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Darren Shan, author and narrator, sets the book up as a true story, warning readers: "Real life's nasty. It's cruel.... Evil often wins." Indeed, evil begins to win when Darren and his buddies find a flier for "Cirque Du Freak," a traveling freak show promising performances by the snake-boy, the wolf-man, and Larten Crepsley and his giant spider, Madame Octa. Darren and his friend Steve wouldn't miss it for the world.
So, Saturday night they sneak out to the old theater, tall and dark, with broken windows. "Every act you see tonight is real," croaks Mr. Tall. "Each performer is unique. And none are harmless." That's for sure. (A werewolf bites off the hand of someone in the audience, for instance.) Things grow very serious for the two boys when Steve not only recognizes Mr. Crepsley as a famous vampire, but professes his true desire to join him! To make matters worse, the spider-obsessed Darren goes back to the old theater to steal Madame Octa so he can teach her tricks in his room. (He does, with mixed results.) The plot further coagulates as Darren is faced with some terrible decisions about what to do to save his bloodthirsty friend Steve.
Readers may be too enthralled to notice some clumsy editing (the aforementioned bitten-off hand is later referred to as an arm, Darren stops dead in his tracks when he's already stopped, etc.). They may also not notice that the boys constantly use adult-sounding expressions like "his breath stank to the high heavens," though the book is clearly set in the 21st century. If this book gets under your kids' skin (and it probably will), they're in luck--we haven't heard the last of the Saga of Darren Shan. (Ages 10 and older, not for the faint of heart) --Karin Snelson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I would recommend this book for anyone who likes light, quick reads.
He loves the books and has gotten emotionally attached to each of the characters and their story lines, even being brought to tears on quite a few occasions.
When I was down I read it again an again untill the next book in the series came out.
I got this at a local goodwill store right after the movie came out., because it's a movie was drawn into the spectrum of, "Wow this must be good if someone bought the rights... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Sally Balboa
I'm not sure why I kept reading this series after this book, because it was a definite slow/uncertain start. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Swank Ivy
This series grabbed me right away. It seemed to me to be written on a lower reading level than quite a few popular YA series books I have read. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Anah
I would recommend this book to all who like vampire stories. This one is off the typical mold. Well written and thought out.Published 2 months ago by Daniel J Fazzino
I found this story a bit interesting but also very simplistically written. It seemed like one of those books where the text has been enlarged and really stretched out in order to... Read morePublished 2 months ago by T. Jackson
I am rereading this series in order to finish what I started back in high school. I never finished the book series but I do remember how well Darren Shan sets up the plot for this... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Yzael
This is a fast moving series, nothing boring about it. It's a good one.Published 2 months ago by Kodi_Kegel