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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager (4 Mar 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007261314
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007261314
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 104,982 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘A beguiling read … a fantastic revelation at the end’ SFX

‘Explicit, brutal fantasy … the narrative voice is engagingly cocky and the action races along’ The Times

‘A crime noir fantasy exploring the darkest corners of power … a world of secrets and mysteries where nothing and nobody are what they seem’ Sun Herald (Australia)

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Quick-witted and cocksure, young upstart Capac Raimi arrives in the city determined to make his mark as a gangster. Then he crosses paths with The Cardinal, and his life changes forever.

The Cardinal is the City and the City is The Cardinal. They are joined at the soul. Nothing moves on the streets, or below them, without the Cardinal's knowledge. His rule is absolute.

As Capac begins to discover more about the extent of the
Cardinal's influence on his own life he is faced with hard choices. And as his ambition soars ever higher he will earn all there is to know about loss, and the true cost of ultimate power...


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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Purplebas on 29 Feb 2008
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I was lucky enough to get my hands on a proof copy of Procession of the Dead. Having read all of Darren Shan's children's books I wasn't sure at all if I would like this book from the info on the sleeve. I didn't need to worry - I LOVED it! In essence this book is a gangster tale with loads of twists and turns which sucks the reader into the story as you just want answers to all the mystery. Its well written, fast pasted and easy to read. Even if you are not sure you like this genre I urge you to give it a go - you won't be disappointed. I even gave the book to my mum (who usually hates this kind of thing) and she thought it was great! I can't wait until the next book is out next year to see how life in the city will unfold.......
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Page on 4 Mar 2009
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Having read Darrens books aimed at the younger readers and thoroughly enjoying them he recommended trying this as his adult book. I enjoyed it though it took a while to get going. At first it felt like a book written aimed at teenagers but it got better. I still prefer the Demonata series and Darren Shan trilogy. Don't be put off if you're an adult as they are first class and not at all childish.I am 45 and loved them. I'm looking forwardto the arrival of the second in the City Trilogy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Skylark on 29 Dec 2010
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It's actually hard to write this review, because I feel rather speechless after reading 'Procession of the Dead'. I went into this book expecting a fairly standard fantasy novel about assassins, and boy, was I wrong. What I actually found was a suspenseful tale about a mysterious modern city and the various mysteries surrounding its various inhabitants - not least of whom was The Cardinal, the local crime lord and head honcho.

Capec, the main character, arrives in the City to work for his gangster uncle and ends up working for The Cardinal instead, who by all accounts is a terrifyingly powerful person with no morals to speak of. At first, it looks like Capec is set for a life of moving up the ladder of crime, but then everything changes. And it's very surreal; this isn't your typical crime novel. No sir.

Fans of surrealism will love this book, especially the first two-thirds. While the last third wrapped things up quite satisfyingly, the real treat was in watching the story's mysteries deepen little by little. Throughout the book, there are plenty of little hints and odd tidbits hidden that all contribute to the greater picture. Don't be surprised to find modern gangsters intertwined with Aztec mythology.

The characters are written exceptionally well. D.B.Shan wrote them in enough detail to make them into believable, fascinating people, but knew when to put a limit on the descriptions to avoid boring readers. I wanted to know more about each and every one of the characters - a mark of a great author! The overall story was also perfectly paced, easy to read, and riveting to the end. As for the plot? Whew - I haven't read anything this original in years! I could not put this book down!

In short, this is a must-read. I'm a very avid reader and rarely give books five stars, but this one is most deserving. This is one of the best books I've ever read. Seriously. Go and read it now!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By I. Thompson on 11 Mar 2008
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After having read all his previous books and loving them, I was excited when I heard about a remake of his City trilogy being made and hopefully being completed this time. I was not disappointed.

The plot is easy to follow, the turns of the story making the whole scene clearer for the reader. Although I felt the ending was slightly disappointing, the rest of the story had me hooked and I can't wait for the next book to appear next year.

This book will appeal to many different kinds of people, whether you are familiar with his previous works or not. Definately worth the money :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Twiss on 6 May 2008
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Not much needs to be said. As usual, Shan delivers a fast-paced 1st person tale that delves into the supernatural. Capac is a great lead character and meets a load of other interesting guys and gals along the way. Or does he? That's the hook. The story is full of mystery - people popping up here, vanishing there - and keeps you reading. The chapters are fairly long, so if you are used to his 6-10 page chapters from the Saga and the Demonata, be prepared for 20-30 pages per chapter in this. All in all, though, a great book to set up the trilogy.
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As with all fans of Darren's other series of books (The Saga of Darren Shan, The Demonata), I was wondering whether Procession of the Dead could possibly stand up amongst them as a book well worth reading. Of course, I was sceptical as this book had been published before (under the name of Ayuamarca), and was hardly successful. However, thanks to some heavy editing, the book is good.
The storyline sees mystery, death and a fair amount of sex. So please do not buy this book for a young person! As with all of his books, the plot races along nicely, not allowing you to put the book down for too long. The captivating mysteries of the book will keep you hooked until the very end; why can't the protagonist, Capac Raimi, remember where he came from? Why do people keep disappearing, not only from the city but people's memories as well? What does Ayaumarca mean? And how does this all link into Raimi's past?
Read, and you will find out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tegz1 on 4 Feb 2012
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Have only got half way through this book, however I am loving it. As a fan of Darren shans children books I decided to try out the Adult books, and although found it hard to start with I have got into the book and now I am loving it.
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