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Palace of the Damned (The Saga of Larten Crepsley #3)

4.35  ·  Rating Details ·  2,551 Ratings  ·  122 Reviews
In the third instalment in the creepy, captivating Larten Crepsley series, Larten finds out what it means to love… but is he also damned to find out what it means to lose?

Lost in the arctic waste, carrying a baby whose love he could never deserve, Larten faces the darkest time he has ever known. But hope has a way of shining through even the smallest of cracks, and just as
Hardcover, UK Edition, 256 pages
Published September 29th 2011 by HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks (first published January 1st 2011)
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Zahra Dashti
جلد سوم هم خوب بود.درد عذاب وجدان و نبخشیدن خود نسبتا خوب به تصویر کشیده شده بود.
بخشی از کتاب که برام قابل تامل بود رو هم در ادامه می آرم:

لارتن صادقانه گفت:« و من خیلی خیلی قدرش را می دانم. اما چرا نجاتِ من؟ از میان همه ی کسانی که لب چنین پرتگاهی پایشان می لغزد، چرا من را باید عقب بکشید؟»
آقای تَینی شانه بالا انداخت:«این سرنوشت تو بوده.»
لارتن به نشانه ی مخالفت سر تکان داد:« سرنوشت من این بود که سقوط کنم.شما عوضش کردید.»
آقای تَینی گفت:«من کردم؟» چشم هایش برق زدند. «شاید سرنوشت من این بوده که تو را
Larten is at rock bottom when he flees the ship with the baby, escaping to Greenland where he plans to let himself die. He discovers a legendary vampire palace and his life is saved by Desmond Tiny who indicates that he has an important future ahead of him.

Having his life saved by the creepy thing that is Desmond Tiny sends fear through Larten, as does the responsibility of being father to the baby, now named Gavner. It was interesting to see his true connection to Larten after him being one of
Ahmad Sharabiani
Palace of the damned, Darren Shan
عنوان: قصر مردگان؛ نویسنده: دارن شان؛ مترجم: فرزانه کریمی؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، قدیانی، 1391، در 280 ص، شابک: 9789645369659؛ موضوع: داستانهای ژانر وحشت برای کودکان

با عنوان: قصر نفرین شدگان جلد سوم از مجموعه چهار جلدی حماسه لارتن کرپسلی نیز به صورت ایبوک در وبسایت رهگذران منتشر شده است
May 31, 2011 Shiku rated it liked it

An Larten Crepsleys Händen klebt Blut. Nicht weil er ein Vampir ist, sondern weil er in einem Anflug von Wahnsinn, Trauer und Wut über den Tod seiner Assistentin Malora eine komplette Schiffsmannschaft und die restlichen Passagiere regelrecht schlachtete. Nur einen kleinen Jungen verschonte er, ein Baby. Dieses Kind ist es auch, das er mit auf die Insel aus Eis nimmt – Grönland, wie wir später feststellen werden. Dort möchte er es keineswegs aufziehen, sondern jemanden
Apr 30, 2011 April rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(Originally posted @ CSI:Librarian.)

3.5 Stars - I could not be happier (or more relieved) to report that Palace of the Damned was vastly more enjoyable and engaging than the previous book in Larten's Saga.

Events, emotions, and reflections were still overly summarized and I would have liked more detail. I didn't feel like Shan was bored or in a rush when it came to the writing itself, but the summarizing definitely made the minor characters read a bit flat from time to time. I liked them well eno
Sep 05, 2011 Adeeb rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have been a huge fan of Darren Shan ever since I first read a book by him, which was Demon Thief. He's one of my top five authors EVER! Can you guess why? Well, this book is one of the reasons he's one of the best authors out there.

First of all, I have to add, this book was an improvement to Ocean of Blood. I'm not saying Ocean of Blood was bad. It was just a "slower" story.

This book picks off where Ocean of Blood ended. Larten is not all alone. He's accompanied with the baby he rescued.

We fur
Jun 23, 2011 Ash rated it really liked it
Actually 4.5 stars

I honestly didn't enjoy the second book as the first, but after reading this book I think that the prequel series is back to its right track.
The story starts with Larten Crepsley with the baby facing the killing cold. Larten is lost and cold with a baby that he can't take care of, and he has no idea why he saved him, until he finds this cool palace.
I expected the story to focus on the supposedly PALACE OF THE DAMNED, but it didn't. In the cover (UK cover ofc)The palace looks
Mar 05, 2013 Eunice rated it it was amazing
Look at Hipster Larten Crepsley wearing a Spirithood.
I think I love these books too much to notice any plausible flaws.
The plot-line, as usual, was fascinating and unpredictable, as well as clever, with the typical Darren Shan style (i.e. past events you thought minor and unremarkable come back and bite the characters in the arse).

His characters, as always, have flaws AND qualities (even the 'bad' characters); no one is perfect. The women are strong, be it physically or mentally or emotionall
Marie-Josee Larouche
Oct 06, 2011 Marie-Josee Larouche rated it really liked it
Recommended to Marie-Josee by: My boyfriend
This is the 3rd book in the saga of Larten Crepsley. This one was very interesting, it started to tie into the things that happend in the 1st and 2nd book with Tanish Eul and Wester Flack. It tells the stories of what happends when he was a Cub, and what happends when he suddenly falls in love with a human.

This book was really good. I generally like all Darren Shan's books, I justr have nothing bad to say about them, they're that great. He his a master story teller.


This story tells o
Apr 23, 2015 Christel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
Palace of the Damned starts off with a big surprise as Destiny steps in and changes the fate of Larten's course and possibly the fate of the entire vampire clan. While Ocean of Blood had a definite sad tone to the book, in Palace of the Damned Larten's spirits seemed to pick up a bit more after his sudden meeting with Destiny. Larten even settles down for a while until an old "friend" of his pops up and his hard won peace comes crashing down.
Hesa Almuhairi
i was really excited about this book, but to tell the truth im really disappointed,i was expecting more action violence in the story so i liked the previouse parts, and the first one is still my favorite
Oct 22, 2011 Jonathan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Its amazing and lartens love life was so touching but to bad they didn't give two chapters for the forth book at the end but other then that i loved this book.
Sep 06, 2011 Carmen rated it really liked it
Excellent installment of Larten's past - great cliffhanger
Jun 08, 2012 Ashley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Larten Crepsley is running from a horrible sin he just committed. After slaughtering almost the entire crew of the Pearly Tornado, he has docked at Greenland and is making his way across the icy island with the baby he has silently vowed to protect. Larten vows to find a cave to put the baby to rest in and find his own death. This part of the book was very heart wrenching. Larten believes that there is no redemption for the sins he has committed on that ship. He views himself as the monster othe ...more
Nov 14, 2015 Matthew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Many have entered.

Few have left...

After a riveting first two instalments, where Larten Crepsley's life as a vampire faces many hectic pathways, Palace of the Damned returns our hero back to safer, more steady ground.

Well, in a way, I suppose...

Things are never as simple with Mr Shan (and that's a good thing). There are still hardships ahead, despite the increase in maturity of both the story and its cast. This entry, the third and penultimate, morphs from a journey to adulthood, to embracing sa
Feb 04, 2017 Jodie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not sure how to rate this. I enjoyed it but it wasn't the best. Was a quick and fun read, didn't wanna put it down so I guess that's good. I love how Darren Shan always pulls me in. It's short but a lot of story in one, I love how he keeps things short and sweet.
landa sperry
another short story

less than 300 pages, a bit more formula writing. sadly it cost the same as a larger novel. yet, I'm hooked on the main character and must follow his story to be end.
Lamia Kabital
Jan 02, 2017 Lamia Kabital rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Darren Hartwell
Jan 08, 2012 Darren Hartwell rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
Has Darren Shan sold his soul to the devil? That's a question I have asked myself after finishing all three of the books I have read so far in The Saga of Larten Crepsley. Why? Because the man has not failed to deliver even once, so surely there must be more than natural talent at play here?

I will try to make this review as spoiler-free as possible as far as Palace of the Damned is concerned, but if you have not yet read Ocean of Blood yet then you may want to navigate away from this page now. O
Aug 08, 2012 Stacie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, series
Warning: May contain spoilers

End the end of Ocean of Blood Larten, half mad with the flu and with grief over the death of his young assistant Malora, slaughters just about everyone on board the ship, including the parents of a baby boy.

This book starts with Larten wandering the icy wilderness of Greenland with the baby, seeking death. He comes across Perta Vin-Grah finally resting place that once was the talk of myths and decided it a very fitting place to die. Once his sets aside the baby he
Aug 31, 2013 Becky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After the horrific attack on the boat, Larten is almost at the end of his tether, disgraced by what he has done, alone and cold, trapped in Greenland with a baby, he's not sure if he can go on. Even Vampires have to give up sometime. But he then finds the legendary Ice Tomb, a sacred place vampires have been searching for for years. After a visit from the mysterious Me Tiny (yes he features in this series too and is just as irritating, meddlesome and weird as in the Darren Shan Saga), Larten dec ...more
Nov 28, 2012 Gabriella rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“This was selfish and wasteful. Cowardly. Nobody should voluntarily give up on life. If it was your time to die, death would calmly claim you. Otherwise it was your duty to press on and live.

Palace of the Damned is the third book in The saga of Larten Crepsley.

The book starts almost immediately after the end of Ocean of Blood, with Larten and the baby stranded in the icy wastes of Greenland. Larten searches for death in the snowdrifts, but is spared by a very unexpected twist of destiny.

Ms. Yingling
Larten, following the unfortunate slaughter of a family aboard a boat, is wandering the icy wilderness with the lone survivor, an infant boy, seeking his own death. He stumbles upon the legendary death palace of Perta Vin-Grahl, which he thinks is a good place to leave the boy and jump to his own death, but he is stopped by Desmond, aka Mr. Tiny. Determined to live, Larten goes to Paris in 1906, where he goes by the name of Vur, falls in love with Alicia, and wants her to take care of the boy, w ...more
Baruir Lokmanian
Mar 05, 2014 Baruir Lokmanian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I chose this book because it was a sequel to Ocean of Blood and I wanted to keep on reading the series. The book follows the events after Ocean of Blood where Larten survives Greenland and then attempts to live in Paris as a human. He falls in love with a woman named Alice, gets a job, and looks after the baby he carried since the events in Ocean of Blood. My favorite quote is “You didn't want to die. Most mortals don't, even if they find themselves in as desolate and soul-destroying a spot as y ...more
Ericy Yine
Dec 29, 2011 Ericy Yine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: december
This book is about a vampire, Larten Crepsley, who has adopted a human baby, Gavner Purl, after killing their parents on a ship near Greenland. They eventually find a way to Paris (the book does not say how) where Larten gets a human girlfriend, Alicia. She takes on the role of mom for Gavner but Larten gives a cold shoulder to him. After being framed for murder by a childhood friend, he escapes and goes back to Vampire Mountain. There he trains to become a General. When he discovers that Gavner ...more
Christian Marzan
Apr 04, 2016 Christian Marzan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Christian by: I found it in the library after reading the second book of the series
Larten was stuck at the arctic with a baby boy. While looking for a place for the baby to die peacefully, he found the Palace of Perta Vin Garhrl. There he realized that he did not want to die. A few years later, Larten went to Paris, fell in love with a young woman, and met his old friend. However, his old friend betrayed him and Larten had to leave Paris. Larten then decided to go back to the vampire mountain to train to become a general. Later in the story, Larten finds out that his old frien ...more
Aug 25, 2011 Kevin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: made-me-cry
I cried because (view spoiler) was just very sad. But overall it was amazing, as usual, I expected nothing less and was given so much more. I'm jumping of excited for Brother's to the Death. (view spoiler)
Sean McBride
I'm beginning to feel more and more that this series was a publisher request...and by request I mean demand. The feel of these books, just doesn't match that of the first series, you can visibly see his progression as a writer, but he seems to jump around and test out different genres to differentiate the books. When this series was released they said that it was going to be a four book cycle. The Demonata series didn't pan out as well as the publishers would liked and they wanted to get back to ...more
Jan 05, 2013 Rim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dark-fantasy
his book ties well with the previous two books in the series as Larten gets to be reintroduced to characters such as Tanish Eul, Arra Sails and Arrow whom he didn’t expect to meet in the near future. Anyway's this is the plot(there are some spoiler though)!

After making a grand discovery and fostering a baby (Gavner whose parents Larten killed) he tries to escape his guilt by leaving the clan and focusing on finding a home for Gavner. However interestingly enough Larten falls in love with a human
Jul 04, 2013 Amin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, fantasy
"روحت حتما راهی بهشت می شود "
آغاز کتاب خسته کننده بود یا حداقل من اینجور فکر می کنم . هیچ وقت از ماجراهایی که توی کولاک و برف رخ میده خوشم نمیاد چون نویسنده غیر از توصیف شدت سرما و سختی حرکت و کم شدن دامنه دید و... چیز دیگه ای واسه توصیف نداره اما تجربه ثابت کرده همه نویسنده ها حداقل یکبار این فضا رو توصیف می کنند .
کرخی داستان رو دیسموند تینی از بین برد . با حضور به هنگام و ناگهانیش . پیرمردی که با توصیفات کتاب به نظر نمیاد خیلی پیر به نظر برسه و همیشه همه ماجرا ها زیر سر اونه .
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Librarian's note: Also writes books for adults under the name Darren Dash. And in the past he has released books for adults under the names D.B. Shan and Darren O'Shaughnessy.

Darren Shan (born July 2, 1972 in London, England) is the pen name of the Irish author Darren O'Shaughnessy, as well as the name of the protagonist of his book series The Saga of Darren Shan, also known as The Cirque Du Freak
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Other Books in the Series

The Saga of Larten Crepsley (4 books)
  • Birth of a Killer (The Saga of Larten Crepsley, #1)
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“You didn't want to die. Most mortals don't, even if they find themselves in as desolate and soul-destroying a spot as you. Almost all of those who take their own lives wish at the last moment that they hadn't. They see at the end how much they've given up, how precious life is, even when it's treated them like dirt and crushed their dreams. Many think they've passed beyond hope, but they never really have, not until they pass beyond life itself. Alas, that knowledge comes too late for most would-be-suicides and they die with regret. Very few are offered the chance that you have been handed.” 16 likes
“But I also slaughtered you real mother and father. In a moment of mad rage, I took their lives and left you an orphan. If you choose to take my life as a payment for theirs, you will be within your rights and no vampire will hold it against you. Pass judgment on me, Gavner Purl, and let your hand rise or fall as destiny decides it must."
-Larten Crepsley”
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