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Lord Loss
The Demonata Series, No. 1

by Darren Shan

      Lord Loss is not a book for the faint of heart; it's very dark and very violent. Grubbs Grady is a normal teen, a little self-involved and sometimes casually cruel, but not so different from any other teen - until the murder of his family throws him into insanity. He emerges only to learn his family holds dark secrets and he'll have to choose how far to commit to darkness in order to save the new family he's found.

Lord Loss is the first book in a series, but this one really is complete in itself. It doesn't leave scores of unanswered questions to be wrapped up in later books. The book is also fast paced, though the blinding speed of the plot does make for somewhat shaky characterization. The main character begins by being extremely unlikable and it may be hard for readers to overcome that first impression. Also, some of the most violent incidents in the book happen in the early chapters and may simply be too much gore for some readers. This is not a book for young teens (despite the 9 - 12 age range on Amazon), but for older teens who love slasher flicks or movies like Constantine, this book will get them reading and we're always trying to do that.

The Book

Little, Brown and Company / TimeWarner
October 2005
Horror: Older Teen - YA
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The Reviewer

Jan Fields
Reviewed 2005
NOTE: Reviewer Jan Fields is the editor of Kid Magazine Writers emagazine and has written dozens of stories and articles for the children's magazine market.
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