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Lord Loss
N120230
Author Darren Shan
Series The Demonata
Publisher HarperCollins
Number of Pages 223
Succeeding Book "Demon Thief"

Plot Summary

The books start as one day, Grubbs Grady is being called out of class for smoking and then he is punished by his mother for it at home. He finds out his sister Gret told on him and gets her back by putting rat guts on her towel. For this he is grounded without any video entertainment. Then suddenly the situation changes, he is no longer grounded and he is sent to stay with his aunt after Gret apologizes to him for telling and being given several presents. At his aunt he sneaks out at night and goes home to find his family slaughtered by demons commanded by Demon Master Lord Loss, using magic he escapes and ends up in psychiatric care where nobody believes him about the demons. Then one day his uncle Dervish shows up and believes him and helps him get out of the institution. He goes to life with him and meets Bill-E, who thinks that Dervish is his father and a werewolf. They try to find out how he controls himself but as they do, it turns out Bill-E is the werewolf and Dervish, his friend Meera and Grubbs barely survive the encounter due to his foolishness. Dervish explains everything and they decide to do battle with Lord Loss, the only one who can cure Bill-E. One will play chess on five different boards at the same time against Lord Loss while the other fights two of his familiars, if one of the two loses all three will be killed. The two player and the one they intended to cure, which is what happened to Grubs parents and sister. Dervish plays Chess while Grubbs fights the demons, then as he is about to lose Dervish abandons the game and saves him. They convince Lord Loss to allow them to switch places and now Dervish has to fight the demons and Grubbs who isn’t all that great at chess must play Lord Loss, after losing two games. He learns that the way to defeat Lord Loss is to deny him sustenance for Lord Loss feeds on grieve, fear and anxiety. He starts playing disinterestedly and recklessly and becomes increasingly indifferent and using this strategy he beats Lord Loss who cures Bill-E. However there is one final part to the deal, one of them has to go into Lord Loss’s realm and do battle with him, while their body stays behinds as a zombie. Grubbs takes care of his soulless uncle for a long time until one day he returns and plays a prank on him, by making him belief he turned into a werewolf himself. Luckily for now it was only a prank, and his uncle returns as normal

The Poem - Lord Loss

Lord Loss sows all the sorrows of the world

Lord Loss seeds the grief-starched trees

In the centre of the web, lowly Lord Loss bows his head

Mangled hands, naked eyes

Fanged snakes his soul line

Curled inside like textured sin

Bloody, curdled sheets for skin

In the centre of the web, vile Lord Loss torments the dead

Over strands of red, Lord Loss crawls

Dispensing pain, despising all

Shuns friends, nurtures foes

Ravages hope, breeds woe

Drinks moons, devours suns

Twirls his thumbs 'till the reaper comes

In the centre of the web, Lush Lord Loss is all that's left.

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