Sons of Destiny: Cirque Du Freak #12
Little, Brown & Co., 2006 (2006)
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
ons of Destiny
is the twelfth - and last - of the
Cirque Du Freak
series, whose narrator, Darren Shan has evolved from ordinary boy to Vampire Prince fighting for the fate of the world against his childhood best friend and adult nemesis, the evil Vampaneze Lord, Steve Leopard.
his episode begins as our young hero declines to kill his shocked nephew (Steve's son) Darius, after Steve murders someone dear to him. In fact, Darren takes Darius back to his mother and explains why they're both still alive to his sister Annie. With no chance to rest - and still undergoing the debilitating
- Darren must confront his enemy and Steve's vampaneze at the Cirque, where his friends - and his girlfriend Debbie Hemlock - are all trapped.
fter a great deal of violence, Darren and Vancha face off against Steve and Vancha's brother Gannen Harst, after which Darren is left, weak and badly wounded, to his final encounter with Steve. Mr. Tiny has ordained that whichever of the pair survives will become the monstrous
Lord of Shadows
and destroy humanity. As Mr. Tiny reveals shocking secrets, Darren desperately seeks an alternative to this dark destiny - and, of course, he finds one.
ll this happens in the first half of the book, and if it had ended there, it would have seemed a fitting conclusion to the series. But the story continues through a revival from the Lake of Souls to a final task back at the beginning of the series - and a chance to foil Mr. Tiny's Macchiavellian machinations. Though it's cleverly (perhaps too cleverly) plotted, it became way too much
deus ex machina
for my taste (and my son's) - but read it yourself and form your own conclusion.
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