| 30 July 2006 | Athena Schaeffer
Book 11 of Darren Shan’s Cirque du Freak series is out! Check out Lord Of The Shadows! The Crowgrrl has just finished reading this nail-biter, and I swear, this storyline keeps getting even more intense as it grows!Darren Shan’s Cirque du Freak series is one of the most deliciously macabre storylines The Crowgrrl has had a chance to sink my fangs into! It’s incredibly addictive, from the very first entry into the series, Cirque du Freak: A Living Nightmare. A new reader can start anywhere in the series – each book can stand on its own, and gives a synopsis of what went before. (But trust me, readers, if you do that, you’ll be backtracking for the earlier books in the series. As I said, they’re addictive!)The Vampires are currently in a deadly war with their vicious cousins, the Vampaneze, and if the latter win, the race of Vampires will be destroyed. Darren – a Vampire Prince – has returned to the Cirque du Freak, which is traveling to an unlikely spot for Darren to visit: his home, which he’s not seen since becoming a Vampire’s apprentice.Not only is this a strange homecoming for him in its own right, he encounters his nemesis, Steve Leopard – the Lord of the Vampaneze! Steve is leaving a murderous trail in his wake, starting with a gruesome attack on Darren’s childhood best friend, now a soccer star; the fatal attack in front of hundreds of spectators at a crowded soccer stadium.The body count starts to pile up at Steve’s hands, culminating in the kidnapping of Shancus, the young son of the Cirque’s Snake-Boy, Evra Von! Darren, Evra, and Harkat (one of the mysterious "little people" associated with the Cirque) meet up with an organized group of Vampaneze-hunters, led by Darren’s girlfriend Debbie and former police commissioner Alice Burgess. But can the team stop the killings and save the child?This book has more twists and turns, ups and downs than the wildest of roller coaster rides – with an unbelievable surprise ending! This book seriously leaves the reader begging for more!
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