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Lord Loss
Demonata Series, Book 1
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From the New York Times bestselling author of Cirque Du Freak comes a chilling new series about one teen’s terrifying journey to the depths of darkness. Grubbs Grady has stiff red hair and...
From the New York Times bestselling author of Cirque Du Freak comes a chilling new series about one teen’s terrifying journey to the depths of darkness. Grubbs Grady has stiff red hair and...
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  • From the New York Times bestselling author of Cirque Du Freak comes a chilling new series about one teen’s terrifying journey to the depths of darkness.
     
    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. And he’s about to learn three mind-blowing things: 
  • The world is vicious.
  • Magic is possible. 
  • Demons are real. 
  • When Grady opts out of a family weekend trip, he never guesses that he’s about to head on his own adventure—one that’s horrify and dangerous. Hungry demons and howling werewolves haunt his waking nightmares... and threaten his life.

About the Author-

  • Darren Shan is the bestselling author of the young adult series Cirque Du Freak, The Demonata, and the Saga of Larten Crepsley series, as well as the stand-alone book The Thin Executioner. His books have sold over 25 million copies worldwide. Shan divides his time between his homes in Ireland and London.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    October 24, 2005
    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.

  • School Library Journal

    November 1, 2005
    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 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Booklist

    November 1, 2005
    Gr. 9-12. Older fans of Shan's gory, gripping Cirque du Freak series will welcome this first book in the Demonata series, which features a similar horrific spin, dark humor, and graphic detail. Grubitsch Grady ("Grubbs" for short) walks into his parents' bedroom to find his mother, father, and older sister torn to pieces by Lord Loss, a powerful demon that feeds on human pain and suffering. Grubbs is attacked by Lord Loss' familiars, marvelously creepy hybrid creatures, and to his great astonishment, he manages to escape. Not surprisingly, he ends up in a mental institution, completely derailed by the horror he has seen and experienced. Eventually, he is taken in by his uncle Dervish, discovers a cousin he never knew, and, alas, learns that lycanthropy runs in the family. The plot rolls along at high speed, but Shan is still quite adept when it comes to capturing Grubbs' roller-coaster emotions--loss and grief and, later, trust. A sneak peek at the second book in the series, " Demon Thief," shows Shan continuing in the same vein but with different characters.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2005, American Library Association.)

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