The Vampire Prince by Darren Shan

Posted June 10, 2016 in Book Review / 0 Comments

This book may be unsuitable for people under 16 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug use, alcohol use, language, and/or violence.
The Vampire Prince by Darren ShanThe Vampire Prince by Darren Shan
Series: Cirque du Freak #6
Also in this series: A Living Nightmare, The Vampire's Assistant, Tunnels of Blood, Vampire Mountain, Trials of Death, Hunters of the Dusk, Allies of the Night, Killers of the Dawn, The Lake of Souls, Lord of the Shadows, Sons of Destiny
Published by Brown Books for Young Readers on September 1st 2004
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Middle Grade, Young Adult
Pages: 197
Format: Paperback
Source: Owned
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Branded a traitor, betrayed by a friend, hunted by the vampire clan-Darren Shan, the Vampire's Assistant, faces certain death. Can Darren reverse the odds and outwit a Vampire Prince? Darren's initiation on Vampire Mountain draws to a stunning, bloody conclusion-but the Saga continues ...

Main points

Ok, this book was much heavier than the previous ones? It dealt a lot with death and morality and honor and betrayal. It got pretty intense!

Man, Darren’s obviously got a serious case of Chosen-One syndrome. Ever since Harkat told him that he was the key to discovering who Harkat was in life. If Mr. Tiny said that, then Darren must be seriously important. Well, considering what he’s lived through, it’s clear he must be.

I’m not gonna tread carefully anymore in regards to spoiling things in previous books. It’s halfway through the series. If you haven’t read this before and don’t want spoilers, proceed with caution.

I don’t know, though, I don’t think Vampire Mountain is all that fantastic of a place. For vampires, maybe. I dunno if I’d be happy to camp out there for an extended period of time, especially as a half-vampire where I could go around in the sun if I wanted. But hey, if that’s what we’re fighting for…that and a bunch of tradition-happy vampires…then I guess it’s as good as any because it’s all we’ve got.

I think Harkat is probably my favorite. He’s hard to figure. First of all, he’s dead. He’s a solidified ghost with no memories. He’s a servant of Mr. Tiny, but he’s not malicious or anything. He often acts like he cares for Darren, even saving his life a few times, but sometimes his motives are selfish­—like just needing him alive to find out who he was in life. But is that really it? I think he does care for Darren. Darren was always nice to him and treats him like a friend. I think that’s awesome. Plus Harkat has really neat abilities, sometimes even surpassing those of vampires. I think something happens to him, but I can’t remember what. I feel like it might be like with Evra though. It’ll be sad, but it’ll feel right. We’ll see. My memory fails.

Well, things get complicated in this book. Super complicated. Are the traitors really traitors? Well duh, but what are their motives? Are the vampires being stupid in sticking to their traditions? How many lives are they losing because of it? Is it fair to kill so many Vampaneze? Death certainly doesn’t feel good, no matter the context. It feels horrible.

And that plot twist at the end, man! Even though I’ve read this before, I still didn’t expect it. I expected it to be someone else. Quite astonishing! Geez, what’s gonna happen next? The hands of fate keep time on a heart-shaped watch…

 reaction upon finishing

Ah man! What what?

this book in one word


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.

Overall: five-stars


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