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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Little Brown & Co (Juv Pap); Reprint edition (Oct. 1 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316016632
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316016636
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.9 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,151,293 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lord of the Shadows 'Stephen King for kids ... Darren Shan has brought his own brand of vampire mythology into the heads and hearts of thousands of children with his vivid and compelling series The Saga of Darren Shan, about one boy's journey from ordinary lad to vampire prince. Once they're hooked, kids tend to rip into the flesh of these books, quickly draining them of their life blood. The covers, with images of ghouls, creeping hands and dripping fangs are terrifying alone. ' Metro Life, Evening Standard Cirque Du Freak " and compelling book which leaves the reader hungry for more." JK Rowling "I read Cirque Du Freak last week. I loved it. I love the way you manage to juggle the funny with the unpleasant, the affection with the hurt. It's great story-telling." Roddy Doyle The Vampire's Assistant "The Vampire's Assistant blazes a thrilling, gruesome trail through a fascinating plot." The Good Book Guide Vampire Mountain "Get your teeth into it!" Funday Times --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Darren Shan is the number-one best-selling author of the series THE SAGA OF DARREN SHAN, the DEMONATA and more recently the SAGA OF LARTEN CREPSLEY and ZOM-B. His books have been read by millions of people around the world and translated into more than 25 languages. Darren lives in seclusion in the depths of Ireland. He is a big film buff, and also loves theatre, comics and books, and collecting art. He loves dreaming up new ways to terrify his readers, but never drinks blood. Or so he claims. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on Aug. 25 2007
Format: Hardcover
With this book, we come to the end of the CIRQUE DU FREAK series by Darren Shan, the one we have been waiting for and dreading. Now the Vampire Prince must face his archenemy, Steve Leopard. It is a complex and difficult problem -- He will be dead if he loses and damned if he wins. One of them will die -- the other will become the Lord of the Shadows and destroy the world. Vampire or Vampaneze; who will win? Can Darren cheat destiny? The action is fast and non-stop The complex plot will keep you guessing until the very last page. The story is full of violence with blood and gore. Some of the characters are human, but most are not, and some are very frightening, but most are loyal, and fierce.

Kids can't seem to get enough of Shan's brand of compelling, scary stories, but they also address some serious issues, and show the importance of friendship and sticking to your moral and ethical standards. It seems to me to be a bit too frightening for kids ten years old and under, but maybe just the thing for older teens that are reluctant readers. It's an ongoing story that you might want to start reading with volume one and work your way through the series, but this one has enough background information that you can enjoy it by itself.

Reviewed by: Grandma Bev
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By Amazon Customer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Dec 27 2008
Format: Paperback
Well, here it is the final book in the series. I won't be giving a plot summary this time because, well, you just have to read the series. All the ends come together, mysterious doings from the past are finally understood and several reveals twist the plot in a different direction. The ending is very surprising and somewhat bittersweet. A very satisfying ending to a twelve book series. I can appreciate how hard it must be for an author of such a long series to come up with an ending which makes readers glad they've invested the time into all the books. I highly recommend this series and will look forward to reading more from Darren Shan.

Since my last review on Shan I've found out that the last two books in his "The Demonata" series will be released in the UK and Canada next year (2009) so I intend on starting to read it early next year. Also the second book of his adult series "The City" will be released in March in the UK and April in Canada.
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By Melissa Busque on Sept. 18 2006
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I read darren shan's books and recommended them and yet I still cannot beleive that this is it... the End. Yet there is a bitter sweet irony to the end of the book. especially in the title. I won't tell you more but if you have read all of the books the name of this one might not surprise you so much!

I can only say that in a way I was expecting what happenned to happen.If you loved the Cirque du Freak series, then you might have problems letting go.
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36 of 42 people found the following review helpful
Really, a 3.5... *spoilers ahead* March 7 2007
By BookWorm - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I've been following this series for awhile now. At one point, a few years ago, I was so addicted that I had to order the 3 books that had been released in the UK because I couldn't wait for the US versions to come out. So, it was with much pleasure and anticipation that I sat down to read books 10, 11, and 12 in one sitting.

I have to say that Book 12 left me a bit disappointed. At the end of the book, Shan has the main character go back in the time & prevent himself from making the mistake of kidnapping Madam Octa. Since Darren manages to stop himself from kidnapping the spider, he never makes the deal with Mr. Crepsley & ends up leading a normal, healthy, life as a human. This, of course, means that Darius is probably never born (because Annie wouldn't be a single mom at 16). But there is a possibility that others still die the same way -- Mr. Crepsley, Shancus... their fate may be the same, but Darren won't be around to witness it.

I understand that Shan felt that this was the only way to resolve the convoluted system of "Destiny" that he created in the past 11 books. However, in the process, it left the reader high and dry because the ending basically told us that the stories we had just invested time and effort in for the past few years didn't happen. Sure, they would still happen in a way -- but these trials and tribulations wouldn't fall on a boy named Darren Shan. Some other, nameless, person would step up to take over Darren's destiny. And we're just supposed to leave to our imagination how the universe righted itself & who was affected by the change in the end. Will the ones who died still end up dead? Will this new child (whoever it is) end up sacrificing themselves & floating to Paradise (as Darren predicts he/she would) or, maybe, they cannot resist the lure that Mr. Tiny places on them.

The biggest issue I have with this ending is that it makes us wonder -- why'd we read the past 11 books if they were all irrelevant? This is the equivalent of Shan ending the series with a scene where Darren wakes up from a nightmare and finds out it was all a dream. I invested time and emotion in Darren's Saga. And now you're telling me that it wasn't Darren's saga, at all. And, perhaps, even the people mentioned in the book might not have had anything to do with it, because Darren changed the course of history.

Another thing that bothered me were the holes in the whole "fate vs. destiny" situation. Darren managed to overcome the two set futures by killing himself and Steve. However -- why didn't he just have the power to "Just Say No" to Des Tiny's edicts? Why not just say, "Thanks, but no thanks, I choose my own fate and I don't want to rule the world." Particularly when he'd already been shown the consequences his actions if he did get mixed up with Mr. Tiny's vision. The author was feeding us two messages: (1) You control on your fate in a manner of speaking and should choose the path of good, but (2) If Mr. Tiny makes you evil, there's nothing you can do about it. I was like, "huh??" Not to mention -- Mr. Tiny had waaaayyy too much power & I didn't like the fact that he wasn't facing any consequences for his actions.

Also, why did Darren go the Lake of Souls... he was a decent guy and sacrificed himself. I didn't buy the whole "guilt" thing. Other vampires had probably done much more bad things in their long lives (like Mr. Crepsley) and they went straight to Paradise. It made no sense that Darren -- a half-Vampire who constantly did the ethical thing -- would end up in the Lake of Souls for hundreds of thousands of years & there would be no force in the universe that could right that mistake. Again, giving Mr. Tiny way too much power.

Basically, I give this 3.5 stars because the series, as a whole, is excellent. And, naturally, if you read Books 1-11, you have to read this finale. However, this particular reader was left unsatisfied with the resolution of the series. I was hoping for more closure.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Drops the Ball... (Spoilers Ahead) Nov. 17 2010
By Denise - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Ok, I will start by saying that I loved this whole series, and even this one up to the last chapter or two, that's why it got such a high rating from me. I probably went through books 1 - 11 in less than a week, and they have the potential to be read over.

Book #12 Bugged the hell out of me. Ok, Darren sacrificed himself for the greater good. I was pretty much expecting this so no big deal. I could even see the story ending here and despite the sad ending, it would be a good piece of work.

The problem comes in when Darren, trying to keep things happy, happy, joy, joy, does a 360 at the end so everyone lives happily ever after. THIS DOES NOT WORK IN REAL LIFE. Ok, so stories aren't real life and even ignoring the paradox of Darren going back in time to stop himself from becoming a vampire, which means he wouldn't have a reason for going back in the first place, etc... etc... The whole end seemed like a cop out. It says to me "I couldn't think up a better ending, so I nullified the whole story", which any idiot can do.

I can say that I'd be right up front with those that like a happy ending, but this was worse than killing everyone off. The author made the whole storyline irrelevant, and I find that unbearably sad. All the time Darren spent with friends he cared for no longer happened. So Darren goes back to his nice normal life with his family and best friend Steve (Someone who was willing to kill Darren because he was chosen for something Steve wasn't, I might add) and someone else takes Darren's place. Assuming the rest of the story goes pretty much as prophesied this is what we are left with...

Mr. Crepsley makes some boy a vampire (who isn't Darren) They join the circus and the boy (who isn't Darren) makes friends with Evra and Sam. Mr. Crepsley and the boy (who isn't Darren) go to vampire mountain and go through the trials. Kurda betrays the vampires and the boy (who isn't Darren) stops him. The war (which still happens) is fought by the boy vampire prince (who isn't Darren) He and Mr. Crepsley go to the town where Debbie lives and Mr. Crepsly still dies. The boy (who isn't Darren) fights the vampaneze boy (who we can assume isn't Steve) for the title of Lord of the Shadows. Now, after getting all of that out, there are 3 ways (again) that this can go - The boy who isn't Darren can win (world ends) The boy who isn't Steve can win (again world ends) or both can die (back to where we started again)

I don't mean to sound sarcastic. I really loved the whole series. I would just rather it be Darren's adventure instead of some doppelganger's because Darren wimped out at the end. He shouldn't have the option of choosing a different path because for whatever reason he didn't like his original choices.

IMO Read the books. Even read number 12! Just skip the last few chapters, you'll be glad you did.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
:/ Aug. 18 2006
By Victoria - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
For a while now the Cirque Du Freak has captured my imagination and been one of the best series i've ever read. It was exciting to start reading the last book and finaly find out the awnser to all my questions.

I have to say as much as I like the Cirque series the 12th book slightly disapointed me. It wasnt a page turner like the rest and it seemed too predictable. What made me give it 4 stars was the ending I didnt like it very much. The other books were so good that I expected the ending to be a lot better.....too high expectations? maybe. Dont get me wrong though the book defenantly had its good parts but it seems to lack the "after shock" like the 11th book left on me.

Although im not a fan of the ending to this beloved series I do recommend this book to fans because its not bad, just dont expect it to be great like I did. And who knows everyones different you might think its one of the best books yet. :)
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
You won't belive me till you read the book for your self Jan. 3 2010
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I loved the whole Cirque Du Freak saga books 1-11. When i finished reading book 11 i decided to read the reviews about the next book.I found most people thought the last book ruined the whole saga for them because of the horrible ending,i didn't think that the last book could end so badly that it spoiled all the books.

But after reading the last book i completely agree that it was a horrible why to end the saga and left me asking why did i even bother reading them in the 1st place. Even though i hate the end and it did spoil the whole saga i still recommend reading all the books because in spite of the bad ending i really enjoyed reading all the books.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Good..But Disappointing! April 8 2008
By Sandy Jacobs - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I've read all the books in the series in less then a day. I couldn't put them down, but at the ending of this book, the last one, i didn't just put the book down, i threw it across my room. I loved the book up until the ending, and i love the series up until this book. I think it kills the whole series and leaves me wondering why i even bothered to buy and read the other 11. at the end, he goes back in time and stops everything that i read in books 1-11 non-existent, as in they didn't even happen. I felt as if the ending has said something like, "he woke up and it was all a bad dream!" what kind of ending is that to a series such as Cirque Du Freak. And because of this book i actually don't recommend the series anymore. What is the point of wasting you time reading 12 books, when everything you read ended up not happening.
Not only a waste of my time, but my hard earned money also. Don't get me wrong, i loved the series up until the end. i devoured the books and could not get enough, but this to me seems like Darren Shan was saying, "i don't want to write anymore Cirque Du Freak books, so lets just make everything i wrote in books 1-11 not happen!"
i feel like i was cheated.