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Bec (The Demonata #4)

4.15  ·  Rating Details ·  9,383 Ratings  ·  346 Reviews
The fourth novel in this bonechilling series by Darren Shan, author of the New York Times bestselling Cirque Du Freak series, will keep readers turning page after horrifying page.

As demonic Fomorii ravage their land, Bec and a band of warrior companions leave their devastated rath to answer a plea for help. An orphaned priestess-in-training, Bec hopes the journey will hel
Hardcover, 241 pages
Published May 31st 2007 by Little, Brown Young Readers (first published May 1st 2006)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Bec, Darren Shan
عنوان: نبرد با شیاطین : کتاب چهار 4 : بک؛ نویسنده: دارن شان؛ مترجم: فرزانه کریمی؛ تهران، قدیانی - بنفشه، 1386؛ در 373 ص، شابک: 9645360439؛ چاپ سوم 1387؛ پهارم 1388؛ پنجم 1389؛ موضوع: داستانهای نوجوانان از نویسندگان انگلیسی - قرن 21 م
ماجراهای داستان کتاب بک 1600 سال پیش و در دوران باستان و در ایرلند رخ میدهد، در آن زمان، هنوز بخش بزرگی از ساکنان این منطقه به مذاهب باستانی و اسطوره های کهن خود پایبند بودند و آیینهای الهی، از جمله مسیحیت چندان گسترش چشمگیری در میان آنها نداشت. در کت
Apr 23, 2009 Siti rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 9thgrade-shelf
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Jan 21, 2009 Da rated it it was amazing
Shelves: quarter-2
The “world is going to end” thing

Let’s hit the history books, we’re driving to the past. Kings rule and neighbors fight each other until “Fomorii,” demons, attack and they find themselves asking one another for aid. Can you imagine seeing huge giants running up to your city and attacking the people? Sounds freaky, you have to stay on the defensive, waiting for the chance to switch to offensive. This provokes a lot of cautiousness, people will forever fear demons coming upon them until you join s
Feb 06, 2009 Nicole rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2008-09-read
By Darren Shan
256 pages. United States.
Little Brown & Co. $16.99
ISBN: 0316013897
(12 & up)

Are you ready to get mentally challenged? Not really, but this book will totally give you the worst nightmare. From Demons, to Druids then to human. This book takes place between 400 A.D and 500 A.D. –which explains why Christian was so unfamiliar to the people in the story.

Bec, the protagonist of the story is about to take on an amazing journey, a journey she would have never expected, and
May 29, 2009 Hollowspine rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya
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Liberty Abbott-Sylvester
Aug 21, 2009 Liberty Abbott-Sylvester rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who loves a great book!
Recommended to Liberty by: my son
I find reviewing the Shan books difficult because its hard to not talk spoilers. So please forgive the vagueness of my review...I don't want to spoil anything for you!

Another great book but more sadness in this one. More of a prequel it takes place around the time Christianity is developing and centers around a character named Bec, a young priestess in training that was found as an infant and raised by strangers.
The doorway to the demon world is being opened and a small group of warriors must f
Apr 28, 2011 Celine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While this book is often shelved as children's book, it comes with a warning: this series is Seriously Scary. And it definitely deserves this label. Darren Shan is a master in writing true horrifying stories.

Set in times where Christianity is rising and destroying the Old Fait, Bec doesn't know who her parents are. She is the sixteen-years-old priestess of a small town. When their town is being attacked by demons over and over again, she joins a small group of warriors sent off on a mission that
Mar 19, 2010 Abby rated it really liked it
I've loved Darren Shan since I got hooked on his Cirque Du Freak series, and I didn't think he could top it. Guess what? I was wrong. BEC is the fourth book in the Demonata series, and it is probably the best series I have ever read. Ever. As far as BEC goes, I have to admit, it starts out pretty slow, with over half the book being Bec and her friends journeying to a new land. But after awhile it grabs you and doesn't let you go even after you've put it down - the ending will blow you away.
Bec i
Fernando Ramirez
Jun 01, 2010 Fernando Ramirez rated it it was amazing
In the novel "BEC", the main caracteres are Bec, lord loss(demon lord), Drust,and run fast(a littel boy with no name). They'er all in the past around when cristianity was growing. Bec and the rest of her tribe were getting attact by demons every night or so. Then a kid out of nowere came out and asked Bec and rest of here tribe to follow, but they only sent Bec and other 4 more. When they got there they met a druid named Drust how tells them that he might now were the demons are coming from, and ...more
Selina Ma
Feb 02, 2011 Selina Ma rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 8th-grade
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May 18, 2011 Asriani rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Seakan tak pernah habis, iblis-iblis bertampang mengerikan terus bermunculan dengan rasa lapar mereka tak pernah terpuaskan. Mereka mendatangi pemukiman penduduk dan menyebarkan mimpi buruk. Menyerang dan membunuh mereka yang lengah. Ribuan korban berjatuhan. Anak-anak, perempuan bahkan pria dewasa sekalipun. Satu demi satu klan musnah. Banyak di antaranya yang hanya menyisakan rumah-rumah tak berpenghuni yang sebagian besar porak-poranda. Hanya mereka yang mem
Jun 03, 2011 Kieran rated it liked it
Bec is about a girl who Is becoming a Priestess . She lives in a small village but was not originally from that village . She has a perfect memory of when when she was born . Her mother ran away from her village to give birth to Bec . A warrior named Goll found her and named her "Little One" . Now the village is under attack from the Demonata. Bec has to learn NEW Magic from a male Druid , and have to close the tunnel between the Human world , and the world of the Demonata .

I thought this boo
Oct 01, 2011 Sita rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People into the YA Horror genre
Recommended to Sita by: My Lovely American Friend Cam

Before I give the review let me just start by saying that Darren Shan is one of my all time favourite authors and I am not a huge fan of horror, his writing, characters and plot’s just captivate me and keep me reading. I recommend all of his books. But this has to be one of my favourites in the Demonata series.

Characters: 9/10
I loved all the characters. There were evil ones and good ones; you’d think it would be as simple as that, but no. In most books, it’s black and white. “That guys the evil
❄️ Propertea Of Frostea ❄️ Bitter SnoBerry ❄
Bec. The Little One. The one who Lord Loss has shared magic with... The book was so scary and had lots of gore! Bran was a good one :) Run Fast! :D What made me wonder was the theme of the book...Lord Loss didn't know chess then...the gods were Celtic and the year was 5th century AD....

Also, the most painful thing in the book...
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Lilly Anne
Feb 12, 2012 Lilly Anne rated it it was amazing
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Sinai Bardales
Aug 23, 2012 Sinai Bardales rated it really liked it
I thought that this book was not as good as the two previous books, but i still really liked it. The main character is called Bec. She was good at working with magic. She lived as one of the first people to live. She was one of the prettiest girls in her tribe. In her timei there was a tunnel open to the demon realm so demons would attach just about every night and they had a really hard time because of the demons. She met a little boy who didn't really talk because he didn't know how to and he ...more
Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*

“To be a druid is to embrace death, dance with it a while, and finally fall prey to it. That is why we'll never rule this world. We have the power to bend all men to our whim, but are forever pushing ourselves further,trying to fly higher...and falling”

Bec is a good book, different from the others, a prequel of sorts, very high in fantasy level. While the others were in more modern times and touched by our world, this one is instead high fantasy, in a desolate world not our own, one which follo
Oct 22, 2012 Vendea rated it really liked it
Shelves: i-cried
Ze začátku jsem jenom zírala na to, co tam Shan předvádí. Děj mě moc neuchvátil a když je Bec jednou z nejsympatičtějších hrdinek (a je to ŽENSKÁ hlavní hrdinka v Shanových knihách), tak i přesto mne to tolik nezaujalo. Byla jsem spokojená ale následovně, co se objevil Lord Lítost - i s mojí milovanou Cévou. Od druhé poloviny to bylo naprosto skvělé - Shanův typický styl a lítající vnitřnosti. A horda démonů k tomu.
Caisee ☮.
So Get This:
This book was my favourite one out of the series. I liked the story line and the way that it was written. I like Darren Shan as an author- i think that the way he thinks is pretty cool- he comes up with all these kinds of demons that are really cool. But what I remember about this book most is the ending. It wasn't something I'd expected from Darren Shan. But I really liked it even though it made me a little sad :P
What else can i say...? Well i can't tell you all to like this book,
Feb 24, 2013 Paranormal_Madness rated it it was amazing
What I liked:
-Bec. I really love Bec. She’s a very intelligent girl, and she’s very resourceful. Not to mention she’s very selfless, especially in the end. I felt like she was very relatable, and it was surprising that Darren Shan could write such an authentic girl character as well as such authentic boy characters. I prefer Kernel, but Bec is probably my second favorite narrator.
-Setting. I felt like Darren Shan did quite a bit of research about the world he was creating. It felt like I was rig
May 17, 2013 Ninth rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Like gore? its yours.
Recommended to Ninth by: NUMEY!
5 Celtic stars

Someone pushed the REWIND button!

Its fuckin 5th Century AD or so! Old times rock!

So stuff begins with a neat biology related thingy. Then we find that we have ANOTHER major protagonist.

BEC. Meaning "The little one", Chic with awesome powers. Magic, healing and stuff. And oh! A BLOODY PERFECT MEMORY! i.e She could remember everything she heard, saw, felt or remember every guy she dated and so on...Hell! Chemistry reactions would have been helluva lot easier if she gave that lil br

Bec is the fourth book in a ten book series, The Demonata by Darren Shan. The narrator is Bec MacConn, who is also the narrator of the seventh book in the series, Death's Shadow. She is the first female protagonist of a book written by Darren Shan and I'll admit he did a very good job, but I'll get around to that shortly.

Bec is set around 351-400 A.D, during ancient Ireland's conversion from Paganism to Christianity, about sixteen hundred years before the events of Demon Thief. Because it's set

Oct 17, 2014 Siobhan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With this book we’re once again back to finding out the story of Grubbs.

Again Grubbs is developing as a character, although for completely different reasons to those in prior books. Another well-paced book in the series, keeping you hooked from start to end. Moreover, this one ends on a cliff-hanger being part of two books which run one after another unlike the prior books in the series which seem to jump about in time a bit (unless you have read them in chronological order).
Dec 09, 2014 Apoorva rated it it was amazing
I think the book “BEC: screams in the dark” by Darren Shan was really enjoyable. It was horror, creepy and awesome. I liked it because I like horror, mysterious and full of adventures kind of book and this book was horror and it had all the elements, which a horror book should have. The way the devil and demons were described in the story was good you could imagine the horrifying demons they were different and dreadful. The language and words I think were chosen carefully so that it matches the ...more
Jul 03, 2016 Matthew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5/5 Stars

Screams in the dark...

With Slawter being my favourite - if forced to choose, I'm biased heavily with the entirety of this series - then BEC is on the other end of the scale. It's far from bad, and I mean, far, far, far from it. But sometimes the story in this single novel can be a little larger than necessary; disjointed in ways. In comparison though it's massively enjoyable, and it takes a surprising break from modern life to delve back through the centuries, and this on its own, is
Mar 01, 2015 Jason rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, read-2015
5 Stars

Bec, book 4 in the Demonata series by Darren Shan is a prequel to the series as a whole. What a remarkable rewind. Shan has struck gold with this one again and he did it with both an amazing plot and with incredible characters.

I loved little Bec(her name means "little one"). She is truly a fabulous main protagonist. She is likable and easy to empathize with. Bec is grounded, caring, and loyal. All attributes that are needed to be a successful priestess. Bec is not naive and is worldly. H
Jan 02, 2016 Becky rated it really liked it
A good read - the first chronologically of the Demonata series. It is set in Ireland at celtic times when old magic is replaced by new and Christianity is hovering on the boarders. Into this mix comes a young trainee priestess, a druid and the Demonata. A great read x
Feb 21, 2016 Mahboub rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
میریم که جلد پنجم شروع کنیم:)))
Oct 14, 2016 Damian rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It was alright
Oct 24, 2016 Keyleigh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of horror and gore, as well as a decent adventure book
Shelves: adventure, horror
**4 Stars**
Minor Spoilers

Bec is without a doubt my favorite novel in this series so far. It was refreshing to be introduced to a new character, and a completely new timeline.
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Librarian's note: Also writes books for adults under the name Darren Dash. And in the past he has released books for adults under the names D.B. Shan and Darren O'Shaughnessy.

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
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Other Books in the Series

The Demonata (10 books)
  • Lord Loss (The Demonata, #1)
  • Demon Thief (The Demonata, #2)
  • Slawter (The Demonata, #3)
  • 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)
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“Bran,” I sob. “You have to go.” He just smiles. “Bran! You must!” Again the smile. He won't leave. He'll be my faithful friend forever. He'd rather die by my side than skip free without me. I return the smile. “Very well,” I sigh and reach out a hand. Bran takes it, expecting only my touch. But what he gets on top of that is the last of my magic. A swift, improvised spell. I reach into his mind and send an image into his thoughts, of the hole, him dashing out of it, racing through the cave and not coming back. And then, with all the magical force I can muster, I yell at him— “Run fast! 30 likes
“Man wasn't made to share the universe with gods. Their ways are not meant for the humble likes of us. But we've decoded some of their secrets regardless. Like worms, we've grabbed on to the talons of eagles and learnt some small truths and means of flight. But we can never really fly. We try, and succeed to a certain extent, but the fall is always—will always be—there. To be a druid is to embrace death, dance with it a while and finally fall prey to it. That is why we'll never rule this world. We have the power to bend all men to our whim, but are forever pushing ourselves further, trying to fly higher… and falling.” 27 likes
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