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Slawter (The Demonata #3)

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Lights. Camera. Slawter!

Grubbs Grady and his half-brother Bill-E are thrilled to join their uncle Dervish as onset consultants for the newest movie by cult horror producer David A Hayms. Shot in a deserted town renamed Slawter, the demon-themed movie is to be Hayms's masterpiece. But as strange incidents disrupt the set, Grubbs begins to wonder whether more than filming is
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published August 1st 2008 by Little, Brown Young Readers (first published January 1st 2006)
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Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*

It's hard for me when a book jumps between perspectives of characters from book to book. The first book had Grubbs, the second was back in time and introducing Kernel, then the third book is back to Grubbs again - and previewing the fourth, they're introducing a new character entirely. The same villain is present and all these characters will tie together with the Disciples fighting the Demonata.

This may be the weakest of the first three. I was pleased to return to Grubbs because I like the char
Feb 19, 2015 Jason rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, read-2015
3.5 Stars

Slawter book 3 of Darren Shan's Demonata is a good fast read. The third time out is not exactly a charm. This is the shallowest scoped and weakest of the first three novels. Reading this immediately after reading my favorite book two Demon Thief only made this one seem even smaller.

The plot in this one narrows down our adventure to one little town and the filming of a movie called Slawter. As a result the situations that arise are small in comparison to the previous books. Top this off
Nishanth "Art is... an Explosion!"
Apr 30, 2013 Nishanth "Art is... an Explosion!" rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who love a Massacre
Recommended to Nishanth "Art is... an Explosion!" by: NUMEY!!!
4 stars for the grand Slawter!

More gore. More Guts. More demons.


Warning: Do not read the book if you hate reading about people getting butchered, old and young alike.

So... Here we are again. Roughly 25 years after the events of Demon thief(and 1 year after Lord Loss)

Those of you who haven't read the 1st book will find the first two chapters interesting as the protagonist gives a quick recap. For others, it may seem irritating(like how I felt)

Grubbs Grady is ba
May 10, 2016 Clare rated it it was amazing
4.5 out of 5 stars.

This book was brilliant fun.
As warped as it's going to sound, I really enjoyed it - in all it's cheesy, gorey madness.

The way that the series is developing is something I hoped for from the moment I picked up the first book, and seeing these characters progress and become better versions of themselves it awesome.

The writing still got to me a little at points. Where it felt more of a list than the telling of a story, but it was so much better than the first two books.

I can'
Nov 05, 2008 Max rated it it was amazing
Shelves: quarter-1
This book the 3rd one is continuing the story off book one. A really famous movie maker is inviting Uncle Dervish to help her make one craz horror movie called SLAWTER. Grubbs suspect there is something fishy with the movie maker because from the prototypes on dvd they look kind of real like the demons Grubb have faced in book one. Once they are on the scene Grubbs couldn't believe his eyes when he saw a demon tear apart his friend away when it's actual real but everyone thought it was fake sinc ...more
Feb 09, 2014 Jamie rated it liked it
Grubs has been taking care of Dervish since their battle with Lord Loss left his uncle a bit worse for wear. Bill-E has almost no idea of what Grubs and Dervish went through to save him.

Unexpectedly, a celebrated horror movie director gets in touch, wanting Dervish to act as a consultant on an epic horror movie about demons. After some persuasion, Dervish agrees and takes Grubs and Bill- E to the set with him.

It doesn't take long for Lord Loss and his hell babies to show up and make things diffi
Oct 17, 2014 Siobhan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Taking place after Lord Loss, this book brings us back to the story of Grubbs.

There is much character development for Grubbs, along with a lot more being found out about the magic in the universe. Fast paced and filled with action, this book is enjoyable leaving you on the edge of your seat throughout and more than willing to continue on with the series at the next chance you get to find out what comes next.
Oct 17, 2012 Vendea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Páni. Tahle kniha se mi fakt líbila. Sice Gradyho moc nemusím, ale Dervish to dotvářel. A ten nápad! Spojení s filmováním v Massagre a pravým masakrem bylo naprosto briliantní. A Lord Loss? Ach! Můj oblíbený démon. Škoda, že tu chyběla krokodýlí Céva. Nevadí, třeba bude příště.
Nov 12, 2015 I'mogén rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was so glad to come back to the original characters of the Grady's, from Lord Loss!
I felt like everything not necessarily fell into place (cause it didn't need that), but gave some background and perspective into the life of Dervish and with that newfound knowledge I was able to appreciate him more as a character and understand subtleties I wouldn't have been able to without the information the second book gave me... But we aren't here to talk about book two!

This book was awesome! I loved it w
Feb 09, 2011 Celine rated it really liked it
My literature teacher said to class once: a writer that writes countless books, writes the same story over and over again. And I think there is a core of truth in this.

Darren Shan writes an insane amount of books in such a short time period. He publishes two books every single year. And what most people forget is that he actually is still fairly young; according to his Goodreads page he isn't even forty yet. By the time he's too old to write he will have written enough for the library to dedicat
I liked Slawter. I'm rating it 3 stars because Demon Thief, book #2, was really good and it set my expectations too high I guess.

Grubbs, Bill-E, and Dervish are back and raising hell again. This time in a town named Slawter, where a horror movie is being made.

In this book, Grubbs learns more about the Demonata while facing old enemies and about himself in regards to his magical powers.

Again, I listened to the audiobook which was really good. Congratulations are in order for voice actor Rupert De
Glenn Johnson
Feb 22, 2016 Glenn Johnson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
Very happy with the fact that I finished this in a day! So now for my thoughts: for me, this book is when the series starts to feel like a series. The first book feels like it could be a stand alone book, since it definitively ends in a way. The second develops the story a bit more, gives us some more questions but in the end the story doesn't necessarily feel like it's part of a series, perhaps just backstory for characters if not for a few elements. But this book really gives that series feel, ...more
Oct 15, 2007 Max rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who read the first Demonata book.
Shelves: advisory
This book was about Grubs Grady and how he managed to live as an uncle-adopted orphan. His parents and sister got killed because his parents lost a deal to heal Lycanthropy (a term for werewolf transformation). The deal was with a demon who has no heart, no feelings, and feeds on sorrow (or what idiots call: Emo). This book tells how a boy takes care of his cousin, and becomes a movie star, only to see several genuine murders take place.
I really liked this book because it explains the personali
Liberty Abbott-Sylvester
Aug 20, 2009 Liberty Abbott-Sylvester rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who loves gore, action and laughs all rolled into one!
Recommended to Liberty by: My son
The Demonata series continues--this time we jump back to the characters from Book 1, Grubbs, Dervish and Bill-E. In this book they are called in to be expert consultants on a movie called Slawter. The movie is all about demons.
I don't want to go any futher into describing the book as it would be impossible to avoid spoilers, but I can say this was a fantastic book!
Full of gore, action, and believe it or not some laugh out loud moments, Darran Shan once again delivers a 5 star book! I can't wait
Mar 10, 2010 Shanon rated it really liked it
Grubs is off to Hollywood! Okay, maybe not Hollywood - but along with his uncle he does get involved in making a movie. Scary!

This series isn't the deepest or most thought provoking series around but I enjoy it just the same. The world is unique and the action is pretty much non-stop. In Slawter we go back to the story of Grubbs (in book #1) and his uncle. Some of the Disciples from book #2 make a reappearance. Grubbs is an impressive little boy - he's brave, magical and witty. While some of his
Mar 16, 2016 Vince rated it it was amazing
Can you hear the thunder that's calling?
Amir Yaghoubi
Mar 16, 2015 Amir Yaghoubi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
بنظرم یک نوجوان ساله را خوب میترساند. ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
لردلاس یک موجود دموناتایی است، یک جادوگر واقعی، نه دماغ دارد و نه قلب، درون سینه اش حفره ای پر از مار است. هشت تا دست دارد، گوشت تنش سرخ کمرنگ است. سرتاپای بدنش پر از زخم و بریدگی هایی است که بی وقفه از آنها خون بیرون میزند. او عاشق بدبختی هاست. از بدبختی، ترس و اندوه آدم ها تغذیه می کند. به دنیای ما که می آید، میان آدم ها بیصدا حرکت میکند. با چشمهای معمولی دیده نمیشود، او در مراسم نشییع جنازه حاضر میشود، ناامیدی را تقویت میکند، و اندوه را بو میکشد. لرد لاس یک ارباب شیطانی است. او توانایی درمان ...more
Jul 06, 2016 Sagarika rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, darren-shan
Although when faced with reality I get scared easily, but when it comes to movies and books I am a horror-fan. Darren Shan's Demonata is a series of horror books which, I feel, even an adult can enjoy. Needless to say, its a light read with very less emotions but a fast paced, action filled book. I like the young characters and after reading a lot of detective and crime thrillers involving 30-40 year old protagonists, this book was a refreshing read. The story takes place in a horror movie set - ...more
May 04, 2016 Hunter rated it it was amazing
The authors purpose for writing this novel was to entertain the reader. Like the other books in this series, this too contains lots of action for readers to enjoy. Because of this, it is geared more toward a male audience.
The theme of this novel is bravery. There are many times in this story where the main character is put into incredibly scary situations. But he ends up powering through all the obstacles.
The style of this novel is written in first person narrative. Personally I have always bee
May 19, 2015 Max rated it it was amazing
Main Characters
Grubbs Grady: A teenage boy who is very brave and knows magic.
Dervish Grady: Grubbs’ uncle who lives with Grubbs because his parents are dead and shows him magic.
Bill-E Spleen: Grubbs’ brother that thinks Dervish is his dad, but Grubbs’ dad is actually his dad
Juni: The Assistant of the movie producer that helps Dervish and they really like each other.

This book mostly takes place in a town for a movie set that they named “Slawter”, but it also takes place in Dervish’s mansio
Andrea Ika
Apr 12, 2014 Andrea Ika rated it really liked it
The Demonata: Book 3
Slawter (2006)
by Darren Shan (Author)
Original Language: English
Publisher: Harper Collins Children's Books
Country: England
Publication Date: 2006
ISBN: 0007229550
Page Count: 256

Lights. Camera. Slawter! Grubbs Grady and his half-brother Bill-E are thrilled to join their uncle Dervish as onset consultants for the newest movie by cult horror producer David A Haym. Shot in a deserted town renamed Slawter, the demon-themed movie is to be Haym's masterpiece. But as strange incid
Mar 28, 2014 Nicholas rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed-books
Slawter is the third installment to the Demonata series, by Darren Shan. Although I feel this book wasn't as good as the first two, it was still a great continuation of the series. I would like to give it a five star rating but, in my honest opinion, it came up a little short.

In "Slawter" we revisit Grubsitch and Dervish Grady. At the beginning the book lets you know what has happened to the duo since the events that took place in "Lord Loss". This changes when Dervish gets the oppertunity of a
Andrew Torres
slawter is different than the last book. Its a nice change of pace in the series. its really suspenseful and makes want to read every single page. The change of pace brought some new spice to the series This time grubs is on a new scene...a MOVIE scene to be precise. Grubbs has new tricks up his sleeve that will surprise you. Just as soon as grubbs gets used to his ''normal'' life his kind of lost minded uncle that he has to take care of a little bit from time to time tells him that is favorite ...more
Selina Ma
Feb 01, 2011 Selina Ma rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 8th-grade
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Jan 20, 2014 Christine rated it it was amazing
Holy hell. Slawter was an amazing book that completely lived up to my expectations. It's just amazing how Darren Shan had lots of series going on and yet manages to make every book better or at least, in line than/with the last. The book was fast paced and action packed, and I wasn't bored with it one bit. There was never a dull part, though the last one, Demon Thief is my favorite out of the series so far. The characters in here progressed a lot though. And I liked some of the newly introduced ...more
Henry Hull
Jan 06, 2014 Henry Hull rated it really liked it
Unlike the previous book, Demon Thief, that ignored the events of the first book (as a matter of fact it took place before it), Slawter serves as a directs sequel to Lord Loss.

Grubbs, Dervish, and Bill-E are back and are visited by a famous horror movies director named Davida Haym who is making a movie about demons and wants Dervish to work on the film as a consultant (I forget what his qualifications are but I guess it doesn't really matter that much). Anyway, they go to work on the film, only
Feb 08, 2016 Mahboub rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
خیلی کتاب خوبیه:)مناسب این روزها:)
Mateo Abilla
Nov 26, 2015 Mateo Abilla rated it it was amazing
Slawter is the decently done third book in the Demonata series, and this series is one of the more confusing ones, because the narrators aren't the same for each book. Here, 14 months after "Lord Loss" (chronologically were at #4) Grubbs is a movie set advisor. But seriously, Davida Haym went way too extreme on her films. All her dark secrets are uncovered, and she dies. We now know that deals with demons are the wrong way to go thanks to the ending of the book. This introduces Juni Swan as well ...more
Jun 28, 2015 Cait rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Darren Shan's Demonata series is my absolute default, #1 choice for when I need a "win". You know, when you've been in a reading slump of terrible books back to back, nothing sounds good, you're getting frustrated and wonder why you even like reading. When I hit those streaks and I need something I know will be undeniably good, this is the series I run for. The first book was absolutely incredible, the second was really great, the third... This is my least favorite so far.

Don't get me wrong, it
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Darren Shan (born July 2, 1972 in London, England) is the pen name of the Irish author Darren O'Shaughnessy, as well as the name of the protagonist of his book series The Saga of Darren Shan, also known as The Cirque Du Freak Series in the United States. He is the author of The Demonata series, as well as some stand-alone books, and a series o
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Other Books in the Series

The Demonata (10 books)
  • Lord Loss (The Demonata, #1)
  • Demon Thief (The Demonata, #2)
  • Bec (The Demonata, #4)
  • Blood Beast (The Demonata, #5)
  • Demon Apocalypse (The Demonata, #6)
  • Death's Shadow (The Demonata, #7)
  • Wolf Island (The Demonata, #8)
  • Dark Calling (The Demonata, #9)
  • Hell's Heroes (The Demonata, #10)

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