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Cirque du Freak: Sons of Destiny: Darren Shan (And My Overall Thoughts On the Series)

on November 5, 2012

Cirque du Freak: Sons of Destiny: Darren Shan

Cirque du Freak: Sons of Destiny is the twelfth and final book in the Cirque du Freak series by Darren Shan. It is also the third book in the Vampire Destiny trilogy.


You guys.

Wow. Just wow.

The  last book, Lord of the Shadows, ended with Steve Leonard revealing that Darius, the little creepy kid who turned out to be Steve’s son, was Darren’s nephew.

Also, Steve had blooded him, so he’s half-vampaneze.

And there was this moment. THIS MOMENT when Darren was going to straight-up kill Darius, but then, the PLOT TWIST happened, so now he’s confused and scared because Evanna told him that he was going to become a monster if he became the Lord of the Shadows.

Darren explains who Steve Leonard really is to Darius, who immediately switches sides. Like, immediately. Which I thought was kind of weird, considering Steve is his father and he was brain-washed to think that Darren was evil.  I just think it would take a little more than “Guess, what? Your dad’s evil!” to change his mind.

Oh, and we get this little tidbit: apparently since Darius has vampaneze blood, whenever he feeds from someone, he’ll automatically kill them.

Really? That’s just a part of their genetic make-up? There’s no way that Darius can learn to moderate his hunger? Really?


So, Darren and Harkat decide to tell Annie what happened to her son. Meaning, they have to tell her about the vampires and the vampaneze. Also, her brother that she thought was dead is actually a vampire who only looks a little bit older than he did when he “died”. She takes it reasonably well. And by that, I mean she faints.

So, since the vampaneze have no self-control, they decide that the best thing to do is to have Darren blood Darius so that he becomes a half-vampire. OK.  That’s cool.

Meanwhile, the members of the Cirque du Freak have been cornered in the abandoned soccer stadium, since the police think that one of them murdered Tommy Jones, Darren’s friend who was killed by Steve’s cronies in the last book.

Darren and Harkat go to the stadium to help the Cirque du Freak members. This leads to the final confrontation between Steve and Darren, the one that the series has been leading up to since the very beginning.

And were not even half way through the book.


I’m sure your probably wondering: what could possibly come after this?

The answer is: Thoughts on destiny and whether or not someone can avoid theirs. What happens after someone dies. What makes a person good or evil. Oh, and a giant plot twist.

Something that I always thought was interesting is that a common trend in a lot of modern literature is that authors love books. I know, that sounds really obvious. But seriously, can anyone name any work of literature in which the good guy thought reading was stupid AND didn’t learn his lesson later about how awesome books are later in the story?

Another trend is that the bad guys hate books, and this series is no exception. Mr. Tiny, who SPOILER: does become the big bad of the series, thinks that reading works of fiction is a waste of time. Darren uses this to his advantage, and even sets up the way that the whole “based on a true story” still applies, despite the events that happened earlier in the book.

All in all, this was a great ending for a pretty solid series.


Rating: 8 out of 10.


The Cirque du Freak Series: My Overall Thoughts:

Cirque du Freak reminds me of those cheesy Syfy originally movies.  The ones that are usually either so-bad-they’re-good or turn out to be hidden gems, but either way, they are generally entertaining. Overall it was fun, spooky, entertaining, and overall a relatively well-done series.

Though I will admit, Darren kind of annoyed me at first, he did grow on me. At first, I had to keep in mind that the series was meant for people younger than I am, but this ceased to be a problem later on in the series.  In fact, many of my original problems with this character vanished as Darren got older.

Though, it wasn’t absolutely terrible, I have to admit that the second trilogy, which includes Vampire Mountain, Trials of Death, and The Vampire Prince weren’t as entertaining as the rest of the series, especially Vampire Mountain.  Unfortunitly, when talking to some people I know that were familiar with the series, I found that the second trilogy pretty much ruined the series for them. However, I greatly recommend continuing on with the rest of the series, if only to read the ending.

All in all, I would recommend this series to most anyone who wants a different kind of vampire story.


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