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The Saga of Darren Shan

Cirque Du Freak

Author: Darren Shan

Publisher: Harper Collins Children's Books (2009)

Darren goes to a banned freak show with his best mate Steve. It’s the wonderfully gothic Cirque Du Freak where weird, frightening half human/half animals appear who interact terrifyingly with the audience. Darren – a spider freak – ‘falls in love’ with Madam Octa – an enormous tarantala owned by Mr Crepsley. Darren determines to steal the spider so that he can train it to perform amazing deeds. But his daring theft goes horribly wrong and Darren finds himself having to make a bargain with a creature of the night.

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The Vampire's Assistant

Author: Darren Shan

Publisher: Harper Collins Children's Books (2009)

Darren Shan has been made a half-vampire by Mr Crepsley, but the Cirque Du Freak holds more unpleasant surprises for the vampire’s assistant. Darren joins the vampire, Mr Crepsley, as his assistant and they return to the Cirque Du Freak. There, Darren makes friends with the snake-boy, Evra Von (who knows what Darren is) and a local boy, Sam, and RV, an eco-warrior and animal lover (who do not). Darren begins to enjoy his life among the Cirque performers as the youngest half-vampire in existence, but he defiantly refuses to drink human blood – the whole idea sickens him – and he tries desperately to cling on to the part of him which is human. Darren comes face to face with pure evil in the form of Mr Tiny, the leader of the Little People who join the Cirque Du Freak, and who eat anything – including human flesh. When he discovers animal bones, RV frees the wolf-man from his cage – and no-one could possibly guess how truly terrible the whole effect would be.

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Tunnels Of Blood

Author: Darren Shan

Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books (2009)

Darren Shan and Evra Von follow a trail of corpses and confront a foul creature of the night. A new enemy or Mr Crepsley? When Mr Crepsley is called upon by the Vampire Generals, Darren and the snake-boy, Evra Von, leave the Cirque Du Freak and travel with him to the city. Whilst there, Darren meets Debbie and his life as a Vampire’s Assistant fades into the background – until corpes are found. Corpses drained of blood… Suspicious of Mr Crepsley’s secretive bahaviour, Darren and Evra shadow him across the city and confront a creature of the night who may be the end of them all…

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Vampire Mountain

Author: Darren Shan

Publisher: Harper Collins Children's Books (2009)

Darren Shan, the vampire’s assistant, is forced to march to Vampire Mountain where he will be judged by the vampire princes. Darren Shan and Mr Crepsley make a long and dangerous trek to the vampire’s stronghold in the mountains. The trek is a test of skill and endurance – one which sees Darren’s vampire nature develop, and a new understanding of the mysterious blue-robed servants of the sinister Mr Tiny.

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Trials Of Death

Author: Darren Shan

Publisher: Harper Collins Children's Books (2009)

This is the fifth title in the compelling and chilling saga of Darren Shan, but the second part in a new trilogy, following Darren’s initiation into the vampire clan. THE SAGA OF DARREN SHAN BOOK 5 Compelled by his loyalty to Mr Crepsley, Darren Shan, the vampire’s assistant, agrees to prove his worthiness to the vampire clan by undertaking a series of trials. Each Trial is set by the Vampire Princes to test agility, cunning and intelligence. Failure means death. Whilst their attention is focused on Darren, the vampire clan fail to notice that the vampaneze have infiltrated their mountain stronghold. Who is the traitor helping the vampaneze, and will Darren survive the trials to oust the vampire’s greatest foes? Another atmospheric and terrifying tale from the author of Cirque Du Freak.

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Hunters Of The Dusk

Author: Darren Shan

Publisher: Harper Collins Children's Books (2009)

Darren Shan, Mr Crepsley and Vancha Marsch, are the hunters of the dusk. Their quarry – the Vampaneze Lord. But friends old and new may stand in their way…

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The Vampire Prince

Author: Darren Shan

Publisher: Harper Collins Children's Books (2009)

Darren Shan, the vampire’s assistant, must clear his name and avenge the death of Gavner Purl. Can a half-vampire outwit a Vampire Prince? Betrayed by Kurda and reeling from the brutal slaying of Gavner, the vampire’s assistant, Darren Shan, finds himself branded a traitor and hunted by the vampire clan. Will Darren’s failure to complete the Trials mean banishment for Mr Crepsley and execution for himself? Or can Darren return to the home of the damned and exact revenge? But Darren comes to realise that there is more than revenge at stake – the vampire clan must combat the rise of the Vampaneze Lord, or see his ascension mark the end of thousands of years of vampire rule…

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Allies Of The Night

Author: Darren Shan

Publisher: Harper Collins Children's Books (2009)

The quest for the Vampaneze Lord continues for the hunters of the dusk. Darren gets an unwelcome taste of reality when he is forced to go back to school and his past catches up with him. Maturing at one fifth the rate of a normal human, Darren has the looks of a fifteen year old, even though he is very much older. Vampire Prince and vampaneze killer he may be, but someone has shopped him to the authorities and it’s time for Darren to go back to school. But school is not the only thing Darren has to come to terms with: faces from the past, the death of a clan member, a clash with a vampire hunter and blood-thirsty vampaneze mean Darren’s past is catching up with him – fast. It’s time for the allies of the night to join forces. The hunt is on…

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The Lake Of Souls

Author: Darren Shan

Publisher: Harper Collins Children's Books (2009)

The tenth part of the Saga of Darren Shan – one boy’s terrifying journey from human to half-vampire to Vampire Prince. “If you step through after Harkat, you might never come back. Is your friend worth such an enormous risk?” A terrifying new world, a deadly new challenge for Darren Shan, the Vampire Prince. Darren and Harkat face monstrous obstacles on their desperate quest to the Lake of Souls. Will they survive their savage journey? And what awaits them in the murky waters of the dead? Be careful what you fish for…

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Killers Of The Dawn

Author: Darren Shan

Publisher: Harper Collins Children's Books (2009)

The allies of the night prepare for the final, deadly confrontation. Darren and Mr Crepsley will get more than they bargained for when they come face to face with the Vampaneze Lord. The allies of the night prepare for the final, deadly confrontation. Darren and Mr Crepsley will get more than they bargained for when they come face to face with the Vampaneze Lord. Outnumbered, outsmarted and desperate, the hunters are on the run. Pursued by the vampaneze, vigilante mobs and the police, Darren Shan, the Vampire Prince, is public enemy Number One! With their enemies baying for blood, the vampires prepare for deadly confrontation. Is this the end for Darren and his allies?

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Lord Of The Shadows

Author: Darren Shan

Publisher: Harper Collins Children's Books (2009)

The eleventh part of the Saga of Darren Shan – one boy’s terrifying journey from human to half-vampire to Vampire Prince. Darren's going home. Back to where everything started. The town's changed a lot in the years that he's been away – but then, so has Darren. Plagued by nightmares of what the future seems to hold, Darren feels uneasy revisiting the place where he was re-born as a child of the night, as though the universe (as though destiny) is plotting to throw something very nasty at him on the streets of his old home.

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Sons Of Destiny

Author: Darren Shan

Publisher: Harper Collins Children's Books (2009)

Showdown! The Hunters must face Steve Leopard, to fight for control of the night. Will Steve emerge victorious and wipe out the vampire clan? Or will the Hunters prevail? An added problem for Darren is that if the vampire triumph, he is destined to become the Lord of the Shadows and destroy humanity!!! Is he cursed by fate, or is there some way to trick Destiny?

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