With the darkness of John Connolly and the quirkiness of Neil Gaiman, Lady of the Shades is a dark supernatural thriller for adults from the number one bestselling YA author, Darren Shan.

Ed, an American author on the hunt for a story for his next book, arrives in London looking for inspiration....
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  • Femke Leest

    Femke Leest | 02 January 2014



    I 'm really a big fan of Darren Shan. I read  the Cirque du Freak a few years ago and discovered that it was actually the first true vampire series that I 've...

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  • Telegraph And Argus

    Telegraph And Argus | 23 November 2013

    After author Ed Sieveking meets Deleena Menderes, the wife of a vicious crime lord, his life spins rapidly out of control. In a whirlwind of secret assignations and haunted by ghots of the past,...

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  • Fiction Fantasy (Germany)

    Fiction Fantasy | 01 October 2013

    This review was in German. I am including a rough translation below, with the full German version below that.


    Darren Shan actually developed with the adventure by Ed breathtaking thriller...

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  • Love Reading

    Love Reading | 01 October 2013

    I know this popular author of zombie adventures is much loved by a huge quantity of teenage fans but I’ve never read him. However, many devoted fans do claim this is his best book. I was...

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  • Arty Crafty Starry Skies

    Arty Crafty Starry Skies | 31 August 2013

    I chose this book way back at the beginning of the year because my daughter and I had recently gone to hear the author talk about his new Zom-B series. Gaby loves his books which are mainly for...

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  • The Bookseller

    The Bookseller | 28 June 2013

    The hardback made this look like a zombie caper novel, as his teen books are, and I almost gave it to my reader in that area, but something made me keep it for myself. The sticker helped: "3...

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  • Jane Bullock Reviews

    Jane Bullock Reviews | 10 March 2013

    Darren Shan's previous book saga 'The Saga Of Darren Shan' written for children and young adults was an excellent read, and a personal favorite of mine. That is why I was so excited to read his...

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  • SassiSam Bookshelf

    SassiSaM Bookshelf | 21 February 2013

    American horror writer Ed travels to London to try and seek inspiration for his newest novel. While there, he meets the mysterious Andeanna, and it is only after falling for her that he discovers...

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  • The Citizen

    The Citizen | 31 January 2013

    Ed, an American author tormented by ghosts, travels to London in the hope of sourcing fresh ideas for his next horror novel. An avid fan, Joe, offers to support him in his search for answers.


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  • Carol Naylor’s Review It

    Carol Naylor's Review It | 01 January 2013

    Shan is a successful writer of children's horror stories. His first books for adults didn't do particularly well although he acquired an adult following with The City Trilogy and then Lady as he...

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  • Falcata Times

    Falcata Times | 18 December 2012

    Whilst I’ve had this book for a while, its been one of those ones that been sat on a backburner for a while for a number of reasons, firstly because I was hoping to be highly entertained when I...

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  • Prepare To Be Bloggled

    Prepare To Be Bloggled | 13 December 2012

    I’ve always been a fan of Mr. Shan; I say fan, more like obsessive hoarder of his works. In fact, Lord Loss was the first book I ever bought for myself, so he is close to my heart. I also got to...

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  • My Cricket Blog

    My Cricket Blog | 26 November 2012

    What. A. Weird. Read. And yet I loved every second of it.


    Darren Shan is one of my favorite authors, of all time! I’ve read two of his series’ of books. Which I have reviewed and if I...

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  • Tor.Com

    Tor.Com | 29 October 2012

    Lady of the Shades has been a long time coming. In a pointed postscript tacked on to the short horror novel we’re going to talk about today, bestselling young adult author Darren Shan...

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  • Into Geek

    Into Geek | 26 October 2012

    This is one of Darren Shan's adult books and it feels very different to the children's work. It revolves around Ed, a horror writer who comes to London to work on a new book, with his own...

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  • Townsville Eye (Australia)

    Townsville Eye | 13 October 2012

    Lady of the Shades begins with horror writer Ed travelling to London from America to source inspiration for a new book. A stranger in a strange city, Ed is haunted (literally) by a supernatural...

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  • Queensland Life (Australia)

    Queensland Life | 13 October 2012

    FIRST, the admission: I had never heard of Darren Shan before I picked up Lady of the Shades. Considering he has written 31 books and managed to sell 15 million worldwide, that’s possibly more an...

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  • The Crime Segments

    The Crime Segments | 09 October 2012

    If you go to the author's website you might notice that UK writer Darren Shan is a guy who really isn't a crime novelist at all, but instead specializes in Urban Fantasy and horror, mostly for...

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  • Shots Crime & Thriller Ezine

    Shots | 04 October 2012

    I first came across Darren Shan’s writing when I worked as a bookseller in Edinburgh nearly ten years ago. ‘The Saga of Darren Shan’ books were incredibly popular with Edinburgh’s kids and I’m...

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  • Adventures of a Bookanaut

    Adventures of a Bookanaut | 24 September 2012

    Lady of the Shades is Darren Shan’s return to writing for adults. Shan is more well known for his children's series Cirque Du Freak and Demonata, but has previously written The City trilogy for...

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  • Words By Ross

    Words By Ross | 24 September 2012

    Are we ever truly free of our past, from ourselves?

    That question seems to be an underlying theme in this novel.

    Ed Sieveking is an author of the supernatural, the macabre. And his is haunted...

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  • Irish Independent

    Irish Independent | 08 September 2012

    Irish author Darren Shan -- real name Darren O'Shaughnessy -- has had great success with a string of fantasy horror books aimed at the young teen market, starting with the launch in the year 2000...

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  • Just Another Book Nerd

    Just Another Book Nerd | 03 September 2012

    Lady of the Shades is the first foray into the exciting world of adult fiction by the acclaimed teenage horror writer Darren Shan.


    Those familiar with Shan’s style will notice some fairly...

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  • The Times

    The Times | 01 September 2012

    Darren Shan is best known for his taut books for older teenagers, but he is rapidly proving he has the adult market sewn up too. In Lady of the Shades he brings an American minor thriller author...

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  • Crime Fiction Lover

    Crime Fiction Lover | 25 August 2012

    You’ve got to take your hat off to Darren Shan. His horror/fantasy books for teens are getting boys to read books, even in this age of Xbox, Facebook and Lethal Bizzle. Lady of the Shades,...

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  • Tara Sharp

    Tara Sharp | 19 July 2012

    Ghosts haunt American writer, Ed Sieveking’s every waking moment. They pursue him mercilessly, striking out at him in his weakest moments. They have driven him to his life of writing ghost...

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