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5.0 out of 5 stars Less mistakes and more action make best book so far, 9 Sep 2008
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This review is from: Trials of Death (The Saga of Darren Shan, Book 5) (Paperback)
The fifth instalment of the saga is by far the most daring and exciting by Shan as he continues the story of half vampire Darren who has to undertake 5 deadly trials to prove he has what it takes to be a true vampire.

Shan had set the bench mark with a gruesome opening in Cirque Du Freak and maintains the horror genre through some graphic tales, most particular in Tunnels of Blood, but this fifth part of the saga is by far the best with more intensity, excitement and a more thorough look at the deadly games the vampires play.

Vampire Mountain left us hanging and the opening to the fifth can take a while after all the usual catch up information, but when Darren enters his first task, does the adrenaline really kick in with death defying situations and an unthinkable task for a vampire, let alone a human, which puts the reader in an uncomfortable but excited state of mind, pure horrific and intelligent genius by Shan.

So far Darren has steadily gone through his responsibilities, but here he is truly tested and for perhaps the first time, we see the true action character of Darren Shan, using his intelligence and power in his life, and we get to see a different more accomplished person that has grown before our very eyes, which is masked perfectly by the ending to this book, a true nail biting finale that will make you grab Vampire Prince straight away.

The action is hardly ever short of exciting with all elements including fire, water and earth all used for drastic and dramatic effect by the author. The question of realism always hangs around but as a fantasy genre it is forgivable.

Thankfully, there aren't as many annoying questions by characters in this novel, more of an approach when necessary or involved.

Again we learn more about vampires and there ways, and the drastic and terrifying past many have had is encoded with the use of the trials.

The plot is fairly consistent but lapses occur during recaps of information or unnecessary information which is included to give a greater understanding of vampire ways.

Trials of death is a sharply written novel, which takes away many mistakes from the previous novels and capitalizes by delivering more fast paced action with now, a developed and less annoying central character

8.5/10
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