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Dark Calling

(The Demonata #9)

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4.18  ·  Rating details ·  7,709 ratings  ·  193 reviews
The Disciples are being manipulated by beings older than time. Only Kernel Fleck knows that something is wrong. But he is in the grip of a creature who cares nothing for the fate of humanity. Voices are calling to him from the darkness and he's powerless to resist. Kernel has already been to hell and back, now he's about to go further. ...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published April 1st 2009 by HarperCollins Children's Books (first published January 1st 2009)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Dark Calling (The Demonata #9), Darren Shan

Dark Calling is a book by Darren Shan in The Demonata series. It is the ninth book released of the series. The narrator is Kernel Fleck. 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.

"Come..."

The Disciples are being manipulated by beings older than time. Only Kernel Fl
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Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
I did a weird thing and reviewed these out of order, and then waited too long to review it. Oh well.

Anyway, Dark Calling isn't the best of the Demonata books, even though it is still creative with its storyline and where its aiming to go. Kernel is on his own a lot in this one, outside the human world and the creepy Demonata lands. I'm still deciding if I liked that weird development and probably will be undecided until I die. It ties into the big bang end of the series and wraps up a lot of plo
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Jason
Aug 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, read-2015
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
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Dan
Feb 27, 2010 rated it liked it
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.
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Emma
I've decided to read a few horror books in honour of Halloween. First on my list was the 9th book in the Demonata seris by Darren Shan. I read the majority of the series when I was still in school and mostly liked them.

This novel is from Kernal's perspective. We last heard from him in Demon Theif, which is my favourite novel in the series by far, so I had high hopes going in. This is the penultimate book in the series and suffers a little for that. It seems to exist solely to set up the finalie.
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DJ
Another good addition to the saga, with now just one book remaining things are really heating up.

This book focuses on Kernel this time and, again, a little over half of it takes place during round-abouts the same time period as the last two books - Death's Shadow and Wolf Island - as the three narrators (Grubbs, Kernel and Bec) were separated for a time.
So for the first half or so we see what Kernel was up to while Bec was on the ship and Grubbs was hanging with wolves - and it was some trippy
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Ariya
Jul 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-reads
I'm being emotionally wrecked right now and in denial of everything.

WHAT DID I JUST READ??? The half past of the book is my top-most favorite scene in the series for universe explanation, shortly cut through all kinds of Matrix mythology and mind-blowing universe building that I'm so much in love with it. But then all is fucked up. I practically scream in Grubb's last act. I can't believe this is close to the end due to nothing has a signifying conclusion, OR I just missed out something while s
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Siobhan
Oct 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
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.
Adam Marino
The theme of this book is always tell the truth. Kernal finds out some crazy things but keeps them to himself.
Chloe
Jan 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
This one was weird and exciting and I'm ready to finish off this series asap! ...more
Celine
Jun 21, 2011 rated it liked it
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
❄️ Propertea Of Frostea ❄️ Bitter SnoBerry ❄
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
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Tayla
Apr 30, 2020 rated it liked it
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Taoc
The book Dark Calling by Darren Shan is an interesting story set in a fictional future where demons are overrunning the universe. I chose this book out of pure chance when I went to the library. This book starts off with the main character fighting to protect his home and friends from demons. This book puts magicians and demons against each other. The main conflict in the story is trying to survive against the demons. Another overarching problem is whether or not to give in. In the story, the de ...more
Alley Kat
Jun 30, 2017 rated it liked it
The biggest thing I remember from the earlier books in this series is my hate for Demon Thief, the second book, because it was narrated by Kernel. Now, I don't hate Kernel as a character, but his narration areas are dry, whiny, and boring. This book built the plot with elements completely out of left field (aliens? really?) and the first half took place during the events of the previous book. This confused me and put me off the beginning of the book.

I ended up liking the way this book went after
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Darien Griffiths
May 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
No point me having a favourite character anymore because they just end up dying :( alot more magic used in this one. Don't know whether I'm going to cry or jump with joy with the next one ...more
Henry Lim
Nov 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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Anna C
Oct 25, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: novel
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
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Jacob
Nov 24, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Rebecca
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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Holly
Jan 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
So we are back with Kernel. I remember actually really liking reading his points of view when I first picked up the series. I do find him the hardest character out of the three to understand. I wasn't quite sure what he was thinking, though maybe it's because I haven't read the series in a long time.

This book kind of flipped everything on its head, it was so good.
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Melody Newby
I love the imagery in this book!
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Kitty
Jun 04, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Štěpán
Aug 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First half is like: "This is some weird sci-fi shit"
Second half be like: "F*ck you Death, Grubbs and Bec and everyone we're doing this"

I like Kernel as a character. And I think that this seeing one story point from three POV's in 3 books is interesting. It adds something valuable to the reading experience and it rewards and punished those who read carefully (cause you read the same thing 3 times with two previous books)

Dark Calling goes scifi-weird. Almost fate-ish and I do like it and at the sa
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Fionn
I couldn't decide between a 4 or 5 star rating for this book. I really loved the story involving Kernel, the origin of the universe and the Kah-Gash, but I found it really difficult to make sense and accept the changes Grubbs went through. One minute he'd be like his old self, the character I loved in the previous books, and the next he was the opposite. In the end, because of the story, action and the rest of the characters, I went with 5 stars, I'm hoping Grubbs' changes will make more sense i ...more
Tom Sturtridge
Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
The penultimate book in The Demonata series and I love it the character development. The loss of characters. The reappearance of old characters. And of course the blood, guts, gore and demons that you expect from Shan. Will be interesting to see why the old Creatures specifically chose Kernel to oversee the arc over Bec or Grubbs. All I know is. Hell's Heroes is going to be one of the best endings of a book series I've ever read. As do for The Demonata has been incredible. With each book being b ...more
Timothy Pitkin
May 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
A lot of stuff happens in this book with learning about the origins of the demons and their goals with heavy depressing tone to the story. But it does go by a little to by as it just throws all lot at the reader without to much room to stop and think about the information. But still some nice moments and the battle towards the end of the story is pretty cool.
Cassie Fischer
Definitely not my favorite volume but the second half ended up being okay. The first few books have such a different tone to them. Like they were just as gory and about demons, but the books have escalated to apocalyptic problems. One more to go, let's hope it's good! ...more
MB
Sep 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Ok I definitely didn't get this far into the series when I was younger. But wow did this expand the universe! Probably a little bit too much exposition but I loved getting an explanation on how everything worked. Good setup for the final book too. ...more
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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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