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Slawter (The Demonata, Book 3)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Darren Shan is at the top of his form in his latest masterpiece of gruesome demons and terror. This third book in the DEMONATA series picks up where THE DEMON THIEF left us. Dervish is almost back to normal. Grubitsch Grady, better known as Grubbs, and his half-brother, Bill-E, are trying to live a normal life without demons. A group called The Lambs want to take Bill-E to their lab and observe and test him to see if he is really cured of lycanthropy. Uncle Dervish and Grubbs are certainly not going to allow that. Then Dervish is approached by acclaimed horror movie producer, David A. Haym, or "Davida," who wants Dervish to be a consultant on her new film. She has resurrected a ghost town and renamed it Slawter. Her masterpiece will have a demon theme, and Dervish, of course, is a demon expert.

The demons that romp through SLAWTER seem all too real to Grubbs and he begins to wonder whether more than filming is afoot when strange happenings disrupt the set and the filming. He can't seem to convince Uncle Dervish that real demons are on the loose, and are not just ingenious costumes. People begin to disappear. Is Lord Loss back in business?

Darren Shan broke new ground with his bestselling CIRQUE DU FREAK series, and now his DEMONATA series promises to be as great a hit with the kids. Shan is a master at characterization and plotting, and the fear factor raises your goose-bumps to a new height. I would not recommend this series for children ages ten and under, but for older kids that love scary stories with lots of gruesome gore, this book fits that category. The reluctant readers will love this exciting, horrific story.

Reviewed by: Grandma Bev
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 18 June 2008
The book takes off where Lord Loss ended, with Grubbs, Bill-E and Dervish Grady all try to live a normal life. Then a horror movie director invites them to come an join her as they film Slawter, the most realistic demon film ever.
But who is this director really working for?
Why are children going missing?
And why are the Demons on set looking realistic... too realistic?

Lord Loss is back, and wants revenge on Grubbs.

BUY THE BOOK! It's brilliant.
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on 9 January 2015
After reading the previous two novels in the series, Slawter felt like a step backwards in terms of plotting. While this is not necessarily a bad thing, Demon Thief served to introduce a number of plot devices which seemed important to the series. These are largely not mentioned in this novel. It instead serves as more of a "monster of the week" story, doing nothing to really advance the overarching plot beyond showing Grubbs's magic improving.

Despite this, I did feel that Slawter was better paced than Demon Thief. I found that Demon Thief was a bit of an exhausting read as the action was non-stop. Slawter takes longer to build up. While the ending will slake the thirst of any fans of gore, there is little before this as the novel takes its time to gradually work up to this exciting climax. My only real disappointment in terms of the plot was the lack of a decent twist. Both Lord Loss and Demon Thief excelled in this department but Slawter could not really compare. It's pretty easy to deduce what's happening on the movie set by the half-way point in the novel.

In terms of characterisation, there is some pretty nice development for Grubbs this time round. Although he can still be something of a jerk, it's nice to see a caring side to him as he cares for the disturbed Dervish. I also liked that he never becomes an action hero - it's always made clear how scared he is and the toll that the Demonata takes on him, even while he is protecting his friends.

Unfortunately, the secondary cast still don't receive the same care. While I didn't dislike them, I also never really felt as though I got to know them and so didn't care what happened to them in the end. Hopefully this will change as the series progresses - I'd really like to feel some empathy for Dervish or Bill-E as this is kind of series that could see them horribly killed at any point!
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We are back with Grubbs, a year has passed since his first encounter with Lord Loss, Dervish is having horrible nightmares and Grubbs is struggling to pull him back from that darkness. Until they are invited to be consultants on a new horror film. The Producer/Director has heard that Dervish is a master of information on demons and wants to use that knowledge to make a super realistic Demon film, the only problem it - things start to get a little bit too realistic when real Demons show up. But with actors and costumes everywhere, who will believe Grubbs when he tries to unearth them.

I liked Grubbs a lot more in this book, he's grown up a lot and is really coming into his own, he's stronger and plans ahead more.

I read this one really quickly again, I just couldn't seem to stop reading. It's so gripping I had to know what would happen, there are a lot of surprise twists and turns and loads of excitement. Again there was some gore and quite bloody scenes, but I've come to expect that from this series and it didn't seem as bad as the first book, for me that one was the most shocking and therefore had the biggest effect. I'd still caution anyone easily scared, squeamish or younger readers.

Very enjoyable and I look forward to reading the rest of the series. Got to wait for the next book to arrive though...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 15 October 2007
The 3rd book in the Demonata and we're back with my favorite characters Grubbs and Dervish.

To fully appreciate this book you need to read the Lord Loss and Demon Thief first, but I think you'd still enjoy this book even if you haven't read the previous 2.

I couldn't put this book down and was left hungry for more at the end.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 30 July 2006
This book is the best out of the three bokks made in the Demonata series. I still think this even though I absoloutely loved the second book (Demon Thief). This contains the best contents of the first two books. The character Grubbs (who I preffered) and the extremely descriptive feelings from Lord Loss, and the gore and spookiness from Demon Thief. These things combined make this book chillingly descriptive on every topic included in the book. Once again, Darren Shan proves to be one of the best writers for teenagers today.

The book picks up where we left Dervish, Bill-E and Grubbs in Lord Loss.

Dervish is still shaken up after being in the Demonata universe. A famous horror film director wants to make a new movie on demons. He somehow knows that Dervish knows all about demons, and so, invites him to the town of Slawter to help with his film. Dervish, of couse, accepts the offer of the director hoping this will be a fun break. Drevish invites Grubbs and Bill-E to come with him. But, unknown to them, this mysterious director is working for Lord Loss, and is setting a trap for the new visitors!

All the characters have the same personalities, and so do the demons! The demons include the infamous Vein, Artery, Lord Loss, and, on the cover of the book, we see Cadaver. There are many twists and unexpected turns in the plot. The ending is very good, leaving Darren Shan a good opening into the next book about Grubbs. The battle at the end is really scary, it is a blood shed battle between the humans and the demons, explained in gory detail.
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on 20 June 2012
Slawter, the 3rd book in the Demonata series and still aims to please. This book carries on from Lord Loss (Book 1) And your back as Grubbs.

Grubbs, Dervish and Bill-E try to live a normal life after the horrific events back at Lord Loss. But it all seems to good to be true for it to end there, as they encounter with a horror movie director, knowing Dervish's speciality, they asked for his help and took Grubbs and Bill-E along for the ride. But it sounds great right? Being a part and watching a horror movie being shot? Wrong!

Children have gone missing.
The demons look too realistic than some movie prop?
What's the directors intentions?

Lord Loss has returned, not forgetting his shameful defeat in the first book, and he's more hungry than ever. What is to become of Grubbs?

Find out for yourself and get this book! You won't be disappointed.
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on 24 March 2010
Just finished this one today, and I thought it was brilliant! It was good to see Grubbs and Dervish again, but it also came with an interesting storyline!

As a film student, reading about a Director of horror movies in a Darren Shan book was pretty cool. By the end of the book, I was seriously reconsidering my career path. I don't want to spoil the storyline, but it's definately worth a read to find out why I felt this!

Some wonderful new characters in this book, the 'return' of some others. More is releaved to us about the Lambs & Deciples, Lord loss is back with a whole army of demons behind him! This was a great book, riveting! I nearly missed the start of my shift at work trying to finish this one! It is definately well worth a read.
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on 20 January 2010
An inspired Year 7 english teacher chose Cirque de Freak as a first set text of the year and my daughter is hooked having read all the Cirque de Freak series we are now half way through the Demonata series.
The books are written in the first person so they appeal to the reader and are "really gruesome". Having exhausted M D Harris's Joshua's Files I am delighted to have found an author who appeals to my daughter who has for years been a reluctant reader.If your child has rejected Morpurgo,Cresswell,Pullman, Westall,Wynne-Jones try Darren Shan gruesome covers but enthralling reads.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
The third book in the demonata series where the narative reins are passed back to grubbs. It is several months after the events of Lord Loss and Dervish is going mad, attacking Grubbs in his sleep. Then a cult director Davida Hyme invites Dervish to help her with a new film that she is making about demons. But the demons aren't as fake as you'd believe

Easily the best book of the series where you get to see the growing of grubbs's magical abilitys and how Lord Loss fights.

It can easily be read as a stand alone novel even if you have never read the first (lord loss) I strongly recomend this to anyone (if you don't mind blood and gore as its probobly the gorest book ever)
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