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Palace of the Damned (The Saga of Larten Crepsley) Hardcover – October 3, 2011
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Love makes many changes in Larten's life. He is no longer known as Larten Crepsley, but as Vur Horston. He is living in Paris, in the early 1900s, the Paris of Bram Stoker and his famous novel DRACULA. The beautiful Alicia Dunyck isn't aware of his previous life because the past he reveals to her is fabricated. How can he tell her he's a vampire? The relationship with Alicia is cemented once she meets the little orphan Gavner Purl, who, according to Larten, is his ward. Though Larten has watched after the child, he is also responsible for the deaths of the boy's parents and everyone on that ship in Greenland (that is yet another story). So he has carefully avoided any emotional ties to the child.
Alicia bubbles over with motherly love, and a stronger bond is formed among the three. This is all very nice except for the fact that Larten has lied about his past and feels tremendous remorse over murdering Gavner's parents and all the ship's occupants. Things still manage to go very well, and in an emotional moment, he actually asks Alicia to be his bride. For the reader, it's plain to see that something very wrong is going to happen, and it does.
One night, at an art exhibition, Larten encounters another vampire.Read more ›
Tired of the vampiric life, Larten no longer has the thirst for he hunt and hides out in Paris as a human. It is there where he finds love - and maybe even some happiness.
But how long can Larten really hide out as a human before his inner darkness and he's forced to return to the dark, to his clan. And will he be safe anywhere or will his enemies find him?
One thing's for sure, one way or another, Larten's path is sure to be perilous and lead to deaths.
Palace of the Damned is great, it brings out more of Larten's humanity while also contrasting that with just how not human he is. After the first book introduced us to Larten's true human life and his beginnings as a assistant and the second brought in more of the vampire politics, it's great to see a different side to Larten.
As someone who's reading this prequel series before reading Circque du Freak, I know that I am missing some of what readers of that series will get out of this series. The characters that are in this series, I'm sure will pop up in the latter series (at least some of them) and whether you read that first or this first, it'll be great to know their back stories as well.
It didn't feel like there was as much action in this installment as in the others, but it definitely brought a necessary bit of Larten's life to light.Read more ›
How I Acquired the Book: Borrowed from my town's library.
The Review: The Saga of Larten Crepsley is one of those series that will never become a classic. I'm not saying this in a bad way; I'm simply saying that these are the kinds of books that you read once because the plot is good, but the writing is mediocre. These are the kind of books that people only buy when it comes out, because they can't stand to wait for it at the library, then put it on the shelf as a dust collector, never to be touched or seen again.
But for the 200 pages or so the book lasts, it is a decent read. Darren Shan gives his readers exactly what he knows they want: blood, gore, and action. However, there's a little less action in this one than previous books in the series, and a bit more filler. Be cautioned that this series is also low on character development, though the main character, Larten Crepsley, is developed slightly. As I said before, the writing is mediocre--nothing special. It's something that your average literate Joe could write, with simple vocabulary and sentence structure.
However, I do see a possible way this book can be special, and that's hooking young boys onto reading. Parents could give this book to their reluctant reader child, and they'll be hooked! Do be warned, though, that there is some foul language, and of course, blood.
The last book in the series, Brothers to the Death, will not be high on my to-read list, but I'll pick it up if it comes my way. These books are not exactly my type of thing, but they still are a pleasurable diversion from the hectic pace of life.
-reviewed by a teenager.Read more ›
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