Darren Shan's days as an ordinary schoolboy are over, and his life as
the vampire's assistant has begun! With his mentor, Larten Crepsley,
Darren joins the Cirque du Freak and slowly begins settling into his new
role there, an adjustment made simpler when he makes a couple of new
friends among the Cirque's performers. But life as a half-vampire can
never be easy or ordinary - as Darren learns only too well when tragedy
Accompanying his master, Mr. Crepsley, on a trip to the city,
half-vampire Darren Shan is ready to enjoy a pleasant holiday away from
the Cirque du Freak with his friend Evra. But when he learns of a string
of grisly murders whose victims have been drained of blood, Darren
begins to suspect that his mentor may be involved. Has Mr. Crepsley
crossed the line, or could it be that some creature more fearsome than a
vampire haunts the city's streets?
Darren and Mr. Crepsley embark on a dangerous trek to the very heart of
the vampire world. Will a meeting with the Vampire Princes restore
Darren's human side, or turn him further toward the darkness? Only one
thing is certain - Darren's initiation into the vampire clan is more
deadly than he ever could have imagined!
In agreeing to undergo the Trials of Initiation in order to restore Mr.
Crepsley's honor, Darren may have bitten off more than a half-vampire
can chew. Each trial is taxing than the last, and despite his resolve,
Darren simply may not be up to the task! In the depths of Vampire
Mountain, though, a threat even deadlier than the Trials is stirring...
Darren Shan, the vampire's assistant, faces certain death. Branded a
traitor, betrayed by a friend, hunted by the vampire clan - can Darren
reverse the odds and outwit a Vampire Prince and scores of murderous
vampanese, or is this the end of thousands of years of vampire rule?
Setting out from Vampire Mountain, Darren embarks on a mission as part
of an elite quartet sent to find the Vampanese Lord. Along their
journey, though, they are imparted an ominous prophecy: "...If you have
face the Vampaneze Lord four times and fail to kill him, only one of you
will live to witness the fall of the vampire clan."
Vampire prince and "vampaneze" killer Darren Shan faces his worst
nightmare yet - school. But homework is the least of Darren's problems.
Bodies are piling up, time is running out, and the past is catching up
with the hunters fast!
Outnumbered, outsmarted, and desperate, the hunters are on the run,
pursued by the vampaneze, the police, and an angry mob. With their
enemies clamoring for blood, the vampires prepare for a deadly battle.
Is this the end for Darren and his allies?