The Vampire's Assistant (the Saga of Darren Shan, Book 2) Paperback
by Darren Shan
Darren Shan has been made a half-vampire by Mr Crepsley, but the Cirque Du Freak holds more unpleasant surprises for 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.
Darren comes face to face with pure evil in the form of Mr Tiny, the leader of the Little People who join the Cirque Du Freak, and who eat anything - including human flesh.
When he discovers animal bones, RV frees the wolf-man from his cage - and no-one could possibly guess how truly terrible the whole effect would be.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 176 pages, Illustrations
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date: 30/05/2000
- Category: Horror & ghost
- ISBN: 9780006755135
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Review by Clurb
More of the same light vampirish entertainment.
Review by AdonisGuilfoyle
Darren Shan is either a world-class eejit, or too clever for his own good - judging the author solely by the first book in the Darren Shan series, <i>Cirque Du Freak</i>, I would have given up on the whole saga. The writing was immature and patronising even to the intended YA demographic, never mind older readers like myself. I loved the characters, but couldn't stand all the exclamation marks and dumbed-down text. But hey, guess what - 'twas all a plot device! (Presumably to contrast Darren's innocent childhood with his half-life after Mr Crepsley gets his hands on him and makes him a vampire.) Once past the prologue in book two, normal service resumes, and Darren Shan's creative genius shines - his books are incredibly easy to read, not least because they usually only run to the 200 page mark, but also strangely addictive. The wicked combination of mocking parody - Shan dismisses most of the vampire tricks of the trade, including fangs - and traditional storytelling means that the books are almost open-genre and appealing to any age (bar the first title). If it hadn't been for the 2009 film adaptation that was slated by long-standing Shan fans, this junior vampire craze would have passed me by! I'm a sucker - pun intended - for paternal/mentor figures in fiction, and Mr Crepsley is up there with Atticus Finch and Nero Wolfe for me. I'm old enough to know better, but I've fallen for the gruff old vampire. A shame I'll probably rattle through the entire series in a week, but I'm glad I gave Mr Shan a second chance.