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Hunters of the Dusk (Cirque du Freak #7)

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The pursuit begins...
Darren Shan, the Vampire Prince, leaves Vampire Mountain on a life or death mission.
As part of an elite force, Darren searches the world for the Vampaneze Lord. But the road ahead is long and dangerous - and lined with the bodies of the damned.
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Published July 31st 2007 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published 2002)
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Kyle
Jan 04, 2015 Kyle rated it liked it

Another adventure off to a good start.

Prince Darren, along with Larten Crepsley and Harkat Mulds, are sent off on a special mission to hunt the Vampaneze Lord by Mr. Tiny.

I really enjoy Darren as a main character. It will be interesting to see where the other takes things as the story progresses. As with the other stories in the series, the book is well written, and has no ending. I'll have to read the next book in the series to continue the plot started in this book. Which is one of my bigge

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Charlotte van den Berg
When a friend of mine recommended a young adult series to me about vampires I was a little hesitant. Thinking back a few years to the time I tried many vampire series friends of mine loved I almost lost interest completely. But I trusted this friend and decided to check it out. I could always stop reading after the first book. I was relieved to see that this book didn’t look like any of the other vampire books I tried to read so I didn’t have come up with an excuse why I couldn’t read this serie ...more
Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*

Nothing like opening a book in a series and finding out it’s skipped forward…by six years. Yes, six years. Hear me sigh in irritation.

The last book left off with a stunning revelation, but we’ve skipped forward now. Once I got past that annoying development, the story continues to demand my attention.

Darren hasn’t seemed to think or tend to the views of the former traitor he was considering before (peace treaties), and while not enjoying killing, does it with more natural ease when it’s needed.
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Ashley

So Evanna turned out to be a traitor. Kind of. :/


Pretty school character additions. Vancha is pretty badass. Feel bad for him having to battle his brother. But the whole hand to hand is pretty cool. Evanna is awesome too. Her frogs freak me out a bit, but I kinda wish I had some. Oh, and I like her back story. It would be weird being made by Mr. Tiny. Oh, and Mr. Tiny. He's so not my favorite person right now, but... he always brings big news. You know people are going to be scrambling when he's
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Siobhan
Oct 11, 2014 Siobhan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book in the series is very much focused around the larger plot related to the twelve books. Whilst some of the previous books were focused more upon Darren’s experiences this one brings us back to the war which is going on.

After being visited by a character from one of the past books, our main characters find themselves at the Cirque once again. Here events are not quite what they once seemed, with questionable motives in the air. Our characters find out that completing the mission that the
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Pobes
Sep 13, 2016 Pobes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book. Fun story. Great characters. Cover scares the crap out of me.
Whitney
Six years have passed since The Vampire Prince and the vampires are at war with the vampaneze. Along comes Mr. Tiny, bearing an ominous look into the future. Darren, Mr. Crepsley, and Harkat Mulds are dispatched on a mission to do the impossible; find and kill the Lord of the vampaneze. If they should fail, the destruction of the vampire world will be on their hands.

Plot

Though I found the overall plot of Hunters of the Dusk boring, I’m glad I didn’t have to sit through the six years that Darren
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Kat  Hooper
Feb 14, 2014 Kat Hooper rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Hunters of the Dusk is the seventh book in Darren Shan’s CIRQUE DU FREAK series. Though Shan always does a nice job of quickly and sufficiently recapping the plot, it’d be best not to start here. Go back and begin with A Living Nightmare. And be warned that this review will contain spoilers for previous books.

It’s been six years since the events of The Vampire Prince. Young Darren Shan is now one of the leaders of t
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Cinthia Palomino
As Darren holds the spot of vampire price since he was supposed to be sentenced to hall of death for running away from his trials but was voted by the vampires to become prince wich was the only solution other than death. Comes a well expected vsit by all vampires, Desmond Tiny who is hated by the vampires made a prophecy talking about the Vampaneze Lord and a great war. The Vampaneze Lord is alive and traveling the world. Now, it's up to Darren Shan, Mr. Crepsley and a the Vampire Prince Vancha ...more
Patryk Stypulkowski
Darren Shan, now a Vampire of high standing, is sent on a mission along with an Elite Squad to eliminate the threat of the murderous Vampaneze and their Lord. Will Darren succeed, and if he does, will it have been worth it?
Expanding on the books before it, “ Hunters of the Dusk” might seem like a good book at first. It has action, as well as a fairly interesting plot. However, the problem in the last book has not been fixed. Darren Shan, a mere, young, half-vampire, is chosen by an agent of De
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Cary
Oct 02, 2014 Cary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Eleonore
Dec 22, 2014 Eleonore rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mr. Tiny tells Mr. Crepsley and Darren that they have to go find the Vampaneze Lord and kill him, and that only them and one other vampire that they will find later can kill him. Darren and Mr. Crepsley go to find the other vampire, so they start searching. They find Vancha March, the third vampire. All three of them want to find the Vampaneze Lord, but they don't know where to start, so they just follow their instincts. Then, they do find him, and while trying to kill him, they killed all the V ...more
Melany
This was definitely another one of the filler books. Even though this was longer than the last two, not much happened. All they did was start their journey to find the vampanze lord (view spoiler)

It was nice to back at the Cirque Du Freak and see how they've changed. I really like how the author used Evra growing up to really show how much time has passed (view spoiler)

The best part of this book was the introduction of Lady
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Essau Alli
Mar 31, 2010 Essau Alli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is another book that is about the vampire Darren. He has become more mature and he has gained new friends that have stuck with him since he became the vampire he is now. He is now stronger then ever because of his mentor Mr Crepsly.

I can connect this book to the world because it shows that once you have someone to guide you, you will be able to accomplish what ever you want to do. In the world there are many people who like to help others with there future.

I rate this book 4 and 1/2 s
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angharad mair
Jan 06, 2016 angharad mair rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Hunters of the Dusk was most definitely the least interesting of the series thus far, which is upsetting since it's supposed to be drawing closer to the huge finale. Nevertheless, I did find myself enjoying the snippets of information that were littered every so often about Harkat's previous form! I believe he was maybe the brother to Evanna… I'm also pretty sure that the Vampeneze Lord is Steve Leopard/Leonard — since that would make perfect sense!
Jesse
This book is about vampirers trying to fight the vanpaneze. They even have vanpaneze pets to go out for them to find out where the vanpirers are trying to hide from them. And the vampaneze pets go back and tell the vampaneze where the vampires are thats if they can even find the vampires. the vampires and the vampaneze are always fighting. The vampires are usually always beating the vampaneze in their fights that they have. I think they choose darren to be prince.
Aurora
May 19, 2016 Aurora rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Darren is now the prince and have quests to do, it is just the beginning. The author made it very fun by adding thoughts, I like reading their thoughts and 'watching' their actions. It's pretty exciting when they are fighting their enemies. Everyone should try this book out, continue with the next book! I can't stop reading the series because their too FUN!!!
Michael Dako
Mar 08, 2013 Michael Dako rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love this series and I can only imagine what I will do when I'm finished it. I can't really say anything without giving anything away. All I can say though is it will surprise you. I am so glad I got Devin, Courtney, Zack, Daniel and maybe Mr.C reading this series. I hope they all love it as much as I do, and as always I can't wait to start the next one!
Ahmad Sharabiani
دارن شان، شاهزادهء اشباح، برای انجام ماموریتی کوهستان اشباح را ترک می کند که شاید منجر به مرگ او شود. او یکی از برگزیدگانی است که باید به تعقیب ارباب شبح واره ها برود. اگر او را نابود کند پیروز است و اگر شکست بخورد قبیلهء اشباح را به کام مرگ میبرد. ا. شربیانی
Hannah
Jul 04, 2016 Hannah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I stayed up pretty late to finish this book and it was worth it. Darren always seems to have this 'vampire luck' while afterwards it seems that it wasn't much like luck at all. I love how short these books all are though
Negin
Jul 15, 2015 Negin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
خود کتاب رو دوست دارم. کلاً دارن باحال مینویسه 0_0 نکته هایی هم بود ک میخواسم بگم ک الان یادم نیس o:-)
Ty The Guy
“He fled to save the life of the man he was protecting -the fake servant- the…”

Imagine that you have been stuck in a mountain for six years serving as a vampire prince, working with generals to defeat your enemies, the vampaneze. One day, out of the blue, you have been chosen to defeat the vampaneze by taking out their lord. If you don't hunt, you and every vampire in existence will die. If you do, you risk dying, or living to see the world fall apart. Either way, each sides will shed tears an
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Fionn
It took me a while to get used to the six year time jump but once I'd gotten over it I started to really enjoy the book. I was glad they left Vampire Mountain, I like it a lot more when the characters are on the move. There were a lot of interesting things set up for almost every character in this book too. My favourite part though was (view spoiler) ...more
Soumi_chan
May 18, 2017 Soumi_chan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This series have cursed me, I think🤔
I can't stop reading unless I finish one book.
last night I stayed up late to finish this book, even though I had to study😅
This series is really really fascinating, magical, interesting, attractive,...
congrats, Mr. Shan!
Kleinerrotfuchs
Jun 19, 2017 Kleinerrotfuchs rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Die Geschichte steht irgendwie still.
Mal sehen ob ich die Reihe bei so wenig Lesespaß beende...
Mariah Johnston
The pacing of this one was so much better than the others.
Anthony
Mar 22, 2017 Anthony rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
It wasn't the best book in the series but it was still a good book.
Matthew
Jun 12, 2015 Matthew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While death is certain,
we do not know who it will claim...




I'm back on the reading wagon! I hadn't realised just how long I'd gone without picking up a book, and it's shameful. Hunters of the Dusk makes that feeling worse by being so darn good. I love the kind of mini-trilogies the series contains; they're fantastic, and help keep the reader invested with the balanced myriad of plots and adventures, foreshadowed with the coming of the 'big plot'. The Vampire Prince's conclusion revealed a future
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Larena Attwell
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Zoë
It’s actually quite appropriate that I picked up on this series again after a short break, because this book takes place six years after the previous book. So I feel that sort of distance (though not to be confused with disinterest) from the events in the previous book, and you know what? So does Darren!

I’m kind of glad they left vampire mountain. As important as it is to the setting in this world, I like it more when Darren and Crepsley are moving around in the world. And Harkat. Speaking of wh
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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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Cirque du Freak (1 - 10 of 12 books)
  • A Living Nightmare (Cirque Du Freak, #1)
  • The Vampire's Assistant (Cirque Du Freak, #2)
  • Tunnels of Blood (Cirque Du Freak, #3)
  • Vampire Mountain (Cirque Du Freak, #4)
  • Trials of Death (Cirque Du Freak, #5)
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“Ever hear of the phrase, Banging you're head on a brick wall?"
Ah, but you forget, Darren, vampires can break brick walls with their heads.”
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“A little knowledge is a dangerous thing."

- Harkat Mulds (Hunters of the Dusk)”
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