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Cirque du Freak: Lord of the Shadows

on November 4, 2012

Cirque du Freak: Lord of the Shadows

Cirque du Freak: Lord of the Shadows is the eleventh book in the twelve book long Cirque du Freak series by Darren Shan. It is also the second book in the Vampire Destiny series.

Alright, so remember that one plot point in which the big bad guy, The Lord of the Shadows, is either going to be Darren Shan or his counterpart, Steve Leopard? Good, Because that becomes really important in this book.

So, after the events of Lake of Souls Darren and Harkat go back to the Cirque du Freak and travel with them until they figured out what to do next. (Please don’t ask me why they’re not actively looking for the Vampaneze Lord. I don’t know why either.) Eventually, the Cirque goes back to Darren’s hometown, which causes Darren to reminisce about his life before he became a vampire. He goes back to his old home, to find that his parents had moved out a few years ago, but his sister, Annie, still lives there with her son. It’s important to note that she never got married and no one (or, at least accordingly to the neighbor Darren talks to) knows who the father is. Interesting.

Though Darren thinks about talking to Annie, he decides not to since it would raise too many questions and would bring back many distasteful memories.

It’s interesting to note that Darren is becoming before more and more the brooding, sad vampire archetype that usually comes about in modern culture. Granted, he’s not a full on Edward, but still. It’s evident here that Darren has grown a lot since A Living Nightmare.

Darren then returns to the Cirque du Freak. The next day, Darren and Harkat sees some little, creepy boy spying on them. And since having children explore the Cirque du Freak has always gone well before, they decide to give the kid, whose name is Darius, a tour of the Cirque.

And man, is this kid creepy. During this whole scene, he keeps a weird distance between everyone. If you compare this with how much awe Sam Grest had for the Cirque way back in The Vampire’s Assistant, it’s a little weird.

Despite Darius’s weirdness, Darren gives him a ticket for that night’s show. Except… he doesn’t show up. However, one of Darren’s old friends from before he became a half-vampire, Tommy Jones does.


This book operated like most second books in a trilogy do, by expanding the universe and setting things up for the third book, but man did it set things up. Everything in this book sets up for a giant battle between Darren and Steve, who is actually around this entire time messing with Darren. Which is probably for the best because it became clear that Darren wasn’t going to look for him.



Rating: 8 out of 10.


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