Vampire Mountain by Darren Shan

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This week for the Fiction Friday feature, I am reviewing the young adult horror novel, Vampire Mountain by Darren Shan. This novel was published in 2001 by HarperCollins and has a page count of 195 pages. This is the fourth book in the Cirque du Freak series. The audiobook is 4 hours & 13 minutes in length and read by Ralph Lister. The following overview is provided from the B&N pages: In this fourth book in the series, Darren Shan and Mr. Crepsley embark on a dangerous trek to the very heart of the vampire world. But they face more than the cold on Vampire Mountain? The vampaneze have been there before them. Will a meeting with the Vampire Princes restore Darrren’s human side, or turn him further toward the darkness? Only one thing is certain? Darren’s initiation into the vampire clan is more deadly than he can ever have imagined.

Unlike the previous novels in the series, this one does not include a lot of action or movement. You can tell while reading this novel it is laying the groundwork for something that is to come. I have loved the world-building of this series, these vampires while similar to the lore that we have all heard have unique rules that only happen within this world. I really enjoyed learning more about the structure of the vampires and their politics. I look forward to where the series is going because even with a title like this that lacks in action or movement, you can feel the tension of the story building. I highly recommend this book to YA fans or those that enjoy horror/fantasy of all ages.

I give this novel 4 out of 5 stars.

Tomorrow for the Missing Person Saturday feature, I am highlighting the missing person’s case of Joshua Tate. Next week for the Fiction Friday feature, I am reviewing the young adult war adventure novel, The Ballard of Songbirds and Snakes by Susan Collins. Until then keep reading on; Nerd out!

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