Brothers to the Death (The Saga of Larten Crepsley, #4)
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Brothers to the Death (The Saga of Larten Crepsley #4)

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After years of wandering, Larten has finally found his way back to his vampire family and resumed the vigorous, brutal training to become a General. But there are vampires determined to pull Larten into starting a war that could have global implications and casualties. Vampires who will stop at nothing. Vampires who would betray Larten in the most cutting way.
Kindle Edition, 245 pages
Published April 26th 2012 by HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks (first published January 1st 2012)
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Rachel Fox


An amazing ending to an amazing series. 'Brothers to the Death' was absolutely fantastic. So full of twists, surprises, excitement, heartbreak, romance, everything you need to make a book perfect.
I've loved Larten Crepsley since 'Cirque Du Freak' but this series has made me love him even more, if that was even possible. He's one of my favourite fictional characters ever. I would gladly defend him to the death.
He's such a unique character. You'll never ever read a book about a character like La...more
Darren Hartwell
This review first appeared on The Book Zone(For Boys) blog


Brothers To The Death is Shan at his very best as a writer, and I challenge any fan of his vampire books not to find this a rewarding and deeply satisfying read. I have a feeling that, come the final words of this book there will be a legion of fans who, like I did, feel a broad grin erupt on their face, at which point they will probably, again like me, reach for their well-read copy of Cirque Du Freak and continue the story. I don't thin...more
Katrina
Readers tend to forget one simple fact about a prequel, you already know the fate of most of the characters. You know it before you ever open the book. Some of the reviews I'd read of this book scoffed at what they felt was too obvious a title...but with a prequel, obvious is kinda bread and butter for the genre. There's an old saying, it's not the destination it's the journey. That yes we know what happens to them in the end but we read this to see the journey to get there, what made them who t...more
chucklesthescot
Larten has finally found his place in society-being friends with and looking after Alicia and helping to save humans and vampires from the Nazis during WW2. However tragedy, betrayal and Desmond Tiny are lurking to push Larten into starting the war against the Vampaneze.

I really enjoyed this book as it used the backdrop of WW2, which I have studied myself in great detail. I enjoyed seeing how both vampire clans actually have standards and believe the Nazis to be the true monsters. With the addit...more
Becky
Am I too perceptive? Or did the title of this book give the ending away to anyone else. OR was it just me? I mean, how obvious do you want to be? It slightly ruined it for me as it gave away the outcome. I was still intrigued as to how it ends up that way as I always thought they were very close, after all they were 'brothers' in as many ways possible in the vampire world. So I had to wonder how that would all come about, but then THE event happens and I wasn't fooled for a minute. Forget the Va...more
Book Sp(l)ot
* Earlier books in the serie: Birth of a Killer (#1), Ocean of Blood (#2), and Palace of the Damned (#3) - this review may contain spoilers for some of those *


Just when Larten is finally ready to make his way back to Vampire Mountain and his vampire kin, he's pulled into a very human conflict. The Nazis are coming to power and while the vampires have made it their way not to interfere with human struggles, the Nazis have made their own efforts to pull the vampire in, though, so they can't compl...more
Cameron
This is the first book in the series to gain a three star rating from me, because, in my opinion, it is the first book in the series that actually seemed to have a point. I love the character of Larten Crepsly, but this series has, up until now, seemed to just be rehashing of old stories. And I still maintain that opinion, at least for the first three books. The impression I got from those books is that Shan was just using them to give his fans something to read as he wrote another series. I fou...more
Amin
" این سرنوشتش بود "
دارن شان همچنان منو غافلگیر میکنه ، هیجان زده میکنه و به وجد میاره .
روند داستان از بقیه کتاب های این سری روون تر بود . اتفاقات سریع می افتاد و داستان پیش می رفت .
راستش الان واقعا نمیدونم چی بگم . از دیشب که کتاب رو تموم کردم رفتم تو فکر و هنوز بیرون نیومدم .
داشتم به این فکر می کردم چقدر لارتن رو دوست داشتم . چقدر دلم برای دارن تنگ شده بود ( گرچه امیدم به حضور دارن در این داستان امیدی واهی بود و دارن بدون فلش فوروارد به مرگ لارتن کتاب رو تموم کرده بود . ) چقدر با شخصیت های ا...more
Sam
So we have come full circle now. I'm very tempted to pick up Cirque Du Freak and complete onwards. "Brothers to the Death" finsihes off Mr. Crepsley's back story and leads us nicely in to "The Saga of Darren Shan". I will say, I'm tempted to go and reread the cirque du freak series now! It was enjoyable and filled in a good chuck of blanks such as; why did Crepsley stop being a General and joinned up with the Cirque? Where did Madam Octa come from? Why is Vanche's hair green? And many more.

You...more
Mahala
Well, Darren Shan, you've done it again. Absolutely fantastic.

I had a really hard time finding a copy of this book; and I'm slightly annoyed that the cover doesn't match all of my other books in this series. For some reason they never published the last book in the covers I have, which is annoying because I can be a bit OCD.

But this book, oh my gosh. It's been so long since I read the one before it; I'd forgotten how much I love Darren Shan's writing. He's one of the only writers whose plot twis...more
Christine
“The world hurts us all in one way or another,” Laurence said, “but we can hurt ourselves too. If you follow your destiny, you stand a chance of knowing true happiness. If you hide from it, you will never be content.”

I'm not quite sure what to say. I mean, I figuratively just got my heart ripped out from my chest. I totally didn't expect that. I mean, I knew that there'd be a huge character death, and that it's most likely going to hurt as hell, but I didn't expect how it was going to happen. S...more
Eli
wow this was ... I'm speechless! Finally, that's what I was talking about.
So why wasn't I surprised when I found out about Wester? Because I KNEW this would happen! I KNEW Darren Shan wouldn't let me down ... not with this one, not with dear Mr Crepsly!
Just Awesome!
Shiku
Paris Anfang der 30er Jahre: Larten Crepsley befindet sich zusammen mit Gavner Purl bei seiner ehemaligen Verlobten Alicia und deren Tochter Sylva. Zwar kann Larten nicht öffentlich mit der Frau zusammen sein, die er liebt, aber dennoch genießt er die Zeit mit ihr und den beiden anderen. Die Freude wird nicht von langer Dauer sein, denn dunkle Zeiten nahen heran: Die Nazis wünschen ein Bündnis mit den Vampiren und Larten wird gewählt, den verhandelnden Fürsten zu begleiten. Er weiß noch nicht, d...more
Adeeb
This is the last book in a series about Mr Crepsley, a character we have known about since a long time ago, and I should be sad because I will read no more bout my favoirte orange-haired friend. However, this is not the case. I have just finished reading this book. I am not sad. I read the last few pages with a smile on my face.

This perhaps is/will be my favorite Darren Shan book. Not only because of the main story, but also because of many other reasons.

Before I dicuss the reasons this book is...more
Zanib  Sajjad
Darren Shan has done it again. The Master of Horror is now too the Master of Originality, and the Master of Storytelling. He is the Master of Masters. Brother's to the Death was the fourth and final in the Larten Crepsley Saga, and though this saga is a prequel to the Cirque Du Freak Saga (many sagas there), it contained the same thrill, emotion, and depth as a non-prequel. I say this because prequels can often get tiresome. The events do not always bear a shock or surprise, but the same cannot...more
Ashley
The final book of The Larten Crepsley Saga, and man was it a good one! Larten has experienced more tragedy in his life that anyone should, but he manages to find his way through it all in the end. Larten sticks true to his promise to Alicia and visits her often. Although she will never allow it due to her old age, Larten yearns to be with her as her partner until the very end. It has been a good 15 years since Tanish's death and yet he still remains aloof when it comes to Gavner. I was really sa...more
Hesa Almuhairi
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Gabriella
Arra followed but paused at the door and glanced back with a veiled smile. “This isn’t over,” she purred. “We’ll discuss our relationship in more depth later.”Before Larten could protest, she slipped out, leaving him alone in the large, ornate suite to marvel at the fact that he was more worried by Arra than he was by the army of Nazis that would soon be hot on his and Gavner’s trail.

Brothers to the Death is the last book in The Saga of Larten Crepsley.

Picking up Larten's story several years a...more
04zachn nelson
In this book Brothers to the death, Larten and gavner meet girls best friends, but they dont know that they are vampires, they meet every so often a couple years, but right now larten and gavner purl leave to vampire mountain with a sad goodbye, and flit to the mountain for council, in council larten and vancha get in a fight because wester and larten try to start a war with the vampaneze, so after larten his recovered he finds out his girl friend had died because of a vampeneze, says wester so...more
Brandon Fischer
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Bianca Cassie
Read from page nineteen to the end in one sitting. However, not for the reason I want it to be. Really it was only because I kept saying "Well, if you don't finish it now, you'll just have to finish it later," and I really needed to just hurry up so I could finally say I was finished.

I'm glad I've read all the books in The Saga Of Larten Crepsley now because that means I don't have to read books from the saga anymore. Obviously, none of the books were so bad that I dropped the whole series, but...more
Rim
Brothers to the Dead is the last book in the Saga of Larten Crepsley Series. The conclusion to the series was brilliant my only criticism is that the title of the book was a bit revealing! Here’s the plot!

After Lartens confrontation with Gavner, their relationship changes for ever! Larten faces new problems when he’s assigned to mislead the Nazis while the rest of the Vampires in Europe can safely escape as their existence is not a secret from the Nazis who are desperately trying to gain the Vam...more
Emma
Now that I am finished with this series I am very pleased that I decided to read them. As I read this books I found myself think back to the Darren Shan series and better understanding the choices that Larten Crepsly made and how his character became who he was in those books. I haven't finished the Darren Shan series yet so I can't vouch for much but in the first 6 books especially when the group are at Vampire Mountain there are a lot of unanswered questions about Larten's past, and it was nic...more
Jade
This was with out a doubt my favourite in the series/saga! I found the others dry in parts but I couldn't stop reading this and sped through it surprisingly quick.

The only bone there is to pick is that it wasn't the best ending in the world. It was just... OK. What I mean by this is that it was the last we would read of Larten and the world of Darren Shan. We didn't want a big bang because by this stage we are far too sentimental but something that sticks with us. But the last page made me excit...more
Billy Ferguson
This review is for all four books.

Ok, so having read the twelve books on the Saga of Darren Shan, and having thoroughly enjoyed them, it was time to see where it all began for Darren's would be master and mentor, Larten Crepsley.

On the whole I found all four books enjoyable, but the third instalment took top billing for me.

It was a fun and intriguing journey and enjoyable reading.

I would rate the series as a whole at 3.5 stars; it was good, I enjoyed it, but I guess because, to a certain deg...more
Ash
Let me just say that I eanted to rate the book 3 stars but the end was sooo good that made me feel like rating it 5 stars but seeing the whole thing 4 stars is just fine.
After Larten put his duties before his desires he didn't know that the price would be that high so he had to face one of his biggest loss and also one of his biggest betrayl. Other than that the book focused so much about World War II (which was a bit boring to see it in vampire's point of view). and that was pretty much it.
I...more
Sepiteh Alimohammady
این کتاب توی این مجموعه بهترینش بود!روند جذابی که آدم رو وادار به خوندن میکرد و چیزای غیرمنتظره
تمام فصل ها خیلی خوب جمع بندی شده بود و تا پایان کتاب که شروع یه کتاب دیگه بود در واقع، همه چیز عالی پیش رفت. ولی نمیدونم چرا اینقدر دوست داشتم احساس آقای کرپسلی رو در مورد مرگش بدونم که خوب ناکام موندم:-"
Becki
I finally got around to reading this series. Unsure why I put it off for the time that I did -- Larten Crepsley was always my favourite character in the Cirque Du Freak series, and I definitely wasn't disappointed by these books. In fact, I preferred them to the Cirque Du Freak series. Mostly because they were about Crepsley, but also because I feel like Darren Shan's writing has grown a lot since Cirque Du Freak. (Not that I ever thought his writing skill wasn't there, of course. I've enjoyed h...more
Maria Lamagna
After finishing Cirque Du Freak and then finding out about the prequel series that came before the actual story, I had to read these book. Once again, I soon found myself loving these books.
Darren Shan is surely one of my favorite authors.
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Librarian's note: Also writes under the name D.B. Shan.

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 Series in the United States. He is the author of The Demonata series, as well as some stand-alone books, and a series o...more
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