Before Cirque Du Freak...Before the war with the vampaneze... Before he was a vampire... Larten Crepsley was a young man.
After killing the entire crew of a ship in a bout of revenge for the death of his assistant, Larten is bereft with guilt. He takes the only survivor-- an infant child--and wanders the wilds of Greenland, seeking release from the mortal world.
When he stumbles on the icy tomb of vampire legend Petra Vin-Grahl, he takes it as a sign that he is meant to live. He raises the child, named Gavner, and falls in love with a human girl. But the darkness inside him is too great for the human world, and he is forced to go back to vampire mountain and become a general, having failed at living in the human world.
This installment deals with more adult life issues such as raising a child and marriage.
"Shan gives masters like Poe and King a run for their money with unexpected plot twists and vile descriptions that surpass the gross and rival the grisly."
"Fast-paced and full of macabre touches."
Darren Shan is the bestselling author of Cirque Du Freak, The Demonata, and the Saga of Larten Crepsley, as well as the stand-alone book The Thin Executioner. Shan's books are sold on almost every continent and in thirty-one languages, and have been bestsellers in countries including the US, Britain, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Hungary, Japan, Taiwan, and the UAE. In total, they have sold over 25 million copies worldwide. Shan divides his time between his homes in Ireland and London.