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Dark Calling (The Demonata #9)

4.17 of 5 stars 4.17  ·  rating details  ·  5,111 ratings  ·  149 reviews
I know it's ridiculous. Lights can't whisper. But I swear I heard a voice calling to me. It sounded like static to begin with, but then it came into focus, a single word repeated over and over. Softly, slyly, seductively, insistently.
The Disciples are being manipulated by beings older than time. Only Kernel Fleck knows that something is wrong. But he is in the g
Kindle Edition, 224 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2009)
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4 Stars

Dark Calling, the 9th book of Darren Shans amazing The Demonata series is the second last in the series and unfortunately not one of the best. That does no mean that this is not a good one, as it is. I enjoyed every minute of it. Dark Calling had the near impossible task of trying to better the previous book Wolf Island (one of the best books in the series).

This book did some bold things. First, with the end near, it actually introduces and spends quite a bit of time with a set of new ch
Dark Calling is by far probably the weakest book in the series.

It just couldn't grab my interest. Demonata has always had its appeal to me. The one thing I loved is how weak the characters are in comparison to the foes that they face. Nearly most of the fights that they have, none of them come out unscathed. They'll be missing an arm, lose a friend, and moan about how strong their enemy is and how hopeless the fight is.

Its a brilliant story tactic and it adds to the horror element of the story.
❄️ Propertea Of Frostea ❄️
Brief review for now...

Grubbs, what is wrong with you? You're not the same?! :(
Bec, girl!? What did that Beranabus tell you to do?! :(
Kernel, are you sure you know what you're thinking?! :(
Dervish, Meera, :'(((
Lord Loss.. -_-
Death... -_-

On a lighter note.. KIRILLI!? What the fudge are you? I wish Shark and Timas were here :/

On to next now... HELL'S HEROES. O_O
This is yet another great book in the series, getting you ready for the ending.

Focusing upon Kernel’s point of view, the story continues to move forwards, bringing about much more information about the universe and the powers that exist. Filled with twists and deceit, this book keeps you as entertained as the rest in the series, ready to read the final book, curious as to how it all ends.
No páni. Na to, že jsem Pecku moc nemusela, jsem si tenhle díl maximálně užila. Celé Peckovo putování, ta Atlantida a ostatní. Bomba. Vážně jsem zvědavá, jak tahle šílenost vlastně skončí...

Henry Lim
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I really like the Demonata series as a whole. Some books are absolutely great and some aren't so great so the series as a whole balances out to be one of the best series' of books ever written. dark Calling is one of the books in the Demonata series that I really love.

As far as the story line goes I was hooked. Dark Calling was definitely my kind of book. So far the series has been mostly fantasy and horror but Dark Calling brings in the Science Fiction. Which is something that I really love to
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Dark Calling is from the point of view of Kernel, a magician.I love the Demonata series, but Dark Calling was kind of a disappointment. The series is about magicians fighting demons that cross over to our world. But in Dark Calling, most of the book is about Kernel traveling through space and other dimensions and universes. Most of the book was a lot of talking, and there really was no action. It was really boring compared to the rest of the series. It described the mystery of the Old Ones and a ...more
Where most of the Demonata books are fast-paced and gruesome, Dark Calling is kind of an odd ducky. Most of it is set outside of our normal human/Demonata worlds, and for half of the book Kernel is on his own, on some kind of mysterious special journey. Dark Calling felt very much like an in-between book, filled with info-dump. The lore is interesting, but there wasn't enough action in the first part to keep me truly engaged. In the last half we return to regular programming, but by then there i ...more
Derek Awender
This novel was similar to all of the other ones. It had a lot of the same traits such as plot twists, intense demonic-action, and gruesome detail. I am not surprised anymore by almost anything. Darren Shan needs to start switching it up for previous readers. As all of the other ones it is really interesting. It has Kernel Fleck as the point of view which I really like. There is a lot more combat in this one then most of the others though. There is a lot of character development between Grubbs, B ...more
Can you hear the voices...?

It's the book we've all been waiting for, well, apart from the final one. In Dark Calling exposition is rife, but instead of being overwhelming, Mr Shan does a great job of breaking it up with action and suspense. Almost all questions are answered in this instalment, and the sense of events coming up to the finale's precipice is almost palpable. It also sees the welcome return of Kernel as our point of view. I'm glad we got one last adventure with him, it's been six bo
Anne Freya
2.5 stars

This book is officially my least favorite in the series. Unfortunately I couldn't skip this book, as I had to finish it before I could read the last book in the series.

It's boring to the max. The 17 of 23 chapters, to be exact. And it didn't help with Kernel as the storyteller in charge this time. It's like listening to a weather reporter. Half of the book.

And the more I read this book, the more I felt that the plot in this book was becoming more absurd... To suddenly jumped into sci-f
Felipe-anthony Pasquale Palacios

Ok, have you ever seen something? Absolutely sure you saw it, yet no one else saw it and you begin to question your sanity? Well that's what Kernal - Short for Cornelius- experienced everyday for his entire life. Kernal can see these floating patches of light, they are all different colors but all are about the size and shape of a cereal box. He is alone his entire life and one day he is inspired to move the patches together and works with demon speed, he unknowingly opens a po
Luke Markham
Apr 26, 2014 Luke Markham rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Younger teens.
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Henry Hull
What was interesting about this book was that Darren Shan was able to take an extremely boring character and make him tolerable.

Yes, Kernel Fleck is the main character again but don't worry, he is used properly this time. He is taken on a journey by these ancient beings called the Old Creatures who inform him on the origins of the current state of the universe, the Demonata, the Shadow, and the Ka-Gash. By making it about what we learn and not about the character, we are able to ignore that our
Somebody: Kernel Fleck, Magician working with bernabus, The master of opening windows between worlds.
Wanted: he wants to find the shadow and end this war with his allies.
But: Bernabus dies (There most powerful magician) and the shadow has opened a window between earth and the demon world.
So: Kernel gets called by the old creatures to protect the earth. Kernel, Grubbs, and Bec have to protect the world by the demons.
Then: They accidentally go in the demon world. Lose many people and notice th
Jarrod Varnell
This is the 9th book in the Demonata series by Darren Shan. The main character of this book is Kernel. He has recently been blinded and must remain in the demon world if he wishes to see. A group of quasi-omnipotent beings ask him in help to preserve life in the new universe. They ask him to hide a planet from the demons by teleporting it whenever they come near. They say the human race is doomed and that he must do this if he wishes for there to be any life in the cosmos at all. I would recomme ...more
Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
Dark Calling - The newest book in the Demonata series. Can't believe there's one more book left.
This series has been weird, crazy, but a great read. I started reading this after Cirque du Freak. Darren Shan is one of my favorite writers. The pacing of the story in each book is great. Even the characters are developed. Dark Calling continues where the story left off and thus the main three, Kernel, Bec and Grubbs come together to fight an even bigger battle they have ever been in. I only wonder w
First, I really like this series. I have been a fan of Shan for many years now and have enjoyed this series a lot.

I was kind of confused when the "beings older than time" appeared. I have always wondered, how the series would end, how everything was linked and what the Kah-Gash was, but I would have never thought about that. It was kind of destroyed my fascination for the demonata and the series, but maybe that is so with every secret revealed.
Maybe I know too much about the ways of the demonata
I had a busy week so ended up having a break before reading this book, but I was eager to get back to it. So close the end I wanted to know how it would all turn out.

This book is told from Kernel's point of view again, it was quite nice to have him narrating again, I like his voice and his no-nonsense, it is how it is attitude.

It once again gives a recap of events from when the whole group was together last, from his point of view. To be honest I skim read this part. I've already seen these eve
Charles Noyes
Dark Calling is the ninth book in the series Daemonata and the whole series is about Daemon hunting. It is written by Darren Shan, author of the popular Cirque Du Freak series and if you have read any of those books, you know that Darren Shan's writing is extremely violent. The things he gets away with, especially in the first book. I would not recommend this for anyone with a weak stomach or below the age 12. On to the book, it is about Kernel Fleck's struggles with Daemons. He has to fight the ...more
YaoMing Jiang 11/20/09
9A Ms.Moore
The Demonata Series are about demons. It’s a series about 3 main characters and how they each fair against the madness that they are about to experience. The Demonata series are all outstanding books because of the way each book focuses on different characters. Grubbs Grady, Kernel Fleck and Bec Grady are the protagonists in this series. As you continue to read each protagonist will meet and form a team.
Ignorant, disobedient Grubbs, a n
Marie-Josee Larouche
An amazing novel, just like the others! Things are really starting to take drastic and shocking turns! I can't believe most of the things that happened in this novel! I had some guesses of what would happen and it didn't even come close! A truly amazing read, it’s coming close to the end and things are starting to get really suspicious amongst the kah-kash hosts. The story is revealed about how the universe started with the demons and the Old Creatures. Truly was shocking. Never thought it would ...more
“Dark Calling,” is the ninth installment of the Demonata series, this latest volume was as compelling and “engrossing” as any of the other books in the series. In this chapter, one of the pieces of the Kah-Gash, Kernel, is kidnapped by an “old creature,” or easier perceived, “like gods.” The old creature takes Kernel to the center of the universes, the Crux, and reveals the “inevitable” fate of the human race. As Kernel struggles to understand this unimaginable information, the other pieces of t ...more
Seit Kernel erst erblindete und sich dann neue Augen gebaut hat, sieht er nicht mehr wie zuvor. Die Lichter hat er schon immer wahrgenommen, aber nun sind neue, andere hinzu gekommen. Er kann sie nicht kontrollieren und auch nicht über sie reden, dabei wäre das von größter Wichtigkeit. Immer wieder geht ein Wispern von ihnen aus, das die anderen um sie herum beeinflussen kann. Doch etwas versiegelt Kernels Lippen und als er endlich mehr darüber herausfindet, befindet er sich schon allein auf ein ...more
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Dark Calling
by Darren Shan
186 pages
Little, Brown and Company $16.99
ISBN: 978-0-316-04871-2
(Ages 14 & up)

Kernel's gone mad. And there is absolutely no time to go crazy, not with the fate of the universe and human race in jeopardy. Kernel thinks lights can talk. Psh, yeah right. After the debacle on the cruise ship, Kernel was seperated from the others. Alone, he travels through the demon world until the lights began to speak to him. Asking him to do something. Soon
Dark Calling opens up by quickly running through the events in Death's Shadow through Kernal Fleck's perspective, who has noticed that he and the Disciples are being controlled by an unknown force. After it is revealed as to who was controlling Kernal and company, Kernal is taken on a trip through many universes in order to help comprehend the beginning of time itself in his world.
The Old Creatures explain to Kernel Fleck all about the past and everything, and I must say, it was simply brillian
The book the dark calling is about a kid named kernal fleck who can see paches of light and can open windows to other universes. One day he was taken by something called the old creechers and was showen the past and what it used to look like. He was given a chose to stay and save the univers or to go back and die. Kernal said that he would try to save his friends but if he could not he would come back and save them and the univers. when he came back he fought many demonds. He also fought death. ...more
I think it's interesting what Shan does with his books. What he does is, he has this one character narrate one book, and what's happening, and sometimes in the book, the group splits up, so in the next book he switches the narrator so it was the person in the other "group" so we see what was happening while we knew what was happening with the other group. At times it can get a little confusing, but that's what i think makes it interesting.
Most of this book is just Kernal (the narrator) learns a
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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)
  • Lord Loss (The Demonata, #1)
  • 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)
  • Hell's Heroes (The Demonata, #10)
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“Grubbs cries out and wraps his arms around the little girl, hugging her like a doll, weeping while we stare at the pair of them, bewildered. When he finally stops crying, he releases Bec and grubs shakily at her, then casts his gaze over the rest of us, his features firm. "Show of hands. Who's going to help me and Bec kick some Shadow ass?"
Five arms rise immediately.”
“Who's going to help me and Bec kick some Shadow ass? -Page 172” 5 likes
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