A shiny cover with what looked like a succubus on it. It was interesting enough to pick it up from the display table. It was actually the third book that caught my eye in Waterstones. So, like any book-addict, I decided to immediately search the shelves of the shop for the first part of the series: Demon Road by Derek Landy.
I had already heard of his other book series (Skulduggery Pleasant), but it never really spoke to me. Reading the back of this book I got intrigued. It’s darker in tone and content and it has a whole array of monsters in it.
GoodReads on Demon Road
GoodReads describes it as follow:
Killer cars, vampires, undead serial killers: they’re all here. And the demons? Well, that’s where Amber comes in…
Sixteen years old, smart and spirited, she’s just a normal American teenager until the lies are torn away and the demons reveal themselves.
Forced to go on the run, she hurtles from one threat to another, revealing a tapestry of terror woven into the very fabric of her life. Her only chance rests with her fellow travellers, who are not at all what they appear to be…
The book is filled with action and it helps to move the story along. The dialogue is clever and quick and gives personality to the characters. You never know where an author sometimes takes the progression of a female protagonist, but I have to say that I really liked Amber. She wasn’t whiny and I never got the feeling she was a Mary Sue. She’s very believable in terms of personality and her actions are entertaining to follow. The humour Amber uses and her snarky remarks really fleshes out the character.
Other big characters in the story are Milo, the hired protector of Amber and Glen who is Irish and a bit of a handful. I loved it that we don’t know a lot about Milo; you speculate just as much as Amber to find out about his past.
The trio works great as a group and I often thought that this could easily be created into a good Netflix series.
As mentioned before, the characters in the book are well fleshed out and side characters don’t just feel like a means to a plot devise. They actually feel like a great part of the story. Amber’s parents, who are the main antagonists in the story, don’t get a lot of pages to themselves, but the moments when they do appear in the story, it immediately becomes pretty dark. Many of the other baddies in the book are almost on the same level as Amber’s parents. Each ‘monster’ brings something unique to the table.
I have heard other people describe this book as several episodes of Supernatural. I have to say that that is probably the best way of describing this book. Monsters meets detective book. I love how the book takes you on different twists and turns; and due to them moving on from place to place, you keep getting introduced to new monsters and new twists. I will have to say that it didn’t pull me in immediately, but it absolutely picks up after the first initial chapters. It never felt like I was getting bored or that I just had to get through a slow chapter before it got interesting again.
I couldn’t help but pick up part two and three as well. Hopefully I will enjoy them just as much as I did part one.