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Praise for the Larten Crepsley Series: "His writing is slick, his dialogue sharp and clever, his plotting immaculate. His books ooze with the kind of creepy, dark atmosphere and powerful characters that young teenage readers lap up. Shan is honing his craft with every book, and I look forward to the next gore-fest with relish." Irish Independent "Forget Stephen King, this author's the master of scaring children." The Big Issue in Scotland "A tantalising start to the series and a must-read for Darren Shan fans." Books Quarterly --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Darren Shan is the New York Times bestselling author of Cirque Du Freak and The Demonata, whose novels have sold over 15 million copies worldwide. Darren lives in Ireland, where he writes and collects art, comics, and film.
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Product Details

  • Series: The Saga of Larten Crepsley (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (October 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316078700
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316078702
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #532,147 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Larten Crepsley's life could never be considered an "easy" one. He was born into the most difficult of circumstances and left his hometown as a known killer. He has been in and out of one awful adventure after another --- mostly not of his choosing. But the life of a vampire, living in a human and demonic world, would not be likely to run that smoothly. Sometimes, however, wonderful things can happen. Larten Crepsley has found love.

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.
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exactly what i expected from darren shan .his style is thrilling with out going overboard.will continue to buy the rest of the series,plus any other series he comes out with.hard to find a good thriller that dosen't get all soap opery on you
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Picking up exactly where Ocean of Blood left off, Palace of the Damned is the penultimate book in this prequel (to Circus of the Damned) quartet. After killing the ship's entire crew - as revenge for their killing Malora after his 'vampiracy' was revealed to the crew, is on the run. With a baby in his care - keeping it safe from the cannibal on the ship - Larten now has more to worry about than his own needs.

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.
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My 11 year-old grandson has been avidly reading this series as well as everything else that Darren Shan has written. An expensive habit, even on Kindle, but he just adores the books and can't get enough.
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By Xitree on October 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I have read all of the cirque du freak books as well as the separate series of the damonata as always Shan is continuing to stun and amaze with very ingaging context and plot I love how many of the caracters from the cirque that he is pulling in and showing where they came from including some very unseen beginning to at least one well loved caracter that I'm sure we all are happy and looking forward to seeing much more of. And as always enough twists and turns to the plot to keep everyone wanting more can't wait for the next installment. Happy reading all.
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First Sentence: A huffing Larten Crepsley mounted a treacherous, icy ridge and stared across a frozen sea of jagged peaks.

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.
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