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The Demonata #9: Dark Calling Hardcover – October 1, 2009
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Praise for the Demonata Series:"Utterly unputdownable" - The Times"The master of children's horror at his blood-curdling best." - Publishing News"As grossly entertaining as ever, Grubbs's cynical teenaged voice carries the story along like a bat out of hell." - The Times --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About 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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In this tale, way too much time is spent with Kernel traveling with an Old Creature through portal after portal and world after world, serving no real purpose but to eat up pages until they finally get to the center of the universe where we hear about Shan's take on the origins of everything. Although original, and the use of the chessboard was obviously prepared well in advance, the ideas surrounding the Old Creatures seemed hashed out in a hurry.
The book picks up once Kernel returns and the three protagonists are reunited. They go searching for Beranabus in the throngs of the Shadow, but leave with zero information - just more despairing conjectures. We get more character deaths, but only one of them is truly emotional. Meanwhile, we get a betrayal (maybe) at the very end, and Grubbs showing that he's more a selfish dictator then a true leader.
Much like the last few titles, this book feels as if it could have been shortened and combined with others to produce a better, more concise work. Unfortunately, somebody must have had the idea of ten total books in mind before all the details were planned out.
You can't go wrong with a Darren Shan book.