Skip to main content

Dark Calling: The Demonata, Book 9


Dark Calling: The Demonata, Book 9

I fall, moaning and screaming, but not crying --- I no
longer have eyes to weep with. The creatures that were spat into my
eyes are munching on my brain now. I try to scrape them out with my
fingers, but that just adds to the torment

This is Kernel Fleck’s story, told in his voice as he and
the Kah-Gash try to face down one of their worst nightmares ever.
Plunged into a world of demons and darkness, Kernel, Beranabus,
Grubbs and Bec are desperately trying to keep Lord Loss and his
Demonata minions from taking over the world. They thrust wildly
from one window to the next, fighting what seems a futile
battle. Their losses are great, their army is small, and their
resources are so weakened that they are on the verge of losing
heart. Kernel has had his eyes torn out and maggots are eating his
brain. Blood is everywhere. This is just the beginning --- or, more
likely, the end!

In the universes they move between, the Demonata seem to
dominate one and the Kah-Gash another. But there is yet another
place, and Kernel is suddenly on a journey to “The
Crux,” a common point between the two universes. An
“Old Creature” guides and holds him captive as he
relates the fantastic history of these worlds and their connection
with Atlantis. The creature --- who has assumed the body of
Kernel’s younger brother --- will not yet reveal why Kernel
has been chosen for this journey but instead takes him farther away
from the Kah-Gash and the battles that are yet to be fought. It
leaves his friends in great peril, and all Kernel can do is try to
figure out how to get back…before it’s too late.

Although Kernel is finally able to escape back to his friends,
he almost immediately seeks to return to the Crux. Because of new
knowledge gained from the Old Creatures, Kernel believes that Bec
poses a threat. Bec, who has been a strong force for the
group, may unknowingly have come under the powers of Lord Loss. And
to make matters worse, they have also lost the beloved and mighty
mage, Beranabus, who for thousands of years had guarded the portals
between worlds. Now, their group consists of Grubbs, his weakened
uncle Dervish, and Kirilli, who’s not exactly known for his
bravery. How can this underpowered and overwrought group combat the
encroaching horror of Lord Loss and the Shadow? Grubbs’s cry
says it all:

“…we have to try. Everyone’s depending on us.
Meera died for this. Dervish will be dead soon, too. Beranabus and
Bill-E. All the others who’ve given their
lives. They can’t have died for nothing. We fight on
until the demons kill us all. Only then do we

Darren Shan does not let his readers rest a minute in this
whirlwind bloodbath between the Demonata and Kah-Gash. There are
unexpected twists, gory battles, blood, guts, and plenty of spilled
entrails. Fans are going to love it and be all the more anxious for
the 10th and final book, which is certain to be a treat. All I can
say is that I sure hope the right side wins!


Reviewed by Sally Tibbetts on October 18, 2011

Dark Calling: The Demonata, Book 9
by Darren Shan

  • Publication Date: October 1, 2009
  • Genres: Horror, Supernatural
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • ISBN-10: 0316048712
  • ISBN-13: 9780316048712