Allies of the Night by Darren Shan

Posted June 12, 2016 in Book Review / 0 Comments

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Allies of the Night by Darren ShanAllies of the Night by Darren Shan
Series: Cirque du Freak #8
Also in this series: A Living Nightmare, The Vampire's Assistant, Tunnels of Blood, Vampire Mountain, Trials of Death, The Vampire Prince, Hunters of the Dusk, Killers of the Dawn, The Lake of Souls, Lord of the Shadows, Sons of Destiny
on January 1st 2002
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Middle Grade, Young Adult
Pages: 224
Format: Paperback
Source: Owned
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four-stars

"It was an age of war. After six hundred years of peace, the vampire and vampaneze had taken up arms against each other in a brutal, bloody battle to the death. Only three vampires stood a chance of stopping the Vampaneze Lord. They were the Prince, Vancha March; the one-time General, Larten Crepsley; and a half-vampire, me - Darren Shan"
Algebra class, two old friends, and a creature with deadly hands test Darren's determination as he travels to Mr. Crepsley's home town to search for the murderous vampaneze.

Main points

Hmmm…There’s a lot I don’t like about this book. I HATE that he had to return to school. That’s the dumbest thing ever. I hate it when people who have lived in the paranormal world so long have to return to the real world. It seems so unimportant in comparison. I would hate it. It doesn’t matter and it’s not nearly as exciting. Who wants to go back to school when you’re on a quest to save the vampires? Heck, I don’t want to go back to school anyway.

We see quite a lot of old friends come back in this book. I’ll only mention one—although the one with “deadly hands” is pretty obvious. Saw that coming a mile away. In fact, a lot of things were quite predictable. But I’ll mention Debbie. She happens to be a teacher at Darren’s school and he wants to resume where they left off—he wants to go out with her again. It was just so cringe. So awkward. She’s grown up and he still looks—and acts sometimes!—like a teenager. And he just expects things to pick up where they left off. It’s been over a decade. It’s not that easy. I didn’t like that she came back. It was too weird, and I didn’t like her that much to begin with anyway. So that, plus school…blegh.

But of course it didn’t stay that way for long. They are hunting Vampaneze, after all, and they do eventually find them. I mean, we have to have that second encounter after all. (It’s not directly stated in this book that this was it, but it was.) The point leading up to the confrontation was pretty boring, except for all the new (but not really new) people. In any case, the confrontation itself is…bizarre, as it’s described in the book. I get some of it, and some of it makes sense with my suspicions for what’s really going on, but some of it I can’t figure out yet. I want to keep reading immediately, but I shouldn’t read more than two books in a day. It’s too much. I’ll have to wait. In fact, I don’t think I’ve read beyond this one before, so it might be entirely new from now on. How exciting.

Well, that’s what this book was. Started off blegh, became boring, then became a little interesting but also confusing. But the whole thing was intriguing and definitely made me want to get to the bottom of this.

Also, I didn’t mention in the last review, but the last book was pretty funny. Unusual for this series. I mean, it’s supposed to be funny a lot of the time, but the last one was truly funny. This book had a few chuckle moments too.

 reaction upon finishing

What was that? Well, now I’ve got to find out what happens next…

this book in one word

okay

About Darren Shan

Darren Shan (born July 2, 1972 in London, England) is the pen name of the Irish author Darren O’Shaughnessy, as well as the name of the protagonist of his book series The Saga of Darren Shan, also known as The Cirque Du Freak Series in the United States. He is the author of The Demonata series, as well as some stand-alone books, and a series of books for adults under the alternative name of D.B. Shan.

Rating
Plot
three-half-stars
Characters
four-half-stars
Writing
four-half-stars
Romance
one-half-stars
Ending
four-stars
Overall: four-stars
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