the first page to the last letter, your whipped up in the action and adventure. Grubbs Grady is struggling to survive in a world packed with demons, werewolves, and Death. Join him in his adventure to survive on the island.

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  • Posted December 28, 2009

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    My Favorite Series

    Ok first of all I must comment on this here "Fluffybear229" Don't use all Caps even if you feel very strongly about what you have to say. Besides its illiterate like. Another thing you said this book doesn't "look" like its worth reading. Usually if a person writes a review, they have actually read the book or have started to. Third, this is the freaking 8th book of a series so when I read the back of it, I knew what it meant because I'm familiar with the characters and their situation. Not to mention there are many books out there that don't really have a summery anywhere on the book, just a little tid bit from it. Don't be so ignorant when writing reviews it really makes yours so non-credible.
    Ok, now the Demonata series is my favorite series. I'm not a teenager anymore and to me these books are a fast read. Wolf Island is the book where the main character 'comes of age'. You can see the transformation from the beginning of the book to now. I highly recommend this series to everyone because I love blood gore and the lot.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2009

    DARREN SHAN is a FANTASTIC writer!!!!!!

    THE BEST SERIES AROUND since Cirque De Freak!!!! I can't wait for his next series, I hope he gets something out soon!!!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2009

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  • Posted January 21, 2009

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    Questionable

    Death's Shadow was okay, and i hope this will be much better.

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