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Cirque Du Freak #8: Allies of the Night: Book 8 in the Saga of Darren Shan Paperback – September 1, 2005


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  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 820L (What's this?)
  • Series: Cirque Du Freak (Book 8)
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (September 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316114375
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316114370
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #494,833 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 6-8–Darren Shan, a 21st-century vampire prince, and his friends, Mr. Crepsley and Harkat, are on a quest to stop the Lord of the Vampaneze. When a series of murders takes place in Mr. Crepsley's hometown, they stop the search for the evil lord to look for the murderer, whom they suspect is also vampaneze. School officials become aware that Darren, who looks like a 15-year-old despite actually being 20+, is in town, and he is forced to attend school. His English teacher, Debbie Hemlock, is his ex-girlfriend, all grown-up. Darren is attacked by a hooked-hand creature and is saved by his childhood friend, Steve. Soon, acquaintances and classmates are being slain, and Darren, Mr. Crepsley, and Harkat, as well as Debbie and Steve, begin tracking the killer through underground tunnels. This horror/mystery tale takes a strange twist when Steve's motives to aid the friends are exposed and Debbie is taken hostage. The plot moves slowly until the killings begin, but then the story takes off. Darren is a likable hero, but other characters are not well developed. Gory fight and murder scenes and some profanity are included, but are in keeping with the story line. Fans of the series will enjoy this cliff-hanger and look forward to the next installment.–Heather Ver Voort, Washington West Elementary, Olean, NY
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Hunters of the Dusk The attention to detail is as great as ever and it will leave fans with the promise of bigger revelations and developments to come. Funday Times Cirque Du Freak A compelling book...a plot full of twists which leaves the reader hungry for more. J.K. Rowling One of the 50 Best Children's books of 1999 The Independent "I read Cirque Du Freak last week. I loved it. I love the way you manage to juggle the funny with the unpleasant, the affection with the hurt. It's great story-telling." Roddy Doyle A top notch supernatural thriller told with pace and tension... Leave the lights on... Books Etc Magazine The Vampire's Assistant The Vampire's Assistant blazes a thrilling, gruesome trail through a fascinating plot. The Good Book Guide --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

More About the Author

Darren Shan's real name is Darren O'Shaughnessy (pronounced O-Shock-Nessy, though it can also be pronounced O-Shawn-Essy_. Although he is Irish, he was born on July 2, 1972, in St. Thomas' Hospital, London -- directly across the river from the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, which may explain his fascination with evil bloodsuckers! He lived in South East London, near the Elephant & Castle. He started school at the early age of three (he was such a wild child, no pre-school facility would have him!), in English Martyrs. At the age of six, he moved to Limerick in Ireland, with his parents and younger brother, and has lived there ever since.


Shan went to primary school in Askeaton, where his mother was a teacher, then to secondary school in Copsewood College in Pallaskenry. Later, he went back to London to study Sociology and English at Roehampton University. He then worked for a cable television company in Limerick for a couple of years, before setting up as a full-time writer at the age of 23.


Although Shan always wanted to be a writer, it was only in his teenage years that he began writing in his spare time for fun (before that, he only wrote stories if they were for homework). He bought his first typewriter when he was 14, and never looked back, knocking out loads of short stories and comic scripts, and making false starts on several books, which he never completed. He enjoyed his first taste of literary success at age 15, as a runner-up in a television script-writing competition for RTE in Ireland, with a dark comedy script titled A Day in the Morgue (he was morbid even then!).


Shan was 17 when he finished his first novel. Although it was never published, he relished the writing experience, and found himself focusing more on novels in the coming years, leaving behind the short-story format. For the next several years, sandwiched between university and work, he wrote an average of one book a year, experimenting with different ideas, genres, lengths and styles. When he started writing full-time, his output shot up to 5 to 6 books per year! But that has dropped back to 2 to 3 recently, due to all the travelling around he's been doing to promote sales of his books.

All of these early books were adult-oriented. Although Shan quite liked the idea of writing a children's book one day, he considered himself an adult writer first and foremost. In fact, Shan's initial breakthrough was with an adult book, in 1999, titled Ayuamarca (since re-released in the UK as Procession Of The Dead, and coming to the USA in 2010).


In January 2000, his first children's book, Cirque du Freak, which he'd written as a fun side-project, was published. The first book in a series titled The Saga of Darren Shan (or Cirque du Freak, as it's known in America), it attracted rave reviews and an ever-growing army of fans hungry to learn more about vampires which were quite unlike any that anyone had ever seen before!


Shan loved writing for children so much, that for the next several years he focused exclusively on his books for younger readers. First, he wrote a total of 12 books about vampires. He quickly followed up his vampiric saga with The Demonata, a series about demons. Running to ten books in total, The Demonata cemented Shan's place in the UK as the Master Of Children's Horror, and saw him score his first UK #1 bestseller. He also wrote a one-off short book, called Koyasan, for Wold Book Day in the UK.

There was a very successful manga adaptation of Shan's vampire series, drawn by the Japanese artist, Takahiro Arai. It was originally serialized in Japan, but collected volumes are now on sale in the USA, UK and other countries.

In addition to writing for children, Shan has now returned to his first love and is once again writing for adults as well. He has had two adult books published in the UK, Procession Of The Dead and Hell's Horizon. They have been released in a number of other countries too, and are due to hit the USA in 2010. A third, City of the Snakes, goes on sale in the UK in March 2010. His first adult books were released under the name of D B Shan, but they are being reprinted under the name of Darren Shan in March 2010, and City of the Snakes will be released under the Darren Shan name.

By the start of 2010, Shan's books were on sale in every continent, in 39 countries, in 31 languages, and have been children's bestsellers in America, Britain, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway and other countries. The books have topped adult bestseller charts in Hungary, Japan and Taiwan. In total, Shan's books have sold close to 15 million copies worldwide!!!!

The movie rights to Cirque Du Freak were bought by Universal, and the first movie (which combines elements from the first three books in the series) was released on October 23rd, 2009, starring newcomer Chris Massoglia as Darren Shan, along with a wide array of established stars such as Josh Hutcherson, John C Reilly, Salma Hayek, Willem Defoe and Ken Watanabe. The movie was called Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant. It was released on DVD and Blu-Ray in February 2010.


A big film buff, with a collection of more than four thousand movies at home, Shan also reads lots of comics and books, and likes to study and collect original artwork, especially comic art and impressionist and post-impressionist art. He has recently started adding sculptures to his collection, making use of the large, empty field outside his back door. Other interests include long walks, watching football (he's a Tottenham Hotspur and Ireland fan), listening to pop and rock music, theatre, worldwide travel, sampling the delights of both gourmet cuisine and finger-licking junk food, and dreaming up new ways to terrify his readers!!!

Shan spends most of his time in Limerick, Ireland, with his girlfriend Bas. He has no pets, but a neighbourhood dog called Goldie joins him on his walks most days. He also feeds a variety of wild birds, and spots the occasional hare and pheasant strolling through his back yard. In addition to his main home in Ireland, Shan has an apartment in London, to which he escapes for a burst of high-speed living every so often, when he feels the need to get his juices flowing!! Shan rarely writes when in London or on the road, preferring to tie himself to his computer when at home in Limerick, where he can work away solidly without any distractions in the peace and quiet of the Irish countryside.

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This book is the best of Darren Shan's amazing series!
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I love this series and they keep you wanting more to read!!!!!!!!!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By KidsReads on September 17, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Forget the mad animals that want to trample Darren Shan. Forget fires and life as a Vampire Prince. In the latest installment of Darren's quest to find and kill the Lord of the Vampaneze, he has to face his most frightening challenge yet: algebra.

Darren, Mr. Crepsley, and Harkat Mulds have returned to the city they first visited while hunting the mad vampaneze Murlough in TUNNELS OF BLOOD. They hunt vampaneze at night and sleep during the day --- until a school inspector visits Darren and tells him that if he doesn't enroll immediately at the Mahler School, the police will come after him!

Just in case going to school wasn't unnerving enough, Darren encounters two very important people from his past. They join him in his hunt for the Lord of the Vampaneze, and with Vancha March --- an unconventional but fiercely loyal Vampire Prince --- their small army heads for the sewers to stop a series of human murders. In the course of their fight, Darren discovers that someone he thought was a friend is in league with the enemy, and he has to think fast --- and act faster --- in order to save himself and those who are helping to save the fate of the vampires.

Mystery, mayhem and betrayal form the latest high-speed chapter in Darren Shan's vampire saga. Darren Shan isn't known for sparing the gory details, so for fans of a good thrill, this book is for you. Not recommended reading before bedtime!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jarrod T Thompson VINE VOICE on January 25, 2005
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Darren Shan writes another great book in the series of wonderfully interesting Cirque Du Freak books. Allies of the Night satisfies fans of the series, yet once again leaves the reader wanting more, more, more.

Shan presents his young protagonist with another twist. Darren and Mr. Crepsley go back to Mr. Crepsley's hometown, and Darren has to go to school. There are lots of fishy circumstances that require the vampaneze hunter to go to school, and he runs into too many familiar faces, but that is all part of the genius of Darren Shan.

For those who claim the author is without skill, I say Charna's guts! You just don't get it. This series continues to be all readers can think about until. . .

the next installment--Killers of the Dawn

I read all 12 books in this series and actually ordered the last 4 from England because I couldn't wait to see what would happen next.

Shan's unique perspective on vampires makes this series fun for those who like vampire stories and those who do not. Shan is truly talented.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By beth1032 on August 26, 2004
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My 12 year old son is not an one who reads for the general pleasure of reading. However, he loves this series! He discovered the series when there were only 4 books. Since then we have waited eagerly for each new book. I have ordered each from Amazon so it can be delivered as soon as it is available. I hope the author keeps writing!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Coffee Addicted Writer's Reviews TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 26, 2012
Format: Paperback
Darren, Mr. Crepsley and Hakart return to Mr. Crepsley's hometown, first seen in the Tunnels of Blood. Strange bizarre death have occurred their. They fear the vampaneze are there.

Late one night a man shows up at their hotel room wondering why Darren is isn't in school. Someone had forged their signatures and enrolled him into school. Mr. Crepsley warns Darren that this is a trap, but Darren goes back to school to find out what is going on.

Darren gets a shock of his life when one of his teacher is Debbie Hemlock, his girlfriend in Tunnels of Blood. She recognizes him and demands to know what is going on. He lies to her several times, covering up that he is a half-vampire.

As Darren tries to fight the vampanese, a even bigger enemy is in the city, his childhood friend, Steve - all grown up and wanting revenge!

This is an exiting installment in the series. I couldn't put it down. In my opinion the best book in the series was the third book, Tunnels of Blood, because the emotional connection between Darren and Debbie. It was a smart idea of the author to bring Debbie and Steve back.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. silva on March 4, 2011
Format: Library Binding Verified Purchase
I wasn't crazy about this one. I did not like the whole Debbie thing, I don't get why bring her back, makes the story so cheesy (sp?).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Ballard on March 7, 2009
Format: Paperback
This wasn't one of the stronger books in the series but was still better than some of the previous ones of late. The reason I didn't like this one so much is because they Darren and the crew making stupid choices which is not one a vampire prince who haved made after everyting he has been through nor someone even of human age would do, so I think that lowered the book alot and that someone as smart as Darren didn't relieze that Steve couldn't shoot to save his life was a give away.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Darren Shan, author and star of the series, has returned to the city where it seems Vampanese have been active in killing humans. Unlike their normal behavior they have been letting the bodies be found. Since this is Mr. Crepsley's hometown the group just has to try and eliminate the problem. This goes on for some time with little thought of searching for the Vampanese Lord. But the stakeout hits a wrinkle at the start of the book. A truant officer shows up looking for Darren. It seems he has been enrolled in a local school by Mr. Crepsley. But Mr. Crepsley is obviously not responsible so someone else must be after them. But to what end?

Now Darren needs to live the life of the fifteen-year-old he still looks like while trying to find out who is behind the plot and help to eliminate the Vampanese threat. But new allies are found to join the cause and a bold new plan is hatched. It is during the culmination of the plan that we learn who has been doing what and to whom. And so the saga of the Cirque du Freak advances.

This books is similar in style to the previous seven books and reads just as quickly. The plotting moves in similar fashion and my only complaint is that Darren still acts much like he did at the beginning of the series despite the number of years that have gone by. Hard to believe he has been a Vampire Prince for so long and not matured more. Still, it is a fun series even if this book does not push the series plot ahead very much. If you have read the earlier books you will need to read this one but there are at least four more.
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