The Demon Collector Hardcover – 7 Mar 2011
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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)
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 underworldSee all Product Description
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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.Read more ›
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
My 10yr old grandson is really enjoying this book. He read Jon Mayhew's The Mort Lock and is a fan now.Published 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
I thought I was reading a childrens book. Deleted it after reading just one chapter. It has put me off this author - sorryPublished on 1 Dec. 2012 by Leslie Robinson