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Tunnels of Blood (Cirque du Freak #3)

4.14  ·  Rating Details ·  27,666 Ratings  ·  818 Reviews
When Mr Crepsley is called upon by the Vampire Generals, Darren and the snake-boy, Evra Von, leave the Cirque Du Freak and travel with him to the city. Darren's life as a Vampire's assistant fades into the background - until corpses are found.
Paperback, 162 pages
Published November 6th 2000 by HarperCollins Children's Books (first published January 1st 2000)
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Aug 19, 2016 Kyle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

The best in the series so far.

If you're a teenager and you haven't read these books you really should. There are no sparkling vampires, no boys and girls staring at each other across the school cafeteria. It’s just a book about blood sucking vampires. Just the way it should be!

To read my review of the other books in this series, use the links below:

Book One: A Living Nightmare
Book Two: The Vampire's Assistant
Book Four: Vampire Mountain
Book Five: Trials of Death
Book Six: The Vampire
Kavita Ramesh
Book 3 of this series outdoes the previous two books. The author expands on the universe he has created, and he does this well, with loads of originality. (view spoiler)

What gets annoying with most vampire-based novels/series is the lack of originality, the repetition of the same few facts over and over again (cough cough...Anita Blake...cough!), and the unnecessary long-windedness of the story. But this
Nic Echo
Dec 21, 2012 Nic Echo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Nic by: Tesk
About the Book:
About a year and a half has passed since Darren's last adventure. This time a Vampire General has made contact with Mr. Crepsley. After the meeting, Crepsley, Darren, and Evra leave the Cirque. In the city they inhabit, Crepsley ends up going off by himself at night without explanation. Evra and Darren think nothing of this until they see the news: six bodies have been found drained of their blood. So the two boys start to follow Crepsley to whether he is the villain.

I hone
Jul 04, 2013 Dan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
These books just keeps surprising me. I just love Darren so much asdjgfjfsdjfj My inner fanboy is breaking out

Seriously though, this is the third book in the Saga Of Darren Shan and I absolutely LOVE these books. They are so fast-paced and so entertaining. I could not put this book down. Amazing plot, amazing characters (Mr Crepsley and Evra are so amazing just ahdshfsdghdsdasja) and amazingly written. Fans of the Percy Jackson series need to read these books NOW!
Mahshad Blue
Aug 14, 2015 Mahshad Blue rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know why I keep torturing myself by reading this series. Poor plot, awful characterization and the worst writing style ever, are the things that bother me the most.

When I compare this series to Demonata, I can see while both of them have so many flaws, Demonata was so much better than this one. It had a solid story behind all the books and each character had a single book devoted to him/her so I could actually feel something for them when one of them died.

The story goes on so slowly whil
Majo's Library.
"Túneles de Sangre" 3ra entrega de la saga Darren Shan.
Era verdad lo que decían, la obra se va poniendo mejor a medida que avanza la saga.
Darren nuestro protagonista, el chico semi-vampiro conoce a Debbie, una chica humana de la que se enamora y la historia da un giro bastante interesante, en donde Shan (el autor) se muestra un poco más generoso para con sus lectores que buscan conocer algunos detalles plus de los protagonistas.

Tengo que admitir algo, antes que nada…
Ya no tenía intención de seg
Julianna Martinez
Book Report Guidelines – Good Reads
Name of book: Tunnels of Blood
Author: Darren Shan
Pages: 224
Genre: Fiction
Reading Level of book:

Exposition (4-6 sentences)
Darren has to go on an adventure with Mr. Crepsley. Mr Crepsley has business to do in a small town. Darren did not want to go because he did not want to leave the circus and his best friend Evra, the Snake Boy. Mr. Crepsley said that Evra can come to accompany Darren. Darren was so excited he went to ask Evra. Evra wanted to go, but he had
Nikki May
Apr 19, 2015 Nikki May rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*
Riding the extreme high from the second book, I sought this one out for purchase and finished in one sitting like the others. Being that it is a little over two hundred pages, packs plenty of action within it's paper walls, and delivers outstanding suspenseful scenes filled with genuine drama, emotion, and powerful contradictions, it's a breeze to absorb, leaving you wanting even more at the end.

While I did not like this one quite as much as the powerful, unforgettable second, this was still a m
Apr 21, 2015 Markus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
By far the best so far in this series! Darren really grew as a character in this book, he started to realize that he has to accept this new life of his. Mr. Crepsley was perfect as always and even though I missed the circus and the other "freaks", I loved them being in a new location. The Hemlock family was a great addition, Debbie was adorable. And have I already talked about the ending? It was superb! You kind of knew what was going on wasn't real, but no other real solutions came to mind eith ...more
Feb 19, 2009 Alex rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tunnels of blood was a very weird, but an interesting book. Its about vampires. The main character of this book is Darren Shan, he is a half vampire, he hasn’t fully became a total vampire yet. He is the assitant of another vampire named Mr.Crepsly. They both are apart of circus outside of town. My favorite character in this book would have to be Evra, Darrens bestfriend. Evra is a snake boy, he has scales and everything like a snake would have. Him and Darren were good friends from the circus. ...more
Jul 13, 2013 Becky rated it really liked it
I love how fast I can get through these books, they just keep getting better and I am totally addicted.
Darren is starting to get used to life as a half-vampire and spending his time with Mr Crepsley and the Cirque, but something comes up that draws them away from the troupe and back into a busy city. Once there Mr Crepsley starts to disappear more often and Darren wants to know why, then there is news of human killings and he starts to worry about Crepsley's movements. With Evra the snake boys
Dec 22, 2011 Luisnunez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 11, 2016 Lorien rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: personal-library
I have to admit, I forgot most of the plot of this one, such as the prologue and what was going on. Darren is out of the Cirque with Evra and Crepsley in a different town, but with Crepsley gone every night for no apparent reason, and bodies drained of blood turning up in a warehouse, Darren's unsure of Crepsley's involvement.

First of all I adore Debbie and I'm said it ended like it did, but they're so CUTE! OMG I WANT MORE! (and that wish is sorta granted but MORE OF THAT LATER) Seriously, I sh
Elio Zebinato
Jun 02, 2015 Elio Zebinato rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was amazing. It was able to excel its predecessor. It still has the same heroes and now they have to face a new challenge. The setting changes to a more city-like place. The vampire mentor of Darren is now very seclusive. He became quiet and focuses on other things than Darren. His snake-like friend is still there and now they act as if they are brothers. They are free to explore the city on their own and meet other people. However, this happy and free tone does not come alone. It also ...more
Yumi Learner
Sep 28, 2013 Yumi Learner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Have you read Daren Shan series before? I'm reading the third book in English to improve my reading skills, and I'm involved in it! This book series is the best that I've read before, and I sometimes forget that I'm reading in English.

It's hard for me to find certain books in English that I can enjoy with my current skills because my reading skills are not the same as my reading abilities in Japanese. So, when I found the book series, I was very happy. The books are written for children, but yo
Jan 03, 2010 Beth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Newly endorsed by J.K. Rowling, this third book in the Cirque du Freak series follows the vampire's assistant Darren Shan and his Master Mr. Crepsley in an adventure under the streets of a nameless city that turns out to be Mr. Crepsley's old stomping grounds. An altercation with an old nemesis follows when Darren's friend and traveling companion Evra the snake boy is kidnapped by a vampanese.

Gorier than the other books, Tunnel of Blood also incorporates a love interest for Darren. Fans of vampi
Aug 27, 2016 Redfox5 rated it really liked it
Another strong book in the Shan saga and the final book I have in my possession. I shall have to put the rest on my wishlist!

This book takes us away from Cirque Du Freak to the city. Snake boy comes along for the ride and keeps Darren company during the day. We meet the vampaneze and Darren gets himself a girlfriend. Not very wise as she is human and we know what happened last time!

I can see why this series is so popular and I can't wait to read the rest of them!
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Oct 24, 2014 Siobhan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the book which really opens up the twists and turns which are to come in the rest of the series.

We move forward again, on from the Cirque and into the city. Here Darren continues to grow as a character and the evil within the series is really uncovered. A lot is found out or hinted at about the characters and the book universe meaning you will be picking up the next book in next to no time at all to see exactly what happens next.
Josh Peterman
Nov 28, 2016 Josh Peterman rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Not my type of book
Lauren Jones
Sep 15, 2015 Lauren Jones rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this, just wasn't as great as the first two.
Welcome to the third book by half-vampire Darren Shan. Tunnels of Blood is the third book in the Cirque du Freak series. A year has passed since Darren’s friend Sam passed away and Darren has learned more about being a half-vampire and a vampire’s assistant. Important business draws Mr. Crepsley away from the Cirque and he takes Darren with him and Evra Von the snake boy to keep Darren company. But there’s something wrong with their little trip. Mr. Crepsley disappears all night and when the new ...more
Vincent De
Oct 11, 2016 Vincent De rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cirque du Freak Tunnels of Blood is a book filled with activity. It's action and thriller make this book amazing. Especially the parts with the scary thriller. There are a lot of cool and spooky parts in the story. My favorite parts are when something serious is about to happen. A lot of serious stuff happens in this story. I would recommend this book to readers who like action and thriller.
Darren must travel to a city far away, because he is following Mr. Crepsley to go there. He suggests that Evra should come along, to keep Darren company. They later find out that they are traveling to Mr. Crepsley's hometown. They stay in a hotel, and Mr. Crepsley goes out every night, leaving Evra and Darren alone.

One night, Darren and Evra are disturbed by a news report saying that human bodies were found in a basement, drained of blood. Darren and Evra fear that it may be Mr. Crepsley, and de
Jun 07, 2012 Lex rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sadly, this novel wasn't anywhere near as good as the first two. Darren, Mr. Crepsley, and Evra leave the Cirque after an old friend from Mr. Crepsley's past shows up. The trio arrive in a small town and stay at a hotel where the boys joke around and enjoy the wonder of television while Mr. Crepsley goes out at night and says nothing to no one. His secrets become scary when six murdered bodies are discovered in a warehouse near the outskirts of town. Evra and Darren think Mr. Crepsley has gone o ...more
Dec 15, 2010 Kristen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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My friend recommended this series to me so I insist on reading it. Well, I have not actually read the two previous books. I tried to read the first one but couldn't because of the spiders. I'm too much afraid of spiders. This one, thank god, didn't have them. Anyway, I expected the story to be harder to follow because I didn't know what had happened in the previous books, but things were pretty well explained here. I didn't find the story hard to follow at all.


I like the idea of
Emily Kilcar
Jan 13, 2013 Emily Kilcar rated it it was amazing
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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)
  • Vampire Mountain (Cirque Du Freak, #4)
  • Trials of Death (Cirque Du Freak, #5)
  • The Vampire Prince (Cirque Du Freak, #6)
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“When he faced me again, he looked ashamed of himself. "I have gravely underestimated you, Darren," he said. "I will not do so again. I made a wiser choice than I realized when I chose you to serve as my assistant. I feel honoured to have you by my side.” 32 likes
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