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Cirque du Freak books 4,5,6

Author: Darren Shan

Genre: fantasy, paranormal

Age: Upper MG

POV: 1st person


Book 4: Vampire Mountain 


Summary: Eight years has pass, Mr. Crepsly and Darren are going to Vampire Mountain to be presented in front of the vampire council.  Along the way they find traces of Vampaneze. 

Review: This book feels like part one. It starts with a mystery and built up of tension and then the ending is a to be a continuation of the plot. A course this is a series, but it has a plot that does not get resolve like the previous books. Which is fine if they're going to continue the rest of the series.

While they're not much of a climaxed story, you do get to learn more about the vampire culture and meet some new characters. The exchange of dialogue is good with some humor that adds to each character's dynamic.

The writing took a bit of a downturn. The story is told in the first narrative all through Darren. After he asks about something, he announces his thoughts in brackets of ‘I find out later this and this’. When giving information give it when it is later instead of saying ‘later I find out…’ It more telling than showing. I hope this doesn’t continue.

Points: 

Characters: 5/5

Plot: 4/5 – This book feels like it only half a story. 

Writing: 4/5

Total: 13/20



Book 5: Trails of Death




Summary: The trials: seventeen ways to die unless the luck of the vampire is with you. Darren Shan must pass five fearsome trials to prove himself to the vampire clan - or else face the stakes of the Hall of Death. But Vampire Mountain holds hidden threats. Sinister, potent forces are gathering in the darkness. In this nightmarish world of bloodshed and betrayal, death may be a blessing.

Review:
It is an improvement from the previous book. The setting is still at Vampire mountain and, it a continuation of a bigger plot, not to mention there a cliffhanger. The writing is back to what it once was.

The trails Darren has to go through are hard and, it shows. I know he going to make it through each one, but not without consequence, keeping the story well grounded. The believability be ruin if Darren got away from scratch free.

I like Karda as a character. He has the mind of a scholar, prefers to talk things out peacefully rather than fight. Only when provoke does he fight in defenses and does so quite well.

In the end, Karda's motives become questionable and backstabbing. I felt Darren's anger towards him.

Points: 

Characters: 5/5

Writing: 5/5

Plot: 5/5

Total: 15/20

Book 6: The Vampire Prince



Summary: 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, or is this the end of thousands of years of vampire rule? Darren's initiation on Vampire Mountain draws to a stunning, bloody conclusion

Review: 
The first half has little action and more walking around and talking. When the action picks up in the second half, Darren is written well enough. Everything he thinks and does seems natural. Even those Darren warn the Vampires and hatch a plan against the Vampaneze. He still has to be put on trial for what happened in the previous book. They could of bend the laws instead of turn Darren into a prince. I didn’t like that at all.

Points:

Characters: 5/5

Writing: 5/5


Plot: 5/5

Total: 15/20

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