The Demonata is the second full-length Fantasy Horror series by Irish author Darren O'ShaughnessyShan. Unlike The Saga, this series has three narrators, with different books told from different perspectives.The plot features far too many twists to be quickly summarized, but it starts with our first narrator, perfectly normal teenager Grubbs Grady in a perfectly normal town, long story short, some demon related stuff happens and... things go bad. Really bad. And then they get worse. And worse.And worse.After which, thingsreallystart to get nasty.To say this series is violent is like saying the ocean is wet; lets make this clear- this story is for children, but right from the get-go the reader will be treated to some of the most ludicrously over-the-top ultraviolence ever put to print. The Demonata are evil with a capital E, and many, many characters die explicitly gruesome and horrific deaths on-page, to say nothing of the countless others whose horribly mutilated corpses are come across. You have been warned.The series consists of ten major books:
Provides Examples Of:
Adult Fear: In Bec, Orna is eaten alive by her zombified children. And she dies willingly. Needless tosay it's one of the more chilling deaths in the series.
Blessed with Suck: Kernel has always been able to see patches of light floating around, and can use them to create inter-dimensional demon portals. On one hand, it gave him his little brother, Art.. On the other hand...having anything to do with demons in this world will not end well for you. Particularly considering Art is Lord Loss's demonic maggot-infested pet baby.
Plus, there's the whole "everyone thinks I'm insane" thing that he had to deal with.
Bloody Bowels of Hell: Pretty much the Demonata universe as a whole. However, the universe itself is divided into infinite sub-sections which can range from very unique to very stereotypical, depending on the creativity of the demon who made the universe.
Grubbs in particular. Him transforming into a wolf probably contributed, though.
Brown Note: When Grubbs sees Lord Loss slaughter his family, Grubbs is literally so terrified that he's driven insane. It's implied that if Dervish had not shown up to tell Grubbs that there were people who believed him, and to just play along with the psychiatrists, he would have wasted away and died.
Call Back: In Demon Apocalypse, an elderly lady who can wield a mace expertly is mentioned very briefly. Later on, in Hell's Heroes, which is an alternate timeline, she's mentioned again, having been killed by a large snake demon Grubbs is hunting in the beginning.
Hell, Bec, the main character of the fourth book, is actually killed at the end.
Eaten Alive: Several characters, but most notable is Bec at the end of her titular book, since it's from her point of view
Eldritch Abomination: The bigger, nastier demons have shades of this. Death even moreso. But the grand prize goes to the Kah-Gash.
Emotion Eater: Lord Loss. Its not totally clear if he is literally this and actually feeds on suffering, or is simply a lot more sadistic than the rest of his demon brethren, though they aren't mutually exclusive interpretations.
Eye Scream: In Book 2, Demon Thief, there are a good three pages where Kernel angsts about whether he's in the dark or he's gone blind. He's in the dark. But guess what happens to him in Book 9?
Book 6. There is a scorpion demon with a human face that stabs you in the eyes and lays eggs in them, which then rapidly hatch and eat your face from the eye sockets out. Kernel gets attacked by it. Yeah. Fortunately, some time between books 6 and 7 he learns to use magic to regrow his eyes, but only on the demon planes.
There's also an unfortunate guard who opens fire on a demon-queen. The bullets stop, turn into horrific bugs, and speed back towards the guard, latch onto his eyes, and burrow through to his brain. Basically, this happens a lot. Repeatedly to Kernel, but also to Grubbs and several others.
Face-Heel Turn: Nadia Moore is revealed to have joined Lord Loss, masquerading as Juni Swan in order to fool the others.
Family-Unfriendly Death: Boy, howdy. It would probably be easier to list those who don't die in the most horrific ways possible.
Good Thing You Can Heal: Mages can reattach and regrow body parts to some extent, but that doesn't mean it doesn't hurt.
Gorn: Pretty much every fight scene. An extreme example shows up close to the beginning of the first book, with Lord Loss murdering Grubbs's family.
The Grim Reaper: In a deviation from the traditional robed skeleton, this version of death is a malevolent, shadowy monster.
And he wants to end the worlduniverse, with the aid of every demon in existence
Gory Discretion Shot: Subverted. At best the characters will comes across corpses after they have been brutally torn to pieces, but even this will be described in savage detail. More often than not the insanely violent death will be carried out on page. There is no such thing as this trope in this series.
Immune to Bullets: This one's actually a subversion. The demons are only vulnerable to magical weaponry. Along with swords and axes, that includes magical bullets.
In Medias Res: The books are numbered in this order. Chronologically, they go: Bec, Demon Thief, Lord Loss, Slawter, Blood Beast, Demon Apocalypse Death's Shadow, Wolf Island, Dark Calling (although the majority of these three books take place at around the same time, just in different areas) and Hell's Heroes.
Karma Houdini: Lord Loss gets off totally scot-free, and is left as the last demon with any kind of power in existence. In other words, despite his jaw-droppingly horrific crimes. he got exactly what he wanted and the rest of eternity to enjoy it with.
Narnia Time: Time travels differently in each Demon Universe so characters from different times can interact and end up similiar ages. Also leads to odd events such as Kernel returning to his parents after being missing for a number of years but he hasnt aged at all.
It gets funny when a Disciple asks who won the world war, when asked which one he says "there was another one?"
Reality Warper: Every Mage and Magician is this to some minor degree, however, the Kah-Gash takes the cake because it can literally do anything it pleases with the universes. It actually ascends this level and becomes a Reality Maker.
Will Not Tell a Lie: Lord Loss makes a point of never lying, but he tends to speak in half-truths when it suits him.
XanatosSpeedChess pile up: The whole series essentially revolves around Lord Loss, Death and the Kah-Gash each employing plans which include the other two and are decided by which of the three Bec, Grubbs and Kernel side with. In the end, Grubbs stands opposed to all three, Kernel has taken a fourth option and gone neutral and Bec sides with Lord Loss and employs her own ploy to trick Death and the Kah-Gash. Which is actually the best outcome, even if she does side with Lord Loss.
Yank the Dog's Chain: When Kernel and his family finally move to a new home, start making friends with a little brother he loves, all of their schoolmates are massacred, and Kernel must go into the demon realms to get back his kidnapped brother. Who is actually Artery.