The Saga of Darren Shan: The Vampire's Assistant

“Once I was an ordinary boy, but the Cirque Du Freak changed all that. Now I’m a vampire’s assistant. By day I help out in camp, by night I’m part of the act. Even though I hate it, I’ll have to drink blood to survive. If I don’t, Mr Crepsley says I’ll die…”

Darren has become a vampire – and a member of the Cirque Du Freak. But what does the future hold for him? Will he learn to enjoy performing as the youngest half-vampire in existence? And how long can he go on refusing to drink blood?

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  • this book is great scary but with lots of action.

    7 March 2013

  • Not for the fainthearted Personally I found it the best and bloodiest of the lot! An excellent book, scary, so much adventure, twists and turns and a whole chunk of suspense! wow!

    6 March 2012

  • as the first one this book wasbeyond awesome! i absolutely loved it, and again i wouldn’t suggest it to the faint hearted!

    27 February 2011

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    Darren Shan

    Darren Shan is a master of fear. Terror flows like blood from his pen. Creating horror is what he lives for, and nightmares are his speciality… One of the top horror writers in the UK today, with both adult and children’s titles to his name, Darren’s books are often to be found at the top of bestseller lists!


    Darren Shan’s awards include the Wyoming Soaring Eagle award for Cirque du Freak, and the Redbridge Teenage Book Award for Lord Loss.

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