Title: American Monsters (The Demon Road Trilogy #3)
Author: Derek Landy
Source: NetGalley eBook
American Monsters is the third and final book in the Demon Road Trilogy by Derek Landy. I had the luck and honour to read and review the previous two books, Demon Road (review) and Desolation (review) and now I have been able to come full circle to do the same for the finale.
And what a finale it is.
After months on the run from her parents and the Shining Demon, Amber must now turn the tables on her enemies or die trying. Characters from the past return while new ones add new twists to the tale. It’s an emotional ride and one that it thoroughly enjoyable.
Fast-paced, action-packed and full of surprises, the plot of American Monsters does not disappoint. Starting off with a touch more scene setting to get the reader used to Amber’s new role as the Shining Demon’s representative, it soon develops into a race against time to find a way to defeat her parents and double-cross her new employer, while also keeping serial killers and demons in check. I really enjoyed all the turns in the road that American Monsters was taking, and had no idea how it would end.
However, it did feel like too much was trying to fit into this book, especially towards the end. A whole other side to the tale, in the form of a secret agency, is introduced but their role in the book feels very rushed and out-of-place. Not enough time is spent developing them. In fact, there are parts of this book which I felt could have filled a whole other Demon Road’s book (or that could just be wishful thinking for more story in this world).
My favourite parts of this series are the characters. Amber is a perfect lead and her personality, insecurities and all are captured beautifully. Kelly also returns in this book and their relationship is one of the better portrayed lesbian relationships I’ve read – nothing felt forced, it was easy to cheer for the two of them and it came across as a lot more realistic than a lot of hetero relationships in other books. Kelly is also an incredible character to boot.
My top characters however, have to be Milo and Glen. While Milo remains my favourite in this book, we do finally see a bit more of vampire-Glen and a bit more of their wonderful interactions. While they don’t take centre-stage, they do add a bit of something extra and their loyalty to Amber is admirable.
The villains, of course, are delightfully vicious. Amber’s parents make for an excellent foil and you never quite know what they are going to do next. The Shining Demon makes for more of a traditional villain and his level of power, as well as his control over Amber, is chilling.
I really enjoy the world this is set in, with demons being a common occurrence and the presence of seemingly unbeatable serial killers (including a rather creepy clown). There is a good balance when playing out the demon side of the world with the human side, one which lends itself to the idea of there being demons running around in this world. The rules of the demon-world are believable and the Shining Demon’s castle is magical to read about. Landy has done an excellent job building up the Demon Road and I will be sad to see the end of it.
A fantastic end to a brilliant trilogy. I do wish it could have been split into two books, so that some parts of it could have been a bit more developed and we got to see a bit more of other things, such as Amber and Kelly’s relationship and, simply, Milo and Glen. However, it is still an action-packed roller-coaster where no-one is safe – believe me, there are some shocking and devastating parts to this book, one I’m still struggling to believe. If you haven’t read this series already, I do highly recommend it.