Edit Dark Calling reveals that both the Old Creatures and the Demonata are creatures of the original universe which preceded the two universes in the series. This universe was structured like a chessboard ; it consisted of sixty-four squares, half of them White and half of them black, each square containing infinite space within. The Demonata inhabited the white squares, the Old Creatures the black; the different zones were kept separate by a force which the Old Creatures called the Kah-Gash. While the Demonata were capable of reproduction, the Old Creatures were sterile, but this did not bother them; since time did not exist in the original universe, everything therein was ageless and immortal. They can still get killed. Originally, the peaceful Old Creatures contented themselves with exploring their realms, undisturbed.
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It is the fourth book of the series released but it is the first chronologically. The protagonist of the book is the central character Bec. It is set in Ireland around years ago. The last line of the book, "Screams in the dark," is also the first line of the book, as well as the tagline for the novel.
Bec is the end of the first part of the Demonata books, where the three protagonists are introduced. During the journey, the group is attacked by demons, but luckily manage to hide near some ancient lodestones which protect them with powerful Old Magic.
They go with him. The group finds some horses which help them reach their destination in time, but Fiachna is soon abandoned after his wound becomes life-threatening. Bec manages to force Bran through the closing tunnel at the last moment with the last of her magic, but is trapped as a result. Soon after, Lord Loss appears and tells Bec that when she appeared to absorb power from him several days earlier, Lord Loss had actually intended for that to happen so that she could close the tunnel.
This is because Lord Loss is unique among demons, in that instead of wishing to slaughter all the humans in the world, he actually prefers to prolong the suffering for as long as possible. After telling Bec this, Lord Loss reminds her of the geis that he had placed on her, and that he is bound by his word to kill her. Lord Loss sets his familiars upon Bec, and without any magic to defend herself with, she is easily overwhelmed and killed.
Recommends it for: People into the YA Horror genre Recommended to Sita by: My Lovely American Friend Cam Shelves: own , paranormal , favourites , young-adult , reviewed Before I give the review let me just start by saying that Darren Shan is one of my all time favourite authors and I am not a huge fan of horror, his writing, characters and plots just captivate me and keep me reading. I recommend all of his books. But this has to be one of my favourites in the Demonata series. There were evil ones and good ones; youd think it would be as simple as that, but no. In most books, its black and white. Kill that evil it! And what can I say; him and his army of demons are just cool.
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Edit Bec is a young orphan living in a small ringfort in Celtic Ireland who is studying to be a priestess. Her teacher, Banba, believes she can one day prove herself useful to the clan they live with. It is a time of great change - Christians have arrived at the island and many clans have already converted to the new religion. Bec is worried - where will a priestess of ancient magic like her fit into the new world? But then her people are faced with a far greater threat - demons invade and take over much of the island.
When Bec was in her teens, a tunnel was opened which granted the Demonata access to the human world, and Ireland was overrun by hoards of monstrous demons. The people of the rath had to defend themselves from these creatures, but many died in the battle, including Banba, thus leaving Bec without a teacher or a guardian. He implied that he required help, and Bec was compelled by a vision to join the group of warriors who volunteered to assist the boy. This ultimately leads her to encounter the Druid Drust , who offers Bec and the warriors the opportunity to help him close the tunnel through which the demons came. It was later revealed that closing the tunnel requires the sacrifice of a mage, and that Drust had intended to use Bec for that purpose. Bec accepts this as the price of saving her people, and continues despite the fact that she will die whether or not the quest succeeds.