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The Vampire's Assistant
by Darren Shan (more about Darren Shan) 1434/384 first published 2000
Horror & Ghosts for ages 9 to 14 published by Collins
Mrs Mad's humble opinion
9/10 Very good. I am pleased with this.
What's it about?
Darren's new life starts in the Cirque du Freak, he makes friends with a Snake Boy and two ordinary humans, but he is still refusing to drink blood. How long can he resist the temptation?
What happens?
Back at the Cirque du Freak, Darren begins to enjoy life making some friends and training as the vampire's assistant. He is still refusing to drink blood and is slowly getting weaker and even when Mr Crepsley tries to force him to drink he manages to stop him. He makes two new friends who are not part of the Freak show, a little boy called Sam, who is fascinated by the show and an eco- warrior called RV. RV is concerned by the treatment of some of the animals in the show and frees the wolfman from his cage, nobody can imagine the awful happenings that will follow!
Is it easy to read?
Easily read, good choice for boys who are finding it difficult to choose, girls will also like it.
Anything else?
This is a sad book so be prepared, it is wonderfully descriptive of the lives of the Cirque folk and Darren finds a new friend which is great, but disaster is lurking around the corner in an unlikely form. I was pleased to see that Shan was prepared to keep putting sadness in his books, too often adults think children shouldn't read about bad things happening but that seems to be changing in writers now. Well done Shan.
Other books by Darren Shan include Cirque du Freak, The Trials of Death, Tunnels of Blood, Vampire Mountain, Vampire Rites Trilogy.
Who says so?
This review by Mrs Mad.
The publisher reckons...
THE SAGA OF DARREN SHAN BOOK 1 Darren goes to a banned freak show with his best mate Steve. It's the wonderfully gothic Cirque du Freak where weird, frightening half human/half animals appear who interact terrifyingly with the audience. Darren - a spider freak - 'falls in love' with Madam Octa - an enormous tarantula owned by the circus proprietor. Darren determines to steal the spider so that he can train it to perform amazing deeds. But his daring theft goes horrible wrong. The spider bites... read more
And what do you think?
its a great book
Travis Salmon, Hillel Acadey,Jamaica
This story is cool. It is about vampires so you can tell it is great.
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