Review: Domain by James Herbert

Hey everyone!
Today, I will be sharing my review of Domain by James Herbert with you all!


Title: Domain
Author: James Herbert
Originally Published: 1984, by New English Library
Page Count: 482
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GoodReads Synopsis:

The long-dreaded nuclear conflict. The city torn apart, shattered, its people destroyed or mutilated beyond hope. For just a few, survival is possible only beneath the wrecked streets – if there is time to avoid the slow-descending poisonous ashes. But below, the rats, demonic offspring of irradiated forebears, are waiting. They know that Man is weakened, become frail. Has become their prey…


My Review:

I have been intending to read Domain for a long time. I read The Rats and Lair (books one and two in the Rats series) back in 2019, and was planning to read Domain straight away, but review requests, blog tours, and arcs took priority, and it just kept being pushed back. Finally I had the chance to read it, and oh wow, it was worth the wait! It was actually my dad who recommended James Herbert to me, and I am so glad I finally picked up his books.

The first chapter consists entirely of death and destruction, and it is so intense, it has you completely hooked from the very beginning, and you won’t be able to stop reading. The story begins with a nuclear war. Nuclear bombs are being dropped all over London, obliterating the entire city, and wiping out almost its entire population. This nuclear aspect of the book is terrifying, mainly because it is actually possible, and all it would take is for one crazy person with some power to press a button. You would hope that nobody would be that crazy, but who the hell knows (I am actually a little shocked that Trump hasn’t done it already)!

Beyond chapter 1, we follow the aftermath of the explosions. The carnage continues, and as if the city wasn’t suffering enough from the bombing, they now have to contend with the most evil, ruthless, deadly creatures you could imagine. The killer rats have returned, and there’s not much they can do to stop them. It is a situation you would never want to find yourself in, but it certainly makes for great reading!

The rats aren’t as much of a central feature in Domain as they are in The Rats and Lair, as Domain focuses more on the aftermath of the nuclear attack, but when they are involved, they cause enough damage and devastation to leave you reeling, until the next attack.

Despite the fact that I loved The Rats and Lair, I have to admit, I was never really attached to the characters in either of the books, but with Domain, it was totally different. I was desperate for certain characters to get through, to survive, and when some of them didn’t, I was absolutely devastated. Just to top it off, not one of the deaths was a nice way to go. They were gruesome and graphic, and if you aren’t good with blood and gore, I would advise you to not read this book (or the entire series for that matter).

OH WOW, WHAT AN ENDING! There was so much chaos, and action in the last few chapters, and it has you on the edge of your seat to the very last page. It was such a satisfying ending to the book, and also a fantastic way to end the whole series.

After reading both The Rats and Lair, I didn’t think Domain could possibly live up to the first two books of the series, but Herbert definitely lived up to the high expectations he had already set. I have to say that I did prefer The Rats and Lair, but Domain is still an incredible book. The Rats series as a whole has definitely become one of my favourite series that I have ever read, and I can’t wait to read more of James Herbert’s books.

I give Domain an easy 5 star rating!

8 thoughts on “Review: Domain by James Herbert

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  1. oooh, I remember reading this when I was 15 or 16. James Herbert was one of my favourite authors. I’m glad you’ve enjoyed all 3 books in this series, Dani. I can’t wait to see which of Herbert’s books you pick up next.

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