Ocean of Blood (The Saga of Larten Crepsley, Book 2) Paperback – 29 Sep 2011
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Praise for the Larten Crepsley Series:
“His writing is slick, his dialogue sharp and clever, his plotting immaculate. His books ooze with the kind of creepy, dark atmosphere and powerful characters that young teenage readers lap up. Shan is honing his craft with every book, and I look forward to the next gore-fest with relish.”
“Forget Stephen King, this author's the master of scaring children.”
The Big Issue in Scotland
“A tantalising start to the series and a must-read for Darren Shan fans.”
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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The book starts of with Larten and Wester leaving Seba to go explore the world before returning to their studies. On their travels they come across other vampires with the same interests, drinking and gambling, and soon take up home with them (where that may be). Even though Larten is surrounded by beautiful women, money and good company he is never happy, and it takes a encounter with a vampaneze for him to come to his senses and set off on a different path with Wester returning to Seba.
The story skips forward a few years to find a still unsure Larten on his way to see Lady Evanna, the Lady of the Wilds and Desmond Tiny's daughter, for the second time with her new assistant Malora. After a bit too much to drink and a bit of an misunderstanding Larten fleas from Evanna with a young Malora following ( I love how he got his scar. I've waited a long time to find out and now I have, well done Mr Shan. Well done haha)
(The first time we see Last Evanna in the book is when Wester, Latern, Seba & Vancha stumble apon her and we meet her assistant Arra Sails, a lady we first came across in The Saga of Darren Shan, but as a vampire. I found this bit of the story very interesting, short but interesting)
In the last section of the book Larten is ill with vampire flu. He's been ill for a few months and when he seems to be getting better Paris finds him with news from vampire mountain and to try and persuade him to continue his studies to become a vampire general, something he wanted from the moment he knew about them. Something that tickled me more than it should do about their encounter was the mention of a little author that had been fallowing Paris around for 3 years who was later reviled to be Bram Stoker haha. That and the little mention of Interview with a Vampire..
After rejecting Paris's offer, Lartens illness worsens and he becomes very paranoid , believing there are vampire hunters at land trying to get him, so to the displeasure of Malora they board and ship set to sail to Greenland. After a while a crew member gets suspicious and upon realising what he is the crew members turn and a fight starts.
This books was amazing. I loved every bit of it. I was surprised to see Arra and I'm really looking forward to reading what happens with her. Not only was the book funny but it tugged at your heart strings too.
I actually found this a bit frustrating, knowing what a great vampire Larten becomes, I was shocked to see him behave so poorly and disregard everything we later know that he believes in. He acts selfishly and immaturely and seems to have no regard for others. However it also shows how he changes and develops as a character to come through it all, but for me it seemed to go on a bit too long.
Larten ends up turning his back on that life, thoroughly fed up with no real purpose to his long life he ends up back at Vampire Mountain, but whereas Wester seems comfortable there and finds what he wants to do, Larten isn't ready to settle in one place and so he continues his search for more and ends up on a ship bound for America. Despite the book being called 'Ocean of Blood' he doesn't get on that boat until about half-way through. We are introduced to Malora, a human who used to serve Evanna the witch but who chooses to leave with Larten instead. She was an interesting character, I had to wonder what she saw in Larten to make her stay around and put up with him for so long, but I liked their dynamic and was excited to see where it would go.
I read this one just as quickly as the first and again it was good to see characters i recognized from the Darren Shan saga. I did find it a bit more exciting than the first but I wanted more from Larten, I want him to find his way.
Ocean of blood is a fascinating series of what i have read so far as it keeps me hooked on to every page. This book focuses on the protaganst Larten Crepsley who has seperated himself from the Clan and is wondering around lonesomely and is now starting to realise the vampire life and that it is not about sleeping all day and partying all night. As an indivisual Larten is finding it hard to cope being by himself as he is struggling to find food and yet keeping a low profile at the same time. After being rejected from Evvana and picking up an accomplience along the way he finds himself on a boat and comes down with vamipre fever. During his stay on the boat he starts to find himself craving blood again and suddenly goes into a frenzy and kills most of the people on board only keeping a few as captive. However he quickly fled from the scene taking an innocent baby with him.
For me that let the book down was the end, as a cliffhanger is supposed to want you keep reading however this was not the case and it was slightly dissapointing.
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