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Allies of the Night by Darren Shan
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I read this book in an evening, just couldn't put it down!
Darren, Mr Crepsley, Vancha and Harkat continue the hunt for the vampaneze lord. In this saga installment we meet again several characters from earlier in the saga, (I'd been wondering when one of them would turn up again). The Friends are back once again in Mr Crepsley's home town, innocent humans are being killed and bled dry, could this be a trap? if it is, who is steeing them up for a fall?

Once again the book is full of Nail bitting suspense, emotion, courage, plenty of twists and a real cliffhanger ending, ........... to be continued........ ( )
  Elphaba71 | Feb 6, 2011 |
Allies of the Night is the eighth book in Darren Shan's Cirque du Freak series. For 600 years, the vampires and their bloodthirsty cousins, the vampaneze, have had peace, but now that the Vampaneze Lord has risen, as prophesied, the war has begun. Darren, Vancha, Crepsley, and Harkat are doing everything they can to kill the Vampaneze Lord and prevent the destruction of both worlds. Their journey brings them back to Crepsley's hometown where once again a vampaneze is terrorizing the population.

Cirque du Freak entertains, a bit superficially, but still worth it. ( )
  EclecticEccentric | Jun 22, 2010 |
Another enjoyable book in the series. ( )
  gsmattingly | Feb 6, 2010 |
Darren and Mr. Crepsley along with the others continue their quest to find and destroy the prophesied Lord of the Vampaneze. However, this volume takes a brief stop from the overall arching plot and plays out story of it's own which seems unrelated to the main plot but by the end things have turned in a new direction. My summaries are becoming vaguer and vaguer as I read along as I don't want to reveal any spoilers. Best thing about this entry in the series is the arrival of several people from earlier books. I had a hunch that two of them would show up again and was glad to find out I was right. This is just as engaging as the others in the series. Mr. Shan keeps the series fresh with twists and surprises plus he strays far from the formulaic pattern that can sometimes make long fantasy series become less interesting as they progress. But not so for this one. Every time I finish a book, including this one, I am eager to read the next to see where Mr. Shan will take the story next. Time to go put Book 9 on hold at the library. ( )
  ElizaJane | Oct 9, 2008 |
Allies of the Night picks up right where Hunters of the Dusk left off. Mr. Crepsley, Darren, and Harkat are back on the road after their visit with the Cirque Du Freak and unexpected scuffle with the vampaneze. Vacha is heading back to Vampire Mountain to inform the Princes and Generals of their new information. But where to now? Well, since Mr. Tiny has told them they should "follow their heart", it is to Mr. Crepsley's home city, the very place where they defeated the mad vampaneze Murlough thirteen years earlier, that they return.

Once there, it's as if someone were expecting them... odd! Someone has enrolled Darren in school, and the school inspector who shows up at their hotel produces the school enrollment forms with the false names they've used to register at the hotel!! Obviously, someone has set them up, though they're not sure who. But if anything, they now realize this is definitely where they're supposed to be.

I enjoyed this book just as much as previous ones, perhaps even more so, because now, as certain events are coming to pass, it's making way for the final confrontation between the vampires and the vampaneze. ( )
  CheriePie69 | Jan 3, 2008 |
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Vampire prince and "vampaneze" killer Darren Shan faces his worst nightmare yet--school--but homework is the least of Darren's problems. Bodies are piling up. Time is running out, and the past is catching up with the hunters fast.

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Algebra class, two old friends, and a creature with deadly hands test Darren's determination as he travels to Mr. Crepsley's home town to search for the murderous vampaneze.

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