Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire Prince,
by Darren Shan

Sequel to Cirque Du Freak: Trials of blood

Well, I unwittingly started in the middle of this series somehow. Oh well. I'll do this review then start at the beginning, so look for those reviews in the future. Don't worry, I link all my series books together at the bottom of each review. This book, (book 6), I would say is more for the young adult male audience. It did however suck me right into the plot in the blink of an eye. Short novel. It doesn't take very long to read, and the plot is simple, not a lot to it.

Half vampire half human, Darren Shan, the author is also the main character. Not very original, is it? He is a vampires assistant, they don't really go into much detail about what that means, but maybe it was in a previous book. His mentor, Larten Crepsley, shuffles him off to take a test to see if the undead will let him join their ranks. It's called the "Trials of Initiation," consisting of 5 different tests. If he passes all tests he can live, if he fails any test they execute him.

Darren passes the first three trials, but on the fourth the rules were broken. Darren escapes, but at a costly price. He falls into a vicious stream and is carried away and swept underground into the belly of a mountain. He manages to survive and is nursed back to health by wolves. Rather disgusting details here that guys are sure to enjoy.

There is a second race of vampires called the vampaneze. Darren figures out this whole traitor conspiracy thing involving the vampaneze. Then he has to sneak back to vampire mountain, and there is a war that is like the whole second half of the book. There is nothing in it really for us girls. No romance at all. The one woman they had as a warrior dies rather swiftly and unbecomingly. The vampires are all ruled by Princes. At the end they decide Darrens fate, so I won't give it away. All in all, if I was a guy, I'd love it, so that's why I'm giving it a review. I'll only review books I think are worthy here. You will never see a bad recommendation from me.

I scoured the Internet for an excerpt from this book and this was all I could find:


The Saga of Darren Shan, Cirque Du Freak Series:

Book 1 Cirque Du Freak: A Living nightmare
Book 2 Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire's assistant
Book 3 Cirque Du Freak: Tunnels of blood
Book 4 Cirque Du Freak: Vampire mountain
Book 5 Cirque Du Freak: Trials of blood
Book 7 Cirque Du Freak: Hunters of the dusk (the Hunter's trilogy)
Book 8 Cirque Du Freak: Allies of the night (the Hunter's trilogy)
Book 9 Cirque Du Freak: Killers of the dawn (the Hunter's trilogy)
Book 10 Cirque Du Freak: The Lake of souls (the Destiny trilogy)
Book 11 Cirque Du Freak: Lord of the shadows (the Destiny trilogy)
Book 12 Cirque Du Freak: Sons of destiny (the Destiny trilogy)


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