HarperCollins, August 2015
YA – Thriller
Sixteen-year-old Amber has a fairly ordinary life – she gets through high school, works at a diner, watches TV and spends her free time online. Then she discovers she’s not so normal after all. She’s a demon. So are her parents, and they want to eat her. Amber goes on the run, driving along the Demon Road, a route leading through the dark heart of America. Her guide is Milo – a mysterious and silent stranger with a car that seems to have a mind of its own. They embark on an epic supernatural roadtrip, encountering demons, vampires, witches and serial killers along the way.
Fans of Landy’s Skulduggery Pleasant series will enjoy his new book. While at first I missed the wise-cracking skeleton detective, I was soon sucked into this action-packed adventure. Amber is a likeable protagonist, and Landy does an excellent job of showing how she has to adjust to her new identity. I really liked the character of Glen, the Irish boy cursed with a Deathmark who they pick up on their journey. He brought a lot of humour to the book. As always, Landy’s dialogue is cracking and there are twists and turns aplenty. Demon Road is the first in a trilogy, but I think it would have made a strong standalone. While I enjoyed the book, at over 500 pages it is a long book, and I was hoping for a more conclusive finale. However, with the strong characters he has created Landy has plenty to work with in the next two books.
Reviewed for LoveReading4Kids.