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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (10 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409139123
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409139126
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,315 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Shan gives us a tale of multiple deceptions, of human beings haunted by the ghosts of their past and stalked by the consequences of their actions in the present. Absolutely gripping from first page to last (Peter Millar TIMES)

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With the darkness of John Connolly and the quirkiness of Neil Gaiman, LADY OF THE SHADES is a dark supernatural thriller for adults from the No.1 bestselling author, Darren Shan.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Reader08 on 30 April 2013
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This book just blew. me. away! I am a huge fan of Darren Shan and although being in my 20's have read all his children's books ( and his more adult books) and absolutely loved them but this was defiantly Darren's best work yet. This book hooks you right from the beginning. I read this book in one sitting which is something i have never done before. Its action packed from the start and keeps you interested by the various twists that literally leaves you with your mouth open. I really hope Darren writes more of these types of stand alone books.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robyn K on 15 April 2014
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All I could say about this book after I finished it was “Wow”. It took awhile for me to get into this book- I thought it was a bit fanciful being about a hit man and written by an author who usually writes YA zombie books but once I was hooked- I couldn't put it down.
Lady of the shades, keeps you guessing and when you think you guessed right, it turns out to be wrong. The must frustrating things about this book is that you will be guessing to the very end and then palm face yourself because it was all right there the whole time.
This book is so finely crafted it is almost a work of art. When people ask me if I read any good books lately, this is one I remember because it blew me away.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mari on 7 Mar. 2014
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Not at all what I was expecting from Shan after all the fantastical gorey horror of his teen fiction but my goodness I am blown away.
This book really has been a rollercoaster keeping you always on your toes unsure of the direction the story is taking or where it will end up. Where it does end up is so far removed from where Shan begins you will be surprised but in no way disappointed. Loved every minute. :)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Vinosha on 24 May 2013
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Different to his other books, but definitely worth the read. There are no immediate Gore scenes in this book but there are questions which the main character goes in pursuit of that give the frame work to another his wonderfully written book. Definitely recommend it to any reader who loves mystery based novels!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By brook oliver on 28 Jan. 2014
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I'm 17, when I was a kid I read all of his young adult books, now he's making more and more adult books and they are genuinely very good books. Especially this one with all the nooks and crannies. So many twists and turns the book will keep you guessing until the final!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chase on 1 Mar. 2015
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As a long time reader of Darren Shan, I thought I could predict all the tricks up his sleeves and keep one step ahead of him the whole way. I have never been so wrong... This book delivers twists, shock, eerie suspense and several "no way!" moments, and while i promised myself I would only read 50 pages at a time, I read the whole book in two sittings because it was impossible to put down. "The City Trilogy" was my favorite for a long time, but this book goes above and beyond expectations and has become a new favorite. I urge anyone to check it out :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nicky on 9 Oct. 2014
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I read this book after my daughter raved about Darren Shan's Cirque Du Freak series and I'm glad I did. The plot is so different and fresh - it leads you down one path then twists to throw you completely in another direction.
I loved the fact that I wasn't sure if I liked the main character Ed and I couldn't make my mind up whether or not I wanted things to work out good or bad for him.
This is a book for someone who likes thrillers with a hint of the supernatural, excellent characterisation and an amazing plot. Can't wait for another adult novel from Shan.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steve W Scott on 13 Feb. 2013
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This was for my 16 year old son who loves Darren Shan's work.

He say's it is a brilliant book... What more can I say?
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