Slawter, Paperback Book
4.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


More chills and thrills in Darren Shan's horrifying Demonata series.

Let the Slawter commence... "Never trust fairy tales. There are no happy endings. There's always something new around the corner. You can overcome major obstacles, face great danger, look evil in the eye and live to tell the tale - but that's not the end.

As long as you're breathing, your story's still going..." Nightmares haunt the dreams of Dervish Grady since his return from the Demonata universe, but Grubbs takes care of his uncle as they both try to continue a normal, demon-free existence.

When a legendary cult director calls in Dervish as consultant for a new horror movie, it seems a perfect excuse for a break from routine and a chance for some fun. But being on the set of a town called Slawter stirs up more than memories for Grubbs and his friend Bill-E.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
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  • Category: Horror & ghost
  • ISBN: 9780007231386

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Slawter is the third gripping instalment in Darren Shan’s new horror series for children who like their adventure stories with lots of blood and gristle! Those who enjoyed Lord Loss can expect more of the same fast paced excitement, relentless dispatching of main characters, and formulaic, slowly mounting horror. We are reintroduced to our favourite teenage protagonist and his enigmatic uncle for a story that reveals more about both characters, and also overlaps slightly with Demon Thief, the second novel in the series. In short, any fan of Shan’s previous novels is sure to love Slawter. It can appear a little clichéd and farfetched at times, but it’s certainly no less fun!The plot of Slawter is quite original – while Lord Loss bore some similarities to novels like Dracula, Slawter is like no other book I have ever read. A substantial cast of new characters help to create a story where the reader is constantly formulating and demolishing theories about who to trust and who to keep tabs on. Demonata veterans will recognise familiar faces too; some human, some not. There are twists and turns galore – the plot may seem to be going in one direction when suddenly it turns around in favour of another one. As for the ending: everybody will guess some of it, but nobody will guess all of it.Shan was inspired to write Slawter by visiting the sets of movies and meeting various directors and producers, (and it’s no secret that he’s a bit of a movie buff himself,) so the action and style of the novel will definitely appeal to those who enjoy horror movies. The first appearance of a demon on the film set is powerful, lightening fast, brutal and bloody – and just as vivid as any monster-attack on the big screen. Shan has once again achieved the perfect balance between pace and description, painting the best pictures with not a word more than necessary, and wasting no time with needless details that could detract from the excitement.Slawter is an absolute must-read for fans of Darren Shan’s previous work. Gory, vivid and engrossing, this is not a novel to be walked away from. Just beware – it’s all too easy to read this book too quickly, and if you do, it will be over all too soon!
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After reading the previous two novels in the series, Slawter felt like a step backwards in terms of plotting. While this is not necessarily a bad thing, Demon Thief served to introduce a number of plot devices which seemed important to the series. These are largely not mentioned in this novel. It instead serves as more of a "monster of the week" story, doing nothing to really advance the overarching plot beyond showing Grubbs's magic improving.Despite this, I did feel that Slawter was better paced than Demon Thief. I found that Demon Thief was a bit of an exhausting read as the action was non-stop. Slawter takes longer to build up. While the ending will slake the thirst of any fans of gore, there is little before this as the novel takes its time to gradually work up to this exciting climax. My only real disappointment in terms of the plot was the lack of a decent twist. Both Lord Loss and Demon Thief excelled in this department but Slawter could not really compare. It's pretty easy to deduce what's happening on the movie set by the half-way point in the novel.In terms of characterisation, there is some pretty nice development for Grubbs this time round. Although he can still be something of a jerk, it's nice to see a caring side to him as he cares for the disturbed Dervish. I also liked that he never becomes an action hero - it's always made clear how scared he is and the toll that the Demonata takes on him, even while he is protecting his friends.Unfortunately, the secondary cast still don't receive the same care. While I didn't dislike them, I also never really felt as though I got to know them and so didn't care what happened to them in the end. Hopefully this will change as the series progresses - I'd really like to feel some empathy for Dervish or Bill-E as this is kind of series that could see them horribly killed at any point!

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