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Darren Shan
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5 Feb 2009 The Saga of Darren Shan (Book 6)

Darren Shan, the vampire’s assistant, must clear his name and avenge the death of Gavner Purl. Can a half-vampire outwit a Vampire Prince?

Betrayed by Kurda and reeling from the brutal slaying of Gavner, the vampire’s assistant, Darren Shan, finds himself branded a traitor and hunted by the vampire clan.

Will Darren’s failure to complete the Trials mean banishment for Mr Crepsley and execution for himself? Or can Darren return to the home of the damned and exact revenge?

But Darren comes to realise that there is more than revenge at stake – the vampire clan must combat the rise of the Vampaneze Lord, or see his ascension mark the end of thousands of years of vampire rule…

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Product details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks; paperback / softback edition (5 Feb 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007115164
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007115167
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 107,191 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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‘A thrilling end to this outstanding trilogy’
Waterstone’s Books Quarterly

From the Author

The Vampire Generals have been betrayed. Forces gathering in the darkness threaten to overwhelm Vampire Mountain and destroy the entire vampire clan. Only one person can stop them, a half-vampire called Darren Shan. But he has been sentenced to death and was last seen disappearing down a stream into the stomach of the mountain ...

The third, concluding part of the Vampire Mountain trilogy is a fast-paced, savage, blood-soaked novel. From the brutal opening chapters to the battle between the forces of the night, this is a book designed to grip from the start and squeeze to the finish. If you wish to ride the currents of fierce underground waters, hunt with wolves, and fight alongside an army of spiders -- then this is the book for you!

The Saga of Darren Shan. Not just a story, but a way of life -- and death ...

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! Just brilliant! 2 Feb 2002
By A Customer
This book was definitely worth the wait -although not as "gripping" as a few of the previous ones, it really took off on its own with respect to Darren finding his way amongst the vampires and reconciling his beliefs with those of the vampires. A comfortable and familiar read - can't wait for the next book, Darren Shan! :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Most amazing books ever --- Darren Shan!!! 21 April 2003
I've read all nine books of the Saga of Darren Shan published so far, and I must say that the whole set of Darren Shan is simply---amazing.(Except maybe the fourth book, it is a bit boring, but it is a turning point of the events happened later, so it is also a must-read.)
I bought the 9 books one afternoon because my friend keeping urging me to read the books, and remarked that Darren Shan is BETTER than J.K. Rowling. After I've read all 9 books, I think it is very much TRUE.(If you don't believe, read it yourself!)
The books are so addictive that i can't stop reading even when eating meals and i sleep at 2a.m. every night in order to finish the books.
In the books, you will find that Darren Shan, the main character in the books, has brain, strength and luck of vampire with him. He admire the loyalty of vampires, and he tried hard to do so. He is a hero to all vampires. I admire his character and always trying to copy the ways he did when facing dificulties and challenges.
You will learnt a lot from reading this set of books --- The Saga of Darren Shan. Therefore, I encourage all readers who like adventures and horror stories to read them, for your own sake.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best yet! 19 Mar 2004
I have read all 10 of Darren Shan's books,and this by far is one of the best. It is a mixture of excitment, emotion and adventure.
It is an awesome end to the second trilogy in the saga. The only down point about this book is that it does not last very long, once you pick it up it is immpossible to put down again; i finished it in under two days!
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5.0 out of 5 stars not just for kids 1 Jun 2010
By Rebecca
This is the 6th book of Darren's Story as a Vampire. In this book Darren has escaped his death trial. He survived a very hard road, he was swept away by a water current and he had to swim to shore. When he arrived to shore, it was extremely cold along with his clothes drenched in water. He decided to lose the clothes but this proved to make his journey even harder, but he was rescued by a pack of wolves when he did not have the energy to get back up. Darren survived and lived off the food the wolves provided including their milk which was gross for Darren but desperate times called for desperate measures. He had to be lead back to Vampire Mountain, do you think Darren will make it, or will he perish following the wolves and getting lost?
I can connect this to hermits all over the world. Hermits are away from society and they live on their own. They live through many hardships and do things the hard way instead of the simple ways. Darren is almost like a hermit in this case, he learned to adapt to his environment and live on food he isn't used to eating all the time. I can also relate this to the people in the world who are persistent because Darren would've just gave himself to the Vampires and be executed by them, but he didn't he took a chance and even though the chances were slim he just kept trying new ways until he got it.
I would rate this book 5 stars because I feel as though this is the turning point of the whole saga, Darren's life is on the line if he makes it to Vampire Mountain and if he does not survive with the wolves, he will also perish
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5.0 out of 5 stars great horror 3 Sep 2006
By slick
This book was brilliant from beginning to end and has everything a good read should have, action, emotion and a fantastic ending. I feel that in this book I learnt a lot about the characters that I never knew before and Darren Shan gave us a great insight in to his characters feelings and minds as well as balancing out all the emotional bits with a good fight and a lot of action. This book got me hungry for more and is probable the best in the Darren Shan saga.

P.S It beat HP, no contest
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5.0 out of 5 stars great horror 21 Jun 2006
By lil sis
This book was brilliant from beginning to end and has everything a good read should have, action, emotion and a fantastic ending. I feel that in this book I learnt a lot about the characters that I never knew before and Darren Shan gave us a great insight in to his characters feelings and minds as well as balancing out all the emotional bits with a good fight and a lot of action. This book got me hungry for more and is probable the best in the Darren Shan saga.

P.S It beat HP, no contest
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4.0 out of 5 stars THE VAMPIRE PRINCE 14 Dec 2003
By A Customer
I love darren shan books! think they are great i have read 1,2,3 and a few bits of the others. I have read the vampire prince ( a bit of it)it is brilliant but i recomend that you read the others first i think they are fab.The books get better the further along the scale they are.Buy It Now!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Addictive Books 19 May 2003
These titles are highly addicitve, my 12 y.o. son pounces on them and devours them in about 5 minutes flat when they come out. I find it slightly irritating that they are being published in such short chunks and feel it's a mercenary marketing ploy form the publisher as they are often not even cliff-hangers - but stop mid action mid episode. Still, I sneak them away from my son pretty fast too, so there's definitely something going for this ghoulish and gory all-action mix!
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Great book just like the ones before it in the series !! Can't wait to finish reading all of the book in the saga !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected ending
Knowing it's all about a prince, I found myself reading faster and faster towards the end as things got tense
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The book was in good condition but I wasn't happy that the cover was different to the image show with the description. Read more
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An adventurous, exciting story. My son liked it because the main character wasnt limited to one area, this kept him interested in the book. Read more
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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
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At the end of the last book I was on the edge, such a cliffhanger, Shan certainly knows how to keep his readers interested. I had to know more. Read more
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