Demon Thief (The Demonata, #2)

ISBN: 0316012386
ISBN 13: 9780316012386
By: Darren Shan

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Kernel Fleck has always known he's weird. He sees lights. Strange, multi-colored patches of light, swirling through the air. But it's not until a window opens into a demon world, with horrific consequences, that Kernel discovers his powers. As a Disciple, his mission is to hunt vicious, powerful demons to the death...

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First thing first, don’t read this review if you haven’t read Lord Loss by Darren Shan. Lord Loss is a wonderful, horror filled novel and this book I’m reviewing is its sequel, so go read the first!One thing I love about the Demonata series is how the books, at least the first two, don’t seem to be related at all! When you start Demon Thief you have just finished Lord Loss and you’re expecting the story to continue but it doesn’t! It takes you into a completely different story with characters you’ve never met before, although Dervish does make an appearance.The main character of this book is Kernel Fleck. For as long as Kernel can remember he has been surrounded by lighted shapes in the air. They’ve never bothered him, but when he concentrates he can move them around into patterns. One day, he discovers that if he moves the pulsating pieces together, they form a window. Unfortunately there is a demon trying to come out of the window. Kernel manages to push it back but feels compelled to follow it through the light. When he wakes up, with his brother Art in his arms, several days have passed and he cannot remember what happened after he went through the window. One night his parents bundle Kernel and Art home and drive them to their new lazy town called Paskinston. In Paskinston, no one knows that Kernel disappeared and he is able to live a normal life. Until he must find out what happened to him and what the lights are.The only thing that made this book not as interesting to me as the first was that I knew exactly what would happen. I think this is because I read the book a couple years ago and was drawing off that. I knew who the demon thief was from the very beginning. Because of this I was hurrying to finish the book and move on. But never the less I found it to still keep me enthralled.Shan’s horror is still ever present in this installment of the Demonata Series. If you have a queasy stomach or rather not read a description of a head being torn of a body, this book is not for you. But if horror is your thing, don’t pass this book by. Once the action starts you won’t be able to put down this book, it’s a fast entertaining


Nemozem povedat nic, lebo by som vyspoileroval... Tak, ale toto som teda vobec necakal. Je to rovnako nechutne a odporne ako Lord Zarmut. Mam vsak pocit, ze mi Grubbs Grady prirastol k srdcu viec ako Kernel Fleck. A na cliffhanger na konci Lorda Zarmuta to nema... Okrem toho mam pocit, ze si potrebujem rereadnut jednotku...

Leanne Bell

I don't know what it was about this book that i found so truly terrifying, whether it was the severe amount of demon slaughter, the imagary of the demon universe of the very disgusting descriptions of the demons and deaths they cause...Or maybe it was a mix of all three!This story is from a nother view point from Lord Loss, a young boy named Kernel Fleck whose brother is kidnapped by Demons. He feels he has no choice but to follow and finds himself entering a nightmare he never thought existed.Despite the viewpoint being different, i was surprised to meet some familiar characters, including a very young Dervish Grady (he was a punk! lol) and although i was disappointed at not hearing from grubbs again, i loved the new twist to the story and the background given to Lord Loss, which ultimately sets it all up for the rest of the series.Fans of horror will no doubt love this novel in all it's goryness and mysterious plot twists, and for those who love a happy ending with closure, just don't bother reading this series, really! :-)Brilliant work by Darren Shan!

Ľuboš Krahulec

veľmi som váhal koľko hviezd nakoniec dám ... 4,5 ... bolo tam pár miest pri ktorých som chcel preskočiť lebo ma nebavili , nie tie nechutné , ale ako celok je to naozaj výborné , koniec ma prekvapil i keď som to trochu aj tušil ... kto je ale Zlodej z temnoty,tak to ma prekvapilo , a dossť veľmi ... teším sa je jednotku :D a na Ďaáááálšie časti , i keď už v češtine , keďže sa v slovarte rozhodli túto sériu ďalej nevydávať :(


The book Demon Thief by Darren Shan is about this kid named Kernel Fleck who could see patches of light. He could combined the patches and take them apart. he used to play with them but thought it was normal to see light in patches. He thought that ever one did. One day while at school a large demon started to eat people his brother ran in to the portal that the beast came through. But after he went throughout 4 people came throughout and fought the beast. Kernel Fleck went after his brother. He looked for a long time till he found him in this castle this man named lord loss who had 8 arms and no heart asked to play a game with Kernel Fleck so he said yes but if he wins he gets his broth back. lord loss said yes, the game was to see who kidnaped his brother. a first it seemed easy because he thought it was lord loss. but he then realized it was him because his brother was a demon not a human. He let his brother artery stay with lord loss and left.Text to worldPeople are kidnaped all the time. People go missing all the time also. Ao in the book when Kernel Fleck was gone it must have seemed like he was just kidnaped. or ran away.I give this book 5 stars because i loved this book and it was just amazing. I would recommend this book to people who like demons. But you should read it any whys even if you dint like demons.

Joe Calhoun

It's been a few years since I read Lord Loss. I was afraid this book would pick up where Lord Loss left off. Thankfully it was a new story with a couple reappearances of characters from book 1 near the end. I re-read a synopsis of book one to try and fill in any missing gaps from my memory, but it wasn't needed.The pacing in this book is very fast. You won't have to worry about any lulls in the story. Shan keeps the action sequences coming at a fairly steady pace. As a normal reader of high fantasy I sometimes yearn for just a bit more descriptive prose. His details of the demon worlds are fairly good, but I can't help but want a tad more. Since the story is mostly a narrative by a young child, I guess that is the explanation we get.The story itself is a little predictable, but I enjoyed some of tie-ins near the end. It helped shed some like on certain characters from book one. Since the book is a rather short read we don't get as much detail as I'd like from the supporting cast either, but it's still a quick fun read. I almost feel at odds with myself giving it 4 stars since I gave my last book a 3 star review. That book was 3 times as long and had all the extra details I normally wish for in a book. However,even with the extra length that story seemed to repeat itself more than necessary and several plot elements were unnecessary. At least here I'm feeling refreshed by a quick fun read.The only real downside I would note is the main character's speed at learning magic and his deduction,reasoning, skills. At times he seems not able to make sense of simple reasoning and then he has answers that someone his age wouldn't seem to be able to grasp.


What I liked:-Kernel. I like Grubbs just fine, but I love Kernel. I think he’s the most real character in the series, and I always enjoy reading from his point of view. His special talent is an interesting one, and his entire journey to find his baby brother was full of action, gore, magic, and of course plenty of heartbreak.-Gore. There is so much blood and gore in this series. It’s almost a gore overload, but it makes the books amazing and realistic despite the horror/paranormal theme to it. I can almost picture myself as part of the story, like I’m in the room with Grubbs when he discovers demons for the first time.-Dervish. He will always be my favorite adult in the series, and I really loved getting this more in depth look at him when he was younger. He was a punk, a rebel without a cause, and he loved that about himself. He was headstrong and this book really showed me how he had matured over the years.-Demons. I’m glad that we got a much closer look at the demons in this book than we did in the first one. We got to delve into the Universe of the Demonata, and it was so detailed and scary and mysterious. I loved the idea that it was like its own separate universe with its own planets/realms and masters.What I disliked:-Writing style. There is a huge overuse of exclamation points, and it really drove me insane while I read this series, and some of it the writing is very choppy, which can distract from the intense action and gore of the book.Overall, this is one of my favorite series, and I love almost every part of the book. It has action and gore and blood and magic and death, everything an avid reader like myself could want. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone, but to be on the safe side, better leave it to ages 13 and up. 5.0


This is the second book of the Demonata series so there's no doubt about it that it will have a smash hit in the horror books section. It Is about the main character Kernel. Kernel in this book see's a lot of lights around him. He thinks everybody see's this but when he goes to school everybody calls him a freak for seeing these lights. One day he connected these lights and a demon came out but it retreated back to the portal. Few days later the same demon appeared but this time it kidnapped his brother named art and he goes into the portal as well to go save his brother. He finds others on his way to help him find the demon that kidnapped his brother. When he finally tracks it down he must play a game he must figure out who was the real demon thief who stole his brother his first 2 guesses was wrong till he said he was the demon thief. He was correct and was let go his brother art was actually a demon in human form so he decided to go back home without a brother. He still in the end played with the lights trying to increase his powers. This book wasn't as gripping as the first but it has a pretty good solid climax and plot. It was to me a mystery book. Who was the real demon thief? If it wasn't the demon who stole him than who was it really? Nobody other then kernel himself. The Demon Thief. I would mostly recommend this book to any horror lovers out there and anybody who has read the first book in the Demonata series this a book with a very good twist continuing the series.

Kim Dyer

Although I thought that Lord Loss was amazing, Demon Thief was a little disappointing. Kernel is a slightly more sympathetic protagonist than Grubbs Grady, and we do get a bit more of a feel for his life and family ties before disaster befalls him, however Demon Thief is much more of a standard tale of demon hunting that offered nothing especially original. While it did expand of the universe of Lord Loss, putting some mechanics in place that look as though they will be important in future instalments, it lacked the gripping climax and character development of the original.I also felt that the twist was made too obvious early on. I had figured out most of the twists of the novel by the time Kernel met Beranabus and so found the end of the story to be a bit of a let down.I intend to stick with the series as I understand that the next novel is a direct sequel to Lord Loss, but I did not really think that there was anything remarkable about this title.


Demon ThiefBy: Darren Shan256 pagesISBN13: 9780316012386 This book is about a boy named Kernel Fleck. One day, he had moved into a new house with his family. Kernel wasn't any ordinary boy. He sees lights just come out randomly. When he told people, they thought that he was crazy. Kernel then figured out that he could put the lights together and ended up opening a portal to the demon world. He saw a red Demon named Lord Loss, which he decides to follow into the demon world. When Kernel gets back home, he couldn't remember anything that had happened. Darren Shan does an amazing jobs with his books. Each one of his book is literally a movie running in your head. His description of everything in the book is great. He's always outdoing himself and never lets us down. This book is just another great story into his series. I recommend this book to people who enjoy books and aren't easily disturbed. This book is a great book to read on your spare time. This book is great for all people but should really only be read if you atleast 13.


** spoiler alert ** At first I thought it was going to be too fantastical with the lights, but boy was I wrong. I could not put this book down. Darren Shan took me on an amazing adventure through the world of demons. The power of the boy was really quite captivating, putting pieces of light together to make portals through the demon world. When Kernel Fleck's baby brother is kidnapped by a demon, he makes a portal to the demon world to go find him. He meets the Disciples of whom saw the baby get taken away. Their job is keep as many demons as they can from killing too many humans when they happen on a lucky portal. Kernel Fleck joins as part of the deal that they also help him try to find his baby brother. They end up finding his baby brother with Lord Loss and they strike up another deal of which Kernel will be placed in a chess board world with two other acquaintances. He gets three chances to say who the demon thief is. If he gets all three wrong, him and his acquaintances will have their souls taken by Lord Loss. If he guesses right, they can all leave and he can have his baby brother. The ending is unbelievable.


A great continuation of the series. I flew through this one just like the first book. In fact, I think I preferred this one. The twist at the end hinges on (view spoiler)[lexical ambiguity (hide spoiler)], which suffice it to say is the greatest thing ever.This one doesn't suffer from some of the problems Lord Loss had, namely Grubbs and Dervish being silly and infantile. Darren Shan's sense of humour isn't that great, and I feel like it kind of detracts from his stories when he attempts to be funny. I may be in the minority there, though, as this series is aimed at teenagers.There's a whole sort of dreamlike atmosphere to this book that Lord Loss didn't have, and it very subtly leads up to the revelation at the end of the book. The only downside to this is that while you may or may not figure out the twist early the first time you read this book, the second time it's much less fun.Dervish's past starts to get explored more in this one, and this book also introduces Beranabus, who will become one of the best characters in the series later on. If you liked the first book, you'll love this one, too. It's the beginning of the series' real development.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>


مردم فکر میکنند که من دیوانه ام، چون لکه های نور میبینم، از اول زندگی ام، همیشه آن ها را دیده ام. لکه های عجیب و رنگارنگ نور که توی هوا میچرخند، اندازه شان با هم فرق دارد. بعضی به کوچکی یک سکه اند، و بعضی به بزرگی یک قوطی شیر خشک بچه. همه جور شکلی هم دارند - هشت ضلعی، مثلثی، ده ضلعی. بعضی از آنها سی یا چهل تا سطح دارند. اسم چنین شکلی را نمیدانم. چهل وجهی؟ ص 3 کتاب

Andrew Review

i love this series and every book is better than the last. Every book has an underdog and this book is no exception. kernel fleck is our underdog. Kernel fleck is known very well around his school to be weird and also a freak. He has also has trouble making friends come to think of it he never had any friends.But as always never underestimate an underdog. Kernel fleck has always seen these strange patches of light and ever since he told someone about he has been considered a freak through out his childhood. kernel never really had any friends because of the lights he saw. kernel always tried to fit in wore the new clothes listened to the cool band spoke the cool curse words but when ever he butted into a conversation the kids said go play with some lights!But as kernel kernel soon realized when other people aren't there for you family always is. his baby brother gave kernel fleck his hope back and showed him that the lights aren't anything to be ashamed of. When they move to there new house things change for kernel fleck new place new people and more chances to make friends! Not many things actually changed though he wasn't considered a freak but he didn't have friends still. He was getting accustomed to his new life. And as soon as things were looking up for kernel the '' witch'' of the town made a strange and scary remark to kernel. On that same day she jumped in front of kernels class that was taking place outside that day. kernel wasn't happy to see this woman again. Since kernel could see the lights he watched as all the lights filled the woman up until she exploded, Kernel watched in fear. When she exploded kernel saw a portal and as we all know portals are meant for someone or SOMETHING to come through. And this something was a horrifying demon that killed many students in a gruesome murder. This demon did not stop there it also took someone very important to kernel... his brother! As for kernel fleck he will do anything to save his brother. When his bother was taken through the portal he saw a group of humans and decided to follow them into the demonata. When kernel discovers his ability to see lights isnt a curse its a gift to make portals out of the patches of light. This astounded the group. The ability to create and see portals is a gift only the most powerful of magicians can do but this teenager was able to do it no problem. Kernel fleck used this ability to find his brother and take him back from the demon lord lord loss! In conclusion never underestimate an underdog. Kernel Fleck was called weird all his life. But what people called him weird for turned out what led him to save his brother from the clutches of Lord Loss! Or did it!


A Window of LightsDemon ThiefBy Darren Shan250pp. 1271 Avenue of the Americas, New York 10020Hachette Book Group USAISBN 0-316-01237-8 Fantasizing about lights and relating to problems a child can face in reality, Darren Shan dishes out a tale that will draw in any fiction-loving reader. He wastes no time in showing the reader how fantastic and interesting or how drastic and dangerous life could be for any child. Reading “Demon Thief,” you can feel what happens as if you were experiencing the same thing. The terror, the sorrow, the attachment of a sibling; the feeling could be neutral! Darren Shan expresses many problems anyone can or could have faced through the protagonist, Kernel (Cornelius) Fleck, a young teenager having trouble fitting in due to his eyesight which he can share with no one at all. Darren Shan presents to each reader a fascinating new world beyond life, dangers that compel children and adults to fear creatures never before seen, an adventure that anyone might decide was worth going on, and lots more! Through Kernel Fleck, we can see how much responsibility parents leave the older sibling with and how brotherly love pulls strings in the mind. Kernel realizes he can not escape his destiny but only thinks of his lost and captured brother, Art. When Kernel experiences the brief moments of Raz, a Disciple, being ripped apart by savage demons, he cowers, but this makes him realize how much more he wants to find Art. Even though Kernel is anxious to get Art back, he needs the help of Beranabus, a powerful magician— only then can he hope to save him. Beranabus and Kernel strike up a deal though both are reluctantly helping each other. Kernel began as a lonesome, but average —and yet, not average— child who would play with these “lights” that eventually lead him to his unique powers. When he crosses over to another universe, his whole life is overturned whether he enjoys the moment or not. He gains courage with his new powers and reels in more courage to find the demon, Cadaver, who has or had Art— who could be dead. Art may bite and play a lot but he listens to Kernel, how could Kernel ever leave him behind? The guilt would stab him in the chest every time, right? Yet the terrible truth left him feeling like a shredded demon with guts slowly oozing out and the pain, everlasting. Exciting, captivating and promising, “Demon Thief” lead me to another dimension where lights could open up to a window of danger in just a few minutes! The tale Darren Shan prescribes to each of his readers makes us want to cling onto our precious family members forever more. The suspense catches your interest like a butterfly in a net and assists you in expanding your imagination. Anyone will dissolve into the world where truth prevails— though it is quite upsetting. As the story unfolds itself, the wonder begins and continues furthermore through readers’ minds, so get comfy for a sweet ride within this novel! Pick up a copy of “Demon Thief” at a bookstore and prepare yourself for a dazzling world of surprises that pop up every now and then!

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