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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks; paperback / softback edition (5 Feb. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007115164
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007115167
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 109,193 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Catherine Cheung on 21 April 2003
Format: Paperback
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 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Feb. 2002
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By kirsteph on 19 Mar. 2004
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 April 2003
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After reading all of the previous books, I was expecting great things and this certainly delivered. Darren Shan goes back to the city were he first met his former childhood girlfriend in search of the Vampaneze Lord. The killings of innocent humans start to rise and the story turns into the vampires hunting the vampaneze every night until they find them. Fights and chases break out and the book reaches an unbearable climax. Although the ending is a bit predictable, there is a good twist and the overall quality of the book in building up the suspense is fantastic. An excellent book for all ages.
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By Stampy on 1 Oct. 2008
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After the excitement and the dramatic twists of The Trials of Death, I instantly grabbed the sixth instalment of the saga to see what happened.
Trials of Death was the most interesting book out of the first five and had the most dramatic of endings to it and it was a slight shame to see Shan change his writing style for the opening couple of chapters.

As with Lord Loss, Shan has chosen to write very brief sentences, with no real flow and excitement and was a disappointment considering the situation which was at stake and set a negative tone for the rest of the novel, which took a long while to get back into.

As Darren makes company with the wolves, the author breaks up the excitement from the previous book and sets a gentler tone by having chapter after chapter recall past events with no entertainment. The company of wolves is interesting at best but the pace of the situation will make you drift off and after all the debating and predictable scenarios does Shan step up the action and make it interesting by bringing in the other characters.

This is possibly the first of the six novels which really needed the other characters to liven it up.

It is easily the slowest moving novel of the saga, a lot of contemplating and doing the right thing ideologies included. Not necessarily a bad notion, but with the brilliance of Trials of Death gone, you will feel slightly disappointed.

The first half of the book tends to drag, the second half steps up a gear with more action and confrontation, and yet another interesting but daft, climax.
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I read the first five Darren Shan books as they came out in 2002 wen I was 12 years old and I really enjoyed them - in my opinion they are just as good as Harry Potter - but never got around to reading past the fifth book, even thought I had bought books six, seven and eight too.

A couple of days ago I was looking through my old books and saw this series and decided to give it a go - and I was very impressed! I am sixteen now so usually read adult horror (Dean Koontz, Stephen King etc) but I still enjoyed this book as much as I enjoyed Darren Shan books when I was 12 - they are fast paced and gory, and quite funny in places too.

This book continues with the cliffhanger ending where the previous book in the series - The Trails of Death - ended, with Darren going down the stream of Vampire Mountain. I wont say what happens to him through the rest of the book as I dont want to spoil it for others but there was suspence ans action all the way through and I ended up reading the whole thing in one go.

Another great entry in Darrens Shans vampire saga which I would highly recomend. I think it would be a great read for everyone but in particular for boys who are around 12 years old. (if you have not read any Darren Shan books than I recomend you start with the first book, Cirque Du Freak, as it is a series and the books continue on from each other).
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