Lord Loss: Book One of The Demonata by Darren ShanLord Loss: Book One of The Demonata by Darren Shan

Lord Loss: Book One of The Demonata

byDarren Shan

Paperback | July 6, 2006

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The first book in theDemonata, the demonic symphony in ten parts by multimillion-copy bestselling horror writer Darren Shan...

When Grubbs Grady first encounters Lord Loss and his evil minions, he learns three things:

  • the world is vicious,
  • magic is possible,
  • demons are real.

He thinks that he will never again witness such a terrible night of death and darkness....He is wrong.

Darren Shan is the number-one bestselling author of the seriesThe Sage of Darren Shan, theDemonataand more recentlyThe Saga of Larten CrepsleyandZom-B. His books have been read by millions of people around the world and translated into more than 25 languages. Darren lives in seclusion in the depths of Ireland. He is a big film buff, an...

interview with the author

JAB Member Katie Hillman's Q&A with Darren Shan author of Lord Loss It's in the Blood

1. You're definitely a fan of the macabre. What books and/or movies of the horror genre have inspired your work? Do you have any favourites?

One of the biggest influences on me was "Salem's Lot" by Stephen King. I saw the TV movie of it when I was 9 or 10 years old. It blew me away!!! Then I read the book a few years later and became an instant King fan for life!!

2. What's your method for writing a story? Do you have any "creative rituals?"

Once I have the rough plot fairly clear inside my head, I write out a plot outline by hand, then usually break it down into chapters. Then I start writing, direct to PC. I write 10 pages a day, 5 days a week, when doing a first draft, which normally takes 3 or 4 weeks. I'll then spend on average two years working on the editing process!!!

3. Do you have any tips for an aspiring horror writer? (cough cough…) Is it difficult to create a name for yourself in this field?

Just write the sort of stories which you would like to read. Don't worry about impressing other people - write for yourself. Getting published for the first time is always hard. You just have to keep writing and keep believing in yourself - everyone gets turned down to begin with!!

4. Have you always wanted to be an author (particularly, a horror author)? Have you always liked to create creepy stories?

Yes, ever since I was 5 or 6 years old. I actually mix up genres - horror, fantasy, adventure, mystery, sci-fi. But I've always had a special love for the dark side!

5. Now a standard question; if you could meet anyone, living, deceased, or fictional, who would it be?

I'd love to meet Stephen King, since he's been such a huge influence on my life - though I imagine I'd come across like a real fan-boy, so it might prove rather embarrassing for me!!!!!
Title:Lord Loss: Book One of The DemonataFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8.1 × 5.25 × 0.63 inPublished:July 6, 2006Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0007193203

ISBN - 13:9780007193202

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Lord Loss If you're a fan of the The Sage of Darren Shan series you should check this out. More gore than the previous series but the same incredibly creative concepts.
Date published: 2018-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It's in the Blood ... Like every other reader, you are almost never prepared for the climaxes, plot twist and deaths that occur in the story. The author pulls readers into the shoes of Grubbs, and what he endures throughout the journey of the story. Nothing further than this can be said to avoid spoilers. The gore, on the other hand is atrocious, and I have never seen such fine details in any other book!
Date published: 2016-12-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great start to a series, dark and scary Without really giving anything away as it is a short novel, this one really did blow me away in the beginning. When I read the first forty pages into this book I didn't realize how bloody and gory it was going to be. It was pretty graphically violent and I was wondering to myself if I really did pick up a young adult book. Anyway, if you can read through it, I really did like how the demons were described. They were very different and it read like something out of either the short stories of HP Lovecraft, or out of just a very wild imagination. It was good though as it made the demons seem more evil looking, macabre, and scary. I found it a little hard to picture them at first, but Darren Shan made such wonderful descriptions that it was if these things could only come from nightmares (and they do get really creepy once you finally pictured them). The storyline is really good and it's short, and to the point which makes it a fast and engaging read. The characters are few so it's very easy to keep track of them, although the story centralizes on Grubbs. The character names in this book are rather strange and odd (Grubbs and Dervish to name a few examples) but it adds more quirkiness to the book and it makes it a different read. Although the names are funny and strange, I find them much better than the names you find in other young adult novels that seem to name their characters names that celebrities would give their kids (rather stupid names too). The names just seem to fit this novel more. The only criticism I can find in this novel is towards the end, where Grubs can "suddenly" do things he could never do. I found it as an easy way out of finishing the book and a little too convenient. Everything ended just a little too quickly and the ending, well, all I ask is: "how did he wake up??!!!!" leave me with asking more from this series. Also, please note, this book is not for those that aren't into gore. Coarse language may be an issue to some, I expected it, and it does add a bit more realism to Grubb's character (since when did teenagers never swear in real life?) Overall, a fast engaging read, with creepy descriptions of demons, and enough action to get you to read the rest of the series of The Demonata. This is a great beginning of what seems like a great series.
Date published: 2010-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Surprisingly good!!! A very entertaining read and a whole lot of fun. If you enjoy stories about things that go bump in the night with just a touch of gore, give this one a read. I definitely recommend it.
Date published: 2009-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from More Greatness From Darrne Shan I started reading the Darren Shan saga years ago when only 1-4 were in Canadian stores, and I still read and love the series. However, now I've given his new series and shot and I LOVE it! Lord Loss is a sick book for the beginning of the series, and though it does have a bit of a slow spot, it was amazing non-the-less. The story is awsome and the characters are really interesting. I recommend this to anyone who likes horror and supernatural novels.
Date published: 2008-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from omg i loved this book this book was absolutelly amazing!!! definetlly not boring but it depends on what you like!! if you love reading mysteries or books like goosebump or maybe you just want to read something totally out there this is definetlly for you!!!!! i loved this book and have read the whole series that is out and i absolutlly loved it!!!!!!!
Date published: 2008-07-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Liked it a lot more than I thought I would!! I've sold hundreds of Darren Shan books to teenage boys and never really thought I'd like them. I read this book because I'm trying to read all the Junior Advisory Board picks and this is one. It was a really good book. Certainly lots of talk of blood and gore and guts and crazy demons with snakes for hearts and cockroaches for hair and a demon using the body of a dead human as a puppet - so not for the faint of heart. But you've got a teen who loved Goosebumps earlier on, they would probably love this book. It certainly isn't a hard read, reluctant readers would get into fast and it isn't that long. But it was really fun and now I think I'm going to try the Cirque du Freak series that we sell so many copies of. I thought this was really well written and fun - I was really surprised how much I liked it.
Date published: 2008-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It's literally in the blood this book was amazing! i only just saw this book on a shelf, bought it, and loved it. the book was kinda bloody, as are the other ones, but still, awesome
Date published: 2006-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from this book was wicked awsome The moment I started to read this book I couldn't put it down. I read this book in 6 hrs.
Date published: 2006-07-31

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Lord Loss"Utterly unputdownable" - the TIMES"The master of children's horror at his blood-curdling best." - PUBLISHING NEWSPraise for Darren ShanLord of the Shadows"Stephen King for kids . Darren Shan has brought his own brand of vampire mythology into the heads and hearts of thousands of children with his vivid and compelling series The Saga of Darren Shan, about one boy's journey from ordinary lad to vampire prince. Once they're hooked, kids tend to rip into the flesh of these books, quickly draining them of their life blood. The covers, with images of ghouls, creeping hands and dripping fangs are terrifying alone. " - Metro Life, EVENING STANDARDCirque Du Freak".fast-paced and compelling book which leaves the reader hungry for more." - JK Rowling"I read Cirque Du Freak last week. I loved it. I love the way you manage to juggle the funny with the unpleasant, the affection with the hurt. It's great story-telling." - Roddy Doyle