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Jun 2014 Cirque Du Freak: Saga of Darren Shan (Book 11)

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.

It is.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks; MP3 Una edition (Jun 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1482964074
  • ISBN-13: 978-1482964073
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 13.5 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,470,013 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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'Stephen King for kids … Darren Shan has brought his own brand of vampire mythology into the heads and hearts of thousands of children with his vivid and compelling series The Saga of Darren Shan, about one boy's journey from ordinary lad to vampire prince. Once they're hooked, kids tend to rip into the flesh of these books, quickly draining them of their life blood. The covers, with images of ghouls, creeping hands and dripping fangs are terrifying alone. ' Metro Life, Evening Standard

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Darren Shan is the number-one best-selling author of the series THE SAGA OF DARREN SHAN, the DEMONATA and more recently the SAGA OF LARTEN CREPSLEY and ZOM-B. His books have been read by millions of people around the world and translated into more than 25 languages. Darren lives in seclusion in the depths of Ireland. He is a big film buff, and also loves theatre, comics and books, and collecting art. He loves dreaming up new ways to terrify his readers, but never drinks blood. Or so he claims.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
that the books have gone back on track! "Lord Of The Shadows" is definitely the best of the Darren Shan Saga so far - with huge twists and unpredictable story lines. The book contains many old faces - Debbie, Alice Burgess, Steve, Evanna, Mr. Tall, R.V., Tommy, Darren Shan (of course!), Annie (!), Harkat (aka Kurda), Evra, and the sinister Mr. Tiny. This book is just so amazing!
The Cirque are moving on to a new destination to perform infront of awed crowds - and they're heading for Darren's hometown! He finds out that Annie has a son, and spies on the two of them for a while, until having to go back to the Cirque. A mysterious young boy shows up at the Cirque Du Freak, called Darius, who recieves tickets for the show. Yet he doesn't show up, but Darren's old friend Tommy Jones - now a huge football phenomenon - does! Darren gets tickets to the semi-finals of a football game, but then Tommy gets brutally murdered by Gannen Harst and R.V., leaving Darren distraught. After getting beaten up by Steve Leopard (the Vampaneze Lord) and Darius - who turns out to be Steve's son - he gets found by two Vampirites, humans who are on the Vampire's sides thanks to Darren's old girlfriend Debbie and an ex-chief inspector Alice Burgess. And Debbie is coincidentally at the house where he is being treated. But after Evanna and Mr Tall tell Darren terrible and frightening things of the Lord Of The Shadows, Darren's life turns pure evil...
The book has a fantastic ending, leaving the reader begging for more. I finished this book in two hours, and wish it was a lot longer! The last episode (boo hoo!) in the saga comes to you on October 14th 2004 - when he will be doing a booksigning at Milton Keynes' Ottakars' Book Store from 1pm-2pm - during school!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lord of the Shadows 14 May 2006
By Heather
I think this book is one of the most thrilling in the Darren Shan series. I finished it the first day i bought the book because i couldn't stop. If you are ready for the best thrilling suspenceful book, then you are ready for Lord of the Shadows!
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5.0 out of 5 stars He Is Destruction........................ 9 Dec 2005
It's almost time fellow shansters, the saga is coming to an end and soon we'll find out who will rule the night: a vampire prince, or a vampaneze lord.
Set 2 years after we find out who Harkat used to be the two friends are still with the cirque, but Darren's break from the hunt is over, he must return to where it all began and let destiny take course, he must return home!
We are reintroduced to old friends as well as old enemies including: Debbie, Alice, Annie, Tommy Jones, Morgan James, RV and, of coure, Steve Leopard.

I don't want to give away thye ending, but rest assured, once you finish this book you will have to read sons of destiny to satisfy your bloodlust!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Theres No Place Like Home 2 Aug 2004
By George
Old Faces
New enemies
Its the second last book of the saga!
Lord of the shadows He is destruction . . .
Without giving much away:
Darren Shan returns home along with his fellow freaks, But things aren't as simple as they first appear. As always there is a twisted plot!
This is an excellent book and is a must for previous Darren Shan readers but just as good for those who are'nt.
Add the Lord of the Shadows to your collection!
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5.0 out of 5 stars a shocking and dramatic instalment 9 Nov 2008
By Stampy
Back from the wasteland, Darren is suffering from nightmares that are telling him the Lord of the Shadows will destroy the world.

Darren Shan has written one of the best vampire series of all time and this eleventh instalment is a fine testament to his writing ability with high intensity and though I say this with every book, the best and most dramatic ending to grace the saga.

The dramatic concept of nightmares is a powerful device to open the book and immediately grabs the reader's attention with a seemingly possible ending to the saga. Darren's fantasy of his showdown with Steve Leonard is highly engaging and you will not put the book down until you have finished the prologue, and even then it's tricky.

Shan's writing style is again purposefully dramatic and entertaining. He uses the basis of the character's past and their personalities to create this dramatic excitement which is evident throughout this eleventh part of a truly brilliant saga.

The vengeance and passion behind Darren's past is very hurtful and whenever Steve or his enemies catch up with him the reader is ultimately engaged in an emotional war of revenge and hate. And this is perhaps the first book where you can really feel the hate and disgust between the protagonists. It was there in books eight and nine but here we get the feeling of true hate and envy rather than school boy enemies. The dramatic and hateful actions by the pair are very promising and with such a dramatic twist at the end, you will hastily grab the final instalment that is Sons of Destiny. And trust me you will hate the villain even more after reading this novel, but love his character for creating such a mouth watering prospect for book twelve.

This book has a central ideology of change.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oh my dear LORD what a book 21 Jun 2004
By A Customer
OH MY GOD i have been waiting for this book for ages but it is SO worth the wait. Like all of the darren shan saga this book was again thrilling with yet again more twists. This is suppose to be a kids book but am 18 and total love the book. I recommend this book to anyone who loves adventure/thriller books. Although there is one down fall. you can't read this book until you've read the other 10 darren shan saga books or you will so be missing out.
So Enjoy (because i certainly did)
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Well written book if a little blood thirsty, with talents like his writing for adults would seem a better way forward
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Spectacular! Darren Shan can truly test your imagination to its limits and give you a good chill at the same time! Reccomended to all ages EVERYWHERE!!!!!!!
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A good book,suspense built well. End's in a very good cliffhanger and the storyline makes you think differently about Darren.
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