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Vampire Blood Trilogy: Books 1 - 3 (The Saga of Darren Shan) Paperback – 1 Sep 2003

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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks; 3-in-1 edition edition (1 Sept. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007143745
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007143740
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.5 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 125,097 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Review

Cirque Du Freak
“…fast-paced and compelling book which leaves the reader hungry for more.” JK Rowling

"I read Cirque Du Freak last week. I loved it. I love the way you manage to juggle the funny with the unpleasant, the affection with the hurt. It's
great story-telling."
Roddy Doyle

About the Author

Born in London in 1972, Darren O’Shaughnessy [ writing as Darren Shan] moved to Limerick with his parents and younger brother. Darren returned to London to study Sociology and English then worked for a TV cable company. His first adult novel Ayumarca has been published by Orion and his writing has been likened to Clive Barker and Iain Banks. He is now a full-time writer of TV scripts and novels.


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The Vampire Blood Trilogy, the first three books of The Saga Of Darren Shan, scary indeed to begin with, and gripping which leaves the reader hungry for more...loads of scary bits in these three books you are now lucky to receive as one whole book.
Book 1: Cirque Du Freak
Book 2: The Vampire's Assistant
Book 3: Tunnels of Blood
Cirque Du Freak, the beginning, where Darren meets Mr Crepsley and follows him into the night, but Darren's friend is in trouble and Mr Crepsley is the only one who can help him, but it isn't an easy sacrifice to make, find out more when you read...
The Vampire's Assistant, this book is the second, where Darren struggles a bit with his new life as Mr Crepsley's assisstant, and also he resists the one temptation that can keep him strong and alive...blood, one more thing is there's a really scary bit in this book, more revealed when you buy...
Tunnels Of Blood, the third book, where Darren finds out about vampaneze and their kind, also he meets a girl called Debbie which is under threat, you definetly need to buy this trilogy now to read more...
~ Calum Fairweather (Darren Shan fan)
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This is not one of the books with slow and boring action. It keeps you tense till the end. You will fly through the 500 pages in The Vampire Blood trilogy really quickly.
During the first book, Cirque Du Freak, Darren Shan becomes a half vampire to save his friends life.
During the second, Darren Joins the Cirque Du Freak and tries to save his friend Sam from a Dangerous Wolf Man
During the Third, Darren and Mr. Crespley leave Cirque Du Freak and go to a city where Mr. Crespley tries to hunt down a vampaneze, a vampire who kills to drink blood. (Vampires just drink enough for them to survive and do not kill the person by draining all their blood)
The Darren Shan Trilogy 1, THe Vampire Blood Trilogy is a good buy and is a bargain, considering the price and the fact that in one book it has the first three Darren Shan Stories.
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Bought as a christmas present, my daughter has been glued to this book, unprompted she wrote a review. Being a proud Mummy, I had to share this review with other potential readers... hope you enjoy.

The saga of Darren Shan book review

Book 1:
My first review is on `cirque du freak' where Darren Shan, an ordinary school boy goes to watch a freak show called cirque du freak, but ends up changing his life forever. Which is more than what he wanted.
In this book Darrens best friends all put their money together to get tickets to see a circus, but you needed to have a flyer to buy tickets. There was a catch though, for each flyer only 2 tickets could be bought. So since his mate Steve bought the tickets he was allowed to go but the others had to try and catch the ticket whilst it was amongst similar shaped bits of paper.
When Steve was at the freak show he saw a familiar face that belonged to a man called, Larten Crepsley, who he had seen in a comic book. At the end of the show Steve stuck around to see Mr. Crepsley and told Darren to go back to his home. After he thought Darren had left he asked Larten a question that made him mad when he received the answer.
Also in the book, Darren Shan tries to steal a special spider and ends up paying for it. A threat also comes in chapter 32, and shock will strike the characters and you when and if you read it.
I say this book is great for ages 11+ and I give this book 5 stars because it includes all the qualities a book should has: Pain, shock, horror and everything else.

Review By Drew Verhoest
Written on: 1/1/2014
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I'm a huge fan of horror books and more so anything to do with vampires, so when I read the reviews this seemed perfect for me. I was wrong! What everyone fails to mention is that this is more of a 'my first horror book' best suited for adolescents moving into the world of horror and not quite ready for the likes of Brian Lumley, or those who appreciate childrens adventure. Having said that; in the way that adults can read harry potter and enjoy it, the Darren Shan books became a fun and compelling read. while in no means scary for a hardcore horror fan like myself, far from it, the story of a young boy and his adventures through a boys eyes can draw you in and experience it as though you were a child again and living it through him. The unfortunate thing about the trilogies is that they haven't been revised for a complete book; in other words, twice in one book you are being reminded what happened previously when you've only just turned the page! All in all an enjoyable read and an amazing twist at the very end making it all worthwhile.(I had bought all the trilogies in one go and didn't put them down untill finished!) I gave it 4 star because it's not the sort of book i go for, but if you like this sort of thing or have a child who can tolerate softcore horror, then i'd give it a five for you.
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This was very good value, as the books separately would have cost a lot more. The stories were enjoyable, the characters were interesting, and the plot remained firm and drew the reader in. This was a very good buy and I will be purchasing the rest.
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