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4.2 of 5 stars 4.20  ·  rating details  ·  13,391 ratings  ·  993 reviews
Grubbs Grady has stiff red hair and is a little big for his age, which means he can get into R-rated movies. He hates history and loves bacon, rats, and playing tricks on his squeamish older sister. When he opts out of a family weekend trip, he never guesses that he is about to take a terrifying journey into darkness. Hungry demons and howling werewolves haunt his waking n ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published May 10th 2006 by Little, Brown Young Readers (first published January 1st 2005)
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Sara
Apr 02, 2008 Sara rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: horror
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
Oct 09, 2009 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja) rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Horror fans
Recommended to Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja) by: A clerk at Borders
In writing this review, I shall have to be very careful not to spoil this book. In a word, this was fantastic. I truly enjoyed reading it. I had no idea what to expect and that's part of the fun, so I won't enlighten you about what this book is about.

Go into reading this book as an adventure. The beginning is shocking, to say the least. But don't give up. Keep reading. Accompany Grubbs on his journey. Watch the mundane slide into the nightmare dimensions that we hope not to encounter in this lif
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Conor
3.5 Stars

Okay so I read this series about 5 years ago now and don’t remember a lot of it really well. I sat down to write up a few lines about it after seeing that a friend was reading it but as I did I kept remembering cool plot points/characters that I felt obligated to mention. Anyway I remember reading this series when I was about 13/14 and really liking it (all of the disembowelling helped :D). Note: This is marketed as Young Adult but… it isn’t. At least it’s not what you’d normally expect
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Erin (Paperback stash) *is juggle-reading*
I loved Darren Shan's Cirque Du Freak series (I mean, seriously, almost literally drooled over waiting for each edition of those books...) so set myself the goal of reading his other series as well. This sounded the more interesting, so this is the one I've started with.

Definitely dark, definitely morbid, it's a young adult for older teens, despite how it's marketed. Just as enjoyable for adults, at least this one. The main character encounters a tragic, violent loss as he finds his family dest
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Nishanth "Art is... an Explosion!"
Apr 28, 2013 Nishanth "Art is... an Explosion!" rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like blood and gore
Recommended to Nishanth "Art is... an Explosion!" by: Numey!
See... F-I-V-E Bloody stars!

My dad would have kicked Darren Shan for writing this book.

But I won't. XD

Trust me. It's gory and gross. I would never recommend this book to my lil bro. And I've hidden the ebook deep inside the PC so that dad doesn't accidentally find it or worse... read it.(view spoiler)

AND PLEASE DONT READ THIS BOOK IF YOU HAVE EXTRAORDINARY IMAGINAT
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Don
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Yipyipyeti4783
Lord Loss was another great book which took you into the macabre mind of Darren Shan. The characters in this book are memorable and very distinct. The plot was that of one that I've never read before, and it was excellent. Shan is a wonderful horror writer and I would recommend this book to anyone into gruesome, plot heavy books. Shan keeps the chapters short and leaves you hanging at the end of each one. I read this in a few days because it's so hard to put down. If you've read the Cirque Du Fr ...more
M—
I'm all for reading about DEATH MATCH CHESS, but even that cannot save this book for me. It seems poised to snag whatever parts of the YA demographic that have not been sucked into the Twilight vortex. ("Not interested in reading an epic romance about a sparkly vampire? Try this book about demons eating parents instead! now with copious amounts of blood!")

I liked how the hero, Grubbs Grady, gets a hard wake-up call to the realities of his world when his immediate family is slaughtered by demons,
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Argona
I started this series after reading "Darren Shan Saga" and while I expected something different and distinct, I wasn't expecting so much originality and uniqueness.

Start reading this book prepared! This series contains a lot of death, violence and gore! I am not a fan of tragedy(or gore) and I avoid it like it's a plague but I did enjoy reading this series without having my spirit crushed out of me.(I haven't read the last book yet!)

The Demonata series has a great plot with memorable characters
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Jason
4 Stars

Lord Loss was an awesome surprise for me. Deep into my new found love for Urban Fantasy, I picked this one up with high expectations. I was not let down. Darren Shan combines together a wonderful combination of a fast paced, page turning, and tons of fun story. He is not afraid to paint in the details, even if it is with lots of blood. The action is gorey at times and that is just fine.

The plot and the story are straight forward. Being a lover and player of Chess, this book grabbed my int
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Booker
This book was fantastic, unless reading about dead people grosses you out. It was fast paced, and laugh-out-loud funny in some places. There was also many twist and turns in the plot. Another great series by a great author.

Summary:
Grubbs Grady lives with his chess-obsessed parents and sister, Gret. After pulling a prank on her, he's grounded. But after a while, his parents end his grounding early, and he gets treated special. When his parents and Gret go out, he's knows something's going on. He
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Ash
As a massive fan of the Darren Shan saga I had high expectations for this series, I was pleased to discover that the first book - Lord Loss well and truly lived up to all of these! A suprise in a way that it was so uniquely different from everything I have ever read that I found myself reading it entirely through in the one sitting. I was not able to put it down. I must say, I do still find that my favorite of Darren Shan's series is The Darren Shan Saga, but only one book in it would be a littl ...more
Erika
When i started reading this book, it looked like one book i wouldn't enjoy. There was this spoiled kid Grubbs who was always bothering his sister Gret, and was trying to be a rebel smoking against his parents concerns. I was like "Hell, I'm not interested in reading the adventures of a teenager who believes he's cool because he's a rebel". So i started reading it really slowly without much interest.

Then something happened... I won't say what it is to avoid spoiling anything... and i felt it was
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Shanon
I've had this book on my shelves for a while now and keep meaning to read them. I'm glad I finally did. This is a dark young-adult book that focuses on a young man named Grubbs. And while it is a young-adult book there are some VERY disturbing and gruesome scenes. I went into this book without really knowing what it was about and enjoyed the suspense so I will tell no more about it. :)

I will say that this book is full of partial sentences. When I say full I mean really full. Stuff like: Bile ris
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Alberto
Pensé que no me iba a gustar como Cirque Du Freak, pero estaba equivocado!!! Aunque esta un poco gore me gustó mucho!. En serio lo recomiendo a todos aquellos que les gustan las historias de terror/gore y que les gusta el ajedrez! No me podía imaginar como Darren Shan podría mezclar el ajedrez con la historia, pero me sorprendió el como lo hizo. Lo único es que no volveré a ver al ajedrez de la misma manera jajaja.
MarsianMan
Grubitsch Grady is a pretty normal (if a little malicious as a prankster) who notices his family acting suspicious. After sneaking out on the baby sitter, he follows his parents back to their house. He arrives to find his family dead and monsters still playing with their corpses. He runs away and barely manages to escape the deadly pursuit. After describing the scene to the police and therapists they put him in a mental hospital. He stays there pleasantly until his nearly unknown Uncle Dervish c ...more
Amy
Lord Loss (The Demonata, #1)
By: Darren Shan


Demons, underworld.. Lord Loss is the first book of the Demonata series. In this book, you learn the cruelty of demons. Imagery in this book gives chills down your spine, and you will be on the edge of your seat not wanting to put this book down. I remind you, don't read this before you go to bed.

Grubbs, the protagonist of this book has a really cruel life. His parents get eaten by demons from the underworld. The demons don't have a face, their arms an
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Monica
Lord Loss is a demon, everyone fears him. All except one. For once, someone has been able to conquer their feelings when Lord Loss has tormented him several times. Grubbs has accepted the truth, destiny is inevitable.

What would you do if suddenly one day, your family died a tragedy and found three demons lingering around in your parents’ room? Once again, Grubbs has suffered all this. After that, everyone around him looked devious, like there was a lifetime of secrets, waiting for him to discove
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ØrionSof2014
The main character of this book is named Grubbs Grady. He is a very bad kid and he plays pranks on his sister. One day his parents tell him to go his grandmas house. Grubbs is suspicious because his parents didn't tell him where they were going.
I can make a text to self connection to Grubbs. Grubbs doesn't always follow the rules and only does things to people if they did do something to him. He has also been left behind when his family leave. Grubbs is somewhat bad but somewhat good to. He is
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JessicaBonnie
Persuaded to read the series by two of my male students; happy to see them enthusiastic about reading anything. An all-out gore-fest, Shan knows how to captivate a young reader (and give his English teacher nightmares).
Dana Salman

2013

I think it must’ve been… I don’t know, maybe three or four years since I read The Demonata series? I probably wouldn’t have picked them up at all if it hadn’t been for my brother, because even though I ogled over The Saga of Darren Shan (a.k.a The Cirque du Freak series), the covers of these books alone was enough to throw me off, and I told myself I wouldn’t bet my money on The Demonata. Buying a book can sometimes be a gamble – how do you know it’s going to be one you’re going to want to r
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Celine
Aug 05, 2014 Celine rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: horror fans
Shelves: young-adult, horror
I love Darren Shan. I loved his vampire series (although I read the last page first, and when I saw the ending spoiled I didn't dare to finish the book). Lord Loss is the first book in a new series about the Demonata. And I'm proud of Darren, because this is a completely new series. It doesn't feel like Cirque du Freak at all. The only similarity is the first person narration.

This book follows Grubbitsch Grady, who likes to be called Grubbs. I immediately fell in love with the name Grubbs. Been
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Shannon
Shannon Miranda
Horror Genre

This is the story of Grubistch “Grubbs” Grady. Who walks in on the murder of his family (parents & sister) by the hands of a demon named Lord Loss. Grubbs is so shocked and distraught by what he has seen that he winds up in a mental hospital. Grubbs gets a visit from an Uncle Dervish (who was estranged from Grubbs’ Dad) who explains that he is not crazy and takes him to live at his home. Grubbs finds out that the Grady family has a werewolf curse, and for centuries
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chucklesthescot
I didn't really take to The Demonata books the way I loved The Saga of Darren Shan,but I loved the fantastic cover art!The books featuring Grubbs as the main character were certainly the better ones though.In this story Grubbs witnesses his whole family being torn apart by demons and is locked up in a mental ward when nobody believes him.Then his dad's brother visits and tells him he knows who the demon was and Grubbs goes to stay with him.But even then they cannot escape the demon Lord Loss and ...more
Erik
WAW!!! Toto bolo skvele a neckane dobre! nakoniec davam 5* lebo: paci sa mi hlavna postava Grubitsch, paci sa mi Bill-Y, podla mna vymyslel DS perfektny svet v ktorom sa to odohrava, no a ten koniec!!!! To bolo uzasne. Samozrejme sa tesim na druhy diel. A neuverite ale obalka dokonale vystihuje knihu, este si pockajte na tu slovensku, ta je este strasidelnejsia! No proste WAW, necakal som, ze kniha v ktorej ma dolezitu ulohu sach moze byt taka perfektna! A cita sa uzasne lahko, jedna z najrychle ...more
April Marble
I should warn you if you’re not into violence and gore, than this book is not for you. Lord Loss is a very vivid and graphic story, and it manages to show you demons and violent deaths incredibly well and you can picture everything. It is as spine tingling as it sounds.

Despite the very violent story, it isn’t the main focus of it. There is a very interesting plot to the book, and I was really impressed that I wasn’t overwhelmed with all the gore to not be so interested in the actual story. Howev
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Paige
This seris has no point at all. Why do you make a seris that is all about dememons over taking the world and so on. This is not a book for people who can't watch scary movies. This has a lot of gory ness in it. The first chapter is RAT GUTS who would want to read that? Well later on in the book the boy walks in on his family getting their head chopped off and eaten. I don't think this book is very good, but read it and find out.
Chris
Darren Shan is crafty when it comes to writing horror stories. Even though the book resembles his other work the demonata series seems fresh not only with incredible details and description but just a total blood filled roller coaster ride with demons hanging from the tracks. The book has many twists in blood and gore from chess death match to seeing family members split in two. It seems like everything that could go wrong his life happens but he takes it and keeps going. Pretty sure if I saw my ...more
Jon
I love all of Shan's Cirque du Freak and Larten Crepsley books but this book was a huge disappointment. I didn't like any of the characters at all, the plot was slow, and there was no exciting original werewolves spiel in this book. All the werewolves in this book were generic, the werewolves on Scooby Doo are more terrifying.
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Librarian's note: Also writes under the name D.B. Shan.

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)
  • Demon Thief (The Demonata, #2)
  • Slawter (The Demonata, #3)
  • 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)
A Living Nightmare (Cirque Du Freak, #1) The Vampire's Assistant (Cirque Du Freak, #2) Tunnels of Blood (Cirque Du Freak, #3) Vampire Mountain (Cirque Du Freak, #4) Trials of Death (Cirque Du Freak, #5)

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