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Allies of the Night (Cirque du Freak #8)

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"It was an age of war. After six hundred years of peace, the vampire and vampaneze had taken up arms against each other in a brutal, bloody battle to the death. Only three vampires stood a chance of stopping the Vampaneze Lord. They were the Prince, Vancha March; the one-time General, Larten Crepsley; and a half-vampire, me - Darren Shan"

Algebra class, two old friends, and
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Paperback, U.S. Paperback Edition, 224 pages
Published September 2005 by Little, Brown and Company (first published January 1st 2002)
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Negin
Jul 19, 2015 Negin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
هممم ویراست این جلدم تمومید 0_0
حقیقتاً مشخصه ک ارباب کیه. یه مشت خر دور هم جمع شدن:|
خو عاخه هاااا:|
از پیشگفتار های دارن خوشم نمیاد
همینجوری فقط حرف میزنه خیی سریع هم میگه. ینی اگه یکی یادش نبود داستانو هیچ حسی پیدا نمیکرد..:|
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Siobhan
Oct 12, 2014 Siobhan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book contains the reappearance of many past characters, all of whom develop much more. Some of which you will fall in love with and others who you will grow to hate or at least dislike for their motives (yet I am not going to say which characters).

Continuing on with their mission against the Vampaneze, more twists occur which leave you wanting more. Another action packed book in the series, leaving you on the edge of your seat and unable to put the book down.
Patryk Stypulkowski
Darren Shan, a part of an Elite Vampire Squad meant to kill off the Vampaneze, is confronted with a pressing issue: school. While setting up base in a city where the Vampaneze have been known to be active, Darren Shan is noticed by the police and is forced to attend school. But there are other problems, and as bad as it seems, school is only a hinderance…
This was one of my two least favorite books in the series. While it tried to return to the old theme of not fitting in while keeping the fee
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Whitney
Allies of the Night is the eight book in the Cirque du Freak series. While Darren, Mr. Crepsley, and Harkat are still searching for the Lord of the Vampaneze, mysterious killings bring them back to Mr. Crepsley's home town. But something suspicious is going on. The only thing is, will our heroes figure it out before it's too late?

Plot

Let’s be real: the plot is being drawn out and spread too thin. The whole vampire/vampaneze war is interesting. So is the quest to find and kill the Lord of the Vam
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Cary
Mar 11, 2015 Cary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Darren Shan now has to go to a school, he is a man now, but looks like a kid because of his vampire blood. He wanted to go to the city so he can kill the Vampaneze lord, since Mr.Tiny told them to follow their heart, so they went to Mr.Crepsley old town. He was a sleep one morning and he heard a knock on the hotel door. It was a director from a school, they made Darren have to go to school. But, Darren didn't get mad at where he had to go because he had his ex girlfriend as the english teacher! ...more
Viveia94
Darren and Larten Crepsley went to Mr. Crepsley's hometown to investigate if Vampaneze had set up territories there. Darren was discovered by the police and forced to attend school. People were killed at night and Crepsley and Darren investigated. Darren's English teacher at school is Debbie, his old girlfriend from Tunnels of Blood. Larten Crepsley had to go back to Vampire Mountain again for Paris's funeral. Darren encounters a Vampaneze with a hook and unknown mask wrapped around his face. Da ...more
Henry Hull
Jan 06, 2014 Henry Hull rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The name of this book should be Deja vu'.

Darren Shan, Mr. Crepsley, and Harket Mulds travel to Crepsely's home town where they hope to find the Lord of the Vampaneze. To their surprise, they learn that Darren has been enrolled at some prep school. Sensing a trap, they decide to spring it by having Darren attend. While there, he discovers that his teacher is none other than Debbie Hemlock, his girlfriend from the third book, who is all grown up now. This isn't the only blast from the past, howeve
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Chappy
May 22, 2016 Chappy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
ok so ill be the first to admit that the start of this book didnt have me hooked, out of all things to happen on this quest i doubted very much it would begin with young Darren Shan having to enrol in high school and go to classes, this was a twist that i really didnt think the series needed.
However, as it managed to progress the story line, ill be the first to admit that it worked, not as exciting as a vampire prince travelling the world and seeing new things but given how the story line panne
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Emma
May 06, 2016 Emma rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-books
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Matthew
Jun 14, 2015 Matthew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The past is catching up with me...



Allies of the Night is full of twists, turns, doubt and confusion; all blended together to make a phenomenal imagination soup. It's also the entry of reunions, and trust me, they're awesome! The blurb came at me from the side. Darren, back at school? It filled me with both anticipation, and hesitation. The latter because plunging the story back into a normalised setting could slow down the pace, and the former because, if it works, it could be a cutting contrast
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Rushaid Unia
Mar 21, 2015 Rushaid Unia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Darren Shan goes with his mentor, Mr.Crepsley to visit his mentors hometown to see if there were any vampanzees or the Vampanzee Lord residing there so they could take them out and move on. Somehow he has to go to school again even though hes a man but since he looks like a kid he was caught mysteriously and was put in school. In school he meets his old time girlfrend, Debbie who has now a women which kind of makes things reaaally weird and kind of funny at the same time. He would mmostly go to ...more
Miguel Angel
Jan 08, 2015 Miguel Angel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Darren Shan’s Cirque Du Freak:Allies of the Night is the eighth volume of the Cirque Du Freak series. This book is about a boy named Darren Shan who becomes a vampire in order to save his best friend, Steve Jeopard. The characters are very interesting, the setting is very moody, and the plot is very exciting.Cirque Du Freak is an exciting book that is perfect for teens.
First of all, the characters are very interesting. For example, the main character, Darren Shan, was very concerned about his l
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Emily
Nov 08, 2014 Emily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book much faster than any of the others in the series so far(I read it within a day)... I could not put it down!

Mr. Crepsley, Harkat, and Darren returned to Mr. Crepsley's home city where there had been many bodies found dead and drained of blood. While there, Darren was reunited with not one, not two, but THREE people from previous books.

SPOILERS
A truancy officer finds Darren and tells him he must attend school or else the police will get involved. At school he runs into his one a
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Julie Decker
Darren, Harkat, and Mr. Crepsley are searching for the Vampanese Lord so they can kill him before he brings the fall of the Vampire Clan. They will only have a limited number of chances to kill him, and they have no way of knowing when they blew it. But then they come to Mr. Crepsley's hometown from when he was human, and murders have been happening there. Because of the nature of the murders, Crepsley believes the murderer is vampaneze, and as they search for the culprit, Darren attends school ...more
Erik
May 21, 2014 Erik rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Erik 7-1

I have to say that this book was kind of disappointing. It was too much like all of the other stories in the series, and to tell the truth, I think it's getting too repetitive. As always, there's evil Vampanese and Darren the Vampire has to defeat them to save the day, as usual. This series seems to just go on and on and on without any point after a while.

I can't say I don't like the writing style though. I love the way Darren Shan (the author) writes about his characters and the way t
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Dylan Smidt
I picked this book because it was the next one in the series, and because they're all good books.
It has been 20 years since Darren joined the vampires. He’s in a town called Mahler’s, it is his teachers home town ever since he was born. It is a quiet town that’s off the map with not very many people. But has a history with terrible things that go bump in the night.
He has to face many old friend/enemies. And he has to have the life of his friends and the life of his girlfriend(external). And on
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Daniel
May 20, 2015 Daniel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Allies of the Night was a book I promised I wouldn’t read, but some friends convinced me to read it, and it is was well worth it! The story finally picked up after a long drought of the same boring setting and characters, which was a great change of pace. This book also brought back some of my favorite characters, which I missed from previous entries. These characters showed a lot of growth and helped tie all of the books together. The flow of the story was amazing, with a perfect mix of fast p ...more
Reni Hanifah
Baiklah saatnya menulis review yang sedikit layak hahaha.

Jadi, kayaknya aku bakal melanggar niat buat baca box 3 Darren Shan akhir taun depan aja. Aku menikmati baca seri ini, tapi nggak segitu ngebetnya buat tau akhir cerita. Box 1 (buku #1-#4) aku baca akhir tahun lalu, dan box 2 (#5-#8) akhir tahun ini. Sebenernya novel ini enak banget ya buat menuh-menuhin reading challenge kalo lagi ketinggalan banyak di akhir tahun *licik* tapi ternyata aku nyerah deh. Ending Allies of the Night ini ngegan
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Evan
Jan 08, 2010 Evan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Darren is a half-vampire traveling with Mr. Crepesley. (Mr. Crepesley is a full-vampire) and a little person named Harkat Mulds. They are trying to complete their task of killing the Vampanese lord, that ends up being Darren's friend from when he was human, Steve. When they face off against Steve, he gets away.

I think it is a great fantasy book.

I recommend it. I also recommend the other parts of the series.

Ranforingus
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Fantasy Literature
In Allies of the Night, the eighth book in Darren Shan’s CIRQUE DU FREAK series, Darren, Mr. Crepsley and Harkat return to Mr. Crepsley’s hometown to investigate the vampaneze activity there. This is the city we visited many years ago in the third book, Tunnels of Blood, where Darren met his first and only girlfriend, Debbie. Darren still has the body of a young teenager so when he gets to the city, he is discovered by the authorities and forced to go to school (Very Unlikely Event #1). He agree ...more
Dwayne Small
Apr 18, 2014 Dwayne Small rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read some reviews here that gave out major spoilers, which I dont think is cool but anyway.

The book in itself is a good read, the entire series so far is great. I gave it a four because it is good andim being unbias. If i was to be bias I would give it a 3. Like Vampire mountain it goes into story building so not much happens and there is a lot of explaining to move on the story and a lot of unwanted explainign of things that happened in earlier books, which were also explained then. So it gre
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Nicole
Feb 07, 2010 Nicole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult-gems
I truly adore this series! Try as I might, I continue to make predictions as I read and by the end of the book I realize my wildest guesses cannot come close to the plot twists Shan writes. If you haven't started this series yet, you need to!
Chelsea Rao
Feb 23, 2015 Chelsea Rao rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I rate this book "Allies of the Night" 5 stars because it teaches lessons and this book talks about friendship. Darren was tricked by Steve his old friend, Steve coming back to team up with the vampires was a plan. Nobody knew that Steve was already blooded as vampaneze. Mr.Crepsley said that Steve isn't reliable.But the others does not agree with Mr.Crepsley. Darren and the others didn't even think twice but then at the end of the book Steve made them fall in the trap. Mr.Crepsley was right. Th ...more
Leandro
While planning and living their life in Vampire Mountain they find out of a great danger in the city where Mr. Crepsley once lived and found out that there were 11 people found drained of blood and they set out on their quest not knowing the dangers in the city. Upon reaching the city they find out Darren must go to the last place he thought about going to, school. This is a good book continuing the Cirque Du Freak series, however the books is getting predictable. It is becoming repetitive how t ...more
Dan
Sep 10, 2013 Dan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
OHMYGOD SO MANY GOOD PLOT TWISTS IN THIS! My love for this series still hasn't changed. Probably one of the best Vampire series I've ever read! I AM SO PISSED BECAUSE OF THE ENDING THOUGH!!!!
Carien
Feb 15, 2016 Carien rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, paranormal
This series continues to entertain.

Darren is forced to go back to school. He has to be careful to not give his secrets away. I've often grumbled about the many books where for some stupid reason vampires who are ages old, voluntarily go back to school, so I really liked how this book takes the trope of a vampire going to school and makes it ridiculous.

Old friends and old enemies turn up and make Darren's life even more difficult. Someone is trying to set Darren up, but is it who you think?

I thor
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Milagro Adom
Apr 22, 2015 Milagro Adom rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Allies of the night
I read allies of the night which is part of the Cirque du freak series in this book vampaneze which are like vampires but feed on humans and kill them they are killing humans. So Mr.crepsley and Darren try to find out a way to stop this but then Darren gets sent to school because a vampaneze signed a form for him to go , along the way he meets his best friend Steve but what he doesn’t know is that his best friend is a half vampaneze who set him up. This was the most exciting
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Ahmad Sharabiani
بازگشت به مدرسه، پیدا کردن جنایتکاران خون آشامی که در تاریکی شب انسان های بی گناه را می کشند، یافتن ارباب شبه واره ها و ... ا. شربیانی
Tony Xiao
Mar 10, 2015 Tony Xiao rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-review
The book "Allies of the night" author Darren shan made himself a realistic fictional character in the vampire and vampeneze world.He show how he was born as a half-vampire.He and his fellow vampire were on a search and mission to kill the Vampeneze lord to determined victory of the war of scar.But,unfortunely one of Darren's fellow vampire has fallen during the battle between the Vampeneze lord.The theme of this story is revenge because Darren is now going to get revenge for Mr.Crepsley who had ...more
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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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