The Saga of Darren Shan, Paperback

The Saga of Darren Shan Paperback

Part of the Vampire Blood Trilogy series

4 out of 5 (3 ratings)


The nightmare begins...Vampire Blood trilogy comprising: Cirque Du Freak, The Vampire's Assistant and Tunnels of Blood.

Join Darren Shan's descent into the darkness. CIRQUE DU FREAK Darren goes to a banned freak show with his best mate Steve.

It's the wonderfully gothic Cirque Du Freak where weird, frightening half human/half animals appear who interact terrifyingly with the audience.

After he sees the amazing performing spider, Madam Octa, Darren is determined to steal her.

But his daring theft goes horribly wrong. The spider bites Steve and Darren has to sell his soul to an evil vampire to get the antidote.

THE VAMPIRE'S ASSISTANT Darren joins the vampire, Mr Crepsley, as his assistant and they return to the Cirque Du Freak.

There, Darren makes friends with the snake-boy, Evra Von (who knows what Darren is) and a local boy, Sam, and RV, an eco-warrior and animal lover (who do not).

Darren begins to enjoy his life among the Cirque performers as the youngest half-vampire in existence, but he defiantly refuses to drink human blood - the whole idea sickens him - and he tries desperately to cling on to the part of him which is human. TUNNELS OF BLOOD When Mr Crepsley is called upon by the Vampire Generals, Darren and the snake-boy, Evra Von, leave the Cirque Du Freak and travel with him to the city.

Whilst there, Darren meets Debbie and his life as a Vampire's Assistant fades into the background - until corpes are found.

Corpses drained of blood...Suspicious of Mr Crepsley's secretive bahaviour, Darren and Evra shadow him across the city and confront a creature of the night who may be the end of them all...


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 512 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Horror & ghost
  • ISBN: 9780007143740



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I absolutely loved the Saga of Darren Shan by Darren Shan. I read it while on vacation and was unable to put it down. The characters acted realistically and the plots were believable for a series of books about vampires. As soon as I finished the series, I went back to the first book and began rereading.

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Vampire Blood is the first instalment of the Saga of Darren Shan including books 1, 2 & 3.As with the rest of the Saga of Darren Shan these books are written for children but enjoyable for adults in the same way that Harry Potter is and like Harry Potter the early books are written in a simpler and more childlike way and become gradually more adult as they progress.I love the Vampire Blood trilogy. The stories are fun and engaging and the characters easy to fall in love with. At the beginning you meet the main character, a normal 12 year old boy called Darren Shan who is destined to become a half-vampire and the assistant to the grumpy and demanding, but kind and honourable vampire called Larten Crepsley. At his side Darren will travel, make new friends, learn to be a vampire and suffer great losses. In these early books much of the story is light and enjoyable with only a slight edge of the darkness yet to come. Vampire Blood is definitely a page turner that is hard to put down. The story will leave you eager to learn what happens next to Darren and Larten and before you know it you will be running to the book shop for the next instalment (Vampire Rates).

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The first three novels of the Darren Shan Saga. Interesting, different from many other vampire series I've read. Unlike other vampire/supernatural series this one is obviously geared towards boys.<br/><br/>The three stories are interesting, although the somewhat open endings and lack of explanation in the next novel is a bit annoying.<br/><br/>I found the style of storytelling annoying, although it does get better after the first novel. It makes the main character, Darren Shan, appear egoistical and self-centered. Although this is probably deliberate it is irritating.