Hunters of the Dusk: Cirque Du Freak
Little, Brown & Co., 2004 (2004)
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
unters of the Dusk
is the seventh episode in the saga of
boy turned half-vampire
Darren Shan. In fact it's the first of a
trilogy that continues this fall in
Allies of the Night
. The bad news is that this episode doesn't answer the many questions that have accumulated in previous ones. The good news - Darren, his mentor/father figure Mr. Crepsley and his strange, blue-robed '
' friend Harkat Mulds get a change of scene from Vampire Mountain.
hough he's still only a half-vampire, a combination of circumstances have made Darren a Vampire Prince and, as such, he's spent the six years since his last adventure helping to coordinate the war against the purple-skinned vampaneze. The vampire forces have learned that the Lord of the Vampanese has arisen and begun to recruit an army of '
' (human helpers) to his cause. And Harkat has begun to dream of dragons, a prelude to unlocking the barrier to his past.
he dreaded Desmond Tiny travels to Vampire Mountain and makes his usual dire predictions - about
, naturally. This time they send Darren and Mr. Crepsley on quest to hunt the Vampaneze Lord before he can be blooded and become invincible. Harkat accompanies them, and new characters are entangled in the hunt - the wild Vampire Prince Vancha March, and the mysterious, powerful (also short, hairy and ugly) Lady Evanna with her escort of frogs (whatever you do, don't call her a witch!)
arren begins to go through '
', there are the usual gory encounters with the enemy, and the hunters renew friendships with the strange fellowship of Cirque du Freak. Darren and company learn that they will have four chances to make an end of the Vampaneze Lord.
Hunters of the Dusk
ends after the first encounter, as our heroes surrender themselves to '
the forces of destiny and future terrors of the night
' - more horrific fare for fervid Shan fans!
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