I'm not sure how to start this review. I finished the book last night and was fighting the urge to pick the next one up and read straight away, but had planned to watch a film with the other half so didn't. I still haven't as I wanted to write this review first, only problem is I don't know where to start. I've been a fan of Darren Shan for about 8 to 10 years now, I've read just about everything he's written, with the exception of a few books, and he still never ceases to amaze me.
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.
Carrying straight on from book 1, Larten is geting used to being a vampire, but that doesn't mean he likes all that comes with it. Fed up of all the rules, training and hassle he sets off for a bit of freedom, taking Wester with him. Wester has also been turned into a Vampire by Seba Nile so the two become like brothers. They go after adventure, fun and end up drinking, fighting, chasing women and generally getting up to mischief with a group of like minded vampires known as the 'Cubs'.
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.
As a dearest fan of Darren Shan, i would say that he has produced yet another masterpiece however this book is not as good than some of the previous books he has written about.
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.
WARNING! IF YOU HAVE NOT YET READ 'BIRTH OF A KILLER' THEN DO NOT READ THIS REVIEW!
At the end of the last book, Larten and Wester were left behind by Seba so that they could have fun living in the human world with fellow young vampires called Cubs. The book starts off with Larten having a ball of a time, and when he leaves behind the Cubs he and Wester join a war pack: they observe humans fighting and then feast on the bloody corpses. It's one of these 'feasts' that provides the book's second most gruesome scenes, but the top scene for giving you nightmares is... Well, I'll talk about that later.
The fun and games can't last forever, though, and Larten and Wester are soon back at Vampire Mountain. Wester knows what he wants to do with his life, but Larten is not sure, and so the majority of this book sees Larten trying to find his path in life. More characters from 'The Saga of Darren Shan' are re-visited in this book, including Evanna, Arra Sails and Vancha, and whilst it is good to learn more about these characters, it also can make this book at times feel like just a re-telling of 'The Saga of Darren Shan' rather than a brand new book. But that's only at times; mostly this book feels fresh and original.
I mentioned before that there is a scene that will give you nightmares and that blood-drenched scene comes right at the end of the book. Don't worry, I won't spoil it for you!
My only main critism of this book is that, like 'Birth of a Killer', there are very few strong, original female characters. Most of the women are either: stupid and pretty humans for the Cubs to woo or a house-wife waiting for her husband to come home so she can cook the tea for him. There are some strong women, these being Lady Evanna and Malora, but even these have their sexist labels: Evanna is only liked by men when she looks gorgeous and beautiful, and Malora spends most of her time cooking and cleaning for Larten.
That's only one flaw, though, and does not stop this book being utterly fantastic, and the ending will have you shivering. Dark, brutal and clever, but I do hope Shan gets some more original ideas and better female characters in his future books. 5/5.
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This is the second book in the saga of larten crepsly i would really reccomend it to people as it has a flow and you dont want to stop!
DO NOT READ ON IF YOU DONT WANT TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS IN THE FIRST BOOK ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
In the first book it ends off by larten meeting a vampire who asked a question "Or is it destiny" which maks you think its des tiny which is such a cliff hanger that I immediately went to buy this book!
Overall the book is similr to the darren shan series which sometimes I get mixed up.The reason i gave it a 3.5 is becuase of the predictable events that happen on the sacle to 10 I would give it a 7
I would most reccommend it to people who like authors like: Rick Riordan and Micheal Grant
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I loved this book. It was classic shan made even more brilliant by the delivery, i found out about the release date the day before and still managed to read it before the day was through. The first of the series may have lulled a few viewers into a sense of security but Shan is back to his old ways of shock and violence that we know and love him for. i would reccomend this book to anyone who liked any of his other books.
You have to read this if you are interested in Mr Crepsley as it takes you into his childhood blooding. Especially not for the faint hearted or for those who don't like gore and bood. It also takes you into long lost friends lifeas they explore the world of wars and card tricks, tough it may sound a bit boring once your into it its a must read.Not potentially for those who haven't read the other series but more for those undrstand and read the other series.
Good book, good value for money. read cirque du freak series first other wise you won't understand the story, came in good condition looks lovely next to my other Darren Shan books :) if your just getting into Darren Shan and haven't yet read the demonata series, read then ASAP, bet series he's written. Enjoyed incredibly. The larten Crepsley series just ties up lose ends from the cirque du freak books.
Enjoying this prequel series immensely at the moment, just waiting for number 3 to come out in paperback. This is a great saga so far, drawing on lots of things- characters, later plotlines and loose ends- from the saga of darren shan, but the saga of larten crepsley would also be readable even if you haven't read the original series.