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Cirque Du Freak #5: Trials of Death: Book 5 in the Saga of Darren Shan (Cirque Du Freak: the Saga of Darren Shan) [Paperback]

Darren Shan
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good series for younger pre-teens April 14 2007
I have never read a vampire novel in my life. I have never even seen a vampire movie. I was hesitant to read these books; scared I'd be bored, or scared spitless.

I began reading and realized a few things immediately; the book was a very easy read, and the language used had very little depth to it. I was not enveloped in the storyline, but not bored. The books seemed, as a whole, very juvenile and contrived. I felt that all of the situations were far too convenient; it wasn't horrifying, as I had imagined a vampire story to be. That being said: I would recommend this book to pre-teens, ages 10 and up. The story isn't terribly gruesome but has enough to keep the kids excited about it. It won't give them nightmares, but it's suspenseful. Adults may be bored by the "soft" storyline, especially if they are used to typically graphic vampire stories, although it is a nice easy read for a lazy evening.
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4.0 out of 5 stars great series! April 6 2007
I had to luck to read an advanced copy of both Trial of Death (book 5) and Vampire Prince (book 6). The two concerns I had when I started to read were: First, that I would be lost since I had not read the first four. Second, that I would get the awkward and strange vampire names all mixed up. Both concerns were baseless. Each book is a complete story unto it's self; I never felt that I had missed a vital fact by skipping the first four books. As far as the names go... the characters were very well written, I had a clear image of Darren (the hero) and each vampire, wolf, vampaneeze etc... A sign of a good book for me is to actually care about each character, and these books succeeded in doing that. After I had read book 5, I was very thankful that I had book 6 because it was a HUGE cliffhanger!

Book 5 (Trials of Death) was about the trials (vampire tests of skill) that Darren Shan endured in his quest to be accepted in the vampire colony. The down side is that if he doesn't pass his tests, he will be put to death. The choosing, training, executing of the trials moved quickly, I liked that I never felt the story line was dragging. There was a festival/feast at which vampires played the so called "vampire games". I found that to be my favorite part, as it made the vampires seem very human like - they like to play, laugh, feast and have a good time. In this book, all is not what it seems. By the end, my idea of who was good and who was evil had been turned upside down.

Book 6 (Vampire Prince) is the continuation Darren's story. He has to expose a former friend as a traitor, turn him into the Vampires, and hope that they believe (and not kill him). This book was different from book 5, in that I felt maturity in Darren that had not been there in book 5.
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5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING June 25 2004
Format:Hardcover
I have loved this series from the start until I got to book four, "Vampire Mountian." I was strongly disapointed in that one and decided I wasnt going to read the fifth for a while. Finally, I decided to read it and I wasnt even slightly disapointed. It was truely amazing. In my oppinion, far better and the other four. It is full of twists and unpreictably turns. I have yet to read the fifth and sixth, but I am afraid that my expections are now so high I might be disapointed agian. BUY THIS BOOK. It definatly rocks!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Series June 13 2004
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Format:Hardcover
I have heard many things about this book by friends but i never got the chance to get it. Then i had to a book report on a fantasy book and i choosed the fisrt book. i enjoyed it so much. so i decided to read the rest of them. if you like book where you cant predict what is next this would be for you. i hope many other prople start reading this series it is aboslutly great.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Series June 13 2004
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Format:Hardcover
I have heard many things about this book by friends but i never got the chance to get it. Then i had to a book report on a fantasy book and i choosed the fisrt book. i enjoyed it so much. so i decided to read the rest of them. if you like book where you cant predict what is next this would be for you. i hope many other prople start reading this series it is aboslutly great.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Book June 4 2004
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Format:Hardcover
This is the type of book where the author makes the chapters pretty short so when it is very late and you think you should go to bed but you look to see how long the next chapter is and it is short, so you have to keep reading. Every single chapter has something fun to read in it. This book has a bunch of heart pounding parts. It will make you feel like you are Darren Shan and all the characters in the book. It is a book that I very recomand to everyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THIS BOOK ROCKS May 22 2004
Format:Hardcover
Okay...The entire Cirque Du Freak series is one of my favorite which I would strongly recommend. Trails of Death, while not the best in the series, is still worthy of five stars. In fact, I just finished this book today, May the twenty-second. Darren Shan (author and main character)has to face several trials in a thrilling "horror" book. READ this you WON'T be disappointed!!!
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Format:Hardcover
Trials of death is one the best cirque du freak books I have ever read. It contains all the needed materials to be the #1 book in America. Trials of death is a the 5th book in the series and its about a boy named Darren Shan who gets his intire life turned upside down when he becomes a vampire. He travels to vampire maountain with his mentor Mr. Crepsley to endure a trial and comes out having to perform 5 trials in life or death situations and if he fails and is still alive, he will be killed. What will Darren do to save himself from death?-Patrick Magno
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