Wow, what can I say? I'm a big fan of Darren Shan, he's my favourite author so far. But I've only read his children's books, and I'm not too sure what I was expecting from this. A gruesome read, maybe, with a few unusual twists and turns, not quite up to his usual style of writing. I certainly didn't expect it to be as good as his other books, mainly because I knew that The City Trilogy wasn't very popular when it came out.
And I certainly didn't expect something as good as this. He starts off the action very quickly, and it continues throughout the whole book, with a relentless pace. He shocks in every chapter, sometimes with gore, sometimes with revelations that you will almost certainly not have spotted. I definitely didn't, and I'm getting quite good at spotting them!
This book is not for kids though, even if you've read his other works. There is some sex mixed in there, and some very disturbing scenes, a lot more disturbing than anything from his children's books. It's for adults, older teenagers at a push.
It's very surreal, and hard to distinguish between this and reality. This, mixed with the speed of the book and some dizzying scenes, shocking or otherwise, makes it a bit hard to understand at times, and I'd definitely recommend reading it twice.
But if you like dark horror, shocking and disturbing scenes, and little plot ends that are tied up neatly, read it. There are two more books in the series (which I haven't read yet, but will make sure to do), yet this book stands perfectly well by itself.
And if you don't like his book, well, you don't have to. Not everyone will like it, and I'm pretty sure a few people will hate it, but if the book sounds appealing, give it a go! If you like the sound of gansters and spooky blind Incan priests, anyway...