Brothers To The Death: The Saga Of Larten Crepsley Book 4 Paperback – May 15 2012
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Praise for the Larten Crepsley Series: "His writing is slick, his dialogue sharp and clever, his plotting immaculate. His books ooze with the kind of creepy, dark atmosphere and powerful characters that young teenage readers lap up. Shan is honing his craft with every book, and I look forward to the next gore-fest with relish." Irish Independent "Forget Stephen King, this author's the master of scaring children." The Big Issue in Scotland "A tantalising start to the series and a must-read for Darren Shan fans." Books Quarterly --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
DARREN SHAN is the author of the internationally bestselling series Cirque du Freak (known as The Saga of Darren Shan in the U.K.), as well as the Demonata series. His adventures have been read by millions of people around the world in twenty languages, yet much of his life remains shrouded in mystery. He lives in seclusion in the depths of Ireland. And he never drinks blood. Or so he claims. Visit him online at darrenshan.com.
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It is through Brother Laurence that Larten is introduced to the fabulous Madam Octa, "[a] huge, multicolored spider...hairy legs, a green, purple and red ball of unconcealed menace." To his surprise and pleasure, Madam Octa takes to him. He can handle her with apparent ease as she crawls over his face, weaving webs across his eyes and tickling him. They form such a strong bond that when he finally is able to leave the monastery, she accompanies him back to the Cirque du Freak.
BROTHERS TO THE DEATH marks the end of the prequel series to Darren Shan's famous Cirque du Freak novels. So much has happened to the redheaded vampire, and his final journey leading to the monastery is full of sadness and, of course, gore. Rather than tell you all the things that happen in the fourth book, you most certainly will want to read it for yourself. Like the other installments, this one is sprinkled with an array of fascinating characters, some of whom we never met before. There's his beloved Alicia (she is very human and aging as the vampire stays young), her daughter Sylva, and Gavner, the young man he mentors whose parents he killed. A beautiful vampire named Seba and his dear friend Webster are also part of this story. Then there's a quest for Randel Chayne, a vampire who changes everything that happens in Larten's life. Larten remains in the middle of the vampire wars and on the edge of happenings as they try to get him into position to become the next prince.
Shan gives his grand finale a totally unexpected twist...one that will both surprise and horrify readers. Larten is challenged in ways that few can imagine. His tragedy and his happiness painfully put him at risk as he tries to make sense of the unexpected cruelties that assail him. Readers will be as surprised as Larten when he discovers who his betrayer actually is.
Sam Weber augments BROTHERS TO THE DEATH with a great cover, depicting Larten Crepsley with the rather creepy-looking Madam Octa crawling up towards his face. The colors are perfect for creating the feeling of the entire series: glowing green and blood red. Fans can continue to follow Larten into the original eight books that deal with his life once he is a permanent part of Cirque du Freak. Shan never fails to give us the best, goriest and most horrifying adventures, and this prequel series is no exception.
Reviewed by Sally M. Tibbetts