Sons of Destiny

SONS OF DESTINY
Cirque du Freak #12
Darren Shan
Epub-125 pages
3 Stars
YA fantasy

Darren kills Steve, but then allows Steve’s dying lashout to kill him, in an attempt to foil Mr Tiny. Mr Tiny’s daughter plots with Darren and they concoct a plan to change things to allow the vampires, vampaneze and humans to all survive and eventually become one race. I was glad the series was over. After the 5th or 6th book, the story lost its shiny newness and became much darker than what I was enjoying.

Glad this series is done. I have to admit, I would have tried to get Mr Tiny killed instead of just bypassing him. He might be powerful, but he has weaknesses.

Lord of the Shadows

LORD OF THE SHADOWS
Cirque du Freak #11
Darren Shan
Epub-97 pages
3 Stars
YA fantasy

Darren finds out that a Lord of the Shadows will turn the world into a wasteland, and the Lord of Shadows will either be him or Steve. So either way, Darren loses. Turns out Mr Tiny is an agent of chaos who does what he can to cause problems and stir the pot.

The revelations at the end left my head whirling. Other than that, this series had gotten too dark for my taste, especially for a YA series.

LAKE OF SOULS

LAKE OF SOULS
CIRQUE DU FREAK #10
Darren Shan
3 Stars
YA Fantasy
161 Pages, Epub

I like Harkat Mulds. And this book was all about him and Darren. Not bad.

Harkat Mulds is going to die. So Mr Tiny allows him and Darren to go on a quest to find out who he was in a previous life to save himself. Darren and Harkat go through adventures and find out. Then they come back and prepare to start doing stuff again in our world.

KILLERS OF THE DAWN

KILLERS OF THE DAWN
CIRQUE DU FREAK #9
Darren Shan
YA Fantasy
3 Stars
129 Pages, Epub

I figured who the real lord was quite some books ago. So no big reveals.

The 3 hunters, Crepsley, the Vamp Prince and Darren, hunt down the lord of the vampaneze. Crepsley kills him at the cost of his own life and the others escape. Only to find out that Steve was the Lord all the time. So Mr Crepsley died for nothing.

Allies of the Night

Allies of the Night
Cirque du Freak #8
Darren Shan
Fantasy
4 Stars
Epub, 130 Pages

Darren runs into Debby, and she gets taken by Vampaneze and the group has a run in with the Vampaneze Lord.

I didn’t find this as engaging as the previous books, but Shan does start to explore, a little, the problems he has with growing up so slowly.

He is in his late 20’s now,or 30’s, I think? but appears like he is 15. That dichotomy is brought into stark relief in this plotline and we’ll see how the future is handled. I suspect, though, it will be as sad as Mr Crepsley’s past.

Hunters of the Dusk

Hunters of the Dusk
Cirque Du Freak #7
Darren Shan
Fantasy
3 Stars
Epub, 87 Pages

Mr Tiny prophecies that only Darren, Mr Crepsley and one other Vampire have the chance to kill the Lord of the Vampaneze. They have to hunt him down on their own. This chronicles their first chance, and failure.

A continuation of a fun romp of a story.

The Vampire Prince

The Vampire Prince
Cirque Du Freak #6
Darren Shan
Fantasy
4 Stars
Epub, 122 Pages

Darren escapes, but the vampire who helps him turns out to be a traitor, who is trying to help the vampaneze. Darren returns to Vampire Mountain to warn everyone and the vampaneze are wiped out. Darren is spared by becoming an honorary Vampire Prince. However, there is a huge threat, a lord of the vampaneze, who is prophesied to almost wipe out the vampires.

Vampire Mountain

Vampire Mountain
Cirque Du Freak #4
Darren Shan
Fantasy
4 Stars
Epub, 109 Pages

Darren and Mr Crepsley go to Vampire Mountain for the vampire gathering and so Darren can be presented and accepted by the Vampire Princes.

I am continuing to absolutely love this series. While written for ya, it doesn’t talk down, which makes it readable for those with more mature tastes.

And I’m not even sick of vampires yet 🙂

Tunnels of Blood

Tunnels of Blood
Cirque Du Freak #3
Darren Shan
Fantasy
4 Stars
Epub, 139 Pages

Darren finds out more about his mentors past and about how the Vampire Society is setup. There is a splinter faction called the Vampaneze who kill when they feed. One goes rogue in the city Mr Crepsley grew up in, so he goes with Darren to take him out.

I am still being impressed by this series. While aimed at the Young Adult crowd, this book is written well enough to give them something to hold other books up to.

The writing itself is tight and clean, the story flows well, the characters are interesting [without having pages upon pages of selfish self-introspection] and the villains are slowly introduced so as to create a feel of “Villainy and Scum” in the background.

I’m not a big vamp fan, but this I would recommend to the Harry Potter group, mainly to show them that a good story CAN be told in a book that isn’t the size of the Bible.