Title: Demon Road
Author: Derek Landy
Publication Date: August 27th 2015
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy / Paranormal
Amazon Link: here
After reading Derek Landy’s successful Skulduggery Pleasant series, I had high expectations for Demon Road. And where it didn’t fail, it still managed to surprise with a fresh new style and tone completely different from that of Skulduggery Pleasant.
This new tone was a lovely surprise for me – although it kept the sarcasm and comedy that I feel all books need at least a bit of, it felt more mature and serious, losing some of the constant jokes in exchange for a darker storyline and a grimmer humour.
Milo, Amber and Glen’s friendship is a blessing, and I am honestly glad that there is not yet a love interest in sight. We get to see the best of all three of them without going into sappy, over-done plots that most readers know by heart. This book is nothing if not a breath of fresh air compared to other books in the genre which often forsake plot for romance.
Demon Road also definitely gets gruesome at some points, especially towards the end. There’s that gritty sense that is sometimes a little unnecessary and sometimes just right but is always present. Things get graphic quickly in several of the story points and the book sometimes borders on mild horror, which is actually quite nice. The feeling of fear for Amber definitely stays real throughout the book, even to a sceptical reader such as I who knows it will be a trilogy. All in all, a big win.
However, it does seem to be marketed as being a borderline children’s book, which it is most certainly not. I’m not sure what it is, whether it is the cover or the knowledge of what Landy has written before, but this book doesn’t appear to be a Young Adult Fantasy when you first see it in stores, which is both a blessing and a curse, as while it means that I approached the book with a fresh view, I feel like some people might not buy it simply because of misconceptions. It is definitely darker and intended for older audiences than it appears, and for completely different audiences than Skulduggery Pleasant, which should be kept in mind when deciding whether or not to buy it.
ARC provided by NetGalley