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Killers of the Dawn (Cirque du Freak #9)

4.22 of 5 stars 4.22  ·  rating details  ·  16,283 ratings  ·  357 reviews
The allies of the night prepare for the final, deadly confrontation. Darren and Mr Crepsley will get more than they bargained for when they come face to face with the Vampaneze Lord. Outnumbered, outsmarted and desperate, the hunters are on the run. Pursued by the Vampaneze, vigilante mobs and the police, Darren Shan, the Vampire Prince, is public enemy Number One! With th ...more
Paperback, 185 pages
Published August 24th 2004 by HarperCollins Children's Books (first published January 1st 2003)
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Lilly Anne
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Nov 09, 2008 Dan rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Dan by: Friend
Continuing form book 8, Darren and is allies become otunumbered as he find out that humans are against him as well. With the vampanze working together with the humans, i makes it even harder for Mr. Crespley and Darren to king the Lord of Vampanze. Athough he has humans agaisnt him, he also has his girlfriend on his side as well as the Chief of the police as she understnd the situation in the end and volunteers to help with the war going against the humans that have been corrupted. With this pag ...more
Jesse Wyant
I liked the book, but I like all the books by Darren Shan. He really knows how to keep a reader on the edge of their seats and on edge just waiting to see how the problem will be resolved. Another reason that Darren is one of my favorite authors is that he can enthuse a reader within the first two chapters, that is how I got hooked to his books. He is an amazing author with an amazing imagination on how the characters should act and live or die. He has been able to capture the interests of othe ...more
Patryk Stypulkowski
Darren Shan, hunting the Vampaneze in a city, finally finds what he’s looking for. He starts to hunt them down, hoping to strike the Vampaneze Lord down. But his quest is nowhere as simple as he thinks.
“Killer of the Dawn” was a book that made me want to keep reading the series. The previous two books in the series weren’t very satisfying for me, and I was considering moving on to another series. Thankfully I gave this book a chance, otherwise I would have never read the remaining books, whic
This is yet another action packed book in the series.

Again there are many twists and turns, more deception for you to work your way through. There’s also shocking emotional moment for you to put up with as events unfold. There is development in characters and plot, the story jumping forward a lot, heading you in the direction towards where the story ends.
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Apr 22, 2008 Georgia rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone, everywhere
really really really good. the best so far!
After the betrayal at the hands of his once best friend, Darren Shan finds himself in boiling water. He, along with Mr. Crepsley, Harkat, and Vancha, are framed for the murders the vampaneze were committing. Now they’ve got the humans and vampaneze wanting to spill their blood. This might be the end for Darren and his allies.


I was pleasantly surprised with Killers of the Dawn. The past couple of books have been a real snooze fest. That’s all changed in this book. The plot is fast paced and t
I think this may be the book I love the most in the series so far, but also the one I hate the most. I won't say who but someone dies and I was devastated. Can't believe he did that! He certainly doesn't mind killing off his characters, but why is it always the ones I like the most?

Now I've dropped that bombshell, I will explain, the death doesn't happen until right near the end, but I knew it was coming for a couple of chapters. Up to that point this book was so exciting and well written, I was
The book starts with Darren and his friends quickly leaving the underground passages to escape the Vampaneze and vampets. With them are two hostages, Steve Leopard (who reveals himself to be a half-vampaneze) and a vampet. Debbie has been taken hostage by R.V., Vancha tortures the vampet back at their base and finds out that only the Vampaneze Lord can kill the three hunters. Unfortunately, Steve had arranged for the police to find out about them and soon they are surrounded by the police and ar ...more
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Nic Echo
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When we last left Darren and the others, they were being arrested for the murders the vampaneze had committed. Now, they need to figure a way out and stop the Vampaneze Lord.

Maybe it's just me, but this particular trilogy felt more drawn out than the others. It was still an enjoyable read however. It was especially interesting to see how our heroes dealt with the human police force. Now, even though Killers of the Dawn kept a fast and intriguing pace, I still had issues wi
Ya you know the typical vampire storys where the average vampire drinks blood and can turn into a bat and fly away. But this is not one of those storys this is a story about a boy (that is at least 30) that does not age as fast as we do and doesnt turn into a bat and fly away when they feel like there losing a battle. No this is a book about Darren Shan a vampires assistent that will soon be a ex-vampires assistent. But before I can tell you that I have to tell you about everything else leading ...more
The vampires continue to fight the ongoing war with the vampeneze, the War of the Scars as it is to be known. The vampaneze are an evil race of vampires who broke off from the Council hundreds of years ago and don't follow any of the vampire's rules of conduct; in particular, they have no respect for human lives.

As prophesied by Mr. Tiny, the three vampire hunters—Darren, Mr. Crepsley, and Vancha March—must defeat the Lord of the Vampeneze in one of four potential encounters. The fate of the en
I just finished reading this book yesterday and what a twist for horrors it was. The plot took a turn I knew was coming but did not want to believe it would. While this book is meant for horror and to make your insides squirm I found the ending was very depressing. I could not help but shed a tear for the outcome was not to my liking.

While the story was well written and nothing was wrong with it, my heart ached and I stuffed myself with cake that night. To avoid spoiling I will only say someone
Sara Shaw
Oh God why?!!!!!!! i cried SO MUCh in this book, that I never cried BEFORE. Why did M.r crepsly die? I adored him, his character his kindness, braveness everything I LOVED HIM.

The whole series is exiting so much, and this book was good too. But.. :(

"No, thats not what happened..

I wish it was. With all my heart and soul, I wish he'd been rescued and our foes defeated. In that terrible, impossibly long moment of his fall, I imagined half a dozen fantastic scenarios, where Mika or Arrow or Mr Ta
Darren Shan, a half vampire, meets hi sold friend Debbie who know his a old woman. Darren wants to stay with Debbie and the Allison (the police officer) but he has to fight in the war with the vampaneze. Darren and a few other vampires run into the vampaneze and they have Debbie. The vampaneze give the vampires a head start of of the tunnel. This book is about friendship,loyakty and good vs evil
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talk about screaming your head off! Darren Shan had me on this book...Why did Mr. Crepsly have to die!!!! Darren Shan seriously knows how to keep his readers hoocked in a book.
Siting Zeng
i think that this book is okay because it does not really suprises you like other darren shan books. this book's cover looks really intresting and when you read it, its not as intresting as the book. the action is too slow and when there is action, they discribe it like it was boring. or something that happened trillions of years ago and no one cares. but above all, the book is entertaining and okay to read.
Daniel Sahr
Killers of the Dawn was a book that did everything right in order to hold my interest in the series that I had given up on long ago. After the first three amazing books, the next four were very lackluster all falling into a repetitive lull of the same boring setting and characters doing the same things with very slightly different motivations.. The eight book once again rekindled my interest, and this book just made it better. This book is a direct continuation of the last, which was something ...more
Julie Decker
Darren, Vancha, and Crepsley are now wanted criminals, which is inconvenient since they're trying really hard to evade capture so they can kill somebody. The Vampaneze lord--still out of reach--must be killed before he brings about the end of the Vampire Clan, and they don't have many chances to kill him left. Revelations about secret identities finally boil to the surface in this one as the strange reunion of Darren and Steve leaves many of the people involved questioning their loyalties and sc ...more
Rushaid Unia
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Jessica rajaniemi
This book was fantastic until they killed off Larten Crepsley!!! WHY would they kill of one of the main characters???? I am pissed beyond believe, very disapointed in the entire series now, and I don't know if I can even finish reading the final book's. I'm very upset by the ending, and I can only hope that I'll get over it and read on to find out that he somehow come's back to life or something, but I doubt that's gonna happen, can't believe the author killed him...
The hunters become the hunted...

I hate you Darren Shan! (Not really) I hate you! (Of course not really) How can you do this to us? How? What? Huh? Why?AHHHHHHHHHHHH!

What is life now...?

Killers of the Dawn has the worst and best ending EVER!

I'm still partially unable to comprehend the mastery that I've just been through.

This, is how storytelling is done. Filled with adrenaline and action from start to finish; add a healthy dose of suspense and some of the best twists I've seen, and you're on to
Uchechi Duruji
I am sorry to say that this book disappointed me. I loved reading the books prior to this, but nothing really made me want to read the next book, until the end when they found out the truth about the Vampaneze Lord. The storyline was difficult for me to follow. There were so many weaknesses in the book, I am surprised that it did not fall apart. The fact that they still have a chance at defeating the War of the Scars makes absolutely no sense, if the have three chances, why did the Vampaneze Lor ...more
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Killers of the Dawn, the ninth of Darren Shan’s CIRQUE DU FREAK books, continues right where Allies of the Night left off. The vampaneze have taken Debbie hostage in the tunnels under the city, but they’ve let Darren, Mr. Crepsley, and Vancha go. After escaping, Darren and company decide (not too smartly) to go back to the apartment they’ve been staying in where they have a run-in with the police. The rest of the plot involves captures, escapes, rescues, hiding, poor decisions, battles, death, a ...more
This was most awesome! It was a little slow to start with but the fight in the cave was brilliant! I read this all today as I could hardly put it down! The ending is so upsetting though! Even though I have been told about the twist at the end - it in no way took away the suspense or excitement of the story, it just made me want to get to it quicker....
Only 3 more to go then the end :-(
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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
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Cirque du Freak (1 - 10 of 12 books)
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  • The Vampire's Assistant (Cirque Du Freak, #2)
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  • Vampire Mountain (Cirque Du Freak, #4)
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“Quick! Head for the ground floor! We have to get out! We will die if we stay! The vampires are here!"
"Haven't you got a hug for me, Larten, old buddy?”
“Jangan biarkan kebencian menguasai hidupmu. Kematianku tidak perlu dibalaskan. Hiduplah sebagai vampir yang bebas, bukan sebagai makhluk putus asa gila dan terobsesi untuk membalas dendam.” 10 likes
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