The Vampire Prince, Paperback Book
3 out of 5 (1 rating)


Darren Shan, the vampire's assistant, must clear his name and avenge the death of Gavner Purl.

Can a half-vampire outwit a Vampire Prince? Betrayed by Kurda and reeling from the brutal slaying of Gavner, the vampire's assistant, Darren Shan, finds himself branded a traitor and hunted by the vampire clan. Will Darren's failure to complete the Trials mean banishment for Mr Crepsley and execution for himself? Or can Darren return to the home of the damned and exact revenge? But Darren comes to realise that there is more than revenge at stake - the vampire clan must combat the rise of the Vampaneze Lord, or see his ascension mark the end of thousands of years of vampire rule...


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 176 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Horror & ghost
  • ISBN: 9780007115167

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Shan's books are quick, easy reads for teens, but normally the characters offer enough depth and emotion to balance the action. Although I was moved by the events of this instalment, particularly Darren's guilt and sadness over the death of a friend and Mr Crepsley's overwhelming grief, the pace was just too fast to bring out the personalities of the characters. Shan the author seemed more interested in pontificating on the morality of war. And also, Darren's survival in the wild was ridiculous, even for a YA action-adventure series. I think I preferred him as Mr Crepsley's young assistant, not the precocious leader of men he is becoming. However, I am totally hooked, so I shall definitely read on!

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