Cirque Du Freak #2: The Vampire's Assistant
The Vampire's Assistant is the second instalment in the saga of Darren Shan, which began with Cirque du Freak. Then, Darren made the difficult decision to become a half-vampire to save his best mate Steve Leopard's life. Now, he must leave his friends and family behind as he travels cross-country... show more
The Vampire's Assistant is the second instalment in the saga of Darren Shan, which began with Cirque du Freak. Then, Darren made the difficult decision to become a half-vampire to save his best mate Steve Leopard's life. Now, he must leave his friends and family behind as he travels cross-country with the vampire Mr Crepsley and the Cirque du Freak. Early on, Darren dispels the vampire myth in his typically facetious fashion:Crosses and holy water didn't hurt us. All garlic did was give us bad breath ... A stake through the heart would kill us, of course, but so would a bullet or a knife or electricity ... We were tougher to kill than normal people, but we weren't indestructible. However, despite Darren's seeming flippancy, The Vampire's Assistant is not for the squeamish or faint-hearted. How long can Darren go before he must drink human blood? How safe are Darren's new-found friends? Why don't the mysterious, blue-hooded dwarves speak or cry out in pain? And does their master Mr Des Tiny really feed on little children? No one is safe in this gruesome, macabre tale--more a who's-going-to-do-what than a who-dunnit: And then the red monster was on him. Stanley opened his mouth to scream, but before he could, the monster's hands--claws?--clamped over his mouth. There was a brief struggle, then Stanley was sliding to the floor, unconscious, unseeing, unknowing. Familiar characters include Mr Tall, the wolf-man and Evra, the snake boy, who are more fleshed out in this follow-up. New characters include Darren's new mate Sam and R G (Reggie Veggie), an ecowarrior. If book one whet your appetite, then The Vampire's Assistant will certainly leave you hungry for more. Watch out for the next fang-tastic sequel. --Nicola Perry
Format: mass market paperback
Publish date: April 1st 2004
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Pages no: 256
Edition language: English
Series: The Saga of Darren Shan 0 (#2)
I remember now why this series stuck with me for the last 11 years. The great thing about Darren Shan is that everything leads up to something. Nothing is left to chance and nothing is ever meaningless. Throughout the book there were so many clues about what was going to happen and even outright fo...
Even better than Cirque Du Freak. I LOVE this series. The second one in is darker and more violent than the first, but it's so intelligently and compellingly written that I'd still be absolutely chuffed to bits to find my son reading this when he's a few years older, violence and all. Darren's co...
EDIT So I just finished watching The Vampire's Assistant the film... I'm kind of disappointed. The film was completely different — the film was a mixture of both A Living Nightmare and this; the first 30 minutes of it stuck with book one. Unfortunately, it did not continue with the plot and started ...
Spannend geht die Serie weiter!Darren schließt sich dem wilden Haufen des Mitternachtszirkus an. Als Assistent von Mr. Crepsley, einem Vampir, erlebt er verrückte Abenteuer – aber hat auch ein Problem: Durst, großen Durst. Denn aus dem ganz normalen Jungen ist ein Halbvampir geworden ..Er versucht d...
I do not know if the original books have the campiness that the movie and the manga have. This makes it more enjoyable and the images fun. Characters are likable and relate-able. The fact that Darren Shan named the character that is a vampire after himself is just awesome. I knew what was going to h...