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Cirque du Freak: Killers of the Dawn by Darren Shan

on October 3, 2012

Cirque du Freak: Killers of the Dawn by Darren Shan

Cirque du Freak: Killers of the Dawn by Darren Shan is the ninth book in the twelve book long series by Darren Shan. It is also the third book in the Vampire War series.

The last book ended with Steve leading our heroes into a trap and him revealing that he is a half-vampaneze. Surprising, right?

Anyway, the Vampaneze Lord, RV (who was the hook-handed vampaneze), and the other vampaneze are holding Debbie Hemlock hostage. They demanded that Darren and the other hunters to leave, or they’ll kill her. In response, Darren and the hunters take Steve and a vampet…

No. That’s a vamplet.

Oh, yeah, the vampets are basically human servants of the vampaneze. The vampaneze can’t use guns and other modern weaponry (because of tradition, blah blah blah), but the vampets totally can, which gives the vampaneze an edge over the vampires.

Anyway, Darren and the hunters take Steve and a vampet hostage and escape into the sewers, chased after by the hordes of vampaneze that had invaded the city. Eventually, they get to a safe haven and we find out how crazy Steve is.

This is called sublety.

Answer: Pretty crazy.

While our heroes were trying to regroup, a full squadron of police men arrive at the hotel they were staying at, demanding they come out with their hands up and all that. Apparently, some vampet had called the police and framed the hunters for the murders that had been happening in the city (They were caused by the vampaneze, and were the reason the hunters had come back to the city in the first place).

So at this point, not only do our heroes have a legion of vampaneze after them, they also have the city’s police force. All of this, by Chapter Three.



The thing about this book is that it’s kind of a slow burn. The beginning is pretty slow, but when it got going, it got going really fast.

The final battle scene is very intense. To be honest, so far it was one of the few times in the series in which I felt honest-to-God afraid for the safety for the characters. Essentially, it was the climax that the past two books has been building to, and it was pretty epic.

If there was anything part of the book that I didn’t like, it was the portrayal of the police force. When I was reading the scene where Darren and the hunters were cornered by the police, all I could think was that they should not act the way they did. Granted, pretty much all I know about how hostage situations are handled come from me watching the hundreds of cop shows on TV, but still, I just feel that there should be some hostage negotiation going on, not COME OUT WITH YOUR HANDS UP OR WE WILL SHOOT YOU IN THE FACE, YOU MURDERING SCUM. I’m paraphrasing there, but that’s what it sounded like.

All in all, it was a pretty solid, and dare I say… pretty good book.

Rating: 8 out of 10.


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