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(Demon Road #2)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  1,804 ratings  ·  236 reviews

The second book in the mind-blowing new supernatural thriller from bestselling author DEREK LANDY, creator of international sensation Skulduggery Pleasant.

Reeling from their bloody encounter in New York City, Amber and Milo flee north. On their trail are the Hounds of Hell – five demonic bikers who will stop at nothing to drag their quarries
Hardcover, 460 pages
Published April 7th 2016 by Harper Collins
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Nov 14, 2015 rated it did not like it
There is a level of disappointment that can be pretty quickly summarized with simply me giving Demon Road 5 stars and giving Desolation 1. The problem here is that Desolation isn’t just disappointing. It’s skin crawlingly uncomfortable and promotes harmful stereotypes while simultaneously being a really, really bad book.

There’s no possible way for me to do this review without spoiling a lot of the first half of the book, and a couple things from the second half, so if you want to find out on you
Apr 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Thank you to HarperCollins UK, Children's & Derek Landy for my copy of the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

This is only the second book I have read from Landy and it was pretty good I must admit. Usually, I like a little romance or a huge love triangle but the book is so action packed I didn't even think about it, even when it does happen!

The book picks up from where it left off, after cheating the Shinning Demon and killing his representative Milo & Amber are back on the Demon Road
Emma♔☯ (Bookishfix)
May 09, 2018 rated it really liked it

As I really enjoyed the first book of the Demon Road series, I picked the next book up asap. Although this book is a little darker than the first, I enjoyed. If you don't know that I like really dark, gory, creepy things, then you obviously dont read my reviews (which is fine, but now you know). Derek Landy really impressed me with upping the ante in this one, a lot changes in this book, from the last.

Picking up right where Demon Road left off, Amber and Milo are back on Demon Road, but now
Mar 16, 2016 rated it it was ok
Stars. Sigh. Always a difficult issue. Maybe, if Goodreads had half stars, I'd be tempted to give it two and a half stars; as it is, when having to choose between "it was ok" and "liked it", I'm leaning far more towards the "it was ok" side, overall. So two stars it is.


I'll attempt to flesh this review out a bit (if I can manage it) closer to actual release date or when it's out, because there were some rather specific things I had specific problems with that would require me to go into spo
Osbian Night
Mar 18, 2016 rated it it was ok
Kind of half and half about it. I thought Amber was more a unique main character and there were some good bits of humor. I kept thinking about Buffy through out it. There's a scene with some bikers that reminded me of season six and a monster that was similar to either the slender man or the Gentlemen in Buffy.
I don't think it was brilliantly written, there was so much action at one point put together that around 50%-90% mark - reading on Kindle so book pages aren't always reliable- things just
Desolation picks not long after Demon Road signed off, and it wastes no time getting back into the action.
Some of them had been attacked where they sat, others as they tried to escape. Bludgeoned to death, every one of them. A woman in a brown cardigan was slumped over her table, blood leaking from the mess in the back of her head. A trucker in a plaid shirt had half his face caved in. The waitress had been dragged across the counter. Blood dripped from the dented gash in her temple, forming a g
I loved Skulduggery Pleasant. I own all the books. I've cosplayed Tanith and Melancholia. I've met Derek Landy twice to get my books signed.

If I met him again, I'd probably hit him over the head with a stack of his own books.

For starters, parts made me feel physically sick. That may have been a combination of some other things that have been happening in my life recently, but this book definitely had something to do with it. There's graphic descriptions of gore and sexual content and I'm shocked
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It struck Amber that hell, no matter its faults and its cruelties, was at the very least honest. She wondered if heaven was half as trustworthy.

I don't even know what to say about this book. It's Derek Landy's doing, so it's amazing.
This second part was even better than the first one, full of action and full of characters I just had to fall head over heels in love with. I mean... Javier and Virgil are awesome and somehow I always picture them like Bobby and the old version of Dean from Super
Finn Longman
Full review to follow on my blog, but I broke my nose a couple of days ago so haven't felt well enough to write one yet! This was a NetGalley read hence the pre-publication review.

My main thought? "Derek Landy, writer of seatbelt propaganda." Seriously. Between this and the Skulduggery Pleasant books, I'm beginning to think he's trying to make a point. A good point, but nonetheless a point.

While there were some very funny bits and also some emotional bits, this didn't quite have the effortless
Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
2.5 Stars.
Desolation begins shortly after the massacre of New York, with Amber and Milo fleeing the clutches of Astaroth, the Shining Demon Amber's parents entered a pact to sacrifice their daughter. After killing his representative, the unlikely duo are back on the Demon Road, destination Desolation Hill in the hope of seeking refuge from Astaroth's Hounds.

Milo and Amber haven't had the best working relationship, seeing he was firstly employed to ensure her safety. Now the two have fallen into
Dec 01, 2015 rated it liked it
Okay, I think this will be the first Landy book I give less than 5 stars :(. I did enjoy this. It takes place in one mysterious town, as opposed to the road trip story of the last book, which is cool. We also have some new supporting characters which I am sooo down for. However, I feel like this book is a bit off-balance. Some of the characters are a bit underdeveloped, while there is a ridiculous amount of gore and violence compared with the last book. I feel like this is because Derek Landy on ...more
Arkham Reviews
While I felt that Demon Road was a fairly average novel, unfortunately I enjoyed Desolation a lot less. It was just a disappointing read. While it did manage to move away from the episodic feel of its prequel, the result was a novel that was long, over padded and lacking in any sort of character development.

The story this time takes place in a single location - the town of Desolation Hill - and rather than just following Amber's perspective, it alternates between the POV of four different charac
Apr 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of Desolation from HarperCollins New Zealand to review. You can read my review of the first book in the trilogy, Demon Road, here.

I thought Desolation would be a bit like Demon Road, with Amber and Milo on the road for a while before they found Desolation Hill. But they spent a few chapters on the road before they found the small town which is where the rest of the book takes place. But Desolation Hill was full of surprises so it’s not like it was boring.

There were a few new ch
Aug 27, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2016
I'm not going to lie: I'm very disappointed with this book. I didn't hate it, but I didn't like it either. Demon Road is one of my favorite reads of the year so far and I really wanted to love this book as much as I loved the first one, but I just couldn't.

Although the plot is good, the book is very boring. We follow Amber and Milo right after the ending of Demon Road. They're now running from new dangers and they hide in Desolation Hill (where there are way more dangers than the ones they're hi
Mar 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
An excellent follow up to Demon Road as Landy drives his readers even further into a dark world of demonic ritual and horror.
Desolation doesn't quite follow the same set up as it's predecessor, with Landy choosing to settle Amber and Milo in one place for the duration of the novel, moving away from the American road narrative that he adopted brilliantly for Demon Road. That's not to say the unlikely duo don't endure as many testing encounters, quite the contrary, as the Shining Demon continues
May 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: c-own, c-physical-arc
~I received a copy courtesy of HarperCollins New Zealand~

Desolation continues right where Demon Road left off. Having cheated the Shining Demon, Amber and Milo are on the run from the hounds of hell, five demonic bikers who will stop at nothing to bring them back to their master. Their only hope lies in a small town in Alaska called Desolation Hill, rumoured to be able to keep out the demons.

When they arrive, nothing is as it seems. They are told they must leave before the town festival happens.
J. Taylor
Sep 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Really enjoying this series but it just cant beat Skulduggery.
Mar 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Quality Rating: Four Stars
Enjoyment Rating: Four Stars

◆ Thank you NetGalley for this eBook copy for review ◆

Desolation felt like it dipped a lot further into the horror genre than its predecessor, and though I'm not the biggest fan of horror I trust Derek pretty much unconditionally and it paid off because I enjoyed this book. It wasn't my favourite of what he's written, but I really respect the steps he's taken away from Skulduggery, especially after the response of Demon Road being very remini
Jun 17, 2018 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this more than Demon Road. It was a tighter plot. Full of violence and horror. Amber and Milo are growing on me. I was so pleasantly surprised by the lesbian relationship. I'm interested in finishing this trilogy, but I miss the magic that I found in Skulduggery's world.
Breakaway Reviewers
May 24, 2016 rated it did not like it
Vapid, lazy and offensive

This is book 2 in a trilogy. Middle books are notoriously difficult and given the short time frame between the first and second book of this series one can surmise that either the author already had this one written or he rushed it. I really can't tell which and to be blunt, I don't care. I feel a little annoyed with this book. Scratch that, I feel a LOT annoyed. I was given a copy to review, just a few pages in I was so impressed I bought the first book: this was a mist
Jan 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First book of 2017 finished!!

Ended 2016 on a four star read, started 2017 on a four star read. Not bad. Not bad at all.

I really enjoyed this book, the audiobook was great. I loved Demon Road, it was such a quick fast paced read. Although, with the recommendation from Ross I started to read books on my currently reading cause I had like 8, before I start adding new ones and I don't think I was really in the mood for this at the moment which may have hurt my reading experience. But I do recommend
Hazel West
Mar 11, 2017 rated it did not like it
DNF'ed this about halfway through.
Okay, so I liked the first book in the series a lot, and Derek Landy is a good writer, but seriously. You do not pull the 'oh my MC is actually gay' in the second book. Just…no. I do not like those kind of surprises. If you're gonna go there, at least have the courtesy not to hide it. And that wasn't the only thing wrong with this book either, as I honestly felt it didn't handle self image issues very well either. And what's up with the Scooby Gang? Because, hon
Kristy ▪ The Reader Dragon
I'm absolutely loving the darker turn this one has taken, and it also has a very Skulduggery Pleasant-esque feel in regards to what's going on with Amber. I can't wait to see where Derek is going to go with the last book!
Dec 27, 2015 marked it as to-read
Ok, I love that the covers are relevant to the stories, but oh my god that is a shitty cover.
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Oct 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing


Aug 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like the previous book, this book was good, but lacked any sense of the flair Derek Landy always infects into his books so carefully. Thought the plot and characters might have been good on paper, this book was a bit confusing and unbalanced. One minute a character is depicted as being calm and cool about what was to come, but the moment that time arrives, they are bursting with every emotion about their predicament. Both my friend, my brother and I all agree that the Skulduggery Pleasant series ...more
Malcolm Cox
Oct 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Where book 1 was like a mini series of The X-Files, this book is more a feature-length episode. I did appreciate the change of style from road trip to mystery town. One interesting addition to this story in the inclusion of the Scooby Gang. Ok, not quite, but they are a bunch of young roaming do-gooders with their own van and a dog. They added a good dose of humour to an otherwise dark tale.
As before this story is deliciously graphic and gruesome but always relevant to the plot.
My only real issu
Jul 02, 2018 rated it did not like it
1.5 Stars

Words fail.

Milo's pretty cool I guess. Though I'm fairly certain he broke his aloof character archetype a few times for unexplained reasons.

I feel like Landy is trying so hard to make Amber the antithesis of Valkyrie Cain that she ends up slightly more insufferable. That doesn't even have to be a bad thing, having normal Amber contrast with Demon Amber but it's done so blandly. I'd rather just have Demon Amber and have it end with that.

But it was at least (mostly) readable.

I don't suppo
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
The fast-paced sequel to the incredible Demon Road.
Plot: Amazing
Characters: Lovable and I will protect them with my life
Villains: Just as always, interesting with a history you want to delve into but are left curious about
This book is just as amazing or even better than the first one and I am ready to plunge straight into Hell for the third and final instalment in this trilogy. Help me guys, I'm not ready for this to be over.
I'm not going to make the same mistake I made reviewing Demon Road, which was to wait so long I forgot my thoughts. Because I have a few good thoughts on Desolation.
Its predecessor, Demon Road, was a really good book. I thoroughly enjoyed that book. It was hilarious, fast-paced, creepy, meaningful, and full of delightful visuals. It left me hungry for more.
I wanted more of Landy's trademark quick-witted humor. Unfortunately, the comedic relief character (and my personal favorite) had not a singl
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Derek Landy is an Irish writer and screenwriter. In addition to the bestselling children's/YA series of Skulduggery Pleasant books, a supernatural mystery series starring Skulduggery Pleasant, a skeleton detective, and Valkyrie Cain, a young female magician, he has written two screenplays that have been made into films: the IFTA award winning "Dead Bodies" and the IFTA nominated "Boy Eats Girl". L ...more

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