Series: Cirque du Freak #12
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, Allies of the Night, Killers of the Dawn, The Lake of Souls, Lord of the Shadows
Published by Brown Books for Young Readers on September 1st 2007
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Middle Grade, Young Adult
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Time seemed to collapse... There was a sharp stabbing sensation in my stomach... Steve crowed, "Now I have you! Now you're gonna die!"Dead if he loses - damned if he wins. The time has finally come for Darren to face his archenemy, Steve Leopard. One of them will die. The other will become the Lord of the Shadows - and destroy the world.
Is the future written, or can Darren trick destiny?
This book was…very good. As a conclusion, it was definitely something you had to come to terms with. It was really cool, because of some really neat twists and ways to tie things together, but it was also kinda unsatisfying.
The parts we expected pretty much went without surprises, but things went haywire after that. You can kinda get from the synopsis that it’s not going to go exactly as expected. I’ll tell you right now, Mr. Tiny has a much bigger role than anticipated. Also, the title of this book is pretty important. It’s difficult to describe my feelings without spoilers, so this is the end of the spoiler-free part of the review.View Spoiler » So a lot of things happen. The big fight happens between Steve and Darren. It’s close, but Darren still manages to beat Steve (but doesn’t kill him). Mr. Tiny has been watching this. Tiny then reveals that both men are actually just pawns, and are also sons of Mr. Tiny created to bring chaos to the human race (Mr. Tiny’s end goal). Realizing this, and knowing that he’ll definitely become a monster if he wins, Darren decides to make it a draw and allows Steve to stab him. They both roll into a river and basically die there, upsetting Mr. Tiny’s plans. Evanna fishes Darren out of the Lake of Souls, Mr. Tiny makes him into a Little Person, and they send him back in time just long enough to scare young Darren away from the Cirque before he hears Steve confront Crepsley. So basically, the past twelve books didn’t happen. Or they didn’t happen with Darren anyway—the concept of history and time travel in this series indicates that events will stay the same, but the people could change if meddled with. So someone else would take Darren’s place and die fighting someone like Steve. I’m not sure if this is incredibly selfish or smart. Because I couldn’t find any real reason that it would be important for Darren to change his own past until I thought about who he was. He was a son/pawn of Mr. Tiny, and I guess whoever took his place probably wouldn’t be, and maybe things wouldn’t work out as well for Mr. Tiny? But honestly, I don’t think it matters, because Mr. Tiny can still influence mortals how he wants, whether they’re his children or not. And if the Lord of the Vampaneze and some vampire (no matter who they are) are going to die anyway, making it so no one will become the Lord of the Shadows, then it doesn’t matter who they are. They’ll be dead. Tiny wouldn’t be able to influence them anyway and wouldn’t have more pawns. Or he’d have to create more pawns. Which he could do. Anyway, I’m not really sure what the significance of that action was. It was just sad. Sure, Darren gets to live a normal life. Good for Darren. But all of the super exciting and important events of his life as a vampire would never happen. He’s giving up all those friends and adventures and experiences. For a reason I can’t figure out. And I’m not really sure about the fact that time paradoxes don’t exist in this series. I feel like they would. Nothing in this series indicates that they’d be impossible.
Another thing is that while he’s a Little Person, he gives his diary to Mr. Tall to send to his future (normal) self to publish. Which is basically this entire series. That’s cool, especially since that’s why the author and the MC share the same name. « Hide Spoiler
So I don’t get some things, but it’s still a cool book. We learn a lot more about Mr. Tiny and how things work with him and Evanna. Things get resolved in a…strange way. That’s it! I still really like this as a series.
reaction upon finishing
Wow…really not sure how to feel about that…
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