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Publisher Description

From the Master of Horror comes the first gripping book in the twelve book New York Times bestselling Saga of Darren Shan. Start the tale from the beginning in the book that inspired the feature film The Vampire's Assistant and petrified devoted fans worldwide.
A young boy named Darren Shan and his best friend, Steve, get tickets to the Cirque Du Freak, a wonderfully gothic freak show featuring weird, frightening half human/half animals who interact terrifyingly with the audience. In the midst of the excitement, true terror raises its head when Steve recognizes that one of the performers-- Mr. Crepsley-- is a vampire!

Stever remains after the show finishes to confront the vampire-- but his motives are surprising! In the shadows of a crumbling theater, a horrified Darren eavesdrops on his friend and the vampire, and is witness to a monstrous, disturbing plea. As if by destiny, Darren is pulled to Mr. Crepsley and what follows is his horrifying descent into the dark and bloody world of vampires.

This is the beginning of Darren's story.

Young Adult
August 1
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Grades 7-17

Customer Reviews

✭Devon✭ ,

Best series ever!

I hated reading when I was younger, but after reading this series, I LOVE reading books all the time! I recommend for any age!

Jellyroll9 ,


The movie was boring, but the book is so great! Some parts of the series were horribly depressing, but the end always left me hungry for more.

Shnipey ,

Simply incredible

Best book saga ever!!!!!! You must read this heart stoping saga. It will have you biting your nails saying no no it can't be,jumping up and down saying yes yes!!!! And possibly crying. So many twists and turns ups and down you will never get bored. Trust me you won't be able to put these books down. Wonderful ending in Sons of Destiny that will make you cry(but in a good way) you have to read them all. I would recommend them to everyone.

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