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Lord Loss (Demonata Series #1)

Lord Loss (Demonata Series #1)

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by Darren Shan

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Grubbs Grady has stiff red hair and is a little big for his age, which means he can get into R-rated movies. He hates history and loves bacon, rats, and playing tricks on his squeamish older sister. When he opts out of a family weekend trip, he never guesses that he is about to take a terrifying journey into darkness. Hungry demons and howling werewolves haunt his


Grubbs Grady has stiff red hair and is a little big for his age, which means he can get into R-rated movies. He hates history and loves bacon, rats, and playing tricks on his squeamish older sister. When he opts out of a family weekend trip, he never guesses that he is about to take a terrifying journey into darkness. Hungry demons and howling werewolves haunt his waking nightmares... and threaten his life.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The author of the popular Cirque du Freak books launches another no less gruesome series with this first installment in the Demonata books. Readers meet teen narrator Grubitsch Grady ("Grubbs") in a bad spot-he's in the principal's office, caught smoking cigarettes-but things are about to get far worse. Grubbs seeks revenge against the informant, his sister, Gretelda, by smearing her bath towels with rat guts. He feels guilty about this when, just a few pages later, Gretelda, Mom and Dad are killed in appalling fashion by Lord Loss, a "demon master," and his grotesque familiars-Vein and Artery. Grubbs is sole witness to his family's execution and his narrow escape, by means he doesn't quite understand himself, nearly drives him mad. He goes to live with insensitive Uncle Dervish, who regales his newly orphaned nephew with stories about the "long and bloody history" of the house that Grubbs will now call home. Written mainly in sentence fragments with an excess of exclamation points, the narrative is a mish-mash of occult motifs. Halfway through the story, werewolves make an appearance. It's tough to take any of this seriously: the cartoonish villain stages high-stakes showdowns that mix slasher flick-style battles with chess matches. The author introduces threads about rare books and a missing treasure, then drops them, presumably to pick them up in the following volume, due out next year. Ages 15-up. (Oct.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Grubitsch "Grubbs" Grady's life changes in one moment. Grubbs starts out as a normal kid who gets punished for a playing a cruel joke on his sister—he put dead rat guts on her bath-towel. Then, abnormally, the Grady parents and sister forgive Grubbs and send him to stay the night with an aunt. In an act of determined curiosity, Grubbs heads off to spy on his family, only to find demons murdering all three of them. Each gory description tempts readers to prove that this deliciously gruesome tale is for the stout of heart—or those reluctant teens that think they are. With a tale filled with everything from murder to werewolves, readers will race through each page to find a conclusion, if not to satisfy their own curiosity. Unfortunately, the text screams horror and suspense while the author hurries through the climax, resulting in a serious lack of consistency in the grotesque elements and action. However, Shan's book will intrigue horror fans while attracting those looking for a good scare. 2005, Little Brown and Company, Ages 14 to 18.
—Joella Peterson
The popularity of Shan's Cirque du Freak series guarantees an audience for this creepy horror story, first in a new series. "I've seen demons rip my world to pieces," teenager Grubbs Grady wails, and he means it literally—his parents and sister are torn apart by terrible creatures from another dimension, and he barely escapes with his life. No one will believe his story and he ends up in an institution, lost to grief and fear, until his Uncle Dervish appears. Dervish believes Grubbs's tale and takes Grubbs to live with him in his huge stone house in the English countryside, where he reveals to him more about Lord Loss, the demon master who feeds on human suffering. He also tells Grubbs about the family curse—a werewolf gene runs in the clan. When Grubbs's teenage relative and close friend Billy starts to turn into a werewolf, Dervish and Grubbs must take on Lord Loss and his terrible minions in a chess battle of life and death. The secret weapon of teens everywhere, sullen indifference, is the key to winning, Grubbs discovers. Short, staccato sentences and the use of the present tense help raise the tension level in this supernatural page-turner. Lots of gore, including dismemberment, and the descriptions of the nightmarish demons make this appropriate only for those with strong stomachs—it's gross as well as engrossing. The cover, with a close-up of a menacing hand and a boy in the background with his hand to his throat, conveys the novel's sense of menace nicely. Horror fans will eat this up. A sequel is promised for fall 2006. (Demonata #1). KLIATT Codes: JS—Recommended for junior and senior high school students. 2005, Little, Brown, 240p., Ages 12 to 18.
—Paula Rohrlick
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-When sneaky teenaged Grubbs Grady finds himself mysteriously dumped on his aunt's doorstep, he can't help but steal back home to figure out what's going on. Unfortunately, when he arrives, his parents and sister have been horrifically killed in true Shan form: their bodies ripped to shreds by an evil demon named Lord Loss and his vile henchmen. Grubbs somehow manages to escape the fiends and goes to live with his Uncle Dervish, a peculiar dandy who lives in a creepy country mansion whose secrets may hold the key to the murders. Chock-full of family curses, werewolf lore, and stomach-turning gore, Lord Loss is exactly the kind of horror that "Cirque Du Freak" (Little, Brown) fans will love. Characterizations may take a backseat to fast pacing, but this first installment in a new series is still guaranteed to gross out anyone aged 12 to 20.-Hillias J. Martin, New York Public Library Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Any kid who has teased younger siblings with chants of "greasy, grimy, gopher guts" will feel right at home in this horror tale. Shan, author of the successful Cirque du Freak series, introduces Grubitsch ("Call me Grubbs!") Grady, a youngster who loses his immediate family to gruesome death at the hands of the demon Lord Loss and his two familiars, Vein and Artery. Pushed violently into a macabre world of multiple dimensions, Grubbs must struggle to deal with a new vision of reality and his own potential future trials at the hands of the demon lord. He is helped by his uncle Dervish, a magician, and his new best friend in the village, Bill-E. It is clear that the Grady family suffers from a long-term curse, one that has already struck down Grubbs's parents and sister. Will he be next? Will Dervish? The pace is non-stop, keeping the reader turning pages at a breathtaking rate. Details tend to be graphic and gruesome, and not for the faint of heart. This volume is the first in a new series, The Demonata. (Fantasy. YA)

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Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Demonata Series , #1
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Age Range:
15 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

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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Lord Loss (Demonata Series #1) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 236 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first book in the demonata series and it is great. I read this book in one day, i just couldent put it down, i tried but i couldent. I beleive that everybody should read this book. I give it 6 out of five stars.
RG11 More than 1 year ago
I have found Lord Loss to be an amazing book. This book will definitely look good on your collection for all those lovers of horror and suspense. After reading the book Lord Loss written by Darren Shan I was left with many good impressions about the writer Darren Shan and his style of writing. I have found his style to be very suspenseful and entertaining. There are many places in this book where you might think the book is going, but in the last moment something happens and with a shocking move it goes the other direction. After this book I will have great expectations about thrilling and horror books. Darren Shan did very well in having his characters come alive. In every chapter you can feel the tension Grubbs is feeling and how he is super nervous to get out of the problems in just a few moments you would feel what Grubbs was feeling. This would be a really good detail for those who have high standards on the characters. In addition I especially liked the way how Darren Shan always introduces the Villain Lord Loss by not just saying he was there, but by describing how he is and showing how everybody is terrified or nervous especially Grubbs. This way of writing will fascinate many of you who are craving for detail and suspense. In addition I like the way Darren Shan builds up on the main character's problems until he has no other way to face them, but in reality it isn't like in the heroic way it's solved with other problems and great pain. I have to say that Darren Shan does a great job at what he does and how he makes his character's come to life within you so that you make a connection. I think that this book is especially great because of the characters. I would say that the character's in the story are made to perfection to go with the story plot and the characters characteristics. Grubbs isn't the hero and is shown mostly was a timid and scared person scared of the horrible world of the Demonata. He's the least person you expect to save the world, but in the end he shows that he does and that's what leaves you most astonished and with a lot of questions. For all you suspenseful readers I recommend this book to you 100% it will leave you hungry for more and it won't disappoint you
jillywilly95 More than 1 year ago
I have read his previous series Cirque Du Freak and couldn't put any of the books down. Same for this terrific series. The characters and storyline just capture you in this fantastic world that in ways is so relatable to real scenarios. Darren shan is a terrific writer and cantwait to see how this series ends. A must read for all!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Darren Shan (my favorite author) has amazed me once again with his first installment of the demonata series, Lord Loss. This book is for the perfect horror and suspense readers. When i first got this book, i was so anxious to read it because i know how Darren Shan is with his writing and great detail. Just like his previous series The Cirque Du Freak saga, i just knew that Darren Shan wouldn't disappoint. And he never did!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Do you like Action? Do you like Horror? if so then this book and the rest of the series is for you, i read many books in this genre but never have i read anything better than this, to the point that i can't stop comparing to others and saying God this is the best and nothing is better!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I first started reading this book I was blown away. There was never a dull moment. Im in 9th grade and my teacher told me it was to easy for me. I blow off her advice right away. I couldnt stop reading even when I wanted to. I plan to finish every book. If you havent read it your missing out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this book is the best. It got me hooked on the other books. if you can not tolerate gross descriptions it is not recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Darren Shan has done it again! This book is so amazing it leaves readers on the edge of their seats just wondering what will unfold as the book progresses. I loved this book as much as the Cirque Du Freak series. Anyone who loves the Cirque series is bound to love the new series by Darren Shan.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was so awesome! Major props to Darren Shan!! This book proves that he is truly great at what he does. It starts off at a fast, action-packed pace and it doesn't let up until the last page. Anyone who has read the Cirque Du Freak series or just loves a good thriller, I strongly urge you to read this book, it is definetely worth it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is sooo awesome! shan has done it again! full of horror and mystery, keeps you turning pages. A MUST READ!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a very great book.It reminds me of Cirque Du Freak which is one of my favorite series.If you want to read a exciting horror that you wont be able to stop reading pick The Demonata.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this guy! This series is the best and i stayed up all night just reading this amazing sereis. I wish i could tell you about this...but i read in a while ago. There is blood and demons. Duh. But its...just..AMAZING!! I love love this series! Its a total must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read the whole series and iist
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
very grabbing 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I honestly loved this book so much! It's in a complete class of its own. When I first read this Lord Loss I think I was in shock with how gorry and gruesome it was, not that I much mind since horror is my genre of choice. Darren Shan sure knows how to paint a picture in your mind and his way of detail is inspiring.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Plz reply to lovelykk00 if willing!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really great book, a favorite.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After reading the whole series I wanted to belive that I could have awesome powers too. FYI these books are not for the faint if heart. They have some very decriptive blood and gore scences, but that just makes it all the better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read it in a day. Couldnt put it down. The whole series is really good and youll fly through the books. Engaging plot and awesome characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An epic,full of action and fantasy. It had me jumping under my covers at some points,which is good. I loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was never reallg a fan of books like these, but man was I hooked on this series. I just could not get enough. The book had captured my attention immediately and never let go. One of the best series I have ever read.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
Wow is this much bloody and creepy and just plain out there than the Cirque du Freak series. And I love it! For each of the books in the series, the covers get weirder and weirder. Good start.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was the first series i read that actually scared me... regardless i still read the whole series:)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Omg i freaking love the book im trying to find the second one! HELP!!!!