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Dark Carnival (Serenity Falls #3)

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Following Writ in Blood and The Pack, the chilling Serenity Falls horror trilogy concludes with Dark Carnival. The town of Serenity Falls, New York, labors under a centuries-old curse-making no one there safe, and rendering nothing as it seems. In Dark Carnival, the circus arrives in town to raise a ruckus. But the Carnival of the Fantastic is raising more than that. It's ...more
Paperback, 343 pages
Published July 26th 2005 by Jove
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At this point I came to the conclusion that I don't like horror. In this volume we follow a hero around who can't manage to save anyone but seems to delude himself into thinking he's succeeding while most of the town dies horribly. In fact everyone dies in the most horrible slowest fashion's never violent sudden death, it's all limb removal, or methodical stabbing/strangulation/beating/raping/burning/etc, and then there's the mutilation, the constant terror and really we ...more
I read all three books of the trilogy in a row and I felt like I needed to wait until this one to review them all. This trilogy had so much potential and started out well with the first book, Writ in Blood, that I committed to the long haul. I'm still not sure what the heck was going on. You had the curse set in place by one of the founders that, when it comes to fruition, I'm still not sure what it was even supposed to be other than cause chaos and more violence. Then there was this entity that ...more
A satisfying end to the trilogy. This book suffered from one volume being split into three more than the first two. By the time we reached this book, so many characters had been introduced (which is natural in a book dealing with an entire small town) that I really wanted to be able to flip back to remind myself who some of them were when they popped in, but I couldn't unless I carried the previous volume around with me. The whole trilogy evoked the Castle Rock books of King, but each of those w ...more
What a mess. Many of the events of this book (and the previous ones) seem meaningless in light of the ending. Some subplots are just dropped, others are dealt with in frustratingly vague ways. The resolution of the main story is over-complicated.

As the series went on, I cared less about the town and it's inhabitants than I did after finishing the first novel. I was expecting Crowley to be more fleshed out, but the story still didn't reveal a satisfying amount of information about his character.

This was a so-so ending to the trilogy. My least favorite of the three books, but a must read if you have read the first two. I found this book to have a lot of carnage, that IMO, was not really necessary. The storyline kind of lost steam for me and I was not totally satisfied with the ending. There were some loose threads left hanging that I would have liked to have had sewn up, but it was an okay read. Seems there may be room for another story that involves Crowley which I would enjoy reading. ...more
This was a "must" read if you have read the other two books in this series. In my opinion, the first one was the very best one, the second one was still good, but this one I had trouble finishing. It didn't answer a few questions that I had, but I haven't been able to find any other books by Mr. Moore that answer them either. While it does wrap up a few ongoing storylines, it doesn't tie them all up by a long shot. Still, it was an ok read.
A curse on the town and John Crowley, the hunter who has come to save the town. Supernatural Thriller, demons, etc. Interesting but don't think I will read books 1 & 2.

(2010 December note - it may be a better book than I remember - I had just finished a couple of books about Ecuadorian missionaries - that may have colored my feelings about this one.)
Jan 14, 2008 H3yd00 rated it 5 of 5 stars
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The final book in the Serenity Falls trilogy. An excellent ending to the story, everything wrapped up neatly at the end. It wasn't my favorite of the three, maybe since it was the end of the series, but still a great book.
Erin (*is in a reviewing slump*)
A good finish to the series, although I was a bit frustrated with some stuff in the ending, including not finding out more about the main hero of the story. Full review later
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James A. Moore is the award winning author of over twenty novels, thrillers, dark fantasy and horror alike, including the critically acclaimed Fireworks, Under The Overtree, Blood Red, the Serenity Falls trilogy (featuring his recurring anti-hero, Jonathan Crowley) and his most recent novels, Blind Shdows, Homestead and the soon to be released Seven Forges. He has also recently ventured into the r ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Serenity Falls (3 books)
  • Writ in Blood (Serenity Falls, #1)
  • The Pack (Serenity Falls, #2)
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