Grubbs Grady is an average kid. A bit bigger and slyer than a lot of boys his age (he loves to play evil, ingenious tricks on his sister), but nothing special. He leads an ordinary life, and expects it will always be that way. But when his parents and sister behave strangely ... and Grubbs decides...
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  • Book Blog Bonanza

    Book Blog Bonanza | 22 February 2015

    The Demonata series is my #1. Out of everything I've ever read it's my most favourite. Every year I make time to read it again, and it never fails to excite and fascinate me. Lord Loss, the first...

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  • Nyx Book Reviews

    Nyx Book Reviews | 18 August 2014

    Original review (30/7/2010)

    I love Darren Shan. I loved his vampire series (although I read the last page first, and when I saw the ending spoiled I didn’t dare to finish the book). Lord Loss...

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  • Clare’s Bookshelf

    Clare's Bookshelf | 24 July 2014

    Although I bought this book back in 2009 when the tenth book in the Demonata series was published, Lord Loss was first published back in 2006. What was amazing at the time that I bought the...

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  • Big Reporter

    Big Reporter | 06 June 2014

    Lord Loss is the perfect book for lovers of horror. With demons, gruesome imagery and a tactful plot which shall leave you in awe throughout, Darren Shan keeps you on your toes and guessing the...

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  • Bubblews

    Bubblews | 05 June 2014

    If you’re looking for a good horror title for young readers, then look no further than The Demonata series by Darren Shan. The author of the Cirque Du Freak series conjures up fear and terror in...

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  • Arkham Reviews

    Arkham Reviews | 16 April 2014

    Before I begin this review, I think I should get the warning out of the way. This series is violent. Incredibly violent. If you are in any way squeamish or easily frightened, these books are not...

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  • Written Words, Reading Kuu

    Written Words, Reading Kuu | 11 March 2014

    Lord Loss kept me guessing and had great twists in only the way Darren Shan can provide! Grubbs Grady has a strange family secret that not even he knew and everything turns to the worst in the...

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  • The Unusual Files

    The Unusual Files | 27 February 2014

    Werewolves and Demons and Blood. Oh my!

     

    This is the first in a series called the Demonata series. I rented this from my local library and I'm so glad I did. It was awesomely creepy! I scare...

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  • West Calder High School Library

    West Calder High School Library | 19 November 2013

    ‘Lord Loss’ is a particularly gruesome book. When Grubbs’ sister falls foul of the werewolf curse, Grubbs’ parents and sister fight the demon master Lord Loss to cure her, but fail and are...

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  • Nick Picks Books

    Nick Picks Books | 01 March 2013

    I liked this book because of its fast -paced, draw-you-in plot. The action never ceases and it just keeps getting better. You won't be able to put this book down. Recommended for readers 12+.

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  • Booksword

    Booksword | 18 January 2013

    Ok, so you might be slightly put off by the cover already, but don’t be. That is if you can take a bit of guts and gore…well…I say a bit…ok,ok this book is infected with it. But if you like ’The...

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  • Vaempires

    Vaempires | 07 January 2013

    I recently finished a wonderful book and wanted to talk about it. We all know that there are TONS of young adult paranormal, emo, sparkly books available these days. Many are aimed at teen girls...

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  • Book Obsession

    Book Obsession | 17 November 2012

    1st REVIEW FROM SEPTEMBER 7th 2006, BY GREG.

     

    Lord Loss, book 1 in the Demonata series by Darren Shan (author of the popular Cirque Du Freak series), is a great read, but definitely not...

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  • Quirkipedia

    Quirkipedia | 07 June 2011

    I first stumbled across Shan's work after asking some advice over at Litopia. My query was simple - as a spot of research, I needed the names of authors who wrote young adult books that pushed...

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  • How Monica Sees It

    How Monica Sees It | 14 December 2010

    Lord Loss is a demon, everyone fears him. All except one. For once, someone has been able to conquer their feelings when Lord Loss has tormented him several times. Grubbs has accepted the truth,...

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  • Lord Loss (Young Post UK)

    Young Post (UK) | 28 April 2010
    First of all, a warning. Lord Loss is a book intended to give you sleepless nights and bad dreams. If this is okay with you, then you will love it. This is the latest horrorfest to be unleashed by...
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  • Lord Loss (Yara Australia)

    goldcreek.act.edu.au | 01 March 2006
    this is a review of the audio CD of "Lord Loss"Darren Shan turns his attention from vampires (The Saga of Darren Shan) to werewolves and demons in his new series The Demonata. The first book,...
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  • Lord Loss (Write Away UK)

    improbability.ultralab.anglia.ac.uk | 28 April 2010
    Hot on the hells of the finale of his international, multi-million selling, twelve book vampire saga, Darren Shan has plunged straight into another horrifying series. Lord Loss is the first in the...
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  • Lord Loss (Waltham Forest Guardian UK)

    Waltham Forest Guardian (UK) | 28 April 2010
    Master of horror Darren Shan has returned with a brand new saga, featuring all new characters, an all new story and of course new terror. Lord Loss isthe first book of The Demonata which will be a...
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  • Lord Loss (Voya USA)

    Voya (USA) | 28 April 2010
    Shan pumps up the gore to maximum decibels in his ghastly introduction to the Demonata series, where werewolves and demons take center stage. Fans will remain riveted to the aggressive, clipped...
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  • Lord Loss (The Times UK)

    The Times (UK) | 28 April 2010
    Lord Loss should come with a health warning. It is not for children under 12, and those who do read it should be immune to nightmares. Grubbs, a surly teenager, returns home and finds his parents...
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  • Lord Loss (Teen Titles UK)

    Teen Titles (UK) | 28 April 2010
    [Teen Titles is a Scottish book magazine which features reviews from teenage readers. These are the reviews they published about Lord Loss.]Grubitsch Grady has just experienced the horror of his...
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  • Lord Loss (Teen Reads USA)

    teenreads.com | 28 April 2010
    Grubbs Grady knows how to get into trouble. It seems that most of his life is spent in yelling fights with his parents or getting revenge on his sister Gret for whatever. It's not that his mom and...
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  • Lord Loss (Teen Ink USA)

    teenink.com | 28 April 2010
    A story packed with Demons and magic. An epic story, full of action and horror. Darren Shan’s first book in the Demonata series. Darren Shan’s first series is a New York’s bestseller. His first...
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  • Lord Loss (Science Fiction Chronicle USA)

    Science Fiction Chronicle (USA) | 28 April 2010
    Darren Shan leaves his ongoing series about a young vampire for this new novel, in which a somewhat rebellious teenager decides to strike out on his own for a while, and becomes involved with...
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  • Lord Loss (School Library Journal USA)

    School Library Journal (USA) | 28 April 2010
    When sneaky teenaged Grubbs Grady finds himself mysteriously dumped on his aunt's doorstep, he can't help but steal back home to figure out what's going on. Unfortunately, when he arrives, his...
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  • Lord Loss (The Romance Reader’s Connection USA)

    theromancereadersconnection.com | 28 April 2010
    Grubbs Grady is about to find out that his name is far from the worst thing that will happen to him in his life. He knows that his parents and older sister are keeping something from him, and he’s...
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  • Lord Loss (Publisher’s Weekly USA)

    Publisher's Weekly (USA) | 28 April 2010
    The author of the popular Cirque du Freak books launches another no less gruesome series with this first installment in the Demonata books. Readers meet teen narrator Grubitsch Grady ("Grubbs") in...
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  • Lord Loss (Ottakar’s Portsmouth UK)

    Ottakar's Portsmouth (UK) | 28 April 2010
    Grubbs Grady is a normal schoolboy who belongs to what seems to be a normal family with an abnormal obsession with chess. The children are forced to become experts in the game with no explanation...
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  • Lord Loss (Ottakar’s Lowestoft UK)

    Ottakar's Lowestoft (UK) | 28 April 2010
    Legions of Darren Shan fans worldwide will breathe a sigh of relief with the publication of Lord Loss, the first in the new Demonata series. Parents be aware, this is far more gruesome than the...
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  • Lord Loss (Ottakar’s Edinburgh UK)

    Ottakar's Edinburgh (UK) | 28 April 2010
    I don't like horror films and I certainly don't like to read horror books but I read "Lord Loss" and found I couldn't put it down. After Grubbs witnesses the horrendous murders of his family, he is...
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  • Lord Loss (Of Strange Written Sounds USA)

    opendiary.com | 28 April 2010
    This is a much stranger, but I believe better written series by Mr. Shan. It deals with a grouping of demons, called the Demonata, and the second book just came out earlier this year. It focuses on...
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  • Lord Loss (Newcastle Evening Chronicle UK)

    Newcastle Evening Chronicle (UK) | 28 April 2010
    Grubbs Grady is a really awkward boy who accidentally opens the door to Hell. Evil spirits have killed his parents and big sister but Grubbs manages to escape alive. When he tells his story to the...
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  • Lord Loss (Newbury Weekly News UK)

    Newbury Weekly News (UK) | 28 April 2010
    The warning on Darren Shan's "Lord Loss" states that it is 'seriously scary'. True. If you can keep your breakfast down as you read the second chapter then you're on your way to a great read as...
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  • Lord Loss (My Shelf USA)

    myshelf.com | 28 April 2010
    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...
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  • Lord Loss (MESA Library USA)

    MESA Library (USA) | 28 April 2010
    Lord Loss is the grisly tale of demons, werewolves, and the value of family. When Grubb’s family is murdered by the demon master, Lord Loss, and his gruesome familiars, Grubb’s life—and his...
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  • Lord Loss (Kliatt USA)

    Kliatt (USA) | 28 April 2010
    The popularity of Shan's Cirque du Freak series guarantees an audience for this creepy horror story, first in a new series. "I've seen demons rip my world to pieces," teenager Grubbs Grady wails,...
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  • Lord Loss (Kirkus USA)

    Kirkus Reviews (USA) | 28 April 2010
    Any kid who has teased younger siblings with chants of "greasy, grimy, gopher guts" will feel right at home in this horror tale. Shan, author of the successful Cirque du Freak series, introduces...
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  • Lord Loss (Just for Kids USA)

    just-for-kids.com | 01 November 2005
    From the author of the "Cirque Du Freak" series comes this first book in a terrifying new horror series called "The Demonata". When Grubbs Grady opts out of a family trip, everything seems normal....
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  • Lord Loss (Insight Ireland)

    homepage.eircom.net | 28 April 2010
    Shan's name hit the headlines in the 'young adult' fiction with the early volumes of his twelve-part vampire series, The Saga of Darren Shan. Combining the gritty reality of a good Anthony Horowitz...
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  • Lord Loss (The Independant UK)

    independent.co.uk | 04 December 2005
    [this is a review of the "Lord Loss" Audio Book CD] Darren Shan's Lord Loss (HarperCollins £14.99, read by Rupert Degas) will open up the pit of hell. This is a very, very scary book - don't let...
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  • Lord Loss (The Horror Channel USA)

    horrorchannel.com | 28 April 2010
    The author of the teen series Cirque du Freak, Darren Shan, has started a new series of books called The Demonata. Lord Loss is the first of ten books in the series and is set in a world in...
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  • Lord Loss (Gothic Review USA)

    gothicrevue.com | 28 April 2010
    This is the beginning of another series for Darren Shan. As you may or may not know, we here at gothicrevue central love Mr. Shan's other series (of the Vampaneze type). Whereas the tales of Darren...
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  • Lord Loss (Fantasy Books Spot USA)

    fantasybookspot.com | 28 April 2010
    Grubbs Grady’s world changes forever when he discovers demon’s in his home. That night he learns that demon’s are real and so is magic. Recovering from the demon attack, he finds himself living...
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  • Lord Loss (The Evening Echo Ireland)

    The Evening Echo (Ireland) | 28 April 2010
    JUST when you thought it was safe to go into the bookshop, he's back! Having brought his Saga of Darren Shan to a blood-curdling end, Limerick's own prince of darkness returns to haunt...
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  • Lord Loss (The Evening Chronicle UK)

    The Evening Chronicle (UK) | 28 April 2010
    GRUBBS Grady is a really awkward boy who accidentally opens the door to hell. Evil spirits have killed his parents and big sister but Grubbs manages to escape. When he tells his story to the...
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  • Lord Loss (Epinions USA)

    epinions.com | 31 October 2005
    * * * * *After getting into the insanely popular ‘Cirque Du Freak” series by Darren Shan I was dead set on getting my hands on the first book in “The Demonata” series. At the end of ”The Lake of...
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  • Lord Loss (The Daily Telegraph UK)

    The Daily Telegraph (UK) | 28 April 2010
    [*This is part of a longer review feature of fantasy and horror books. The first book reviewed was "Eldest" by Christopher Paolini. The reviewer, Sarah Crompton, also gave the book to 9 year old...
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  • Lord Loss (Daily Ireland)

    Daily Ireland | 28 April 2010
    Shan introduces us to a new bad guy and a new good guy. In common with most of Shan's lead males, the lead is not the most well developed of characters, a likeable teen who encounters Lord Loss and...
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  • Lord Loss (Childrens’ Literature USA)

    Children's Literature (USA) | 28 April 2010
    Grubitsch "Grubbs" Grady's life changes in one moment. Grubbs starts out as a normal kid who gets punished for a playing a cruel joke on his sister—he put dead rat guts on her bath-towel. Then,...
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  • Lord Loss (Carousel UK)

    Carousel (UK) | 28 April 2010
    It's an ordinary school day for Grubbs Grady. Grubbs! Short for Grubitsch! Perhaps this isn't going to be an ordinary everyday story! His mother appears unexpectedly at school, which, according to...
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  • Lord Loss (The Bulletin USA)

    The Bulletin (USA) | 28 April 2010
    Aside from his morbid imagination and somewhat excessive bent for grossout mischief (such as putting rat guts in his sister's bath towel), Grubbs Grady is a seemingly normal kid. Then his world...
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  • Lord Loss (Bookloons USA)

    bookloons.com | 28 April 2010
    Just as in his popular Cirque Du Freak series, Darren Shan takes a (more or less) ordinary boy - in this case, young Grubbs Grady - and throws him into a maelstrom of (particularly) gruesome, gory...
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  • Lord Loss (Booklist USA)

    Booklist (USA) | 28 April 2010
    Older fans of Shan's gory, gripping Cirque du Freak series will welcome this first book in the Demonata series, which features a similar horrific spin, dark humor, and graphic detail. Grubitsch...
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  • Lord Loss (Bella Online USA)

    bellaonline.com | 28 April 2010
    On first appearance, Grubitsch “Grubbs” Grady seems like your typical teenager; he rebels against his parents, fights with his sister, and succumbs to peer pressure. But things are a little odd...
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  • Lord Loss (Amazon UK)

    amazon.co.uk | 28 April 2010
    I made the mistake of telling my kids (fans of Shan) the plot of this novel on a long boring car journey and it freaked them out so much they had nightmares. This is defintely for teenagers, and...
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  • Lord Loss (Allen Park Library USA)

    allen-park.lib.mi.us | 28 April 2010
    Grubbs Grady is your typical teenage boy. He loves garbage dumps where he finds the most awesomely disgusting things and dislikes his older sister who constantly gets him into trouble. He likes...
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