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Tunnels of Blood
by Darren Shan (more about Darren Shan) 1334/384 first published 2000
Horror & Ghosts for ages 9 to 14 published by Collins
Mrs Mad's humble opinion
9/10 Very good. I am pleased with this.
What's it about?
Darren Shan the vampire's assistant must face the horror of the tunnels of blood when he finds mass murder in the city!
What happens?
Darren, Evra and Mr Crepsley leave the Cirque du Freak and travel to a city, at first Darren just enjoys the feelings of being with people again, especially when he meets a young girl called Debbie. But then bodies start being found, bodies savagely emptied of all their blood. Darren suspects Mr Crepsley and he and Evra follow the Vampire to catch him and kill him, but is it Mr Crepsley who is behind these manic killings or is there another darker, evil monster loose beneath the city?
Is it easy to read?
Easily read, good choice for boys who are finding it difficult to choose, girls will like it too.
Anything else?
In this book we see Darren falling for a girl and putting his vampire ways aside for a while, this is a gentle interlude and we quickly discover something really evil is happening here, nothing like this has happened to Darren before and it is shocking stuff. Extremely well written by Shan, this book surges forward in the adventures of our hero, and makes us look at some of the other characters in a new light too! Brilliant.
Other books by Darren Shan include Cirque du Freak, The Trials of Death, The Vampire's Assistant, Vampire Mountain, Vampire Rites Trilogy.
Who says so?
This review by Mrs Mad.
The publisher reckons...
THE SAGA OF DARREN SHAN BOOK 1 Darren goes to a banned freak show with his best mate Steve. It's the wonderfully gothic Cirque du Freak where weird, frightening half human/half animals appear who interact terrifyingly with the audience. Darren - a spider freak - 'falls in love' with Madam Octa - an enormous tarantula owned by the circus proprietor. Darren determines to steal the spider so that he can train it to perform amazing deeds. But his daring theft goes horrible wrong. The spider bites... read more
And what do you think?
emily sharp, chelmer valley
I liked this book because it is gory and every page you cannot finish it is so gripping. Others readers would like this because I was not a fan of blood until I read this book
Tommy higgins, Willowbrook primary school
this is by far better then the first two.Darren is wizzzed! away into the city and is with in touch with a girl who plays a vital part at the end.Darren hears on the news that there is a killing spree an
Jessica, uctc
i havent read the whole book yet im only on page29. but its so good i cant put it down! its nothing like buffy the vampire slayer. but i enjoy both. my score= 10/10!!! READ IT!!!!!!!!!!
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