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5 Feb 2009 0007159218 978-0007159215 1st Edition

The twelfth part of the Saga of Darren Shan – one boy’s terrifying journey from human to half-vampire to Vampire Prince.

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?

Find out in the action-packed, mind-bending, twisting, long-awaited conclusion to The Saga of Darren Shan!

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks; 1st Edition edition (5 Feb 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007159218
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007159215
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 70,894 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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Lord of the Shadows
'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

Cirque Du Freak
“…fast-paced and compelling book which leaves the reader hungry for more.”
JK Rowling

"I read Cirque Du Freak last week. I loved it. I love the way you manage to juggle the funny with the unpleasant, the affection with the hurt. It's
great story-telling."
Roddy Doyle

The Vampire’s Assistant
“The Vampire’s Assistant blazes a thrilling, gruesome trail through a fascinating plot.”
The Good Book Guide

Vampire Mountain
“Get your teeth into it!”
Funday Times

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.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Finale 19 Feb 2008
WOW!! What a finish!

The whole series gripped me from start to finish twisting and turning and leaving me begging for more; and this book is no different.

This ending is so well plotted, tying loose ends and satifying unanswered questions. The way Darren changes his own destiny -to the outrage of Des Tiny!- was so brilliant even is a little predictable. I love how Evanna plays a part too and the ending with Darren is superbly written! But I wont reveal too much. I will only say......Darren Shan; this series gave me hours of reading enjoyment and the finale is no exception. Bravo! A truly inspirational series!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfectly ended 8 Jan 2008
By marky77 VINE VOICE
I was a little apprehensive about reading this book - I started reading this series when the books first came out (2002 I think) when I was 12 and recently returned to it to read the last six books, which I had for some reason never got around to reading back then - so I was hopeing after over five years of reading, it would end well. I can happily say that it did!

Not only a brilliant ending (and the only ending there ever could have been really), but the book itself is one of the best in the series, too! Great ending to a great saga.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I am the NO~1 fan!!!! and Darren Shan has never ceased to amaze me!!!! I must admit i saw the end coming, and guessed what would happen but it still made me have cardiac convulsions with joy, inspiring me to write my own trilogy *-*

He is an incredible, utterly amazing talented author and if you have read the first you simply must read to the end. My favourite remains book 2 because i adore Evra, (and BillE in the other serie's) but i am besotted with all twelve. He has made a perfect ending to a quality saga and his other books are just as fantastic! A wondeful read that is guaranteed to make you a life long fan! I know there are many who know exactly what i am talking about!!!! Full of surprises and a twist in the title you'd never expect!!! best ever!!!! x
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3.0 out of 5 stars final instalment is dramatic but too informative 14 Jun 2005
By Stampy
Darren and his allies look to stop Vampeneze Lord Steve Leonard once and for all in a hope to end the War of the Scars.

After 11 thoroughly entertaining novels the saga draws to a close in a dramatic and tense finale, which after all the rush and intensity seems to drag towards its end, and sadly is the most disappointing part of the entire saga.

From the very first book there was mystery. Author Shan created a new world with mysterious beings and used his thirst for the extraordinary to magical effect. Not to mention the gritty realism encoded to add extra spice and drama to the genre, which included central character Darren faking his own death, fights with bears, having a girlfriend and facing death on a regular basis.

The end of book eleven Lord of the Shadows will have had readers gasping and grabbing this last instalment to find out what happened to Darren and Steve's son. The dramatic twist unfolds here and we see a reunion of Darren with Annie and a tear will fall as the writer gives that all too familiar difficult reasoning with loved ones. Shan makes it special and diverse with the use of the fantasy world and we can associate from Annie's point of view of how shocking everything seems.

And from there we see the final encounter between Steve and Darren. There is excitement and you can really feel the passion of the two protagonists which was built up with such hatred through the previous novels and is what any reader could have ever wanted. But, Shan has again failed to deliver an ultimate thrill by interrupting the action through an over use of description and scene setting right in the middle. Nevertheless the emotion is still there and the final act is again very shocking.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars OMG 9 Jun 2005
By holly
Quick push my eyes back in and shut my mouth. The last book in the 12 part saga leaves your mind woundering an amazing and suprise ending to the enjoyable saga. I was left, revision stuff thrown every where, trying to turn the pages faster so i could hurry up and find out what happends. Its a must read for any Darren Shan fan who i know wants to find out what is going to happen to 'Darren and 'Steve'
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5.0 out of 5 stars So the saga ends 15 May 2005
This saga has been one of the best sets of books i have ever read, now that it is comming to an end i feel as if part of me has as well. The journey has been an eventful and a gut renching twisting one, with many shocks and surprises on the way, but it is nothing compared to this. Not giving anything away to other budding shansters who are just getting in to these fabulous books, As our darren comes to meet his final nemesis, and face up to his destiny,he learns one more secret that will have you screaming with shock. In a way i feel the ending to this saga was perfect, but in some ways i wish it could have been a little different, and when you read this book you will understand what i mean.
I have really enjoyed reading this book,and i am not ashamed to say im 22!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! it is very sad to see this all come to an end, but im sure i will be reading all the books over and over again for years to come. shan-tastic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Reveiw of "Sons Of Destiny" 14 May 2009
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I really enjoyed the conclusion to the Darren Shan Saga because i am an addiment collector and i have all of the childrens books he released. I love the way it was written and although i found the ending a little bit disapointing, it was still an incredible read and a must have buy (but i recommend you buy the other books first, or you might not understand it!) And although I preferred the Deamonata series to the Saga I still would give it 4stars because it really is a fantastic book and suitable for all ages.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sons of destiny
A truly epic end to a breath taking series...
Darren Shan is an outstanding author! I will now move on to another of his series.
Published 1 month ago by Melissa Anneke Lock
5.0 out of 5 stars fab book but poor ending
Had me hooked all the way through but I wish the ending had told us more about what happened to the characters after ....... I won't spoil it
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1.0 out of 5 stars Worst ending ever in a series
I felt completely let down by the ending - yes great writing and I did not see it coming...
I read the series years ago and I am on here as I mistakenly thought there was a... Read more
Published 2 months ago by j saint
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW
That's the best one I've read out of the series I loved how Darren changed his destiny by becoming a small person :-
Published 4 months ago by Tracy Edmonston
4.0 out of 5 stars Great but...
Yo, readers!
i loved this series from start to finish and especially the twist ending, but one plauging theory running through the last book or two is;... Read more
Published 5 months ago by AddictedReader
5.0 out of 5 stars Nooooooooooooo
Nooooooooooooo, Darren shan is finished. I'm going to cry, that was epic. What is paradise like is Mr Creplsey and Arra Sails there are there spiders in paradise please write some... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Finlay Laing
4.0 out of 5 stars amazing!
Great book and I couldn't have seen half of it coming!! I do not like the ending, I think it is a bit weak compared to the rest of the book! But it is still a fantastic read! Read more
Published 8 months ago by twotone55
5.0 out of 5 stars absolutely amazing
Never have I read a finale like this, everything stitches together( in more ways than one) and makes sense. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Kim
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
This book is a great read. I bought this for my daughter and she didnt put it down until she was finished it. Darren Shan is a great author for any young teenager. Read more
Published 13 months ago by CiaraDub9
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I was hoping for
So this is the 12th and final part in the Darren Shan Saga. In some ways it seems like it has passed in a blur in others it feels longer. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Barmy_Bex
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