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The Demon Collector (The Mortlock Books)

3.8  ·  Rating details ·  130 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
Jonathon Stroud meets Joseph Delaney (with a bit of Dickens). A darkly humorous, hugely imaginative and utterly gripping story of a time when demons roamed London's underworld
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Bloomsbury UK
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Mar 23, 2012 rated it really liked it

I decided to read this book becuase it was from the same author from the book i read previously, "Mortlock." So i thought why not give this a try and that's why i picked it up and started reading.

"A book with themes related to those we have studied in class in term one - explain how in your review." This category was a bit hard to complete out of the whoe categories and when i thought about placing this book i was confused. So it came to me that the main character in the book is very good at rid
Aug 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I'm gonna take a moment and say the presentation is amazing: Black rimmed pages! And lots of flames and a mean looking demon skull on the front. It earned me a few eerie looks, which is always a plus for a book. Also, at the beginning of every chapter there's a few verse from folk songs and poems, which is nice.

At first I thought it would be a child's book and expected it to be silly and not very violent... and boy, was I wrong! The first page features a gruesome death and sets a precedent for t
Pedro Morelos Marchena
Dec 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Este libro llego a mi por mera casualidad y curiosidad, estaba en la librería buscando las novedades y lo tome de la estantería de libros juveniles y me llamo mucho mi atención su portada y el titulo.

En este libro el autor nos cuenta la historia de Edgy Taylor, un chico que nunca conoció a sus padres y desde su niñez esta bajo la tutoria de Talon un señor que lo hace trabajar recogiendo excremento de perros en las calles de Londres, pero no solamente a esto es obligado el protagonista de esta hi
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
I approached this book, as usual, with some premade ideas: i expected something between the novels of Barthimeus Series and Harry Potter.
This book is different: it has neither the humor of the aformentioned demon's boastings or the bunch of weird teens dealing with mad teachers and awkward love affairs.
It's more serious, even if there are some funny moments, and reminds me more of Dickens then of more recent literary works, but the reading flows easily and even the more dramatic moments don't le
J. Taylor

It was a fine book and liked it more then I originally thought I was. Just felt a little too simple for me.
May 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is a wonderfully original children's book set in a world where demons, arch demons and even Satan are more than just myths and legends.

Edgy Taylor thinks he's just an ordinary boy with a gift of solving riddles until he suddenly finds himself running for his life and ends up at the Society of Daemonologie. Once there he discovers the most extraordinary things and tumbles head first into a dangerous world filled with demons (some good, some bad), imps and even a snake of knowledge in the li
May 06, 2014 rated it liked it
First of all the i love the cover, flames all over the front an black everywhere else. Secondly the book was interesting but I found that everything was wrote in list-like structure this happened then this happened then that happened.... It soon became boring which made me quickly get bored.

The demon characters were easy to rate to following the seven deadly sins their actions were humorous however the human characters mainly the male protagonist Edgy Taylor was quite simple minded everything he
Holly Harker
Jan 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
This might be a monster of a book page-wise, but I flew through it because I just couldn't put it down! All of the characters are so well written, from plucky, nervous Edgy Taylor and his brave little dog Henry, to all of the members of the Royal Society of Daemonologie, including the demons... especially the demons! I loved the various classes of demons that align themselves with one of the seven deadly sins, and I liked that not every demon is a bad demon. Of course, there are still the bad on ...more
Apr 26, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens, fantasy
Mayhew has obviously got it into his head that children need constant stimulation. He's worked out a formula of 3 pages story, then a cliffhanger. Three more pages of story, another cliffhanger. It gets a bit predictable after a while, and you stop worrying about what's going to happen to Edgy since it becomes obvious he's going to have another amazing unexpected rescue. And another one. I get the idea, but I think he should give kids a bit more credit. And help extend their attention spans, rat ...more
Aug 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
These days it seems that a book, particularly YA fiction, can't be written without being part of a series. It is refreshing, then, to find a YA novel that stands entirely alone, and does a rather good job too!

Although I personally would have liked to have seen some more riddles in the book, it is otherwise a great little story that I imagine would appeal to 9+. I will definitely be looking up other books by this author and will recommend this one to whoever I think it might interest.
Samantha-Ellen Bound
Really works as a companion novel to Mortlock. I feel like Mayhew knows his stories and knows how he wants to tell them and just goes for it. If Mortlock’s emphasis was on gothic creepiness, The Demon Collector feels more like a mystery adventure. A good, fun and creepy read. Does just what it should.

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Sep 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s
I went to University with Jon Mayhew, so I might be biased, but for the last three summers he has published an excellent children's novel. I probably wouldn't have read them if I didn't know him; the loss would have been mine.
They are very good.
Dawn Finch
Oct 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Thrilling fantasy with all the twists and turns that you'd expected from a book by Jon Mayhew. It's that rollercoaster feel to his writing that grabs you from the start and leaves you breathless to the end. Cracking book.
Mina Li
Jun 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Loved this book, even when sometimes the plot was very confusing ti follow.
Mr. Brown
Jul 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
A little predictable, but exciting and hard to put down. Enjoyed it.
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