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Sons of Destiny (The Saga of Darren Shan, Book 12) Paperback – 5 Feb 2009
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'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
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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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I've loved this series so much and I was expecting a truly amazing ending to it and there certainly are some spectacular moments, but overall i have been left feeling quite conflicted. I enjoyed the overall story but some things just didn't work for me and left me frustrated.
I actually really liked this book up to about page 120 out of 195, so well over half. It's exciting, continues to follow the characters we know and love and really builds and builds towards the exciting conclusion.
And then things just get confusing and to me a bit silly. I tried to go with it, and I can see what the author was trying to do and why he did it, but I didn't like it.
Without giving loads of spoilers I can't really discuss this as I would like, but I'll try to summarise some of my thoughts, but they might not make sense if you haven't read it yet.
This books dabbles in the ideas of time travel and paradox's and if you have followed my blog for a while you will know that I struggle with this sort of thing, it has to be done very sensibly and thoroughly for me to accept it, there can't be any 'how' or 'why' questions confusing things and I'm afraid that this one had me questioning. In just 60 pages I was questioning the whole series. If certain things didn't happen, then how could the rest of the story happen, and if he stopped that, how could everything play out, but if it didn't happen then that person wouldn't be there to do that so then it would happen, but if it then did happen, that person couldn't stop it in the first place. OH MY GOSH my head hurts!!!
Maybe I'm just used to more fairytale style endings - where everything wraps up and makes sense, and I know life isn't like that and there will always be things we don't understand but this was just a bit too much for me.
An awful lot of things weren't cleared up and I don't know what came of half the characters or if they were even relevant anymore.
I don't hate the book though, it really frustrated me and made me wonder what the point of it all was if certain things happened, but I did enjoy the series and as I said before, I can see why Shan ended it that way.
I will always remember this as an awesome series, but I'm sort of re-writing the ending in my head to satisfy my curiosities and annoyances.
If you have come this far in the series then you have to finish it, it is worth reading and you'll be glad you did. And looking online, this ending seems to be like Marmite - you either love it or hate it.
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!
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.
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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