The Vampire Prince by Darren Shan

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This week for the Fiction Friday feature, I am reviewing the young adult horror novel, The Vampire Prince by Darren Shan. This novel was published in 2002 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers and has a page count of 196 pages. This is the 6th book in the Cirque du Freak series. The audiobook is 4 hours & 33 minutes in length and read by Ralph Lister. The following overview is provided from the B&N pages: Branded a traitor, betrayed by a friend, hunted by the vampire clan—Darren Shan, the Vampire’s Assistant, faces certain death. Can Darren reverse the odds and outwit a Vampire Prince? Darren’s initiation on Vampire Mountain draws to a stunning, bloody conclusion-but the Saga continues…

This is a fantastic novel. It’s my favorite one of the whole series at the moment. I think this is the novel where Darren steps up to the plate. He goes from being a passive player in the story to an active one. He must make decisions that have the most severe consequences yet of the series. Darren really takes charge of his life at this point. He walks the walk and talks the talk. I enjoy how loyalty is used in this novel. It is not demanded of any of the characters, but they freely give it. All the world-building and character development that has happened previously really pays off in this one. With every twist and every turn, the next step a character takes fits with who they have been since you met them. This is a fantastic novel for readers of all ages. If you’re a horror or fantasy fan, I highly recommend reading this series just to read this book.

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 Marquita Rochelle Jackson. Next week for the Fiction Friday feature, I am reviewing the young adult dark fantasy novel, Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody. Until then keep reading on; Nerd out!

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