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Lord Loss

(The Demonata #1)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  20,435 ratings  ·  1,374 reviews
The first novel in a chilling new series by Darren Shan, author of the New York Times bestselling Cirque Du Freak series, will keep readers turning page after horrifying page.

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.
Paperback, 224 pages
Published May 10th 2006 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2005)
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Trutze The Demons are pretty bad indeed.
It's not that they are all dull and/or mighty evil, some even have a lot of depth to them, but yes, bad dudes they ar…more
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Apr 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Lord Loss (The Demonata #1), Darren Shan
Lord Loss is the first novel in the Demonata series written by best-selling teenage horror author Darren Shan. It was originally published in the UK on 6 June 2005. Soon after, it appeared in Japan and America, where Shan's previous series, The Saga of Darren Shan, had sold millions. The novel is set in Ireland and is told in present tense first person through Grubbs Grady, a child whose family are all chess players.
عنوانها: لردلاس؛ لرد لاس؛ نویسنده: دارن
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
Jun 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Horror fans
Recommended to Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) 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
Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
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
Apr 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like blood and gore
Recommended to Ninth 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)

Nov 29, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: horrror, fantasy
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
Jul 05, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed
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,
Feb 17, 2008 rated it really liked it
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Nov 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Jan 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, read-2015
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
Feb 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Sep 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: series, protag-love
Darren Shan is fun. He is just so much fun and while possibly by 2019 could be some super sensitive PC crap like many other authors (I don't know), at the point when he wrote this he was just unashamed awesome.

Grubbs Grady is a normal kid who likes making trouble, pranking his older sister. You know. Up until something is just starting to be weird with his family. Everyone is tense and he realises they made up a story to remove him from home for a night for whatever reason. When he goes to fin
I remember picking up a Darren Shan book ten years ago at the library I worked at. Immediately I was hooked on his writing style. Raw, emotional and very real. I read the first three books in his Cirque du Freak series like there was no tomorrow. And yet I didn't continue, nor pick up any of his other books. I can't tell you why. I still feel a great love for Cirque du Freak. I guess sometimes too many other books just come along.

The first book in the Demonata series is a real pageturner. It tru
Feb 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: darren-shan
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.

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
Oct 08, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
William Collins
May 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This review contains mild spoilers.

The first book in the Demonata Saga is a brilliant one. The writing from Shan was as quirky as ever. If you're a fan of any of his other novels, you'll doubtless enjoy this one too. I loved how the aftermath of the horror Grubbs had witnessed was dealt with. Usually, in books and movies, the character accepts that magic and monsters exists, whereas Grubbs is placed in an asylum and refuses to believe it himself.

I won't spoil anymore and just say that the last
Jan 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Creepy story, looking forward to the next in the series
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Jan 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like Semi-Horrors by an author with a magnificent imagination
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I first read Lord Loss in year eight if i remember correctly. At that age, i was scared of anything that said boo.
Henceforth I have always thought of Lord Loss to be horrific. Lord Loss is a marvellous read and a great book to start the series. The cover is what attracted me to this book, the demonic wolf, blood splattering from its mouth, and chess pieces being thrown in every direction, how perfect does that look?! Anyway, i loved this book and i suggest that everyone should read
Pardis Ahmadi
Dec 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Took me forever to finish this one, and it was a reread. I remember i LOVED this series, specially the forth volume, BEC. I’m si gonna continue reading these series. For old time’s sake. 🤘🏼
Dec 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I'd like to start off by saying this is one of this author's most underrated books EVER. The creativity, the characters, the dialogue; IT'S INCREDIBLE. Though it is called a horror book, it still maintains a theme of magic and whimsy throughout. The language is very juvenile and real, as though these events were actually happening to a pre-teenage boy. I wouldn't necessarily say this is the scariest book I've read, albeit the cover is pretty intimidating, it is DEFINITELY one of the best books I ...more
Nov 24, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
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
Oct 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great introduction to the Demonata series.

The book is filled with realistic characters who you can easily relate to. With moments of horror, sadness and humour it is the perfect mix as an introduction to the series. Telling the story of Grubitsch ‘Grubbs’ Grady, we’re thrown headfirst into the universe where magic exists, landing headfirst as the main character in the story does. It works well to leave you wanting to read the next books, finding out more about the magic that exists in
Mar 02, 2009 rated it it was ok
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).
Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love the Demonata by Darren Shan. Read them all when I was a lot younger so I thought I would give them all another go. Safe to say I am pleased at my decision to try them again :)
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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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The Demonata (10 books)
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  • Slawter (The Demonata, #3)
  • Bec (The Demonata, #4)
  • Blood Beast (The Demonata, #5)
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