Hunters of the Dusk, Paperback Book
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The amazing manga retelling of Darren Shan's international best-selling vampire saga, with illustrations by Japanese artist Takahiro Arai. Leaving the enclave of Vampire Mountain, Harkat, Darren and Mr Crepsley are shadowed by a creature of the night, do battle with the vampaneze, meet the mysterious Evanna and pay a visit to some old friends at the Cirque Du Freak.

But no friend can prevent the bloody trail of bodies - the Vampaneze Lord may be more than a match for the hunters of the dusk. The stunning illustrations and manga format give a new dimension to this ever-popular vampire saga, available for the first time in translation in the UK.

This will be a must-have for Shan fans and manga aficionados alike.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 192 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Horror & ghost stories
  • ISBN: 9780007332748

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The books in Darren Shan's <i>Vampire's Assistant</i> saga are divided into trilogies, and <i>Hunters of the Dusk</i> is the first of three in the 'Vampire War' set. The previous trilogy - 'Vampire Rites' - was already going slightly off the boil for me, deviating from the basic vampire premise into a sort of Lord of the Rings-cum-Klingon rites of passage adventure, and even though Darren and Mr Crepsley have now left Vampire Mountain behind, their quest to hunt down the Lord of the Vampanese lacks the charm of the early books. Darren is also going through the 'purge', a sort of vampire puberty, where he suddenly leaves behind his childhood body and turns into a hairy, musclebound teen overnight! Granted, he has been trapped in a child's body for far too long, considering that around fourteen years have passed since Mr Crepsley blooded him, but the charm of the books for me is in the father and son relationship Darren has with the vampire. I know all children have to grow up, and that the whole series is basically a drawn-out, fantastical bildungsroman, but Darren's independence from Mr Crepsley is depressing to read. As Mr Tiny says to him, 'I preferred you when you were less clever'.The plot is fast-paced and more character-centric than previous instalments, with Darren and Mr Crepsley returning to the Cirque du Freak with Harkat Mulds, Vancha March and Lady Evanna. The Lady, who gave Larten the scar on his face, is a sort of Mad Madam Mim figure, in league with Mr Tiny and Mr Tall, who warns Darren and the others that they will only have four chances to kill the Lord of the Vampanese. If they don't, only one of the hunters will live to see the War of the Scars between vampires and vampanese. Wherein lies the second obstacle to my further enjoyment of this series - I know what's coming, and I really don't want to read any further. So I think I will abandon the saga here, and order the manga versions of the first four books instead. Cowardly, I know, but thank you anyway, Darren Shan, for creating such an addictive, open-age series!

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