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The Demon Collector Hardcover – 7 Mar 2011

4.2 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens (7 Mar. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408803941
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408803943
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 13 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 970,567 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Mortlock:

'Mayhew has woven a rich tapestry depicting a series of convincing worlds . . . It has a breathtaking pace [and there] are characters we hope to meet again' (Children's Book of the Month, The Observer)

'An accomplished page-turner . . . lighthanded, scary fun, with some sibling bickering thrown in' (SFX)

Praise for The Demon Collector:

'Mortlock was a striking debut . . . it created a creepy atmosphere that won much praise. The Demon Collector is equally full of well-written suspense but far funnier, with a strong filmic element that fans of Joseph Delaney's Spooks Apprentice and Anthony McGowan's Hellbent will lap up . . . Boys will love the rich vein of disgusting humour and the fact that demons can't resist riddles - which the well-named Edgy is good at making up and solving. Mayhew's demons are scary enough to be exciting but, unlike those of Darren Shan, not depressingly sadistic. These are demons with style, and they're here to stay' (Amanda Craig, The Times)

Book Description

Jonathan Stroud meets Joseph Delaney (with a bit of Dickens). A darkly humorous and utterly gripping story of a time when demons roamed London's underworld

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Format: Hardcover
It's 1854 and Edgy Taylor's an orphan who collects dog muck for use at Mr Talon's tannery. Although Talon has given Edgy a home, he also beats him and constantly sets him riddles to learn. Worse, Edgy sometimes sees Talon as being a demon with huge horns and red skin, but has learnt not to tell anyone in case they think he's mad.

One night when Edgy believes that Talon is about to kill him, he's rescued by an old man with a strange weapon that turns Talon into stone. The man, Mr Janus, takes Edgy and his dog, Henry, to the Royal Society of Daemonologie where Edgy discovers that not only are demons real, but Mr Janus is on a quest to find one of the most feared - Moloch, the demon who defeated Satan and wants to start a war with heaven. Soon Edgy finds himself in a deadly game of riddles and mayhem where his own life is at risk ...

A companion novel to the critically acclaimed MORTLOCK, there's some overlap of minor characters from MORTLOCK but this is very much a stand-alone story.

It's easy to root for the intrepid Edgy. Lonely and unloved, he hasn't known much kindness, which makes his gratitude to Mr Janus so understandable and while he's quick-witted and hard working, he's also capable of weakness and selfishness. This humanity makes him very believable. His relationship with his dog, Henry is well portrayed and I love the way the dog constantly tries to defend him.

The real stars of the book though are the demons that Edgy encounters. My favourite was Slouch, a demon of sloth who's supposed to be the Society's butler but who really can't be bothered. The idea of linking demons to sins is well executed and I particularly liked the fact that gradually they all succumb to the sins they seek to promulgate and become mortal.
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This was a 'by chance' kindle book, but an enjoyable diversion - albeit with some unlikely jumps, but then it was in a time of mystery and magic! It was short, and left me wanting more - that's good! - hence the rating. I'd recommend it, ideal for a short time interlude - like long haul air trip: very absorbing and easy to picture the scenes - along with the quirky idea that even Satan might have a good streak!
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A very good and imaginative book. A fantastic blend of action, horror and wicked suspense. It sets the story in a real place -London- and thus adds a more realistic side to a fantastical story. The author has attempted at the hard job of making a book which covers a few genres and has passed with flying colours. 10 OUT OF 10!!!
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Format: Hardcover
Having read and loved Jon's original outing, Mortlock, I really couldn't wait to get my hands on this title as after completing this, I can easily say that he's fast setting himself up as an author to not only watch but set standards by. What he weaves into his tales will hopefully take the YA genre in much the same way as RL Stine did with his Goosebump series in the 90's. The writing is fresh, the characters outstanding and when you add into it a murky world of shadowy figures who double deal with the demons and allow their own lusts to control their fates, makes it a difficult title to put down.

All in this was an absolute delight to read and will more than likely make my top ten YA reads this year which made this a real gem of a find and one that I will enjoy a few more times before allowing my nephews anywhere near. That said, I would perhaps recommend reading this prior to letting your young reader get their hands on it as some of the issues raised may well need to be talked through but for a good scare as well as high octane thrills you really won't do better. Come to the Darkside, we don't just have cookies, we have Mayhew.
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Format: Hardcover
The Demon Collector is a wonderful gothic fantasy with equal pinches of mystery, humour and biblical epic leant to the plot. The characters are warm and easy to like, making the reader much more sympathetic to their plight. The story goes from curious clue-tracking mystery to epic voyage in a brilliantly twisting way.

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