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Birth of a Killer (The Saga of Larten Crepsley #1)

4.27  ·  Rating Details ·  5,033 Ratings  ·  346 Reviews
The highly anticipated prequel to the New York Times bestselling Cirque Du Freak series!
Before Cirque Du Freak...
Before the war with the vampaneze...
Before he was a vampire.
Larten Crepsley was a boy.
As a child laborer many centuries ago, Larten Crepsley did his job well and without complaint, until the day the foreman killed his cousin as an example to the other children
Hardcover, 261 pages
Published October 5th 2010 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published September 1st 2010)
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Oct 10, 2010 Adam rated it it was amazing
Whoa. THAT was amazing.
I got it yesterday and finished it last night at about midnight. Gosh, the ending was SO suspensful.
Birth of a Killer is the first of four book in a prequel series to the awesome Cirque Du Freak. And it's all about Larten Crepsley. Many centuries ago, he worked as a child laborer with a dozen or so of his brothers and sisters. But his best friend was his orphan cousin, Vur Horston. After Vur does something wrong in the factory they work at, the boss kills him as an exampl
Zahra Dashti
هنوز زوده در مورد کل داستان قضاوت کنم، باید تا انتهای مجموعه بخونم تا بشه در مورد داستان قضاوت کرد.
نثر اما روانه، سرعت پیش روی خوبه و مثل کتابهای قبلی دارن شان به راحتی می شه جذب فضای داستان شد و با اون همراه شد. ترجمه هم مثل سایر کارهای خانم کریمی خوب بود.
اما بخشی از این جلد از کتاب که من رو به فکر برد این بخشش بود:

آقای تال با ملایمت گفت : « توی زندگی ، بعضی ها بدون اینکه خودشان بدانند به سرنوشت خدمت می کنند.نقشه ی زندگی آنها از قبل ریخته شده، ولی خودشان خبر ندارند.من به بی خبری آنها رشک می برم
Paige  Bookdragon




This book is flatter than my cleavage and I'm not going to read the whole series, book bundle be damned.


Elements and style : In this prequel to The Saga of Darren Shan, Darren Shan is more serious than he is in the saga of Darren Shan, using the more somber fell to reflect the protagonist, Larten Crepsley. He also provides a feel of connection to the normal series by introducing characters that appear in that series, and showing how they knew/know Larten Crepsley. He uses an older style of speaking, showing how this is 300 years in the past, and every once-in-a-while provides a flashback to when ...more
Aug 04, 2010 Amanda rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: People who have read and like Cirque Du Freak
I loved this book it answered a lot of questions for me that weren’t answered in Cirque Du Freak. I did read the ARC (advanced readers copy) of this book so I will not be too harsh on it (though I didn’t see much if anything that really needed to be changed.)

I’m not going to write much because I don’t want to give away spoiler but I have a few hunches of things that might happen but I could be totally wrong. (No I’m not saying what they are)

There is a thing that bothers me that I just realized
I loved this book so much, I could cry from happiness!
It was so lovely to read about all the older characters (but when they were younger), and also find out about some of the even older characters that were dead by the time the first series occurred.

I'll probably have to buy the entire series when they're all out. :3

Also we get to find out why Mr Crepsley's hair is orange!!! :D
Nicola Mansfield
Jan 08, 2011 Nicola Mansfield rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reason for Reading: I love Darren and read each new book as it comes out.

Larten Crepsley is a major character in Shan's "Cirque Du Freak" series and this book, first in a proposed 4-book series, tells his life story starting briefly with his pre-vampire childhood and continuing on through the years until he becomes a fully blooded vampire and leaves his master to go out in the world by himself.

Since this book happens before the "Cirque Du Freak" series it is not necessary to have read it to unde
Sep 03, 2014 Amin rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, fantasy
" حتی در مرگ کاش پیروز باشی "
دو سال از آخرین کتابی که از دارن شان خوندم میگذره . این اواخر فکر نمی کردم که دارن شان همچنان نویسنده محبوب من باشه . دنبال نویسنده جدیدی می گشتم .وقتی خوندن این کتاب رو شروع کردم اصلا باور نمی کردم که بتونه دوباره من را سر ذوق بیاره.
قبلا فصول ابتدایی این کتاب رو خونده و ترجمه کرده بودم برای همین اون ابتدا بیشتر حواسم تو مقایسه کلمات با متن اصلی بود اما باید بگم کتاب های دارن شان همچنان آغاز های خوبی دارند !اون چند فصل اول و رودر رویی تراز و لارتن واقعا هیجان انگیز ب
Jul 10, 2010 Thalestral rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2010
5 stars. The first in a series of four, this is the story of Darren's mentor from the original series, whose origins were only ever vaguely hinted at previously. A page turner right from the start, this is more gripping than the original series, and the hero is I think more likable and certainly easier to sympathise with.

From his poverty stricken and beaten down origins to his meeting with his vampire master, this is going to be a must read for all Darren Shan fans, as well as for anyone looking
Ahmad Sharabiani
Birth of a Killer (The Saga of Larten Crepsley #1), Darren Shan
عنوان: تولد یک قاتل (حماسه کرپسلی، #1)؛ نویسنده: دارن شان؛ مترجم: فرزانه کریمی؛ مشخصات نشر: موسسه انتشارات قدیانی، 1392، در 320 ص؛ شابک: 9789645369635؛ موضوع: داستانهای

تولد یک قاتل جلد نخست از مجموعه چهار جلدی «حماسه لارتن کرپسلی» میباشد. اتفاقاتی که برای لارتن کرپسلی پیش از مجموعه قصه های سرزمین اشباح افتاده است
Feb 19, 2013 Vendea rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-own, 2013
Nemám slov. Oproti ostatním knihám ze světa upírů, které mistr Shan napsal, je tohle něco nového. Kniha se četla rychle a Larten je daleko sympatičtějším a akčnějším hrdinou než býval jeho učedník Darren. Navíc jsou tu všichni staří přátelé... A ten konec Pokud se bojíte Série o poloupírovi Darrenovi, tak vyzkoušejte Zrození zabijáka, které včera vyšlo. Je to srdcovka! ...more
Rebecca McNutt
May 24, 2015 Rebecca McNutt rated it it was ok
Birth of a Killer was slightly more interesting than the Darren Shan series, but for the most part it tries to be overly weird despite its generic characters, choppy sentences and unoriginal story. definitely not a book I'd recommend.
Lelita P.
Sep 25, 2016 Lelita P. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't understand why recently I read some series that bring back memories of my happy childhood/adolescent life; a prequel/sequel/supplement of some main series that I loved so much back then.

I'd been way tougher in my teenage age--I hardly cried even for the saddest movies or books. But Darren Shan series was special because my eyes heated so badly after reading the 9th book. You who followed this series should know what event I'm talking about, which made me nearly cry.

That's why Darren Shan
Darren Hartwell
Oct 03, 2010 Darren Hartwell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Most readers of The Book Zone will not need me to tell them that Birth of a Killer, the new book from Darren Shan, is actually a prequel to his fantastically successful Saga of Darren Shan series. One of the key characters in that series was Larten Crepsley, the vampire that first blooded Darren Shan, thus turning him into a creature of the night. Larten is a very popular character with Shan fans, and in my opinion is one of the author's greatest creations: his personality seemed so well develop ...more
Feb 28, 2015 Himajsama rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Yaroslav Mikhnevich
This book is called The saga of Larten Crepsley: Birth of a killer. This book is written by Darren Shan, and it is a backstory book about Darren Shan's vampire master - Larten Crepsley. I chose to read this book because it tells us more of the universe of Darren Shan, vampires, and danger.
The book starts off with explaining Larten's life when he was a young kid, about 13 years old. The similar way the Darren Shan series started. And then a bit further into the book, after some explanations and
Dec 21, 2012 Rim rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dark-fantasy
This book was seriously amazing. I have previously read The Saga of Darren Shan series and i must admit Larten Crepsely was not my faviourite character as one didnt learn much about him in the series.

Anyways it starts of with Larten as a human working at this terrible factory with his beloved cousin Vur(seriously he liked him more than his sibilings). The main reason it was a terrible place was because the man(called Traz)in chrage over the child workers was ruthless and would inflict terrble pu
Oct 11, 2010 Hollowspine rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Horror fans, teens
Shelves: ya
Initially I only picked this book up because I had first dibs being a librarian and because we are showing the movie Cirque du Freak: the Vampire's Assistant at the library and thought I'd get some back story (since the book it's actually based on is currently checked-out).

I didn't think that it would be that hooking! I had read the Demonata series, which was also interesting in the beginning though, but quickly lost it's appeal to me. But, I'm thinking that I really need to read the next one i
Jessi Brown
Aug 19, 2010 Jessi Brown rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010, young-adult, arc
I recieved this book as an ARC from "Little Brown books for Young Readers"

Birth of a Killer by Darren Shan tells the tale of Larten Crepsley, a young boy who is living in awful conditions, has to fight for his food, and has a horrible sorry excuse for a person as a foreman. One day at work, his foreman goes too far with his beatings and kills one of the few people Larten cares for. At that moment, something snaps in Larten and he kills his foreman sending him on the run for his life. He is not
Mohammed Rahman
Jan 05, 2015 Mohammed Rahman rated it it was amazing
Larten Crepsley never planned to go on a blood thirsty rage streak and kill his boss at the age of 11. It all kind of just... happened. When his boss killed Larten's dearest friend and relative, Vur Horston, all he could think of was the rage that had overcome him. Having killed the boss in front of the other children that had been working to support their families in his poor neighborhood, word spread like wildfire, all heck broke loose, and soon enough, the whole village was hunting him down w ...more
Jul 27, 2011 Tara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, fantasy, vampires
Having been a massive fan of the original Darren Shan saga, hearing the story of 'where it all started' with the story of Larte Crepsley really appealed to me. Basically, this book outlines the basics of Larten's life before he became a vampire, and then some of the events afterward - including how he met Mr Tall, where the name of his alias, Vur Horsten, came from, and his first meetings with Mr Tiny.

Shan's writing style is much the same as it was in the original saga, and indeed in The Demona
Jan 05, 2012 Sam rated it liked it
When I heard that "The Saga of Larten Crepsley" was coming out I was excited because I really enjoyed reading "The Saga of Darren Shan". This is the prequel to Darren Shan as it is about Darren's master Larten Crepsley. It follows his beginnings of becoming a vampire and the life he led. We come across many familiar characters from the first series, and even though this one is set many years before the first series we all know vampires live for a long time so it wasn't surprising to see names I ...more
I borrowed this book from the library. Only after I got home I realised that it was a pre-sequel to a different series (Cirque Du Freak).

The blurb still sounded interesting though, so I decided to read it anyways. And I really enjoyed it, though I did feel I was missing out a little as I haven't read the other series. (I feel like I might need to now though!)

I'm guessing my rating might have been a star higher if I had read the other books first. So I would recommend that if you are considering
Sean McBride
Jun 22, 2011 Sean McBride rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok, so I have a penchant for reading teen books. Everyone needs a guilty pleasure though right? The good part is that now after two teen series and one adult series Mr. Shan has really come into his own. This one was longer than any of the Cirque Du Freak or Demonata books and it was much more organized. The characters were much more fleshed out and the plot wasn't as thrown together as some of his other books. This is still, however, a teen book and wont be winning any literary prizes, but if y ...more
Jun 29, 2014 Kevin rated it really liked it
Like all Darren SHan books, this was phenomenal!!!
I loved it, it really set up the rest of the series and I'm DYING to get my hands on book two.
This was a wonderful book, very enjoyable, and the last page made me shake from anticipation.
It really made me remember some of the things Mr.Crepsley murmed in the Cirque Du Freak series about his past, and now I look forward to the full story behind some of the things Larten mentioned in Cirque Du Freak.
Awesome Shan, you've done it ag
Nov 22, 2010 Challengeddino rated it really liked it
Interesting to know where Mr. Crepsley started, the twists I suspect will not be as dramatic as those of the Darren Shan Saga but one can hope. I have high expectations for this pre-quil series. I highly doubt that the talented Darren Shan will disappoint me and I look forward to the release of the second book in the series.
Mar 25, 2014 Gemma rated it it was amazing
really enjoying reading the history of Larten Crepsley so far and I am looking forward to the rest, all in all a great read.
Caitlyn Van
Aug 10, 2013 Caitlyn Van rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really good story. I loved it. It was very good. The beginning is quite sad. It was a amazing book. Defintely going to read the next part!
Oct 24, 2016 Beth rated it really liked it
I am teaching this after half term and I would recommend it for any young people! An engaging and fast paced read to keep those that hate description interested. Fantastic character development and some good passages to look at sentence structure and building tension.
Kimberly Michelle Davis
Nov 03, 2016 Kimberly Michelle Davis rated it it was amazing
I have to say it was so nice to be back in the Cirque universe. Mr. Crepsley had to be one of my favorite characters from the Cirque Du Freak series. So getting to learn his back story for me was a total joy. Well done.
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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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