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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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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 this series is one of the best I have ever read. Nov. 15 2003
if you want to read the "Cirque Du Freak" books, please start with number 1. if you don't, it is unlikely that you will understand much. these books have a devoted fan base, and you can visit the authors website, ([...]) and look at the beautiful fan art that some kids have drawn. I have read every book in this series up to Trials of Death, and I am trying to get my hands on "the vampire prince". these books really make you want to keep reading, and most of the books end with you wondering what will happen next. and don't let reading level fool you- I am in the eigth grade, 13 years old, and I love these books. these books are written WONDERFULLY, they are full of emotion, action, violence, and gore. some parts are also very very sad, and I almost cried a few times, which is something I am not at all likely to do. but be warned, these books aren't for kids who are scared easily. there is an awful lot of death and graphic violence, which I think is great, but might upset the faint of heart. if you like books about vampires, fantasy, or just want something great to read, buy the first book in this series today! and these books aren't about dracula-style vampires- the creatures in these books are VERY believable. don't expect them to grow fangs or change into bats. from this series, my favorite characters were Evra Von, Darren Shan, and Kurda Smahlt (although he did something... well, read and find out). overall, this entire series is GREAT. please please please read them! each book seems better than the last one! and on a sad note, the author has sold the movie rights. you might think that is great, but I have a horrible feeling that the movie will be rated PG and the characters will be messed up. oh well. READ THESE BOOKS!
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars This series is one of my favorites Jan. 13 2004
This book was awsome in so many different ways of the story. I really liked how when i was reading it, i couldn't put it down for a minute. This is a series that any fiction fan would like. How the author described on what the happened every step of the way. Darren Shah is a great author that makes them selves go inside the books. This author gets in deep in what i think is a good detailed book.
Another reason why i like it is because he makes the book a cliff hanger you wanna know what is going to happen, but right when you wanna know it cuts you off right at the end of the book. If you are a fictional reader then this is one of your types of books. There is no other series that I like more then this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING
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... Read more
Published on June 25 2004 by Melissa Murphy
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Series
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. Read more
Published on June 13 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Series
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. Read more
Published on June 13 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Book
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... Read more
Published on June 3 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS BOOK ROCKS
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. Read more
Published on May 22 2004 by Darkness Riegns
5.0 out of 5 stars A firghtening experice, yet it keeps you coming bak for more
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. Read more
Published on March 9 2004 by "jimborakk"
5.0 out of 5 stars dude read this book
this book is awsome once u pick it up u cant put it down and after finish the books u cant wait to get the next i cant wait for the (vampire prince) to come out
Published on Dec 19 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars really good
i think this book is very good. its a bit hard to understand it you havent read the first 4 books. thats the only setback of it
Published on Dec 7 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars This Book Rulzzz!
If youre the kind of person who only reads a few books a year, STOP WHAT YOUR DOING,ORDER THIS BOOK AND READ IT NOW! Read more
Published on Oct. 14 2003 by Specner Kaiser
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