Recommends it for: People into the YA Horror genre Recommended to Sita by: My Lovely American Friend Cam Shelves: own , paranormal , favourites , young-adult , reviewed Before I give the review let me just start by saying that Darren Shan is one of my all time favourite authors and I am not a huge fan of horror, his writing, characters and plots just captivate me and keep me reading. I recommend all of his books. But this has to be one of my favourites in the Demonata series. There were evil ones and good ones; youd think it would be as simple as that, but no. In most books, its black and white. Kill that evil it!
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When Bec was in her teens, a tunnel was opened which granted the Demonata access to the human world, and Ireland was overrun by hoards of monstrous demons. The people of the rath had to defend themselves from these creatures, but many died in the battle, including Banba, thus leaving Bec without a teacher or a guardian. He implied that he required help, and Bec was compelled by a vision to join the group of warriors who volunteered to assist the boy.
This ultimately leads her to encounter the Druid Drust , who offers Bec and the warriors the opportunity to help him close the tunnel through which the demons came.
It was later revealed that closing the tunnel requires the sacrifice of a mage, and that Drust had intended to use Bec for that purpose. Bec accepts this as the price of saving her people, and continues despite the fact that she will die whether or not the quest succeeds.
Drust attempts to teach Bec how to harness the power of stars as a source of magic, as druids do, but she is unable to achieve much success with the magic of men. By the time they reached the core of the tunnel, all the group members were killed apart from Bec, Drust and Bran.
After Bec successfully completing the sealing ritual and the tunnel quickly closing, Bec and Bran try to flee before they become trapped.
Bran charms Vein into releasing Bec, but by that time the hole to escape is so small they would not be able to make it. Bec uses what is left of her magic to forcibly propel Bran through the hole. Just before it closes he shouts "Bec! She can not reply as the hole closes, leaving her sealed inside the cave. Lord Loss feeds off misery and sorrow. If the tunnel remained open the other demonata would have destroyed his source of nourishment.
He also tells her, that her death was for nothing, as he had been crossing between the demon world and the human world for centuries before the tunnel was created. He claims that he liked Bec, and would have enjoyed feeding off the misery which she was destined to experience.
However, when Drust had humiliated him earlier in the book, he placed a geis promise of death upon the entire group, and therefore has no choice but to kill her. In the last sentences of the book she is described as being literally torn apart by the demons dying a painful and gruesome death.
Edit Bec reappears in Blood Beast. When Grubbs is dealing with the family curse, he goes to the tunnel where Bec died. Her soul has somehow become trapped in the cave, keeping her on Earth.
Later when Juni Swan helps Grubbs escape, he returns there. The whispers are more warning. She then disappears. However, by the time he arrives with Grubbs and Kernel Fleck , it is too late, and the demons have already emerged. Seeing that Lord Loss intends to kill them all, Bec enters, possesses and reanimates the body of the deceased Bill-E, and fights off the demon master. She transforms the body to recreate her original appearance, and finds herself faced with a second chance at life, albeit in a time many centuries after that in which she was born.
This softens the blow of her transition to the 21st century, though she still finds some aspects of modernity intimidating. In addition to this, since her reanimation, any physical contact with others causes her to absorb some of their memories, and she is too worried about this power to confide in anyone. She forms a friendship with Meera, who convinces her to confront Dervish about his behaviour.
The two sort out the issue, but moments later, the house is attacked by werewolves, and in the ensuing battle, Dervish has a heart attack. The Shadow attacks Bec in an attempt to absorb her piece of the Kah-Gash, and the contact allows Bec to gain vital information about the creature: it is in fact not a demon, but the personification of Death , as she tells Beranabus.
Beranabus sacrifices himself to send the Shadow back to the Demonata Universe, and Bec, Killri and Dervish escape on a life-boat. Edit Grubbs discovers in Wolf Island that Bec and Dervish have survived the zombie incident and he makes a deal with Antoine Horwitzer the man who informed him of this fact to spare him if he ensures their safety.
However, when he does so, Grubbs has him killed anyway. Grubbs meets them later on, safe and sound. Sadly, Grubbs finds out that his uncle Dervish is slowly dying from his heart problems.
As they disagree, Kernal thinks about Beranabus and some patches of light appear. He assembles them and they enter a shadow world. Meera Flame is fatally wounded and willingly explodes herself, killing Juni Swan with her. Bec is last seen by Grubbs and Kernel, fighting with Lord Loss by Grubbs and Kernel, and she tells them to leave her behind.
However, as he departs, Kernel notices that Bec and Lord Loss are not fighting so viciously and suspects her of betrayal. However, by the end of the book, it is revealed that her actions were part of a ruse to destroy the Demonata. At the end of the book, Bec, Grubbs and Kernel join as the Kah-Gash and recreate the universe, altering reality to remove the Demon masters from existence as they may fracture the Kah-Gash like before with the exception of Lord Loss, whom she agrees to spare.
As the memory of the Kah-Gash, Bec guides the other two parts and is charge of creating the new life. She was a small, slim girl with short, dark red hair which grew longer after she came back to life. Meera Flame commented that her hair was gorgeous when she grew it out. Personality Edit Bec was a brave and selfless girl though she was also humble about her own courage, thinking she was more practical than courageous.
However she was willing to give her life if she had to, as proven when she planned to allow Drust to sacrifice her to close a tunnel between the human and demon universes.
Her bravery and strength of character caused Beranabus to fall in love with her the moment he saw her, even though it was said that she was not an especially attractive girl. Bec was very devoted to protecting the world from the Demonata. She also managed to endure sixteen hundred lonely years of captivity in the wall of a cave without going mad.
However when she was finally freed she continued to feel lonely and said that she was as scared of the modern day as she was of demons. Despite Reni downright bullying her when they met, she tried to comfort her, understanding that Reni was only lashing out due to grief at the loss of her brother and the disappearance of her boyfriend.
She also had a strong sense of morality and spared Lord Loss in honour of the deal they had made in order to defeat Death and the more powerful Demon Masters, although she had the power to squash him like a bug when all three pieces of the Kah-Gash were together.
Bec made many close relationships during both of her lives. She thought the warrior who found her, Goll, was like a father to her and had romantic feelings for a blacksmith named Fiachna, whom she kissed shortly before his death. Sixteen hundred years later, she also became close friends with Meera Flame. Bec initially had a shaky relationship with Dervish who saw her as little more than a mouthpeice for his dead nephew Billy.
However they became friends once Bec told Dervish that she wanted to be treated like a real person instead of an object.
Because she was a peice of the Kah Gash, she also had a close bond with the other two pieces, Grubbs and Kernel. Out of all three members of the Kah-Gash, Bec was the only one who was willing to work alongside Lord Loss. Bec helped Beranabus turn from a scatterbrained child into one of the most powerful magicians in history.
She continued to love Beranabus even when she saw him in his demon form and was devastated by his death. Unfortunately this led Grubbs and Kernel to suspect that she was betraying them. Powers and abilities Edit Bec is a very powerful magician and it is stated in the book Demon Apocalypse that she is more powerful than both Beranabus and Grubbs but only after Lord Loss increased her strength.
After Bran appears, Bec meets Drust, who teaches her druid spells and helps her to reconnect with her magic. However, her powers become truly phenomenal when Lord Loss uses his own powers to both spark her innate magical skill and then enhance it to the point that she essentially by-passes all the normal turning points of the mystic arts in one bound. One talent which remains constant throughout both her training with Banba and her supercharged state following her encounter with Lord Loss is her eidetic memory , which is so perfect she can remember her own birth.
This talent also comes in useful in allowing her to remember all the spells she is ever taught. She speculates that this new gift is a side-effect of her imprisonment in the cave, and, as of yet, she has not demonstrated the ability to regulate the absorption of memory. Because she dislikes the inherent intrusiveness of seeing into the minds of others, she avoids physical contact with others whenever possible.
It is revealed in Dark Calling that Bec has such a powerful memory because she is the memory part of the Kah-Gash, with Grubbs and Kernel being the trigger and the eyes, respectively. Bec is a piece of the Kah-Gash. In Dark Calling , an Old Creature tells Kernel that the piece of the Kah-Gash in Bec could be used to turn her against the Disciples, as it used to belong to Lord Loss and may have been tainted by him.
Although this might have been true to some extent, Bec was able to overcome any dark traits that Lord Loss had passed onto her, either by magic or sheer willpower, and helped Grubbs, Kernel and Lord Loss save the human universe and at least one of the demon universes; the one that Lord Loss lived in.
When Bec was in her teens, a tunnel was opened which granted the Demonata access to the human world, and Ireland was overrun by hoards of monstrous demons. The people of the rath had to defend themselves from these creatures, but many died in the battle, including Banba, thus leaving Bec without a teacher or a guardian. He implied that he required help, and Bec was compelled by a vision to join the group of warriors who volunteered to assist the boy. This ultimately leads her to encounter the Druid Drust , who offers Bec and the warriors the opportunity to help him close the tunnel through which the demons came. It was later revealed that closing the tunnel requires the sacrifice of a mage, and that Drust had intended to use Bec for that purpose. Bec accepts this as the price of saving her people, and continues despite the fact that she will die whether or not the quest succeeds.
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Edit Dark Calling reveals that both the Old Creatures and the Demonata are creatures of the original universe which preceded the two universes in the series. This universe was structured like a chessboard ; it consisted of sixty-four squares, half of them White and half of them black, each square containing infinite space within. The Demonata inhabited the white squares, the Old Creatures the black; the different zones were kept separate by a force which the Old Creatures called the Kah-Gash. While the Demonata were capable of reproduction, the Old Creatures were sterile, but this did not bother them; since time did not exist in the original universe, everything therein was ageless and immortal. They can still get killed. Originally, the peaceful Old Creatures contented themselves with exploring their realms, undisturbed. The Old Creatures and the Demonata were unaware of each other, and it is stated that they were never intended to mix.