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Vampire Blood Trilogy (Cirque Du Freak, The Vampire's Assistant, Tunnels… (original 2000; edition 2003)

by Darren Shan

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The nightmare begins... Vampire Blood trilogy comprising: Cirque Du Freak, The Vampire's Assistant and Tunnels of Blood. Join Darren Shan's descent into the darkness. CIRQUE DU FREAK Darren goes to a banned freak show with his best mate Steve. It's the wonderfully gothic Cirque Du Freak where weird, frightening half human/half animals appear who interact terrifyingly with the audience. After he sees the amazing performing spider, Madam Octa, Darren is determined to steal her. But his daring theft goes horribly wrong. The spider bites Steve and Darren has to sell his soul to an evil vampire to get the antidote. THE VAMPIRE'S ASSISTANT Darren joins the vampire, Mr Crepsley, as his assistant and they return to the Cirque Du Freak. There, Darren makes friends with the snake-boy, Evra Von (who knows what Darren is) and a local boy, Sam, and RV, an eco-warrior and animal lover (who do not). Darren begins to enjoy his life among the Cirque performers as the youngest half-vampire in existence, but he defiantly refuses to drink human blood - the whole idea sickens him - and he tries desperately to cling on to the part of him which is human. TUNNELS OF BLOOD When Mr Crepsley is called upon by the Vampire Generals, Darren and the snake-boy, Evra Von, leave the Cirque Du Freak and travel with him to the city. Whilst there, Darren meets Debbie and his life as a Vampire's Assistant fades into the background - until corpes are found. Corpses drained of blood... Suspicious of Mr Crepsley's secretive bahaviour, Darren and Evra shadow him across the city and confront a creature of the night who may be the end of them all... e youngest half-vampire in existence, but he defiantly refuses to drink human blood - the whole idea sickens him - and he tries desperately to cling on to the part of him which is human. TUNNELS OF BLOOD When Mr Crepsley is called upon by the Vampire Generals, Darren and the snake-boy, Evra Von, leave the Cirque Du Freak and travel with him to the city. Whilst there, Darren meets Debbie and his life as a Vampire's Assistant fades into the background - until corpes are found. Corpses drained of blood... Suspicious of Mr Crepsley's secretive bahaviour, Darren and Evra shadow him across the city and confront a creature of the night who may be the end of them all...… (more)
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Title:Vampire Blood Trilogy (Cirque Du Freak, The Vampire's Assistant, Tunnels of Blood)
Authors:Darren Shan
Info:Collins (2003), Paperback, 512 pages
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El circo de los extranos / Cirque Du Freak: El Circo De Los Extranos & El Aprendiz De Vampiro & Tuneles De Sangre / Cirque Du Freak & the Vampire's Assistant & Tunnels of Blood (Spanish Edition) ( )
  Keyboon | Jan 7, 2014 |
The first three novels of the Darren Shan Saga. Interesting, different from many other vampire series I've read. Unlike other vampire/supernatural series this one is obviously geared towards boys.

The three stories are interesting, although the somewhat open endings and lack of explanation in the next novel is a bit annoying.

I found the style of storytelling annoying, although it does get better after the first novel. It makes the main character, Darren Shan, appear egoistical and self-centered. Although this is probably deliberate it is irritating. ( )
  Rumpeltje | Sep 22, 2013 |
Darren Shan books 01-03: 3 stars overall. ( )
  slayra | Sep 21, 2013 |
I was hooked into this book, I read it in class, at lunch any chance I got. It is one of a saga of 12 books, set around the live of Darren Shan. He becomes a vampire and meets a group circus people 'circa de freak' who befriend him. This book is 3 episodes rolled into one.
It is a good story, it has adventure, supernatural, friendships, romance, and problems to solve.
I would recommend this book to people who enjoy reading, it is along book as it is 3 stories in one. It is available in the Parnell Intermediate reading area of our school library. By Lewis Huysman, ( )
  Suesroom | Jun 12, 2012 |
Vampire Blood is the first instalment of the Saga of Darren Shan including books 1, 2 & 3.
As with the rest of the Saga of Darren Shan these books are written for children but enjoyable for adults in the same way that Harry Potter is and like Harry Potter the early books are written in a simpler and more childlike way and become gradually more adult as they progress.
I love the Vampire Blood trilogy. The stories are fun and engaging and the characters easy to fall in love with. At the beginning you meet the main character, a normal 12 year old boy called Darren Shan who is destined to become a half-vampire and the assistant to the grumpy and demanding, but kind and honourable vampire called Larten Crepsley. At his side Darren will travel, make new friends, learn to be a vampire and suffer great losses. In these early books much of the story is light and enjoyable with only a slight edge of the darkness yet to come.
Vampire Blood is definitely a page turner that is hard to put down. The story will leave you eager to learn what happens next to Darren and Larten and before you know it you will be running to the book shop for the next instalment (Vampire Rates). ( )
  Amatheya81 | Mar 21, 2012 |
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This freakish show could never have gone public but for the efforts of my hard-working laboratory assistants: Biddy & Liam - 'The Gruesome Twosome', 'Diabolical' Domenica de Rosa, 'Growling' Gillie Russell, Emma 'The Exterminator' Schlesinger, and 'Lord of the Crimson Night' - Christopher Little.
Thanks are also due to my feasting companions: the Horrible Creatures of HarperCollins. And the ghoulish pupils of Askeaton Primary School (and others) who served as willing guinea pigs and braved nightmares to make this book as tight, dark and chilling as possible.
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This is 3 books in one volume - comprising Cirque Du Freak, The Vampire's Assistant and Tunnels of Blood.

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The nightmare begins... Vampire Blood trilogy comprising: Cirque Du Freak, The Vampire's Assistant and Tunnels of Blood. Join Darren Shan's descent into the darkness. CIRQUE DU FREAK Darren goes to a banned freak show with his best mate Steve. It's the wonderfully gothic Cirque Du Freak where weird, frightening half human/half animals appear who interact terrifyingly with the audience. After he sees the amazing performing spider, Madam Octa, Darren is determined to steal her. But his daring theft goes horribly wrong. The spider bites Steve and Darren has to sell his soul to an evil vampire to get the antidote. THE VAMPIRE'S ASSISTANT Darren joins the vampire, Mr Crepsley, as his assistant and they return to the Cirque Du Freak. There, Darren makes friends with the snake-boy, Evra Von (who knows what Darren is) and a local boy, Sam, and RV, an eco-warrior and animal lover (who do not). Darren begins to enjoy his life among the Cirque performers as the youngest half-vampire in existence, but he defiantly refuses to drink human blood - the whole idea sickens him - and he tries desperately to cling on to the part of him which is human. TUNNELS OF BLOOD When Mr Crepsley is called upon by the Vampire Generals, Darren and the snake-boy, Evra Von, leave the Cirque Du Freak and travel with him to the city. Whilst there, Darren meets Debbie and his life as a Vampire's Assistant fades into the background - until corpes are found. Corpses drained of blood... Suspicious of Mr Crepsley's secretive bahaviour, Darren and Evra shadow him across the city and confront a creature of the night who may be the end of them all... e youngest half-vampire in existence, but he defiantly refuses to drink human blood - the whole idea sickens him - and he tries desperately to cling on to the part of him which is human. TUNNELS OF BLOOD When Mr Crepsley is called upon by the Vampire Generals, Darren and the snake-boy, Evra Von, leave the Cirque Du Freak and travel with him to the city. Whilst there, Darren meets Debbie and his life as a Vampire's Assistant fades into the background - until corpes are found. Corpses drained of blood... Suspicious of Mr Crepsley's secretive bahaviour, Darren and Evra shadow him across the city and confront a creature of the night who may be the end of them all...

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Darren Shan is just an ordinary schoolboy who loves to ride bikes and hang out with his three best friends. Then one day Darren and his friends stumble across an invitation to visit the Cirque Du Freak, a strange and mysterious freak show. Almost as if by destiny, Darren wins a ticket and what follows is his horrifying descent into the dark and bloody world of vampires.

This is Darren's story.

New movie edition features the first three books--Cirque Du Freak, The Vampire's Assistant, and Tunnels of Blood-- bound up in one volume!
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