Sons of Destiny, Paperback
3.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


The twelfth part of the Saga of Darren Shan - one boy's terrifying journey from human to half-vampire to Vampire Prince.

Showdown! The Hunters must face Steve Leopard, to fight for control of the night.

Will Steve emerge victorious and wipe out the vampire clan? Or will the Hunters prevail? An added problem for Darren is that if the vampire triumph, he is destined to become the Lord of the Shadows and destroy humanity!!!

Is he cursed by fate, or is there some way to trick Destiny?

Find out in the action-packed, mind-bending, twisting, long-awaited conclusion to The Saga of Darren Shan!


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 208 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Horror & ghost
  • ISBN: 9780007159215



Free Home Delivery

on all orders

Pick up orders

from local bookshops


Showing 1 - 2 of 2 reviews.

Review by

I liked this series; in fact I would recommend it to younger readers. I was easily caught up in Darren Shan’s fight against the Vampeneze and an inevitable future. The books are short, so you can grab one and read it in a few hours, in-between more serious books. There were a few things that I didn’t like though. The first thing was that while some passage of the books seemed a bit frightening and gore for young readers (I have in mind a specific passage at the end of Book II in which Darren was to drink blood from his dying friend who by the way has his guts hanging out because of the Wolf Man!), the way it was written would annoy an older readership if they didn’t bare in mind that this wasn’t meant for them. Well, that’s what it did for me. I didn’t like the fact that it was written in the first person though it was necessary to the story line (but you only find that out in the last pages), because the characterization just wasn’t good enough. In the end, Darren is just an ordinary boy and I can’t think of any adjectives to describe him even after reading twelve books about him! I mean that beside his extraordinary destiny, the character appeared very flat to me. Perhaps that was done on purpose, to make it easier for kids to relate to the character… but I found it hard to do that. There were some things in the world the author created which weren’t credible either… I’m thinking about horrible monsters ready to bust into our world if Evanna, her brother or Mr. Tiny trespassed specific laws. I didn’t like a few of the revelations that happened in the last book either though they perfectly explained what had happened in the previous books. Still, the series ended well though a bit sad and I would’ve liked to know what had happened to the other characters beside Darren.

Review by

The time has come for Darren Shan to face the final showdown against his arch-enemy Steve Leopard. Dead if he loses, damned if he wins! As they fight to the death, the victor will go on to become the Lord of the Shadows, destined to destroy the world. It's looking like death may be the best of two evils... unless Darren can figure out a way to trick destiny.This is the final book in the The Saga of Darren Shan, aka the Cirque Du Freak series. This has definitely been one of the better vampire series I've read. Though written for young readers, the action is nonstop and all the books have drawn me in and glued me to their pages long into the night. Like its predecessors, this final book in the series does not disappoint, and wraps the series up quite nicely with a surprise ending you won't see coming! Definitely recommend this series for all lovers of vampire fiction.

Also in the The Saga of Darren Shan series   |  View all