Tunnels of Blood by Darren Shan

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This week for the Fiction Friday feature, I am reviewing the young adult horror novel, Tunnels of Blood by Darren Shan. This novel was published in November 2000 by HarperCollins and has a page count of 192 pages. This is the third book in the Cirque du Freak series. The audiobook is 4 hours and 45 minutes in length and read by Ralph Lister. The following overview is provided from the B&N page: Darren, the vampire’s assistant, gets a taste of the city when he leaves the Cirque Du Freak with Evra the snake-boy and Mr. Crepsley. When corpses are discovered – corpses drained of blood – Darren and Evra are compelled to hunt down whatever foul creature is committing such horrendous acts. Meanwhile, beneath the streets, evil stalks Darren and Evra, and all clues point to Mr. Crepsley. Can they escape, or are they doomed to perish in the tunnels of blood?

I liked that this book gave us a look at how vampires function in this world. It was also interesting to see the dynamics between the characters now that they were away from the cirque. My favorite thing has to be how trust is approached in this novel. The conversation between Darren and Larten was long overdue. The induction of a new conflict was well done. It will be interesting to see how this conflict will affect the story going forward. The test of loyalty for Darren was rough but the compassion that Larten has from him is needed. The book examines the relationship between Darren and Larten as well as how circumstances influence that relationship. I highly recommend this series so far to fans of young adult horror. I will say though that this book is more violent and gore-filled than the previous two novels.

I give this novel 4 out of 5.

Tomorrow for the Missing Person Saturday feature, I am highlighting the missing person’s case of Christopher James Billie. Next week for the Fiction Friday feature, I am reviewing the gothic fiction novel, Catherine House by Elisabeth Thomas. Until then keep reading on; Nerd out!

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  1. If you’re going to continue this series (which I highly recommend!!) make sure to avoid spoilers!

    The issue of trust and betrayal comes up **a lot** from now on. I mean, we’ve already seen one person who feels betrayed…

    Books 4-6 are basically one longer book in 3 parts, and they’re… one of my favorite books ever. If you read all 12, it’s totally worth it to go back and read 4-6 with the knowledge of what comes later.

    I was actually re-reading this one today (because I’m writing a fanfic and I wanted to compare some details with what happens in a later book) but I didn’t think to compare the trust issues here to what happens later. Thanks for pointing that out, now I’m going to look for that.

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