a plume book THE FIRST ASSISTANT clare naylor is the author of ﬁve previous novels, including Dog Handling and The Godd. The story begins with the main protagonist of the last adventure, Darren Shan, and his guardian Larten Crepsley moving in for a drink of blood from an ex-scout. Darren is beginning to cope with life as a vampire's assistant though he still refuses to drink human blood and hates. Book 11 of The Saga Of Darren Shan. Darren's going home. Back to where everything started. The town's changed a lot in the years that he's been away -- but.
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Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other: Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Darren Shan was just an ordinary schoolboy - until his visit to the Cirque Du Freak.
Now, as he struggles with his new life as a Vampire's Assistant, he tries desperately to resist the one temptation that sickens him, the one thing that can keep him alive. But destiny is calling Get A Copy. Mass Market Paperback , pages. More Details Original Title.
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The front cover generally has the authors name. See 1 question about The Vampire's Assistant…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. Sort order. Nov 07, Miranda Reads rated it really liked it Shelves: Finally, something where morals do not outweigh the plot. Finally, there's evil characters who are truly evil and not merely misunderstood.
Finally, a book where death actually exists and poses a real threat. Darren is still reeling from the events of the last book. He must cope with becoming a bloodthirsty creature of the night.
He doesn't want to kill, but is finding the impulse increasingly more difficult to resist. Meanwhile, he's becoming fast friends with a snake-boy Evra Von , a human-boy Sam Grest and eco-activist Reggie Veggie.
I love Evra's personality - his dry humour combined with his outlandish snakeboyness. I wish he played a larger role in the series. As with the first book, what first is a fun adventure, quickly turns onto a nightmare of both physical and mental anguish.
If you read the books, I'd recommend waiting at least years prior to watching the movie. The movie was based on the first and second book. That way you'd forget enough so you won't say, "but that wasn't in the books," on repeat. Audiobook Comments Well read, if a bit monotone.
Blog Instagram Twitter View all 10 comments. Crepsley, the vampire who made him into a half-vampire, Darren Shan returns to the freak show known as the Cirque du Freak and continues to fight his need to drink human blood.
Originally published: September 30, The book was a quick, enjoyable, fun read. I liked it! I am enjoying this series The book was a quick, enjoyable, fun read. To read my review of the other books in this series, use the links below: Book One: A Living Nightmare Book Three: Tunnels of Blood Book Four: Vampire Mountain Book Five: Trials of Death Book Six: The Vampire Prince Book Seven: Hunters of the Dusk View 1 comment. Jul 26, Will M.
I didn't know what to read next, even though Blood Song was already on my currently reading list, so I decided to rearrange a part of my bookshelf. I noticed book 3 lying around with a couple of other random books. I then had a slight feeling of wanting to continue on with the series. I heard nothing but great things, but book 1 managed to disappoint me. Setting the bad past experience of book 1 aside, I decided to read the book 2 and decide after if I would finish the series or not.
Despite the I didn't know what to read next, even though Blood Song was already on my currently reading list, so I decided to rearrange a part of my bookshelf. Despite the 3 star rating I gave this, I have to admit that I can't wait to finish all of the books in the series.
This can be considered one of those YA-horror books that you should've read when you were actually a young-adult. I'm turning 20 this year, so I didn't find anything creepy about this novel. What I liked though would be the coming-of-age feeling it had.
I like reading about an adventure of a kid growing up, so this series might be the thing to read, and hopefully resurrect the YA genre for me. I've given up on the genre way too long ago, but I still try to read a few of them once in a while and see if something floats my boat.
This is one of those boat floaters, and I'm glad I continued on. This second novel was way superior to the first one. All introductions aside, it was a great novel of adventure. The writing was okay for me, it didn't have any major issue so I don't have much to complain about.
The plot was also consistent, and the latter parts had a good amount of action. I liked reading about how the main character had to make important life decisions. Hopefully he grows older in the next novels, because I would like to see the possible development of the main character.
While reading this, I remembered an episode from Fairly Odd Parents wherein Timmy Turner joined the circus for a day, but ended up missing his family so he decided to go home. This series seems like that at first, but the main character didn't go back, he became a full member of the circus.
I would love to read more about his adventures with Cirque Du Freak, and thankfully there are 10 more books in the series. Nothing spectacular, but it's one of the few YA series that managed to catch my attention.
I'm sure the author has more tricks up his sleeves in the next novels. View 2 comments. I really had to think about my rating for this one for quite a while. I waffled between 3 and 4 stars for a few days because of one thing: The more I thought about it though, and especially after finishing the book, I realized one really important thing: Without the foreshadowing and the constant mentioning that bad things are coming, I honestly think that what happens could be severely traumatic, upsetting, and distur I really had to think about my rating for this one for quite a while.
Without the foreshadowing and the constant mentioning that bad things are coming, I honestly think that what happens could be severely traumatic, upsetting, and disturbing for a child to read and this is set at 12 and up, so if you're a parent I'd suggest reading these first before handing them off to your kids.
I'm being very serious when I say that this could be nightmare material. The foreshadowing is therefor quite necessary because it prepares the reader for the very awful things that happen.
And even then, with the foreshadowing and warnings, I still wasn't prepared for the ending; it still left me shaken and upset and even surprised at how wrong things went.
I was almost left with my mouth hanging open and a few tears in my eyes when the shit hit the fan. It was intense and scary and pretty much everything you'd want in this type of book.
Cirque du Freak is turning into a great, and well, I don't want to say fun series because it's horror and that's not really fun , you know? But it's entertaining and kept me on the edge of my seat and I read the third book the very next night in one sitting. The characters are well-written, the world is fascinating and strange and just terrifying enough for an adult, and the story is so different from any others I've encountered that I've actually continued reading the series instead of bouncing off to something else instead.
I rarely continue on with a series but with this one I find myself opening up the next book as soon as I finish the last because I can't wait to see what will happen. If you're looking for something gory, scary, and well-written, then grab this series and give it a chance. I can say I'm enjoying it immensely and will probably read the whole series in the next week or two.
Nov 13, Susan rated it really liked it. What makes Darren Shan's books a great read is that even though they're over pages long, I can easily finish them. The action within this book is very quick and there's always something new for you to read.
The ending for me was a little shocking, but the way that Darren Shan writes makes you want to read the next book.
The Vampire's Assistant is the 2nd book in a series of seven books. After reading the Dreamcatcher which was over pages long this was an easy read and very quick. For man What makes Darren Shan's books a great read is that even though they're over pages long, I can easily finish them. For many this book might seem scary especially just by looking at the cover.
However, when you start reading personally I don't find it scary and I know it's unrealistic. There are far fewer female vampires than male ones. Vampire matings last only ten or fifteen years with the couple then choosing to re-mate or go their separate ways. Vampires are forbidden to use projectile weapons like guns, bows, and crossbows as they view these as dishonourable, preferring hand-to-hand fighting with swords , axes , etc.
Vampires live old fashioned lives: no vampire aside from Darren Shan is shown making references to pop culture, or using computers.
Vampires see humans as a chaotic and slightly inferior race, but most value human lives. Some vampires form friendships with humans and many fall in love with them. Vampire Gavner Purl boasts a pair of pink underpants embroidered with elephants, a present from a former human girlfriend.
Darren Shan's vampires do not follow the religions they did as humans, but worship an unidentified pantheon. They believe that the souls of good vampires are reborn as wolves in the eternal nights of a distant world called Paradise, while evil vampire souls remain bound to the Earth for eternity. They do have gods, but there are a great number of them and they are referred to as the Vampire Gods.
Vampires believe they are descended from wolves, just as humans have evolved from primates. Wolves are held as the cousins of vampires. Wolves like vampires, especially since they have a scent that means no harm to them. Vampaneze[ edit ] In The Saga of Darren Shan the Vampaneze are sworn rivals to the vampires, believing that there is honour in killing their victims and claiming their souls. They were originally vampires who broke away from the clan years before the third book and claimed themselves a new race Vampaneze because of the different customs they held.
A violent war followed, which eventually ended in a truce when human interference threatened the survival of both races, and both groups mutually agreed to stay out of each other's affairs. This extends even to those who have become insane such as Murlough - killing him risked bringing the wrath of the entire race down on Darren and Mr Crepsley's heads, and the vampires would be honour-bound not to intervene. The Vampaneze are considered antagonists, though they only appear that way due to the misleading image of Murlough, the Vampaneze Lord and the War of the Scars.
Mr Crepsley himself noted that vampaneze had some positive traditions such as their refusal to lie and their sense of honour. The Vampaneze have purple skin and red hair, eyes, lips, and fingernails though it takes a couple of decades for this colouring to set in.
This is a side effect due to drinking a lot of blood: though killing humans when draining their blood was originally a choice based on their beliefs, in the modern day their blood compels Vampaneze to kill when they drink.
Many Vampaneze do not want to fight the vampires, and though Gannen Harst has sworn to protect the Lord of Vamapaneze, Steve Leonard, in the final book Harst does not stop Steve from putting himself in danger, as if he merely wants the war between Vampires and Vampaneze settled one way or the other. The Vampaneze are first mentioned in Tunnels of Blood and become a main part of the plot throughout the rest of the series.
Examples of Vampaneze include Murlough and Gannen Harst. It is used by vampires throughout Vampire Mountain to show their appreciation towards a dead vampire, or one that is likely to die. Top novels. Sins of Sevin. Penelope Ward.
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