Cirque du Freak (manga)
Cirque du Freak, known as The Saga of Darren Shan in the United Kingdom, is a Japanese manga series illustrated by Takahiro Arai and based on the book series The Saga of Darren Shan by author Darren Shan. Arai won a contest in which the winning manga artist would be allowed to draw the series in a manga medium, he allowed his brother to design a scene, a few characters, some backgrounds. The series was published in the magazine Weekly Shōnen Sunday from 2006 to 2009, a total of 12 volumes were released in Japan by Shogakukan. Cirque du Freak was licensed for release in North America by Yen Press and in the United Kingdom by HarperCollins. Yen Press was able to acquire the license because of their sister company, Little and Company, which publishes the original novels; the Yen Press edition contained an excerpt from the original book series. Cirque du Freak was licensed in France by Pika Édition and in Taiwan by Sharp Point Press; the series has received positive reviews from Western critics, with praise about its tone and story.
The art and character designs were commended by critics, though noted as being awkward and over-the-top at times. Cirque du Freak follows the story of a young boy turned into a half-vampire, he joins Cirque du Freak with Larten Crepsley, who had turned him into a half-vampire. They share an uneasy relationship becoming confused about each others feelings and concerns, Darren disliking Crepsley for taking away his human life. Steve Leonard, Darren's best friend while he was human, feels betrayed by Darren becoming a half-vampire and decides to become a vampire hunter in order to kill him. After attending a showing of a freak show known as "Cirque du Freak", a boy named Darren Shan feels inclined to steal a large tarantula from the spider-tamer and revealed vampire, Larten Crepsley, he learns how to control her through telepathy, but while practicing with his best friend, Steve Leonard, the spider is startled and bites Steve's neck. Though the bite doesn't kill him, Steve is left paralyzed and Darren seeks out Crepsely for an antidote.
Crepsley agrees to give it on the condition that Darren becomes a vampire. After, Darren flees from Crepsley, afraid to lose his lifestyle and family. However, Darren soon realizes that he cannot handle his new strength and thirst for blood and returns to Crepsley, they stage Darren's death, but before departing from the town, Darren encounters Steve, who vows to become a strong vampire hunter and kill him, feeling betrayed. Despite needing human blood, Darren only drinks animal blood, hates Crespley for changing him, he feels alone, having no family or friends. He confides to Crepsley about his situation and Crepsley decides to bring him to Cirque du Freak, knowing that Darren would be able to have friends and be himself when surrounded by other strange beings. Darren Shan Darren Shan is a young boy with an love for spiders. Darren was drawn to the Cirque du Freak show because of the spider tamer, was amazed by the performance, he is content living with his family, but decides to become a half-vampire and join Larten Crepsley to save the life of his friend, as he felt it was his responsibility.
After Steve vows to kill him one day after becoming a strong vampire hunter, Darren does not tell Crepsley about the threat in order to keep Steve safe, believing that he is still his best friend. He and Steve fight in the 12th manga. Steve Leonard Steve Leonard is Darren's best friend, he discovered that Larten was a vampire, begged him to turn him into one. Larten tests his blood, tells him that the blood is "bad", that Steve is wicked and evil. Steve is the first to realize that Darren is no longer human, leaves to become a strong vampire hunter able to kill Darren. Steve has remarked that his father no longer lives with him and that he feels his mother doesn't love him. Larten Crepsley Larten Crepsley is a vampire who works as a spider-tamer at Cirque du Freak and Darren's guardian, he bloods him so that he can train him. Though Crepsley has acted cold towards Darren and tests him under a guise of friendliness, he shows concern for him and regrets changing him after seeing Darren's unhappiness.
It was his idea to bring Darren to the Cirque, as well. Despite being a vampire, Crepsley believes that they are not monsters until they kill humans, refuses to turn someone, evil into a vampire; the manga series was based on a series of 12 books by author Darren Shan. Arai received a call from his editor in 2006, was informed about a contest in which an artist would make a manga rendition of Cirque du Freak. Shan would act as the "final judge". Arai "drew up a chapter or two", in April 2006, he was accepted as the contest winner. Arai used a "touch" of his brother's version in a scene where Darren catches Cirque du Freak tickets, his brother designed backgrounds and the characters Hans Hands, Alexander Ribs, Gertha Teeth. Arai mentions that during the production of volume two was when he "truly learned the difference in depiction between a novel and a manga." He noted that manga "has a tendency" to be more "straightforward than a novel", due to its use
Vampire Destiny is the fourth and final trilogy in The Saga of Darren Shan by author Darren Shan. The trilogy included The Lake of Lord of the Shadows and Sons of Destiny; this series goes more in depth on the Lord of Shadows and the future where he rules, Harkat's secrets of his past life are revealed. The main theme in the final trilogy appears to be destiny. Darren and Harket learn of the true fate of the world they know following the War of Scars, it is revealed that both Darren and Steve are pawns to the hand of fate, in which either one of them is destined to bring destruction to the world. Darren Shan along with allies Vancha March and Little People, Harkat Mulds, venture into the night to defeat the Vampaneze and end the war between the two. However, while one is defeated, the other shall become the Lord of the Shadows, the ruler of the dark who will destroy the world after the war. Darren must now help his friend Harkat find his true spirit in The Lake of Souls book. In Lord of the Shadows Darren returns to his hometown at the Cirque where he discovers his sister, who he hasn't seen in nearly two decades or more, soon encounters the Vampaneze ending in a one last fight, which continues in Sons of Destiny where the final fight comes between Darren Shan and the Vampaneze lord, as they are badly injured Darren kills Steve, makes a dying Steve angry and Steve kills Darren so neither can live.
However, Mr. Tiny resurrects Darren as a Little People in the final book of the Darren Shan series. In The Lake of Souls Darren embarks with Little Person, Harkat Mulds to find Harkat's true identity, they are forced to do difficult tasks, but they find the truth in the Lake of Souls. He is identified, at the end of the book that Harkat is Kurda Smahlt who betrayed the clan to save the vampires and vampaneze from the War of Scars. Though Harkat met Kurda, he still exists. In the Lord of the Shadows Darren and Harkat return to Darren's hometown, in which Darren finds out that his sister, has grown up and has a kid. Meanwhile and Harkat meet a boy whose name is Darius, they take him around the Cirque Du Freak, give him a free ticket. Tommy, Darren's friend from before he was a half vampire, is seen at Cirque Du Freak and is killed at a soccer game. Darren is badly injured by R. V. and Morgan James, is going through the purge. At the end of the book, Darren, Vancha and Evra go after Morgan James and R.
V. when Shancus is kidnapped by R. V. and Morgan, kidnap Darius, revealed to be Steve's son. They are lured to the old cinema theater in which they first went to the Cirque. There they meet Steve and work out a deal: Steve gives Shancus to Darren, Darren gives Darius to Steve. However, Steve breaks Shancus' neck, killing him. Steve, Morgan James, the other vampaneze escape, but not before Steve reveals that Darius is Annie's son. In the Sons of Destiny Darren goes to Annie's house and tells her about some parts of his vampire life. After much catching up, it is revealed that Annie had dated Steve and they had a baby, Steve left them and never came back. Annie and Darius flee to away from Darren, to avoid danger from Steve and the Vampaneze. However, before they do, Darren drinks the vampaneze blood in Darius and they switch blood, making Darius a vampire, Darren both vampire and a little vampaneze at the moment. Darren, Alice and Debbie go back to the Cirque Du Freak and an all out battle against the freaks and vampaneze begins.
After a long duel, Darren kills Steve, lets Steve kill him by angering Steve and saying "guess what Steve? I did want to be a vampire, Mr. Crepsley turned me into one!". Evanna the witch fishes Darren out of the Lake of Souls, Mr. Tiny makes him a Little Person. Shortly thereafter Darren is to die. Mr. Tiny reveals that he is Darren and Steve's father, tampered with time to make them go against each other to bring about the end of the world because he loves violence, not much violence was going on with the humans. Mr. Tiny sends Darren back in time, to the night where he and Steve first saw the Cirque Du Freak. There, Darren scares off young Darren from going to the balcony and discovering Steve wanting to be a vampire, it is told that the world will replace Darren and Steve with other people, as Darren never found out about Mr. Crepsley being a vampire and never kidnapped Madam Octa. Darren, before dying, gives Mr. Tall his diaries for young Darren to read and "change the names, turn the diaries into a book, that way "they" can know how it happened."
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Demon Apocalypse is the sixth book in Darren Shan's The Demonata series. Darren Shan released the title of the book September 29, 2007 at the Baeth Festival of Children's Literature. Darren Shan wished that nothing about this book, not the title, be known to the public until late September, close to the book's release; this is the first time this has happened with any of the Darren Shan books initiated by the recent popularity increase in the author's works. It is published in the United States. Picking up where Blood Beast left off, Grubbs on a plane in a dire situation face-to-face with Lord Loss and Juni Swan who has just been revealed to be one of his higher ranked familiars. Just when it seems like Grubbs will be killed, Beranabus appears, the two jump from the plane, fly to his cave. Once there and Kernel take Grubbs with them to fight a demon in one of the Demonata worlds. Grubbs is stuck in Beranabus' home for seven weeks. Once Beranabus and Kernel return from demon hunting, they all discover that the tunnel that Bec had sealed 1600 years ago has been opened, hell has been brought to Earth.
Enlisting the help of the Disciples, Grubbs and Beranabus set out to reseal the tunnel and remove the Demonata from Earth at the same time. After arriving at the tunnel, Kernel gets his eyes gouged out by Spine and Grubbs sees all his friend's and Dervish's heads carried by demons; the spirit of Bec appears again and tells Beranabus that sealing the tunnel will not remove the demons like it did last time. In the chaos, the Kah-Gash awakes in Grubbs and Bec and turns back time to a point just before the tunnel was opened, providing Grubbs and Beranabus a way to prevent mankind's extinction. During the cave battle between Beranabus' group and Lord Loss', it is revealed that Bill-E must be killed to prevent the opening of the tunnel, since he unwittingly sacrificed Loch to open the tunnel; because Dervish is unable to kill his nephew, Grubbs is forced to painlessly kill Bill-E. This seals the tunnel, forces the retreat of a shadowy creature unlike any demon Grubbs has seen before. Bec, her essence trapped within Grubbs, changes the body to resemble hers.
It is revealed that Bec's spirit has been trapped inside the cave for the past 1600 years, believed by Beranabus to be because she is part of the Kah-Gash, along with Grubbs and Kernel. Now knowing what is at stake, Grubbs leaves Dervish in the care of Bec and joins Beranabus and Kernel on their never ending quest to prevent more tunnels from opening and to learn more about the creature known as the Shadow. Official Darren Shan Site Official Darren Shan Blog Demonata website
Lord of the Shadows
Lord Of The Shadows is the eleventh book in The Saga of Darren Shan series by the author Darren Shan. It is the second book in the Vampire Destiny trilogy. Darren Shan is going home-and. Old enemies await. Scores must be settled. Destiny looks certain to destroy him, the world is doomed to fall to the Ruler of the Night... The Lord of The Shadows! Along with the Cirque Du Freak, Darren Shan returns to the place where it all began, he was still having nightmares about the Lord of the Shadows. While the Cirque Du Freak rests at an old abandoned football stadium, Darren walks through his old home. After spotting his sister, Annie Shan, living a happy life with her son at their old house, Darren decides not to disturb them. One night before the freak show starts a boy shows up hoping to get a ticket to attend the freak show; the boy, asks many questions and acts strangely, leaving Harkat and Darren curious. The freak show starts and Harkat wait for Darius but he doesn't attend, instead, he sees his old friend Tommy Jones.
Jekkus Flangs, a performer of Cirque Du Freak, introduces him to Tommy Jones, now a famous footballer. Tommy is shocked that Darren was alive after he was proclaimed dead eighteen years ago when he became a vampire assistant, Darren tells him that he had a rare disease that prevented him from aging and they had to fake his death to leave home and travel with a physician so he could be helped. Tommy gives Darren a ticket to the semi final. After the soccer match ends, Darren witnesses RV and Morgan James kill Tommy. Thus, he goes on a hunt for them, he finds them in an old dark-end alley and edges out to the road where Gannen Harst and Steve Leonard had been waiting for him too. Darren finds out that Darius is Steve's son and that Steve has blooded him. Trained by Steve, Darius shoots Darren using his father's arrow-gun where it strikes him high in his right shoulder. By luck, Darren manages to flee to safety though he is badly hurt, he is found by two homeless people who take him to their leaders who turn out to be Debbie and Alice, recruiting for the vampire version of the Vampets called Vampirites.
Reuniting with Vancha March, Debbie and Alice, the group go ahead on their final hunt for the Vampaneze Lord, Steve Leonard. Darren finds Steve at the abandoned cinema theatre, they plan to make a trade between Evra's son, who Steve had captured earlier and Darius. However, before the trading proceeds, Steve breaks Shancus' neck, killing him, challenging Darren to do the same with Darius. Darren thinks it over and accepts the challenge. Darren was going to stab Darius in the heart but Steve told him that he didn't know who he was killing. Sensing something dark and secret in Steve's tone, Darren hesitates; when Steve asks Darius to tell Darren his mother's name, Darius gapes at his father. Infuriated, Steve asks him to say his mother's name again, he tells him: Annie Leopard, Darren's younger sister, is the mother of Darius, staying Darren's hand
Hunters of the Dusk
'Hunters of the Dusk' is the seventh novel in The Saga of Darren Shan by Darren Shan. It is part of the Vampire War trilogy, which comprises the seventh to ninth novels of the twelve-book saga. In the seventh book of this series, not long into his years as a Prince, Darren is once again visited by Desmond Tiny, he explains that the three hunters must find and hunt down the Vampaneze Lord if they have any hopes to win the war. He announces that two of them are Darren and Mr. Crepsley, but the third one they must find on their way; the hunters are told by Mr. Tiny that they will cross paths with the Lord of the Vampaneze four times throughout their quest, have only those four chances to destroy him, they leave and go to Lady Evanna for help as they were instructed by Mr. Tiny. On the way they meet with Vancha March, another Vampire Prince and the last hunter. Vancha's skin is a dark shade of red, due to his constant battle with the sun and does not like to use weapons, using his bare hands instead.
Though, he does use the shurikens that are strapped to his belt when necessary. He prefers to wear only clothes made from animals, doesn't care for having many manners, he claims to be a ladies' man. The three get to Evanna's house, she lets them stay with her for a few days so they can discuss what Mr. Tiny said and where they should go next. Leaving Lady Evanna's house, they set their sights back towards the Cirque Du Freak, following Darren's gut feeling as a Vampire Prince and the main hunter. While they are staying there, Darren notices Lady Evanna leaving the Cirque one night and follows her to a nearby forest, he fears the worst. Darren gets the others, they prepare an attack. After launching what seemed to be a successful strike on the group of Vampaneze, two of them get away. One was Vancha's brother, the other was a servant of the Vampaneze. Vancha lets them get away after realizing. However, little to their knowledge, the servant was a disguise and it turned out to be the Lord of the Vampaneze.
After a few more nights at the Cirque to once again come up with a strategy, they set off to once more try to encounter the Lord and destroy him to end the War of the Scars
The Vampire Prince
The Vampire Prince is the sixth book in The Saga of Darren Shan by Darren Shan. It is the third and final book of the Vampire Rites trilogy; the book carries on from when Darren Shan was falling down a roaring river in Trials of Death, he must make his way back to Vampire Mountain, while avoiding Kurda Smahlt and his accomplices. The river, used to carry the dead bodies of vampires away, goes right through the Vampire Mountain, he was washed down the river, emerging from it alive-a feat that nobody achieved before this- but bruised and exhausted. He was naked and had energy for walking, soon collapses. By luck he bumped into two wolves and Rudi - the "wolf friends" he knew from an earlier encounter; these wolves help. He must find a way to inform the Vampire Princes of Kurda's treachery before they crown him a fellow Prince. Kurda's treason includes hiding Vampaneze inside the mountain, preparing to murder the Princes and attempting to gain control of the Stone of Blood with which he would force the vampires to join the Vampaneze and become a single clan once more.
However, with Seba Nile's help, Darren reveals Kurda to the Princes in the nick of time. The Vampaneze are savagely murdered. Arra Sails dies. Vanez Blane loses his other eye, Darren kills two Vampaneze, but is sickened by his own battle lust. Though Kurda's intentions were pure, the Princes give him the most terrible punishment possible: execution by impalement of stakes in the Hall of Death in the manner of a traitor and shameful cremation, so that he may not reach Paradise. During his trial, Kurda explains his plans to the vampires, they see that he wasn't selfish, so they no longer hate him. Darren is supposed to be executed for fleeing the Princes' judgment, but the Princes, wanting to hold true to traditions and spare Darren, decide that he must be made a Prince, thereby putting him above the laws which demand his execution. Mr. Crepsley however is hurt by the loss of his friend and former mate, Arra Sails; the Vampire Prince information
Demon Thief is a book in Darren Shan's Demonata series. Though it is the second book in the series, it is a prequel to Lord Loss, the first book in the series; the protagonist is different from that of the first book. The narrator here is a new character called Kernel Fleck, as opposed to Grubbs Grady, the protagonist of the first book. Demon Thief takes place about thirty years before Lord Loss so most of the characters from the first book did not appear, though a few did, it was actually the sixth book of the Demonata to be written, although it was the second released. Kernel Fleck is a lonely child, he has always been different: he can see strange patches of light in the air around him. Other kids think, but when he manages to link some of the lights together, he creates a window into another universe, disappears for several days. When he returns, his memory a blank, his panicked parents whisk Kernel and his younger brother, away from their home, off to an isolated village, to start a new life.
One year Kernel is enjoying himself. Life is good; until one day a crazy old woman summons a demon. The beast slaughters many of the children kidnaps one of them and retreats back to its own universe; the child it has kidnapped is Art. Can Kernel find the courage to step through the window after the demon in a desperate attempt to rescue his brother? And if so, what wonders and terrors will he discover in the barbaric universe of the evil twisted Demonata?!? Demon Thief the novel. Official Darren Shan Site Official Darren Shan Blog Demonata website