After Skulduggery Pleasant Derek Landy amazed with the start into a whole new story with Demon Road in which Amber discovers she is a demon and not only her but her parents and their friends, too. She then has to run from them because the only reason she was born was to be eaten by them so they could keep and grow their demonic powers and complete their offering to the demon that made them what they are. In Desolation Amber and Milo are running from the Hounds of Hell who are send to bring her to the Shining Demon who wants to punish her for betraying him and their journey leads them to a town called Desolation Hill. A mythical border keeps the Hounds out and seems to provide a safe haven for Amber and Milo- if it weren’t for everything that’s wrong with this all too nice town.
The book is amazingly written and kept me glued to the pages from the first sentence (“They were all alive when she walked in.”). We get to meet new characters and to reunited with characters we met in the first book. Which leads to having a whole bunch of names you have to remember. That was sometimes confusing because I couldn’t place the names right away which is really my only real point of complaining about this book and it might just be me being bad with names.
Usually with the second book of a trilogy, you notice a bit of a dry run because it’s just used to build a bridge between book one and three and just there to build a path for the events in the finale. Not with this one. Although the book is mostly set in Desolation Hill, there is an awful lot of awful things happening and Amber and Milo don’t really get to catch a break because evil is always present here.
The ending of the book promises an amazing finale (which we don’t have to wait for too long cause the publishing date is some time this summer) and keeps me wanting more.
This book is one hell of a ride and gets 5 out of 5 possible gold stars.