A Blog A Day: Desolation by Derek Landy – Review

Book two in the mind-blowing new supernatural thriller from bestselling author DEREK LANDY, creator of international sensation Skulduggery Pleasant.

Reeling from their bloody encounter in New York City at the end of Demon Road, Amber and Milo flee north. On their trail are the Hounds of Hell – five demonic bikers who will stop at nothing to drag their quarries back to their unholy master.

Amber and Milo’s only hope lies within Desolation Hill – a small town with a big secret; a town with a darkness to it, where evil seeps through the very floorboards. Until, on one night every year, it spills over onto the streets and all hell breaks loose.

And that night is coming…

What I Thought:
I love Derek Landy’s writing – he’s got a great handle on all things supernatural, and his books have plenty of action, but he also has a brilliant turn of phrase and adds humour to what still are pretty gory books.

I first picked up Demon Road after seeing it advertised at YALC 2015, and as someone who loved the first few series of Supernatural, it was a welcome return to demons, witches and vampires. Amber is a great character – a sullen teen discovering the truth about her family and that she is an honest to goodness demon – and all the things that go along with it!

Desolation is just as good – Amber and her companion, Milo, are still travelling the back roads of the USA, trying to get to Desolation Hill, a place they can’t be tracked by the Hounds of Hell – but they walk right into another heap of Supernatural nastiness – just how will they get out of this one??

This book – and the first book – is compulsive reading. The action comes thick and fast, but there is that deft touch of humour and a caricature of a bad guy to keep it just on the right side of dark. It’s well worth picking up the trilogy (American Monsters, book 3, is out now), as you could read it all one after the other and not be bored.

There is a new Skullduggery Pleasant book due out in June, so I’ll definitely be getting hold of that and keeping an eager eye on what Derek Landy is doing next…

Note: I received a copy of the book via Netgalley for review purposes. All opinions are, as ever, my own.

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