Demon Thief

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Demon Thief
Demon Thief's UK cover, featuring Artery, slightly warped.
Cover artistMelvyn Grant
SeriesThe Demonata series
GenreHorror, Fantasy novel
Publication date
December 5, 2005
Media typePrint (hardback)
Pages250 pp (first edition, hardback)
ISBN0-316-01237-8 Search this book on Logo.png.
Preceded byLord Loss 
Followed bySlawter 

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Demon Thief is a book in Darren Shan's Demonata series. Though it is the second book in the series, it is a prequel to Lord Loss, the first book in the series. The protagonist is also different from that of the first book. The narrator here is a new character called Kernel Fleck, as opposed to Grubbs Grady, the protagonist of the first book. Demon Thief takes place about thirty years before Lord Loss so most of the characters from the first book did not appear, though a few did. It was also actually the sixth book of the Demonata to be written, although it was the second released.


Kernel Fleck is a lonely child. He has always been different: he can see strange patches of light in the air around him. Other kids think he's mad. But when he manages to link some of the lights together, he creates a window into another universe, and disappears for several days. When he returns, his memory completely blank, his panicked parents whisk Kernel and his younger brother, Art, away from their home, off to an isolated village, to start a new life.

One year later, Kernel is enjoying himself. Life is good. Until one day a crazy old woman summons a demon. The beast slaughters many of the children, then kidnaps one of them and retreats back to its own universe. The child it has kidnapped is Art.

Can Kernel find the courage to step through the window after the demon in a desperate attempt to rescue his brother? And if so, what wonders and terrors will he discover in the barbaric universe of the evil, twisted Demonata?!?


Demon Thief the novel.

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