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  • Paperback: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Little Brown & Co (Juv Pap); 1 edition (April 12 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031604881X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316048811
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.3 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 200 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #954,080 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Brimming with action and plenty of surprises, fans will love every gore-filled minute." - Teen Reads Praise for the Demonata Series: "Utterly unputdownable" - The Times "The master of children's horror at his blood-curdling best." - Publishing News --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Darren Shan is the New York Times bestselling author of Cirque Du Freak and The Demonata, whose novels have sold over 15 million copies worldwide. Darren lives in Ireland, where he writes and collects art, comics, and film.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x9c3ce8b8) out of 5 stars 27 reviews
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bfdb8ac) out of 5 stars Fans Will Love Every Gore-Filled Minute June 29 2009
By Teen Reads - Published on
Format: Hardcover
The last thing that Grubbs Grady would ever want to do is to face the lycanthropic family curse. He knows what his heritage entails, and being a werewolf is one of them. Dangerous and overpowering, this is a side to his personality he tries hard to suppress. Little does he know that in this phase of fighting the relentless Lord Loss and the mysterious Shadow (can they be one and the same?), he will actually confront himself as never before. In this eighth book of the popular Demonata series, Grubbs's worst nightmare is realized.

As Grubbs, Beranabus and Kernel are fighting demons in one world, Dervish, Bec and his league are engaged in their own battles. Though Dervish is his uncle, for Grubbs, he is much more like a father. Dervish has been weakened by years of attacks, and the last encounter resulted in too much strain on his heart. When Meera and Shark come through a "window" and inform them that Dervish and Bec have been attacked by werewolves, there is no hesitation for Grubbs as he and the other Disciples are off to the rescue. Going through another magic window leads them into a hospital spattered in bloody gore where Grubbs finds Dervish:

There's a demon on top of him, shaped like a giant insect with a golden shell. It's snapping at Dervish's face, mandibles grinding open and shut....

Though he is able to rescue Dervish, he sees the weakened state he is in and knows that time is not on their side. Grubbs also discovers that while Lord Loss is behind these attacks, there seems to be a definite connection with the Shadow. Other questions need to be answered because the werewolves are being bred for specialized destruction. Prae Athim and the Lambs are involved, but how far have they gone? There is no question that the Disciples must gather in force and rid the world of these particular terrors. Shark helps put together what they laughingly refer to as "The Dirty Dozen," which includes one of the geekiest of persons named Timus Brauss. It is Timus who ends up being the surprise safety package for them. Between Grubbs, Shark, Meera, Kernel, several carefully selected Disciples and the skills of Timus, they are indeed a force to deal with and so their hunt begins.

Though they find the building Prae Athim has used, they discover that she is not there and that operations have been taken over by a slick, smooth-talking man known as Antoine Horwitzer. Horwitzer claims that Prae Athim is missing, and he has been put in charge. To their horror they discover that an army of werewolves are being mutated, animals are being cruelly experimented on by the hundreds, and worse, the Disciples have been led into a trap.

There are unbelievable battles ahead, terrible losses and gobs of blood and guts along the way. Naturally, or unnaturally, the zombie --- like Juni Swan --- appears (now always under the command of Lord Loss) and attacks Grubbs (who is more werewolf than ever) in one of their most horrific battles ever.

I slam her to the floor and drive a claw into the putrid, oozing flesh of her stomach. She moans, eyes shooting wide, baring her teeth, trembling with agony. I make a fist, grab some of her inner organs and jerk hard. My hand shlups out, trailing guts. Blood splatters the floor. I gurgle with delight.

It is all-out war and anything goes. Grubbs knows that by letting himself give in to his werewolf nature, he has left whatever childhood he had behind. He says: We're fighting a war. The survival of the human race is at stake. Winning is all that matters. If we have to become kill crazed beasts to defeat the demons, so be it...

There are more unexpected twists and turns as Darren Shan keeps his readers absolutely on the edge in this latest Demonata book. Brimming with action and plenty of surprises, fans will love every gore-filled minute.

--- Reviewed by Sally M. Tibbetts
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bfdd54c) out of 5 stars Gory, interesting, but too many flaws Oct. 30 2012
By Michael S. - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Eight books into the series and Shan's Demonata has become rather repetitive and predictable. It starts out following Beranabus, Grubbs and Kernel - what else - killing demons, but Shan's attempts to be imaginative in the use of magic and demonic deaths doesn't grip the reader. It comes across as business-as-usual in a world with no rules and magic with no rules.

In Wolf Island, Shan struggles to fill pages by taking us off course and introducing us to a handful of characters that later become cannon fodder for more gory deaths. The initial two-thirds of the story moves along at a slow pace for such a short book. The many pages devoted to finding Prae Athim and infiltrating the Lambs' headquarters did little to take the story in any direction with the exception of confirming to the reader that werewolves have become the subjects of experimentation.

Things pick up as Grubbs, Shark, Meera and company make their way to an island filled with werewolves, get betrayed by somebody they should have never trusted in the first place, and see each other get picked off until only the characters that readers are actually invested in are left. Then, finally, Grubbs embraces his inner beast and transforms into a werewolf, discovering that he is in complete control of his shape-shifting. At this point, Shan goes off the rails, portraying Grubbs as homicidal and demented, relishing his turn as a brutal killing machine. Although Shan is simply attempting to show the beastly side of Grubbs, he goes too far, making Grubbs no better than the demons that he hunts. Where's the moral in this supposed young adults novel? It isn't until Grubbs reunites with Shark and ultimately Dervish that this chaotic, violent and immoral side softens.

One can't help but feel that Shan could have squeezed Wolf Island into an earlier novel and reduced the need for this book entirely. Although it was entertaining, it was way too flawed to be memorable.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c3d26c0) out of 5 stars Not as good as the previous Jan. 31 2010
By Melissa Michell Barr - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I loved all of the Demonata books up until this one. It's been my least favorite in the series. Wolf Island was much more violent than the previous books, and in my opinion, not in a good way. This seemed to have gore just for the sake of having gore.
HASH(0x9bf99fa8) out of 5 stars The New Jurassic Park May 6 2010
By Middle School Reviewer - Published on
Format: Paperback
The Demonata have a new leader rallying them up like no being has before. While Bec, Barneabus, Dervish, and Sharmila head to the Demonata universe to try and find out about the mysterious Shadow, Grubbs, Shark, and Meera gather some soldiers and try to find out why Grubbs's relatives, werewolves, attacked his uncle's mansion. This is the basic premise of Wolf Island, the 8th book in the Demonata series. It contains dynamic characters, a great setting, and a twisty-turny plot that will making you wonder what is really going on. One major dynamic character is Grubbs Grady. His family is plagued with the werewolf curse. There is no known cure and some of his relatives start to change when they are 16 or up, around the time of the full moon. They change into blood-thirsty savages with grotesque bodies, and no sanity whatsoever. Grubbs managed to fight off his curse with the magical artifact inside his body. But as he and his friends are trapped on Wolf Island, he slowly begins to give into his urges and becomes.... something in between. As I've already mentioned, Wolf Island is the setting. Bought by the Lambs, (The Grady executioners), it has been secretly used to test on werewolves. With well over a hundred of them running free on this lush tropical island, everyone who is stupid enough to go outside the barrier surrounding the facility knows that every single thing on the island has a scent and is on the way. This hopelessness is felt by all the characters and the reader and creates a great setting. I can't tell you every twist and turn, because that would ruin the story, but every single one catches you by surprise. It really makes you wonder what's around the next corner, if it's a great twist, or a werewolf ready to rip you apart.
HASH(0x9bfda0b4) out of 5 stars Wolf Island March 25 2012
By JoshyBoy98311 - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book is the best book I have read that has been in the point of view of Grubbs Grady. This one takes place roughly at the same time as Death's Shadow and Dark Calling. It goes over the stuff that was covered in Death's Shadow really quickly. It doesn't feel like it drags at all. The coolest thing about this book is you learn a lot about the Lambs.