The Demonata


The Demonata
The Demonata
Author Darren Shan
Language English
Genre Horror and fantasy
Publisher HarperCollins
Published 2005 – 2010
Preceded by The Saga of Darren Shan
Followed by Futures books

The Demonata is a series of books by best selling author Darren Shan. It deals with the world of demons (as opposed to his other series, Cirque Du Freak, which involves vampires). The series is told by three different protagonists: Grubbs Grady, Kernel Fleck, and Bec MacConn, the latter of which is the first female protagonist in a Darren Shan book. The series contains ten books. Harper Collins Audio have also released the unabridged CD recordings of the first six books, read by Rupert Degas and Lorraine Pilkington.

Contents

The Books

Released

Cover illustration copyright Melvyn Grant

  1. Lord Loss - June 6, 2005 (October 5, 2005 in the US)
  2. Demon Thief - October 5, 2005 (June 7, 2006 in the US)
  3. Slawter - June 1, 2006 (November 1, 2006 in the US)
  4. Bec - October 2, 2006 (May 1, 2007 in the US)
  5. Blood Beast - June, 2007 (November 1, 2007 in the US)
  6. Demon Apocalypse - October, 2007 (May 1, 2008 in the US)
  7. Death's Shadow - May, 2008 (November 1, 2008 in the US)
  8. Wolf Island - October 1, 2008 (May 1, 2009 in the US)
  9. Dark Calling - May 1, 2009 (October 2009 in US)
  10. Hell's Heroes [1] - 1 October 2009 (May 2010 in the US)

Chronological Order

Narrators

Darren Shan stated there is a pattern to the narrations and "you'll guess who's narrating the others."

The pattern is for 5 books then once the 6th book begins it is completely opposite by mirror reflection.

Name of Book Narrator
Lord Loss Grubbs
Demon Thief Kernel
Slawter Grubbs
Bec Bec
Blood Beast Grubbs
Demon Apocalypse Grubbs
Death's Shadow Bec
Wolf Island Grubbs
Dark Calling Kernel
Hell's Heroes Grubbs

Plot

The series centers around three protagonists: Grubitsch "Grubbs" Grady, Cornelius "Kernel" Fleck and Bec MacConn. Although they meet each other at various points, they are from separate times; Grubbs lives in the present day, Kernel in the 1970s and Bec in around 450AD. The books detail their fight against the evil demon master Lord Loss, his many demon companions and the mysterious Shadow, who promises to destroy the human universe and to even stop death. Together with The Disciples, the main characters thwart the Demonata's attempts at world destruction multiple times.

Lord Loss was originally a poem written by Darren Shan, found in the front of Lord Loss. The story of Lord Loss and the Demonata came to Darren while he was working on The Saga. He wrote the book and left it alone until the Saga was finished. At first he had no idea it would be a series but then he wrote Bec, Blood Beast, and Demon Apocalypse. He felt that he needed another book to describe how Grubbs' magical power developed. So the idea for Slawter was born. At that time there was no Demon Thief, so he wrote another book to explain how it would be such a big deal when Kernel lost his eyes.

In Lord Loss(novel), Grubitsch "Grubbs" Grady is horrified to discover his family's mutilated remains at the hands of the demon master Lord Loss and his familiars, Artery and Vein. Grubbs escapes thanks to his newly-discovered magical power, but goes insane with grief and is put in an asylum. His uncle Dervish, however, convinces Grubbs to come with him, as he knows about demons as well. They travel to Carcery Vale, and Grubbs meets Bill-E Spleen and Meera Flame. Bill-E reveals that he believes Dervish may be a werewolf due to the remains of local wildlife he found, but it is revealed that Bill-E is actually the werewolf. Dervish explains that lycanthropy is a family curse, and that Bill-E is Grubbs's half-brother. In order to cure Bill-E, they needed to beat Lord Loss in chess, his favorite game, and his familiars in battle. They manage to beat him, and Lord Loss cures Bill-E. He must take Dervish, however, to fight in his own realm, and Grubbs takes care of his body while Dervish's soul fights Lord Loss and, eventually, Dervish awakens.

In Demon Thief, Cornelius "Kernel" Fleck, a troubled boy who can see patches of light invisible to all else, accidentally opens a window to Lord Loss's realm, and disappears for days, only to reappear with his baby brother Art on his chest. His family decides to move and start fresh, but a year later another window opens, this time bringing a demon named Cadaver who kidnaps Art before returning. Kernel follows the demon through the window, and meets Beranabus the magician, along with Disciples Raz, Sharmila, and Nadia. Kernel joins them when it is revealed he has magical potential, and he follows them as they hunt down Cadaver. Eventually, it is revealed Kernel can create windows at incredible rates, and is separated from the rest of the group. Trying to get back to the Demonata universe, he runs into Disciples Shark and a younger Dervish, who join him after taking down a demon. They make it to Lord Loss's realm, and he gives the group Cadaver in exchange for Nadia, who switches sides. Kernel goes into the Original Board so he can find the 'demon thief' and get his brother back, only to discover that he himself took Artery the demon familiar and changed him into his brother. Heartbroken, Kernel goes back home and learns that he has been gone for seven years, and his parents no longer want him. He returns to Beranabus, and reveals that he may be part of the demonic weapon capable of destroying a universe known as the Kah-Gash.

In Slawter, Grubbs and Dervish are still recovering from their demonic encounters when a movie producer named Davida Haym asks the two to come on the town set of her new movie Slawter to help with advice on the demons used there. When Grubbs, Dervish, and Bill-E get there, Grubbs witnesses some of the scenes featuring demons and is convinced there are actual demons in Slawter. He breaks into the "D-Workshops" with Bill-E and Juni Swan, a child psychologist on the set, and discovers human sacrifices powering up a tunnel to let demons come through and kill the whole town. Grubbs, Bill-E, Juni, and Dervish try to leave, but are stopped by an illusion of Bill-E being kidnapped by the Lambs, family executioners of changed Gradys.They travel to the Lambs lab to get Bill-E. Grubbs notices that everything goes to swiftly and the lab looks familiar like from movies. He realizes on the way he feel asleep but didn't dream.Grubbs realizes the trick and says a spell to wake them up only minutes before the demons are unleashed, with Lord Loss leading the army. Grubbs, Dervish, Bill-E, Juni, and a few others are able to escape the town's magical barriers, while the rest inside are killed. Later, Dervish tests Grubbs's magical potential to see if he would be a good cause to the Disciples, but Grubbs hides his magic from his uncle without even knowing it. He knows though that he must have magic in him. He gets up and goes to the bathroom. he turns the light on and off with magic. He realizes he does have true magic.

In Bec(novel), Bec MacConn lives in 350-400 AD Ireland, and her clan is constantly attacked by demons during the night. Eventually, a simple boy with magical speed named Bran takes Bec and a group of warriors to Drust the druid, who tells them of the Demonata and how they are creating a tunnel that could destroy the world if left open. They travel the land, losing warriors one by one thanks to Lord Loss, who Bec drained power from earlier. She meets up with her true clan, who reveals that her family has been afflicted with the werewolf curse for generations, and the Old Creatures, who tell Bec the only way to close the tunnel is through the sacrifice of a druid or priestess, revealing why Drust needed her. Nevertheless, she accepts her task, and they reach the tunnel, but only Bec and Drust make it to the magical lodestone keeping the tunnel open. Right before Drust sacrifices Bec, however, Bran comes and fatally wounds Drust, who decides to become the sacrifice instead. Bec completes the spell, and the tunnel collapses. Bran is able to make it out before it closes, but Bec is left in the cave, and Lord Loss sets his familiars on her.

In Blood Beast, Grubbs has tried to hide his magician's powers from Dervish, but they reach to a point where he will perform magical feats without knowing he is doing so, such as when he breaks a bottle in midair during a party, and also seems to partially change into a werewolf during the night. He, Bill-E, and their friend Loch try digging for buried treasure around Dervish's mansion, but they stumble across the cave used in Bec for the tunnel, and Loch seems to fall to his death. Dervish, after covering up where Loch died, explains to Grubbs what the tunnel is, and Grubbs comes clean with his magician abilities and werewolf turnings. Days later, Grubbs and Bill-E are visited by Juni from Slawter, who comes to help the boys deal with Loch's death and renew her relationship with Dervish. She helps Dervish in keeping Grubbs in a human form when the curse tries to turn him, but then escapes with him when she tells Grubbs that Dervish called in the Lambs. While on an airplane, the plane is attacked by Lord Loss and his demons, and it is revealed that Juni is his servant.

The story continues in Demon Apocalypse, where Grubbs is saved by Beranabus the magician from the demons. The two magically fly to Beranabus's base, where Kernel and Grubbs meet, before traveling to the Demonata universe to train Grubbs in the ways of the Disciples. But when Grubbs proves to be cowardly and weak, Kernel sends him back to the human universe, where he spends seven weeks alone before the two return. When they get back, they are contacted by Sharmila, who tells them that waves of demons have successfully crossed over through the tunnel. In a last effort to stop the Demonata, the Disciples fly to the tunnel's location, but before they can get to it, Kernel is blinded and Grubbs loses hope when he sees everyone he knew dead. Suddenly, the spirit of Bec comes from the tunnel and joins with Grubbs and Kernel, and the three pieces of the Kah-Gash reverse time to the night the tunnel opened. They try to stop Juni, who is believed to have sacrificed a human and intends to join with the tunnel, but when they kill her, it is revealed that Bill-E made Loch fall and die, and so is the key to opening the tunnel. When they see a large black demon try to escape the tunnel, the heroes have no choice but to kill Bill-E. Before Lord Loss can kill them, Bec takes over Bill-E's body and wards him off. Later, Beranabus and Kernel prepare to return to the Demonata universe, and after urging him to come with them, Grubbs follows.

References

  1. ^ "Shanville Monthly December 2008". http://www.darrenshan.com/monthly/index.html. Retrieved 2008-12-01. 

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