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Death's Shadow (The Demonata, Book 7)

Death's Shadow (The Demonata, Book 7) [Kindle Edition]

Darren Shan
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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

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Fresh hell from the Demonata – you can’t cheat death…

The apocalypse came and the world burned. But it wasn't the end, and out of the destruction, new life has emerged. Bec is back to face the Demonata. After centuries of imprisonment, she's more powerful than ever, but the demons no longer stand alone.

Something else has crawled out of the darkness with her. Lord Loss is no longer humanity's greatest threat…

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1157 KB
  • Print Length: 228 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks (21 Mar 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004T0A34K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #122,271 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Darren Shan's real name is Darren O'Shaughnessy (pronounced O-Shock-Nessy, though it can also be pronounced O-Shawn-Essy). Although he is Irish, he was born on July 2, 1972, in St. Thomas' Hospital, London -- directly across the river from the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, which may explain his fascination with evil bloodsuckers! He lived in South East London, near the Elephant & Castle. He started school at the early age of three (he was such a wild child, no pre-school facility would have him!), in English Martyrs. At the age of six, he moved to Limerick in Ireland, with his parents and younger brother, and has lived there ever since.

Shan went to primary school in Askeaton, where his mother was a teacher, then to secondary school in Copsewood College in Pallaskenry. Later, he went back to London to study Sociology and English at Roehampton University. He then worked for a cable television company in Limerick for a couple of years, before setting up as a full-time writer at the age of 23.

Although Shan always wanted to be a writer, it was only in his teenage years that he began writing in his spare time for fun (before that, he only wrote stories if they were for homework). He bought his first typewriter when he was 14, and never looked back, knocking out loads of short stories and comic scripts, and making false starts on several books, which he never completed. He enjoyed his first taste of literary success at age 15, as a runner-up in a television script-writing competition for RTE in Ireland, with a dark comedy script titled A Day in the Morgue (he was morbid even then!).

Shan was 17 when he finished his first novel. Although it was never published, he relished the writing experience, and found himself focusing more on novels in the coming years, leaving behind the short-story format. For the next several years, sandwiched between university and work, he wrote an average of one book a year, experimenting with different ideas, genres, lengths and styles. When he started writing full-time, his output shot up to 5 to 6 books per year! But that has dropped back to 2 to 3 recently, due to all the travelling around he's been doing to promote sales of his books.

All of these early books were adult-oriented. Although Shan quite liked the idea of writing a children's book one day, he considered himself an adult writer first and foremost. In fact, Shan's initial breakthrough was with an adult book, in 1999, titled Ayuamarca (since re-released in the UK as Procession Of The Dead, and coming to the USA in 2010).

In January 2000, his first children's book, Cirque du Freak, which he'd written as a fun side-project, was published. The first book in a series titled The Saga of Darren Shan (or Cirque du Freak, as it's known in America), it attracted rave reviews and an ever-growing army of fans hungry to learn more about vampires which were quite unlike any that anyone had ever seen before!

Shan loved writing for children so much, that for the next several years he focused exclusively on his books for younger readers. First, he wrote a total of 12 books about vampires. He quickly followed up his vampiric saga with The Demonata, a series about demons. Running to ten books in total, The Demonata cemented Shan's place in the UK as the Master Of Children's Horror, and saw him score his first UK #1 bestseller. He also wrote a one-off short book, called Koyasan, for Wold Book Day in the UK.

There was a very successful manga adaptation of Shan's vampire series, drawn by the Japanese artist, Takahiro Arai. It was originally serialized in Japan, but collected volumes are now on sale in the USA, UK and other countries.

In addition to writing for children, Shan has now returned to his first love and is once again writing for adults as well. He has had two adult books published in the UK, Procession Of The Dead and Hell's Horizon. They have been released in a number of other countries too, and are due to hit the USA in 2010. A third, City of the Snakes, goes on sale in the UK in March 2010. His first adult books were released under the name of D B Shan, but they are being reprinted under the name of Darren Shan in March 2010, and City of the Snakes will be released under the Darren Shan name.

By the start of 2010, Shan's books were on sale in every continent, in 39 countries, in 31 languages, and have been children's bestsellers in America, Britain, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway and other countries. The books have topped adult bestseller charts in Hungary, Japan and Taiwan. In total, Shan's books have sold close to 15 million copies worldwide!!!!

The movie rights to Cirque Du Freak were bought by Universal, and the first movie (which combines elements from the first three books in the series) was released on October 23rd, 2009, starring newcomer Chris Massoglia as Darren Shan, along with a wide array of established stars such as Josh Hutcherson, John C Reilly, Salma Hayek, Willem Defoe and Ken Watanabe. The movie was called Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant. It was released on DVD and Blu-Ray in February 2010.

A big film buff, with a collection of more than four thousand movies at home, Shan also reads lots of comics and books, and likes to study and collect original artwork, especially comic art and impressionist and post-impressionist art. He has recently started adding sculptures to his collection, making use of the large, empty field outside his back door. Other interests include long walks, watching football (he's a Tottenham Hotspur and Ireland fan), listening to pop and rock music, theatre, worldwide travel, sampling the delights of both gourmet cuisine and finger-licking junk food, and dreaming up new ways to terrify his readers!!!

Shan spends most of his time in Limerick, Ireland, with his girlfriend Bas. He has no pets, but a neighbourhood dog called Goldie joins him on his walks most days. He also feeds a variety of wild birds, and spots the occasional hare and pheasant strolling through his back yard. In addition to his main home in Ireland, Shan has an apartment in London, to which he escapes for a burst of high-speed living every so often, when he feels the need to get his juices flowing!! Shan rarely writes when in London or on the road, preferring to tie himself to his computer when at home in Limerick, where he can work away solidly without any distractions in the peace and quiet of the Irish countryside.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book from Darren Shan 30 April 2008
This book is great. It took me only a day to read this as I couldn't put it down! I enjoyed it as much as Lord Loss, Demon Thief and Bec. I wasn't that keen on Blood Beast but Demon Apocalypse was great! This book it a great continuation from the sixth book.

This book left off from where book six ended. It all from Bec's point of view. We don't see much of Grubbs in this book. We learn a lot about Bernabus which is really interesting. The book start with Bec living with Dervish. Dervish is a broken man as Bill-E died and as Grubbs left in the middle of the night to fight the demons in the demon realms to find new information about the new evil presence that showed it self briefly at the end of book Demon apocalypse. We know that this new threat is ruling over the Demon lords. Will Bec, Kernel and Grubbs who are the Kah Gash be able to defeat this new threat?

The books start a bit slow but after the first couple of chapter you won't be able to put it down. This book is as gruesome as the rest and has a couple of twist. Be prepared to be scared!

Sakura Chu

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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So, with Death's Shadow we see the return of Bec as narrator. Still coming to terms with the modern world and her own abilities, she isn't given much time to settle down before our heroes are already thrust back into danger. The pace, as always with Shan's books is slick, the countless Lost-esque mysteries playing through your mind again and again as you try and decipher what's going on. It's fascinating and you just love the series all the more for it.

Bec is a great character and there's a delightful scene between her and Meera near the beginning as she offloads her issues with Dervish neglecting her. It's testament to Shan's skill as a writer that he is able to do these touching, personal scenes as well as he does the action that forms the core of this book.

Featuring showdowns at Dervish's house and the rooftop of a hospital, Death's Shadow is all about sacrfice. I won't give away any spoilers but what i will say is that as ever with Shan's books, victory is never easy or assured and the cost of fighting is always high. I whipped through this book in a matter of days, a rollercoaster ride of thrilling action and emotions. In a word 'fantastic'!.

The dramatic conclusion of this book takes place on cruise liner out in the open ocean and as with previous book Demon Apocalypse there are some interesting parallels with Doctor Who. With Demon Apocalypse it was the episode 'Last of The Time Lords' what with its rolling back of time/negated timeline plot after the world was cast into oppresion.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
For those of you who haven't been long-term fans of Shan or the Demonata, there are some things you should know prior to starting this book: First, when you're reading a Darren Shan book, you must remember ANYTHING is possible and absolutely NOTHING is out of bounds, even in his stories aimed primarily at teens. Second, you should never get tired of a series like the Demonata simply because--so far--the story's been pretty flimsy; those who've read Cirque du Freak know that with patience in his structure comes surprising satisfaction in the end result, and the Demonata series is no different. The action truly BEGINS in this book, and what you make of his direction is entirely up to you, but I think the plot he introduces in this seventh volume is unbelievably original, even for the likes of him, and I think you'll be as shocked as I am nobody's ever done it before.
Before starting this book I thought I'd predicted everything that was going to happen based on the cover image as well as supporting evidence involving Shan's style.
But let me reitterate: When it comes to the work of Darren Shan: ANYTHING. IS. POSSIBLE.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow...just...WOW! 1 Dec 2008
Well, I've read every previous Demonata book in a day each, and the Cirque De Freak ones, 3 a day because they were much shorter. As you may have guessed, I'm a Darren Shan Nut xD
This book follows effortlessly on from Deamon Apocalypse, which I absolutley loved. It centres on Bec, now living with Dervish in Carcery Vale.
You really feel for Bec as she struggles to adapt to her new life, and you really feel excited adn nervous when they are attacked, firmly planting the seeds for the sequal (which I've yet to read).
The story goes from Strength to strength, with a plot so obvious I'm shocked no-ones done it before.
And the backstory of Beranabus is amazing, gripping and I personally felt he should have his own book!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Death's Shadow by Darren Shan 13 Feb 2009
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Bec has returned to our world centuries after her time. Surrounded by new and strange technology, windows are even odd, she has already been plunged in the deep end. Being looked after by a hostile distant relative and having a strange ablity to take peoples memories when she touches them doesnt help in the equation. Things only get worse when she realizes that something else has come into our world with her. Lord loss is no longer the greatest threat to humanity.
This book has twisting storylines which keep you reading late into the night. You will be thinking about it for hours after the last page is turned. This is another great book in the 'Demonata' series and I can't wait for the next
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Published 26 days ago by Wild58
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Darren Shan Book
Another great Darren Shan book. A great twisty read, well worth adding to your collection. Good book for all to read.
Published 3 months ago by Mrs Kerensa Eden
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Dunn Dunn Dunn I don't want to spoil it but let's just say you have to read the rest if you ever want to sleep again. Read more
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This book is a great read. I bought this for my daughter and she didnt put it down until she was finished it. Darren Shan is a great author for any young teenager. Read more
Published 16 months ago by CiaraDub9
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice change and exciting
And magic number 3 of the day. You can totally tell I am addicted to this series. :D

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Published 16 months ago by Barmy_Bex
5.0 out of 5 stars My 14 year old son loved these books and read the whole series of...
My 14 year old son thought these were the best books he has ever read!
If you want to get your son interested in reading buy them!!!!
Published 17 months ago by Mandy
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book
A lovely clean book with no visual damage. My sister in law was thrilled with it and the others completed her collection.Well done on packaging and speed of delievery.
Published 17 months ago by christine wilson
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great i would recomend this product to a friend, as it was on time and as described. . . :)
Published 20 months ago by L. Simpson
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING
full of suspense and excitement! worth reading the whole series, they don't get old or feel as though the author is trying to hard to continue the story! Read more
Published 20 months ago by lianne edwards
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing
amazing book highly recommended to all i love the darren shan books and this does not fail to please the reader
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