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Cirque du Freak: The Vampire Prince by Darren Shan

on August 27, 2012

Eh. This book happened.Cirque du Freak: The Vampire Prince by Darren Shan

Cirque du Freak: The Vampire Prince by Darren Shan is the sixth book in the Cirque du Freak series. It is also the third and final book in the Vampire Rites Trilogy.

Howling to the moon.

Hope y’all like wolves.

Ok, so the last book ended with Darren falling into a giant river to escape Kurda Smahlt and his vampaneze cohorts because it turns out Kurda Smahlt, a renowned vampire who was chosen to be coroneted as the next Vampire Prince, is a no-good-stupid-head-traitor-face-who-betrays-people.

So, Darren is washed down the river along with several dead vampires that Benedict Smahlt and his vampaneze cohorts killed, including the body of Gavner Purl, who was a good friend of Darren’s. Eventually,  he washes up to the shore, but is exhausted and injured from the journey.  Luckily, he runs into the pack of wolves he befriended back in Vampire Mountain, The wolves nurse him back to health.

Into the night.

This part is very Julie of the Wolves.

Even though he would be facing execution if he came back to Vampire Mountain, Darren still wants to warn the other vampires about Kurda Smahlt’s betrayal. And so, with the help of some wolves, Darren begins the journey up the mountain.

Wolves are majestic creatures.

Once there, Darren does his best to warn the Vampire Princes before Kurda Smahlt gets coroneted and is able to give the vampaneze access to a powerful vampire artifact and can destroy the clan.

I think the main thing that bothered me about this book and the last two was the fact that these three installments of the series could have easily been one longer book. I still like the series, I just think that, as a whole, the first series is a whole lot better than this one.

One thing I noticed when reading this installment is that Darren Shan has a.., weird way of writing scenes dealing with grief. Oh, and just to warn you, this book’s got a whole lot of killing in it.

Something to note in this series is that when this author writes scenes dealing with grief, they’re always really loud. The characters don’t have quiet moments of grief, they howl to the heavens about the horrors of war. It’s rather shallow.

The ending of this book was totally a Dues x Machina. And it wasn’t one that only seemingly comes out of nowhere, but makes since when you think about it. No. It’s one that actually comes out of nowhere and hurts the entire series with its stupidity. I was very annoyed with that scene. Just… no.


I will give the book this though: Kurda’s execution scene was awesome. Kurda was all-around a cool character and I felt genuinely saddened by his death. The entire scene was mournful and his execution was bittersweet. With this character, more gray areas are being placed in the story, and it’s something I’m ecstatic to see.

Also, Arra Sails died. 😦



Rating: 6 out of 10.


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