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The Demonata #7

Death's Shadow

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The apocalypse came and the world burned. But it wasn't the end, and out of the destruction, new life has emerged. Bec is back to face the Demonata. After centuries of imprisonment, she's more powerful than ever, but the demons no longer stand alone.

Something has crawled out of the darkness with her. Lord Loss is no longer humanity's greatest threat...

216 pages, Hardcover

First published January 1, 2008

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Darren Shan

274 books7,475 followers
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 Series in the United States. He is the author of the series The Demonata, The Saga of Larten Crepsley, and Zom-B. He has also released the stand-alone novel, The Thin Executioner, and the stand-alone short novels, Koyasan, and Hagurosan. Plus, for adults, he released The City Trilogy (originally under the name of D.B. Shan), and Lady of the Shades..

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9,566 reviews56.6k followers
February 27, 2018
Death's Shadow (The Demonata #7), Darren Shan
Death's Shadow is the seventh installment in Darren Shan's The Demonata series. It was released in May 2008 in the UK, and November 2008 in the USA. The book starts about six months after the events of Demon Apocalypse concluded, and is narrated by Bec, who is living with Dervish.
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: ماه نوامبر سال 2008 میلادی
عنوان: سایه مرگ - جلد هفتم از سری نبرد با شیاطین؛ نویسنده: دارن شان؛ مترجم: فرزانه کریمی؛ تهران، قدیانی، چاپ سوم 1388؛ در 344 ص؛ شابک: 9789645360465؛ چاپ دوم 1387؛ چاپ چهارم 1389؛
بریجیتای شانزده ساله در آستانه ی ازدواج بود. از وقتی به دنیا آمده بود، قولش را به شهریار داده بودند. شهریار خوبرو بود و مهربان، و بریجیتا رسیدن روز عروسی را انتظار میکشید. او رویای روزی را در سر میپروراند که پسرانی و جنگجویانی خوب، به دنیا آورد، شهربانوی امپراطوری قدرتمندی شود و تا سالیانی دراز با شادی زندگی کند
نقل از متن: ولی شهریار کاهنه ای قدرتمند را به خشم آورد. کاهنه به انتقام این کار او، در روز عروسی، هیولایی شیطانی را فرا خواند. هیولا تعداد زیادی از مهمانها را کشت و بریجیتا را با خود برد. بریجیتا خیلی رنج کشید، ولی هیولا او را نکشت، به جای این کار، چند ماه بعد او را به شهریار باز گرداند، ولی باردار. بریجیتا بهت زده بود، ولی شهریار فقط نگران این بود که با چنین اتفاقی آبروی خانواده اش بر باد میرود. او دست به دامان شاه مینوس شد و با سریعترین کشتی ناوگانش، بریجیتا را به جزیرهء کرت فرستاد. دهان بریجیتا را بسته و صورتش را پوشانده بودند تا کسی او را نشناسد. در جزیره، بریجیتا را به همان هزارتوی بدنام بردند. آنجا دهان و صورتش را باز، و او را در تاریکی رها کردند. او را آنجا رها کرده بودند تا آنقدر داخل راه های پیچ در پیچ هزارتو بگردد که بالاخره مینوتور پیدایش کند و او را بکشد. ص 5 و 6 متن کتاب. پایان نقل. ا. شربیانی
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187 reviews
May 18, 2023
سیرِ هیجانِ مجموعه دموناتا U شکله
اولش کلی کنجکاوت میکنه و دردسرِ جدیدی میاره وسط بعد شور و هیجانش کاهش پیدا میکنه و دوباره اوج میگیره
این جلد رو کمتر دوست داشتم، چون اتفاقای خوبی برای شخصیتای موردعلاقه‌م نیفتاد🚶‍♀️💔
امیدوارم توی جلدِ بعدی، همه‌چی خوب پیش بره😭
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112 reviews
August 9, 2021
دارن عزيزم بنظرت با اين كشتاري كه دو جلده واسه شخصيتاي موردعلاقمون راه انداختي بخشيده ميشي؟:)
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647 reviews57 followers
May 1, 2017
Literally ten years since I read the last one of these!

I LOVED the Saga of Darren Shan series when I was a kid and it was first coming out. My brother and I would count the days till the next one was released and then go buy it together and both devour it immediately. I left like there was a hole in my life when that series finished, ha. So of course when he started writing a new series, I started reading that immediately too.

I was 12-14 at this point - 12 when the first one, Lord Loss, came out and 14 when I read the 6th, and my last for a long time, Demon Apocalypse. I'm not really sure why I stopped reading this series- my brother continued, which is how I have access to the books now. I loved the first one, Lord Loss. I think I started losing interest around the fourth one, Bec. I never took to Bec.

So 10 years later, at 24, I thought 'Y'know what? I'm finally gonna finish this series!'

I read a couple of recaps on the net, and it all came flowing back pretty easily. This is a pretty standard Demonata book, from what I recall. Not the best, in my opinion, as this one is narrated by Bec and I never liked the ones narrated by Bec that much. Grubbs Grady FTW.
May 8, 2013
A quick review: I don't love the narration by Bec. Not in the new world. It's shifted drastically, she' learning again, and with Bill-E you-know-how... Mehhh, nope, I was bored. Too many humans slaughtered, the Shadow was even more ridiculous than Lord Loss. And such great loss of two great disciples -_- Great thing Dervish got his six purple spikes on his gray head, looked cool ^.^ Turns out, they were 'good-luck' sort of... love all paranoids!

Didn't like this book as much as I thought I would :/ Oh well, onto Kernel's mind next! No, wait...it's Grubbs, hope he gets on with his hilarious narration! :)

AND...curse you brain! My stupid, human, vivid, imaginative brain! Ahh, I almost pulled up an all nighter for this book, just that Jij woke up and I was caught -_-

Still, I hope something good happens in the next book.

3 stars for boring me, Bec. You're awesome, really, but not coolio enough :/
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1,476 reviews157 followers
March 22, 2014
Co to sakra bylo? *exploduje jí hlava* Pane Shane, jste zodpovědný za můj infarkt. 1 hodina ráno a já se poprvý v životě u vašich knih bojím. Nevím, co chcete psát v dalších dílech, ale Stín smrti byl perfektní. Posledních třicet stran jsem probrečela, nemohla mluvit a ještě se k tomu bála. Díky vám jsem si vypěstovala perfektní představivost o tom, jak vypadá lidské torzo, z kterého trčí vnitřnosti či urvaná hlava bez očí. V kterých se míhají larvy. Gratuluji vám, pane Shane. Právě mne odvezli do Bohnic.

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1,179 reviews256 followers
May 16, 2015
4 Stars

Death's Shadow is a tough book for me to say that I love. It is simply far too depressing of a story filled with many bad things for the heroes that we love. I am a huge fan of the series and love Darren Shan's writing style. This is a fabulous world filled with great protagonists and scary monsters and demons. Bec is wonderful in this story but dialed down. All other characters take some scary steps. Death's Shadow clearly lays down the ground work for the upcoming novels.

Darren Shan should not be missed and I give this series my highest recommendations...
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241 reviews
March 12, 2012
I liked this book. The last two or three were sort of dull (I just really don't like Grubbs haha), but I love Bec. Her storyline, Beranabus's, and their entwined storylines are the best, most interesting of the series.

Three characters that were introduced in Demon Thief were killed in Death's Shadow. Beranabus's death was courageous and absolutely perfect. Out of every death in the series, I think Beranabus's death scene - the whole chapter, really - was the best well-executed out of everything I've read from Darren Shan (granted, Larten Crepsley's death was pretty traumatic and shook me to the core).

I see a pattern going here: more Bec, more happiness for me. I almost wish there were more female characters. Meera reminds me of Marla from Fight Club (I can't help it), but other than that she wasn't given a big character background to engage me to her. Shamila was just a really nice lady, but her death was also very fitting and came at the right time. Nadia was sort of a bitch, but when she became Evil Juni she became the uber-bag-of-die-already-bitch. Nice Juni doesn't really count since she was pretending, but during that time she was pleasant but boring. I've liked all of the female characters in the series so far and sort of want more, but I guess I can't ask for much since Shan *obviously* knows what he's doing, and the Demonata *is* technically one of those "guy book series"s.

What I love about this series - in this book especially - is that even after characters have been condemned to death, they're still very useful before their number is up. Kernel gets his eyes stabbed out - he lasts for another book and deems useful on numerous occasions. Shamila gets her legs eaten at the beginning of Death's Shadow - she lasts for the whole book until the end, leaving open a wide, guilt-free window when the time comes for one of the group to be sacrificed. I totally thought Dervish would die any minute, so I'm kind of softened to the idea now, but he provided useful. His heart problem, when you think about it, spurred along the book's plot helpfully. Maybe Dervish's heart will be even more important when it comes to the future. Oh, gone are the days in which a whole story is introduced and solved in one book! Lord Loss, Demon Thief, and Bec will always be my favorite for that.

Hah. Dervish's heart. It's funny, especially after reading How to Read Literature Like a Professor. Dervish wasn't just getting old and tired physically. He had his heart go through the ringer with all the Juni stuff, and then just when Bill-E dies, Grubbs leaves in the middle of the night with Kernel and Beranabus. Dervish has complications with Bec, and just when they connect Dervish has a heart attack. It makes perfect sense! Of course Dervish has problems. Dying of a heart attack would have been perfect. *sighs contently* Yes.

So apperently the next too books are going to be set in the past. *exhale* Greeeeeeeat. First Grubbs's story, and then Kernel's. *sigh* Maybe at the end of Kernel's story we'll find out if he really died or not.
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Profile Image for Jennifer Wardrip.
Author 6 books479 followers
April 16, 2009
Reviewed by Randstostipher "tallnlankyrn" Nguyen for TeensReadToo.com

As always, thrills and chills are felt in this next installment in the horrifying and gripping THE DEMONATA series.

Bec has returned, and what aches her the most, besides adapting to the newest technology of the always-changing world, is having to deal with Dervish and the miles of questions surrounding his deceased nephew, Bill-E.

Although this does frustrate Bec extremely, no time is to waste as werewolves and demons attack the house and the hospital that Dervish ends up in. They are once again reunited with Juni Swan, who escapes to a powerful ship that has the magic in aiding Dervish and Sharmila.

Arriving at the ship, the group becomes trapped, surrounded by demons and their leaders, Juni and Lord Loss, who has now embodied Cadaver. Here the battle begins, and surviving just does not seem possible at all, especially since a demon stronger than Lord Loss is now upon them.

Deeper and darker than ever, Darren Shan continues his series with the infamous gory details and action sequences. The battle continues in DEATH'S SHADOW between Dervish's clan and those serving Lord Loss, and fans will not want to miss any minute of it. Also in this installment, Beranabus' character becomes even more developed, as we get a closer look at his life before joining forces with Dervish.

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58 reviews14 followers
March 16, 2015
دارن شان استاد بازی با کلمات است. این ماجرا را توی ��ری قبلی به رُخ کشید و اینبار هم از ویژگی ایهام نهایت استفاده را کرد.
death's shadow
آپستروف اس نه تنها برای مالکیت بلکه برای خلاصه شدن جمله هم بکار میرود. اینطور است که وقتی کتاب را دستت میگیری فکر میکن�� از سایه‌ی مرگ حرف می‌زند (بخاطر ضمیر مالکیت) اما سر آخر می‌فهمی که
death's shadow : death is shadow

سایه، مرموزترین موجود داستان، هم او که تمام شیاطین ازش می‌ترسند. سوالی که تو را می‌کشد، این چه جونوریه؟ هاع؟
جواب کل مدت جلوی رویت است و نمی‌بینی. شان را بخاطر این ویژگی‌ش تحسین میکنم. این و باز هم ایده‌های نابش...آفرین.
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4,491 reviews469 followers
October 12, 2014
This book goes back to being based upon Bec’s narrative.

As with the previous book in the series this one works to give the reader a lot of information about the bigger picture – telling them more about the characters (both the good and the bad) and the magic that is at work in the universe. As a whole it is a very useful book when it comes to gaining knowledge on the universe that exists in the books.
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Author 12 books145 followers
May 29, 2018
خب از این کتاب به بعد واقعا هیجان مجموعه بالا میره . شما میتونید با خیال راحت این کتاب ها رو بخونید و مطمئن باشید که لذت کافی رو از این کتاب خواهید برد . ضمن اینکه کتاب شما را با برخی ویژگی های دشمن اصلی آشنا میکنه .
Profile Image for Tom Sturtridge.
32 reviews
January 13, 2020
Woooweee. Fighting death itself. Yes please Mr. Shan. Story progression. Tension. Suspense. Horror. Gore. Absolutely in love. Not many People can build characters and stories for so many books and keep all the twists and turns coming.
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63 reviews10 followers
November 11, 2017
It took 7 books but it finally churned my stomach, the chapter entitled Kid's Stuff.

Note for editor: page 97 near bottom: Meera and Kealan are thrown to the floor...... Meera isn't there. Sharmila?
This entire review has been hidden because of spoilers.
Profile Image for Adam Marino.
23 reviews
February 20, 2019
The theme of this book is spend time with loved ones because you never know when they will pass which happened in this book.
15 reviews
April 15, 2020
Just finished reading this book and oh my god could not believe the ending great read onto the next one
Profile Image for Jessica Gleason.
Author 13 books51 followers
May 8, 2020
This was my least favorite of the series so far. It wasn't as interesting or developed as the others. The end was better than the book as a whole. I've loved every story until this point.
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144 reviews19 followers
May 19, 2021
"این که آدم ببیند آزادی این قدر نزدیک است و به آن نرسد، خیلی وحشتناک است"
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Author 1 book5 followers
May 8, 2020
Well. That's was emotional. I don't want to finsih the series, it's so good. But if anyone else dies then I might need therapy.
Profile Image for Mohammad Ersi.
47 reviews
March 30, 2022
مغز نمیذارن برای آدم،پر هیجان،سورپرایز و اتفاقات ماورای تصور
116 reviews
September 21, 2022
Woo! It is heating up. I was intrigued where this one was gonna go and I'm not disappointed with where we ended up! I enjoyed the perspective we're given this time round and it really helped flesh out some of the characters. The finale is awesome and I was left wanting more. We're definitely approaching the end game now with 3 books to go. Really enjoying this series and going straight on to the next one. If you've not read any of these I'd highly recommend. I appreciate they're aimed at younger audiences but they're still accessible and the overarching plot is stellar writing.
Profile Image for Nate Kievert.
114 reviews
August 23, 2022
Death’s Shadow is an enjoyable continuation of The Demonata series. It’s interesting how the books have shifted from seeming episodic to more serialized as it nears its conclusion.
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182 reviews
January 31, 2021
The second novel with Bec as the narrator isn’t what I expected. The fourth book of the series is my favorite (yet) and admittedly I did have high expectations for it. ‘Death’s shadow’ happens in the modern world and it fills the gap between at least one incident happening somewhere at the same time. (The next book is probably about that? I don’t know.)

The story didn’t pull me in like I wanted it to. There are multiple good moments though. Beranabus’s friendship with Bec is one of them. It’s endearing to see the character go from never caring about anyone to care so deeply about *one* person. The flashes of his life are also nice addition and give his character more depth.

I must admit that I am slightly disappointed with Bec’s character. I don’t know whether it’s the modern environment or the characters she’s living and talking with, but something is different about her and not only because there’s less magic in the air. I feel like she is kind of a bystander throughout the story. Apart from the end when she takes the situation under control, she is forgettable. Sometimes I ft like I was still inside Grubb’s head.

Regardless of this, the story is entertaining, gruesome and a good bridge between the latest showdown and the oncoming finale. I’m looking forward to Grubbs’s point of view. He’s familiar and dependable. And after finding out the meaning of this novel’s title, I’m excited for the three last volumes. ✧

3 stars
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50 reviews
June 10, 2009
As always, thrills and chills are felt in this next installment in the horrifying and gripping THE DEMONATA series. Bec has returned, and what aches her the most, besides adapting to the newest technology of the always-changing world, is having to deal with Dervish and the miles of questions surrounding his deceased nephew, Bill-E.The seventh book to the demonata series. This book is from the point of the recently revived Bec. They have a new enemy to fear cause the demonata are now all bowing down to a mysterious shadow. It start out with a bunch of werewolves that were suppose to be dead and are now attacking them. If that didnt shock you then this will. The shadow creature is reveal to be the thing that everyone fears. As the title say, the shadow is death itself in a physical form. This book is a great read. It has magic, demons, and a lot of graphic detail about all the gore in the story. It isnt really scary, it just makes you want to read more. To understand this book you definantely had to read the previous books in the series which I also reccomend because they are all really good. There is no other book out there like these so read them
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506 reviews4 followers
December 8, 2011
Death’s Shadow: Book 7 of Demonata
By Darren Shan
Book seven of the Demonata series, Death's Shadow, by Darren Shan, leaves nothing to the imagination when it comes to gore, but it lacks just a tiny bit on plot. Shan brings back characters from other novels: Sharmilla and Kernel from book two, Juni from book three, Bec from book four (in fact Bec tells the story), and introduces a new entity...a.k.a. "The Shadow." I think Demonata readers will agree with me, however, that Grubbs, (who makes a cameo) is our favorite character and he's just not in this novel enough for my taste. The Shadow wasn't nearly interesting enough to make up for the fact that Grubbs isn't a central character. And Bec, while a slightly interesting new voice--doesn't quite come through as an individual so much as a channel to relay the narration. Hard-core Shan fans will stick it out because the novel is sort of a transitional one--a bridge between one novel and another (or at least it reads that way), but new readers should start with book one, Lord Loss.
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974 reviews221 followers
May 28, 2014
It's been ages since I last read a Demonata book, but there was enough recounting previous happenings that I had no issues getting back into the action. The narrator of Death's Shadow is Bec, one of my favourite characters of the series. We learn more about the elusive Shadow, who made even Lord Loss to bow before him. The situation is becoming more and more dire, and the Disciples are keeling over like flies. Only three more books left in the series! Wonder who will be left standing by the end.
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1,535 reviews79 followers
October 22, 2014
4.5 stars

Lost another 2 (or 3?) main heroes in this book... T__T
The future looks even grimmer than ever now that departed early thanks to the grim reaper's help.
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13 reviews16 followers
December 20, 2016
راوی این قسمت بک ��ست و شروع داستان با گذشته برنابوس (برن)هست و شاید بنحوی بتوان گفت قهرمان اصلی این قسمت داستان نیز می باشد
باز هم چند معما مطرح میشه ؟سایه کیه؟از کجا اومده؟ چقدر قدرت منده که حتی لرد لاس هم ازش دستور میگیره؟ چه قدرتی داره؟
پایان این قسمت تقریبا به بیشتر سوالات جواب داده میشه
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