Wolf Island by Darren Shan

The Demonata, #8

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As the mysterious Shadow builds an army of demons, Grubbs Grady and his team search desperately for answers. But when they follow up a new lead, it takes them to an old, unexpected foe - the Lambs.

"We spot the werewolves as we skim the treetops. Mutated, vicious, hairy monstrosities, all fangs, claws and muscles. The beast within me tries to force its way to the surface, howling silently at its warped brethren. I've never rid myself of the wolf..."

“It's a bit like the feeling I get when I'm standing on a cliff or high building, looking down at a suicidal drop. I start thinking about what would happen if I stepped off, the rush of the fall, the shattering collision, the quiet emptiness of death. Part of me wants to experience the thrill of complete surrender...”

Wolf Island is told through the point of view of my favorite of the series, Grubbs, but poor Grubbs is definitely going through some bad changes. Leaving some of the group behind for survivals sake, and after a long recap of the previous book, he and a small team follow the trail of the Lambs to an island. The Demonata attacks never grows boring, but Shan changed it up a bit by having a group of werewolves of all things - except these guys shouldn't exist any more.

The mystery of this added color to a dark series since betrayals and twists were unleashed along with the claws and violence. I didn't anticipate all of it; it's nice to still be surprised during the eighth book of a series. Shan doesn't shy aware from graphic violence or the bloody bits, but he's rarely told it through such a personalized point of view.

I dug the Grubb changes and understand the necessity of theme, but I hope it's not as permanent as it appears to be.

This is one of the faster paced, tense installments of the series. Lord Loss - the villain that I love to hate - is absent in this one but the absence is excused since there's so many new twisted monsters to uncover. While this book answers long-wandering questions, it also poses a prophecy that may spell a new doom for a favorite character and the fate of the human world.

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