Day Twenty-Three (Demonata)

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In case anyone actually does read this blog, I really want to spend this entry praising one of my all-time favorite series. The Demonata series by Darren Shan. It’s an obscure series, one that hardly anyone has even heard of, and one that is difficult to get into. I’ve only managed to get two friends to read through the whole thing. One friend because she is super chill and the other because we made a deal that she’d read this if I read this other series she was bugging me about. It took me seven years to get the second friend to actually read this series. As she goes through the series now though, I find myself reliving it alongside her. I’d forgotten most of it after seven years. So no spoilers ahead!

This series is fantastic. A little gory, a little childish, and a little bleak. But also unbelievable, mind-boggling, emotional, intense, and exciting. You won’t want to put this one down. The characters are all unique, original, and engaging. The plot has so many twists and turns that there is no way to predict the outcome of the story. The book doesn’t shy away from tough material, controversial character choices or lots and lots of gore. Seriously, the way blood and guts is used here is very……creative.

This would be a lot easier to praise if I could actually remember details from the books. It’s an interesting series. There are at least three mentor figures for the three main characters. People die all over the place. The demons and demon worlds are horrific but morbidly fascinating. Characters rarely turn out to be who you thought they were and they never end up where you think they will end up. I realize my description is not at all helpful and only makes the series seem ridiculous and confusing. I mean, it is a little ridiculous. And it does get confusing. But not to the degree that I’m making it sound…

The point being, I would highly recommend this book to everyone and anyone. Even if only so that I will have others who can share my pain and possibly my love of certain characters. I need someone who understands the feelings. It’s truly a great series and I still remember loving it all these years later. Now if only I could reread it and actually remember the details of the story…or just to visit a few old characters!

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