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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 ... 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 ...


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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 ... 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 ...

30 review for The Vampire Prince

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kyle

    At last a book in this series with a conclusion!!! I have to say this installment was 200+ pages of really great reading. I blew through it in no time at all. I really like Darren, his character is well written and I find myself very much relating to him. To be honest, I find myself reading the series primarily to see where things are going to go with this main character. This time the author did not disappoint. I think I would have rather read one book with 600 pages than this and the l At last a book in this series with a conclusion!!! I have to say this installment was 200+ pages of really great reading. I blew through it in no time at all. I really like Darren, his character is well written and I find myself very much relating to him. To be honest, I find myself reading the series primarily to see where things are going to go with this main character. This time the author did not disappoint. I think I would have rather read one book with 600 pages than this and the last two 200 page books in this series with cliffhangers but I don't control that. I think the 600 page book would have been a easy 5 star read. But oh well. So far, I think it's a great series for tweens and young teens. It's a quick easy read. They are entertaining. But the plot isn't complex enough to hold the interest of someone looking for something with some meat to it. To read my review of the other books in this series, use the links below: Book One: A Living Nightmare Book Two: The Vampire's Assistant Book Three: Tunnels of Blood Book Four: Vampire Mountain Book Five: Trials of Death Book Seven: Hunters of the Dusk

  2. 5 out of 5

    Rosaline (Rosaline's Rolls & Scrolls)

    Actual rating: 2.5 indifferent stars I first read The Vampire Prince years ago in middle school when I was obsessed with Darren Shan and his books. But I never finished the series due to many of my favorite characters dying. I don't remember much about those days, but I remember being scared and anxious reading this series. Rereading this book took me back to those years and my younger self. I no longer feel like the book is scary or has any nail biting, edge-of-your-seat quality. I even think i Actual rating: 2.5 indifferent stars I first read The Vampire Prince years ago in middle school when I was obsessed with Darren Shan and his books. But I never finished the series due to many of my favorite characters dying. I don't remember much about those days, but I remember being scared and anxious reading this series. Rereading this book took me back to those years and my younger self. I no longer feel like the book is scary or has any nail biting, edge-of-your-seat quality. I even think it's quite underwhelming. The writing wasn't special and I couldn't find anything endearing about the characters. I actually found the MC, Darren, to be kind of annoying and had I spent more time with him I would've hated him. But Young Rosaline would disagree with Boring Old Rosaline. She thought Darren Shan was pretty cool! And that this series was super scary! Either way, despite what my rating might suggest, this wasn't a bad book at all. And I'm sure the following books will get very exciting if I'm right about the Vampaneze Lord's identity (which I know I am ;D). But for me, at this point of my life, it just wasn't anything special.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Shannara

    Darren Shan!!! What just happened to you!!!! Awesomeness, that’s what!!! The drama and action in this installment what great!! There was not a dull moment to be seen. We did unfortunately lose a couple of my favorite characters, but even so, the plot was great. Darren grows so much in this one. Leaps and bounds really. I can hardly wait to see what he’s going to get into next! And who knew that vampires were so stubborn!! Anyway, I highly recommend this one!!! Such a great read. And having binge Darren Shan!!! What just happened to you!!!! Awesomeness, that’s what!!! The drama and action in this installment what great!! There was not a dull moment to be seen. We did unfortunately lose a couple of my favorite characters, but even so, the plot was great. Darren grows so much in this one. Leaps and bounds really. I can hardly wait to see what he’s going to get into next! And who knew that vampires were so stubborn!! Anyway, I highly recommend this one!!! Such a great read. And having binged the series so far on audiobook, I really recommend listening to Ralph Lister reading these. He does such a great job!! Welp, I’m off to read the next one!!! Just can’t help it!! 😄😄😄

  4. 4 out of 5

    Shawna (SugoiShawn/SugoiReads)

    This book was another great edition to the Cirque du Freak series. Though the plot and setting have gravitated really far from the original storyline, I still find this series to be just as interesting and well written. The characters have all changed for the better and I'm curious to see what the next story arc in this series will be about. This book in particular has a very well developed morally gray character and I applaud the author for creating this character. Similar to Snape in the Harry This book was another great edition to the Cirque du Freak series. Though the plot and setting have gravitated really far from the original storyline, I still find this series to be just as interesting and well written. The characters have all changed for the better and I'm curious to see what the next story arc in this series will be about. This book in particular has a very well developed morally gray character and I applaud the author for creating this character. Similar to Snape in the Harry Potter series, I find myself both despising and loving the character at the same time. I'm opting not to say which character it is in my review so that if anyone reading my review chooses to read this series, they will be shocked by which character I'm talking about. My only complaint about this book is that one of the five female characters was killed off and it was the only strong female character that was killed off. This book lacks females and especially admirable ones, so having the only powerful one being killed of is both disappointing and wrong.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Yosbe Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ

    All cool and exciting but... that ending was a little bit crazy and senseless. But he has to be "the one", right? All cool and exciting but... that ending was a little bit crazy and senseless. But he has to be "the one", right?

  6. 5 out of 5

    Victoria

    I couldn't stand the ending. Why why why did that person have to die?? Why not someone else? Gosh, I really admired that character, such a pity that he/she/it had to die. Kinda sucks... But overall the book was not too bad. The action was a little boring for me, but I liked seeing how Darren had an epiphany during it. He realised that vampaneze were just like them, they just had different beliefs. Yet, vampires would slaughter them, and take pride in it. That part of him made me see that he had r I couldn't stand the ending. Why why why did that person have to die?? Why not someone else? Gosh, I really admired that character, such a pity that he/she/it had to die. Kinda sucks... But overall the book was not too bad. The action was a little boring for me, but I liked seeing how Darren had an epiphany during it. He realised that vampaneze were just like them, they just had different beliefs. Yet, vampires would slaughter them, and take pride in it. That part of him made me see that he had really grown up and was no longer a kid, even though his outer appearance would be like one. The ending was really cool. I love Paris omg! He's so like a cute old man who's mischievous and all! Haha and Arrow was really funny when he was rubbing his bald head and said he had suddenly got an idea. I dunno, it just made me laugh.. Overall, it was a good book and the end threw me a little because I thought I had remembered that event as happening later in the series! But, overall, the ending was good. Gosh, I wish true love prevailed in this book, where the lovers would have a HEA... But what can I say? It's not a romance after all... Read it to know what I'm talking about!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Etienne

    First half what a bit of a deception for me, liking this series so much, I find that it had a lot of talking/planning/explaining and nothing was really happening. This change in the second half. Lot of action, we find those good old characters that we love and the ending!! Even if it start to slow for me, it was definitely a good read in an awesome series!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Marcy Reads on IG

    This book has been so Heart wrenching!!! But I absolutely loved the ending!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Miranda Reads

    THIS BOOK DOES NOT inch the plot by much Not that I really minded. After the intensity of the last few books, it was nice to see Darren taking time to smell the roses. We last left Darren (character, not writer) plunging into a raging river - facing near-death (yet again!) as his body is thrown against the rocks and he nearly drowns. He's rescued by a pack of wolves - the same ones he ran into a couple of books ago - and is helped by them to get back to Vampire mountain. I was a little annoyed by t THIS BOOK DOES NOT inch the plot by much Not that I really minded. After the intensity of the last few books, it was nice to see Darren taking time to smell the roses. We last left Darren (character, not writer) plunging into a raging river - facing near-death (yet again!) as his body is thrown against the rocks and he nearly drowns. He's rescued by a pack of wolves - the same ones he ran into a couple of books ago - and is helped by them to get back to Vampire mountain. I was a little annoyed by the way Darren Shan (author) treated the wolves - and that they become essential to the plot point - only for them to drop off the face of the earth. Lots of bonding and emotional build...that builds to ultimately nothing. I've noticed this is becoming a pattern. It almost feels like Darren Shan (writer) didn't know what to do with them (as with the other characters) once they fulfilled their role. Only one death swings back around to make sense at a latter date (which if you've read the series before - did any else catch it before the big reveal? I remember my mouth dropping when I read that bit in middle school!) Audiobook Comments Ralph Lister read this one - rather well done! YouTube | Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | Snapchat @miranda_reads

  10. 5 out of 5

    Domenic

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book is about a boy named Darren Shan. In the last book Darren fell into a river when he was betrayed by his friend Kurda Smahlt who was in league with the vampeneze "the vampires arch enemy" and kurda was planning an attack on the vampires . When he fell into the river he was carried down the river and washed up on the bank. When he tried to get up to go back to vampire mountain, he realized he was too weak from getting tossed around in the river and it was snowing outside. He saw two dark This book is about a boy named Darren Shan. In the last book Darren fell into a river when he was betrayed by his friend Kurda Smahlt who was in league with the vampeneze "the vampires arch enemy" and kurda was planning an attack on the vampires . When he fell into the river he was carried down the river and washed up on the bank. When he tried to get up to go back to vampire mountain, he realized he was too weak from getting tossed around in the river and it was snowing outside. He saw two dark figures coming out of the woods, it was his wolf friends. They carried him back to their camp where he rested a few days until he was stronger. When he regained strength he made the trek back to vampire mountain where Kurda Smahlt was about to become a prince but Darren stopped the ceremony and told everyone what happened. When the other princes found out they sentenced him to death. After Kurda died some of the vampires went searching for the vampeneze. After they found them all the vampires planned a surprise attack on the vampeneze. The vamires won the battle but lost a vampire general, Arra Sails, but Darren who failed the trails of inatation in the last book still had to be sentenced to death. The only vampires that wouldn't have to die if they failed the trails were princes so they made Darren a prince.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jordan

    This book is in a series about a young boy who is blooded by a Vampire. In this book he lived in the wild with a pack of wolfs, which he bonded with in the 4th book, after he ran from his death sentence before and found out the horrible truth about his close friend Kurda Shmalt. Kurda was going to betray the clan, he plotted with his their ex- blood cousins the Vampanze. Darren came back to Vampire Mountain to stop Kurda and the Vampanze.Darren stopped there plans with the help of Seba Nile. Aft This book is in a series about a young boy who is blooded by a Vampire. In this book he lived in the wild with a pack of wolfs, which he bonded with in the 4th book, after he ran from his death sentence before and found out the horrible truth about his close friend Kurda Shmalt. Kurda was going to betray the clan, he plotted with his their ex- blood cousins the Vampanze. Darren came back to Vampire Mountain to stop Kurda and the Vampanze.Darren stopped there plans with the help of Seba Nile. After the brutal and bloody battle with the blood cousins, Darren was made a Vampire Prince so he would not have to face his death penalty. It was then he took his rightful place among his blood brothers and his fellow Princes

  12. 5 out of 5

    Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*

    The Vampire Prince is a step in the right direction for continued improvement. While the decisions of the council irritated me in the fifth book, and Darren’s adherence to the ridiculous trials, the plot is picking up from that cliffhanger to go in directions I like again. Graphic and depressingly grim with some of the fight scenes, I'm glad Darren redeemed himself more in my eyes with his thoughts towards some actions that had to happen. Crepsley finally grew more courageous in the face of commo The Vampire Prince is a step in the right direction for continued improvement. While the decisions of the council irritated me in the fifth book, and Darren’s adherence to the ridiculous trials, the plot is picking up from that cliffhanger to go in directions I like again. Graphic and depressingly grim with some of the fight scenes, I'm glad Darren redeemed himself more in my eyes with his thoughts towards some actions that had to happen. Crepsley finally grew more courageous in the face of common sense, and I loved seeing the wolves again, this time with a much larger role. The punishment for the vampires is pretty brutal stuff – a strange contraption where they’re dropped on a bed of stakes and don’t always die instantly. Not fun. The beginning was interesting with how he recovered, to the reactions of the vampires and the revelation of the traitor at hand. The ending - well, I kind of expected something like that to occur - although I wasn't sure how it would come about. It's a little outlandish and silly but I think it's to tie up with the prophecy. Have a feeling, thanks mainly to the movie, who his arch-nemesis will be. I was kind of hoping to leave Vampire Mountain for a bit but don't see that happening anytime soon. Darren is such a likeable character that I'm glad the vampires in this book held more common sense than before. Shan is leaving the black-and-white behind, redeeming the characters a little as their world opens and the opinions start to stretch out, seeking that there may be valid points even in the actions of traitors. Darren’s turning an eye toward the possibilities of the vampineze – the big, bad enemy of them all – may have started with the same good intentions the vampires did. They could be cut from the same cloth after all.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Joel

    This series really has lost all of its appeal. Each of the last three installments feels like it was churned out without a single thought other than to make money. Each was only part of a book with long sections dedicated to useless scenes and dialogues that were drawn out for far too long with the single purpose of increasing the page count. The first three of the series started out promising and were entertaining, but when the story turned away from the Cirque Du Freak and focused on the socie This series really has lost all of its appeal. Each of the last three installments feels like it was churned out without a single thought other than to make money. Each was only part of a book with long sections dedicated to useless scenes and dialogues that were drawn out for far too long with the single purpose of increasing the page count. The first three of the series started out promising and were entertaining, but when the story turned away from the Cirque Du Freak and focused on the society of the vampires, it just all went downhill from there. I thought this was supposed to be middle-grade horror. No one wants to read about how vampires are honorable, trustworthy, and reliable. At least I don't anyway. I thought Mr. Crepsley was creepy in the first three books, but now his character has been reduced to a caring, soft-hearted foster parent for Darren. WTF!!! If you decide to you want to read this, stick to the first three stop, srsly!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Davidus1

    I'll refrain from listing spoilers. Darren travels to Vampire mountain and learns about his people. He is forced to risk his life in the trials.................worth the read! I'll refrain from listing spoilers. Darren travels to Vampire mountain and learns about his people. He is forced to risk his life in the trials.................worth the read!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Nic Echo

    About the Book: At the end of Trials of Death, Darren was left zooming down a raging stream to almost certain death. Obviously, he survives. Now he must return to Vampire Mountain again, where he has a sentence to be driven upon a pit of stakes, but he must face them anyway so that he can reveal to them that there is a traitor in their midst who is about to let a good chunk of vampaneze take over. Review: Wow! Just wow! I seriously could not put this book down and ended up finishing it in four hour About the Book: At the end of Trials of Death, Darren was left zooming down a raging stream to almost certain death. Obviously, he survives. Now he must return to Vampire Mountain again, where he has a sentence to be driven upon a pit of stakes, but he must face them anyway so that he can reveal to them that there is a traitor in their midst who is about to let a good chunk of vampaneze take over. Review: Wow! Just wow! I seriously could not put this book down and ended up finishing it in four hours. Now that the ball is rolling, Shan has me hooked. Even though I knew Darren was going to survive, I kept turning the page to see how. Plus, Darren still needs to get into Vampire Mountain and tell the Princes what is going on before he is killed. It was a thrilling suspense throughout. Shan also manages to keep up the surprises. I know I was in complete shock at the ending. I also think Shan did an excellent job at portraying how someone can do a bad thing but still be a good person. The way he puts it out there has many of the vampires (and the reader) wondering whether the traitor is really a hero or a villain. Shan also portrayed killing quite well. I noticed that in a lot of youth and teen books I read, I feel like the protagonist is simply sparing the bad guy's life (or feeling guilty about killing him/her) simply because he/she is the good guy and that is what the good guy is supposed to do/feel. In this story however, I felt that Darren came across this on his own through his trying and emotional journey. It was believable to me that Darren felt guilty about killing a vampaneze and not just because he is the acclaimed good guy.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ralphie

    This is the 6th book of Darren's Story as a Vampire. In this book Darren has escaped his death trial. He survived a very hard road, he was swept away by a water current and he had to swim to shore. When he arrived to shore, it was extremely cold along with his clothes drenched in water. He decided to lose the clothes but this proved to make his journey even harder, but he was rescued by a pack of wolves when he did not have the energy to get back up. Darren survived and lived off the food the w This is the 6th book of Darren's Story as a Vampire. In this book Darren has escaped his death trial. He survived a very hard road, he was swept away by a water current and he had to swim to shore. When he arrived to shore, it was extremely cold along with his clothes drenched in water. He decided to lose the clothes but this proved to make his journey even harder, but he was rescued by a pack of wolves when he did not have the energy to get back up. Darren survived and lived off the food the wolves provided including their milk which was gross for Darren but desperate times called for desperate measures. He had to be lead back to Vampire Mountain, do you think Darren will make it, or will he perish following the wolves and getting lost? I can connect this to hermits all over the world. Hermits are away from society and they live on their own. They live through many hardships and do things the hard way instead of the simple ways. Darren is almost like a hermit in this case, he learned to adapt to his environment and live on food he isn't used to eating all the time. I can also relate this to the people in the world who are persistent because Darren would've just gave himself to the Vampires and be executed by them, but he didn't he took a chance and even though the chances were slim he just kept trying new ways until he got it. I would rate this book 5 stars because I feel as though this is the turning point of the whole saga, Darren's life is on the line if he makes it to Vampire Mountain and if he does not survive with the wolves, he will also perish.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Samantha S.

    Dear Darran Shan, The line "Even in death, May i be triumphed", really stood out to me because it showed that you would rather die than be saved by a traitor and that you would die with pride win against him by making him suffer your death. It amazes me of the things you managed to survive. even as a half vampire, i thought you would be burned to a crisp in the hall of flames but you proved me wrong. I think that the pointy hall thing was the easy one of the four trials you attempted. I think you Dear Darran Shan, The line "Even in death, May i be triumphed", really stood out to me because it showed that you would rather die than be saved by a traitor and that you would die with pride win against him by making him suffer your death. It amazes me of the things you managed to survive. even as a half vampire, i thought you would be burned to a crisp in the hall of flames but you proved me wrong. I think that the pointy hall thing was the easy one of the four trials you attempted. I think you shouldn't have left vampire mountain because you shamed Mr.Crepsly and he wouldn't have been able to deal with the shame. But, if you didn't go, then you would have never discovered the vampaneze and Gavner Purl wouldn't have died. I do think you deserved to become a vampire prince but it really shocked me. i thought they where going to send you to the hall of death. I think it was a strange choice but you did save the vampires from a attack on the vampaneze. Kurda's relationship with you was strange. he acted like a friend to you and you couldn't help but feel sorry for him and want to defend at some points but he still wronged you and there was nothing he could do to change that. i do think he deserved to be put to the stakes. Your life is a wild story and so many strange things happened to you. I do agree that you are a worthy vampire and i cant wait to read more about the happenings in your life. -Samantha Stratton 706

  18. 4 out of 5

    Halida

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. A lot of things happened in this book. Darren was dying after his escape from the Vampire Mountain, and wouldn't have survived had he not meet his old friends. He sneaked in to Seba's room to share what he knew in case someone found him and killed him before the truth was revealed. Then he came up with the grand plan to attack those vampaneze in hiding, and also took someone's lives for the first time. He lost his good friend Arra Sails (her death devastated Mr. Crepsley even more). Then it was A lot of things happened in this book. Darren was dying after his escape from the Vampire Mountain, and wouldn't have survived had he not meet his old friends. He sneaked in to Seba's room to share what he knew in case someone found him and killed him before the truth was revealed. Then he came up with the grand plan to attack those vampaneze in hiding, and also took someone's lives for the first time. He lost his good friend Arra Sails (her death devastated Mr. Crepsley even more). Then it was time for Kurda to tell the reason behind his treachery, which at the end left everyone confused. And a major twist of fate happened to the vampire assistant at the end of this book. I know Darren Shan is the main character; the center of attention of this book, but it puzzles me that the vampires in this book –even the Vampire Princes– are so 'weak'. Not physically weak, of course, but what roles exactly do they play? The princes seem almost helpless in this book. They weren't the ones who came up with the idea of how to attack the vampaneze. I mean, a great plan is not limited to the princes' or generals' minds, but at least contribute something! It looks like everything's left for Darren to figure out.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Siobhan

    Following on from where the last book ends, this one sees Darren on a mission to inform the vampires of current events. As with every book in the series it is well written and perfectly paced, keeping you interested from start to end. I also recommend you be ready for some unexpected events (although if I say anymore, even if I was to direct you as to which emotions you’ll need to keep an eye on, I would be saying too much and giving things away).

  20. 5 out of 5

    Martin Kurij

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Really really enjoyed this book! So much so I finished it in one sitting. Most of the characters in the book seem to have mixed feelings about Kurdas “betrayal” and personally I found myself feeling sorry for him as well. Perfect example of trying to do the right things but getting it tragically wrong in the process.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Mark Dickson

    This trilogy of books was building up to this, and it’s honestly extremely disappointing. For a group of supposedly ancient vampires, they sure do have the emotional complexity and behavioural tics of teenagers.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Elisabeth

    The Vampire Prince, the sixth book in the Darren Shan series, might be my favorite. I love the way this book is quick paced and so thrilling!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Nanu

    This is probably one of my favorites of the series. Dareen has come a long way and I am so proud 😪

  24. 4 out of 5

    Julianne

    Another part of Darren's saga! It picks up exactly where the last left off, with Darren escaping through the tunnels of vampire mountain. The first few chapters are intense, with Darren basically water-sliding down the rapids inside the mountain. It slows down quite a bit, and it also includes a lot of vampire politics, which can be a little boring at times. The biggest disappointment (view spoiler)[ is Gavner and Arra being confirmed dead. There were a lot of interesting characters introduced in Another part of Darren's saga! It picks up exactly where the last left off, with Darren escaping through the tunnels of vampire mountain. The first few chapters are intense, with Darren basically water-sliding down the rapids inside the mountain. It slows down quite a bit, and it also includes a lot of vampire politics, which can be a little boring at times. The biggest disappointment (view spoiler)[ is Gavner and Arra being confirmed dead. There were a lot of interesting characters introduced in this arc of the series, and many of them are no longer with us. Arra, Gavner, and Kurda. (hide spoiler)] I can also really understand both sides of the Kurda and vampaneze debate. Kurda just wanted to stop an impending war before it started. But it was also betraying the vampires. Definitely ready for the next in the series

  25. 5 out of 5

    Maddie

    Eh, this one was really boring to me, especially after Trials of Death! A lot of things annoyed me, but I did like the background into the politics, and I liked seeing another side or the vampires through Kurda. The Princes have to be the most annoying part of this. They were chosen to lead the whole vampire clan, and yet they'd all just jump into battle and not use their heads. And they need Darren, a young human basically, to actually make them think and use their ancient brains. I love Darren' Eh, this one was really boring to me, especially after Trials of Death! A lot of things annoyed me, but I did like the background into the politics, and I liked seeing another side or the vampires through Kurda. The Princes have to be the most annoying part of this. They were chosen to lead the whole vampire clan, and yet they'd all just jump into battle and not use their heads. And they need Darren, a young human basically, to actually make them think and use their ancient brains. I love Darren's maturity and intelligence. He thinks of both sides of each situation, and his empathy is a massive asset! He's a relatable main character, he thinks with his head and isn't sassy, and it's such a nice change!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Whitney

    It loathes me to give any book of Darren Shan’s a rating lower than three stars, but here it is. The Vampire Prince follows in the footsteps of Trials of Death where it takes place immediately after the preceding book. After Darren has witnessed Kurda Smahlt’s betrayal, the murder of Gavner Purl, and jumped into the river which surely would mean death for him. Now that Darren is the only one that knows of Kurda and the vampaneze he must make a tough decision: let the vampaneze attack his comrade It loathes me to give any book of Darren Shan’s a rating lower than three stars, but here it is. The Vampire Prince follows in the footsteps of Trials of Death where it takes place immediately after the preceding book. After Darren has witnessed Kurda Smahlt’s betrayal, the murder of Gavner Purl, and jumped into the river which surely would mean death for him. Now that Darren is the only one that knows of Kurda and the vampaneze he must make a tough decision: let the vampaneze attack his comrades or return to Vampire Mountain and be executed for his failure in the Trials. Plot The Vampire Prince was boring, I’m sad to say. The first half of the book is taken up with Darren being nursed back to health by the wolves from earlier and him getting back to Vampire Mountain. There is fighting but it isn’t described in the same way that Shan usually describes the action scenes. It was more like an overview of the fight than the reader being in the fighting with Darren. The rest of the book is the vampires dealing with the traitors and dealing with the funerals of the fallen vampires. There’s also a lot of talk about the morality of the vampires and their ways. The Vampire Prince isn’t the most exiting book in the series thus far. At the very least the reader learns a bit more about the oncoming threat of the vampaneze. Writing Since not much action happened in The Vampire Prince the writing was quite dull. Shan isn’t the best at writing scenes where there is not much action going on. I’m thankful that he doesn’t drag it out, though, as the books can be finished within hours, easily. Something I noticed in this book was when there finally was an action scene it wasn’t written as well as previous action scenes. I said in my review of Trials of Death that I liked the way Shan wrote the action scenes, especially between Darren and the boars. But the action scenes in The Vampire Prince felt like they were written with a lot less energy. Characters The biggest complaint I have about the characters is that they are, more or less, background characters in Darren’s story. You can’t really have a good story with only one character in the front lines. Darren was that character and all the other characters were weak in their development. There were characters that were killed that I didn’t feel all that sad about because Darren’s relationship with them wasn’t written with them being as close as he probably meant for it to be. And it’s not like Shan can’t write good friendships. Darren and Evra had a very good friendship that was very real, and I would have been sad right along with Darren had Evra died. The characters are interesting, yes, but that doesn’t make up for the fact that they aren’t well developed. Things I Didn't Like I didn’t like how Arra Sails was treated by the book. The absolutely silly reason why there aren’t that many vampire women is a part of my problem. Another part is how Arra is supposed to be portrayed as this strong woman but she’s really not. We’re told Arra is the best at the bars yet a young half-vampire nearly beats her and then she’s beaten by a pacifist of a vampire! And there is no reason for what happened to hear at the end of the book. You could have easily switched Vanez and Arra and it would have been better because at least the one female vampire that Shan actually gave a name to wouldn’t have succumbed to the fate that she did. The only other things I didn’t like was about how Kurda went about things and how the reader’s supposed to regard the vampaneze. Why didn’t Kurda tell the Princes about the Vampaneze Lord as soon as he found out? I understand that the vampires would have wanted to go out and kill every vampaneze but that wouldn’t have made much sense seeing as how the Vampaneze lord is still currently human. The vampires would be looking for a human, not a vampaneze. I feel like this whole situation could have been easily avoided and it feels like a major flaw in the plot. There’s also the way that Shan wants us to regard the vampaneze. The vampaneze kill every time they feed and they feed more than vampires. Why are we as the readers supposed to feel any sympathy for them at all and agree with Darren’s views on them? This is a problem I always seem to find with authors that write about vampires and have them as their main characters. It’s the same problem I had with the readers expecting to sympathize with the vampires in The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod. We’re supposed to be on the side of the vampires who are being hunted down and killed even though they too, like the vampaneze, kill when they feed. The vampaneze kill when they don’t have too, and we know this because vampires don’t need to kill. Why should we care about the vampaneze? Diversity There’s a character who is completely blind that doesn’t consider himself useless. That’s pretty great seeing as how a lot of portrayals of characters becoming blind are with the character thinking they’re no good any more. That’s about it, though. Overall I thought The Vampire Prince was dull in comparison to the rest of the books. It’s almost on par with Tunnels of Blood, where nothing happens for the majority of the book. Shan needed to make the relationships between the characters stronger. I hope the next book brings more action because this book was severely lacking. Here is a link to my notes.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Natalie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I've waited a very long time to read this book and now I have read it just as great as they have a box I hate the slow start this book but I love the wolfs I absolutely love Darren and he was so brave to go back to the mountain because in doing so he could of died But he knew he needed to do something like any hero I give this book 5 out of five I absolutely love Darren Shan books but I always leave a bit of time between book are usually will read one or two then wait a few months to read the n I've waited a very long time to read this book and now I have read it just as great as they have a box I hate the slow start this book but I love the wolfs I absolutely love Darren and he was so brave to go back to the mountain because in doing so he could of died But he knew he needed to do something like any hero I give this book 5 out of five I absolutely love Darren Shan books but I always leave a bit of time between book are usually will read one or two then wait a few months to read the next lot Yes because I don't want to finish the series

  28. 5 out of 5

    Qat Wanders

    The series just got really good again! Because the series of 12 books is apparently divided into four trilogies, this book was the conclusion of the vampire Mountain trilogy. And let’s be honest, I think we all know what’s coming… The vampaneze lord is going to be Darren‘s childhood friend, Steve. But I’m still just as excited to keep reading and find out all about it!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Hayli

    Wow! I was really impressed with this installment of the series! When I originally started reading these books in middle school, this is the last one I picked up before I stopped. The beginning was a bit slow at first, but it was totally worth sticking it out to the end. I can’t wait to see what happens next after that ending!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Keli

    I'm a forty year old woman, this book wasn't written for the likes of me. Therefore, I am not going to rate it. I'm not even sure what I'd give it anyway. I read it for a challenge, what more can I say. I'm a forty year old woman, this book wasn't written for the likes of me. Therefore, I am not going to rate it. I'm not even sure what I'd give it anyway. I read it for a challenge, what more can I say.

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