Trials of Death (Cirque Du Freak, #5)
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Trials of Death (Cirque Du Freak #5)

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The trials: seventeen ways to die unless the luck of the vampire is with you. Darren Shan must pass five fearsome Trials to prove himself to the vampires clan - or face the stakes of the Hall of Death. But Vampire Mountain holds hidden threats. Sinister, potent forces are gathering in the darkness. In this nightmarish world of bloodshed and betrayal, death may be a blessin...more
Paperback, 207 pages
Published April 1st 2004 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2001)
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Nic Echo
Dec 21, 2012 Nic Echo rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Nic by: Tesk
About the Book:
When we last left Darren, he was told that he would have to complete five deadly trials to prove himself a worthy vampire. Not only are the trials themselves deadly, but if Darren fails in any way besides death, he will be executed. It is actually after one of these trials that Darren learns about a treacherous plot that involves the vampaneze.

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This book was filled with action and kept me turning the page (especially near the end). Darren's trials were interesting and even t...more
Dan
WHAT...........THE.........HELL?!!?!!?

ARE
YOU
FUCKING
KIDDING
ME

HOW THE HELL CAN A BOOK END WITH SUCH A HUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUGE CLIFFHANGER OH MY GOD JESUS LORD HAVE MERCY ON MY SOUL AND EVERYTHING NO NO NO NO

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I AM A MESS RIGHT NOW!
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Trails of Death
By: Darren Shan

ISBN: 0316000957
224 Pages
Publisher: Little Brown Young Readers
2005

Darren Shan takes his chances and starts his trails to become a vampire. Does he succeed, or does he have to face death? Darren Shan tries to survive and become a vampire. Will he survive? You would have to read this great book in order to find out. Darren Shan has once again written an amazing book. Darren is more creative than ever. He is, once again, doing a great job with the description.

Darre...more
annik
События наконец-то набирают обороты и приобретают необходимую остроту. Если Даррен не пройдет 5 испытаний на вампирскую пригодность, его ожидает смерть. И это не хухры-мухры, а настоящий закон.

Собственно, на протяжении практически всей книги он проходит эти самые испытания, а если не проходит, то готовится или залечивает раны. В этой книге напряжение достигает небывалых высот! Сама удивилась) Прямо аж руки тряслись, скорее-скорее дочитать следующее испытание.

Я была уверена, что Даррен пройдет вс...more
Riley Naughton
Trials of Death by Darren Shan is an outstanding book! I have been an avid reader and fan of the series since its debut in 2000. I remember reading the series since 6th grade and loving it ever since, despite the less than adequate movie. This book is the fifth installment in the franchise and never gets old. This story takes place after Darren and Mr. Crepsley, his vampire mentor, have been traveling from the Cirque for a while. Darren has been a half-vampire for a while now but cannot be a ful...more
Reagan
Since being discovered by the vampire council, Darren is forced to take five trials of initiation to prove himself being strong enough to be a half vampire. Most full vampires don't even pass the five trials, if Darren is only a half vampire then will he ever be able to pass all the trials?

This book was great because it finally shows Darren's strength of being a half vampire and how sometimes it can be pretty tough. What is great about this book is the trials he takes are so hard that they're...more
Eileen H
This is the best book ever! Another cirque du freak book has hit a home run and has baffled me again. Well Darren is now being put to tests of mental and fiscal hard ship to prove to be a true vampire but if he messes up well something will happen. So guess what he fails! So forced to run away he is signing up to the biggest challenge of all. So this book is a fast pace book that has the most realistic feeling to me. I love how I feel like I can gust just jump in the book and talk to Darren and...more
Constanza
Tremendo giro de acontecimientos :O
a seguir con la sexta parte !
Summer
I think the trials themselves are really neat and we got to see some well-written action sequences, but I've been a little confused the past two books as to the direction the series has taken. I'm hoping it is just a long drawn out introduction to something awesome, but I'm not really sure. I know all cultures are different, but the vampire culture in this book just seems a little off. Why are so many acts of bravery really necessary? -I guess I could draw parallels to coming-of-age ceremonies a...more
Paul Frankus
I started reading the series awhile ago and liked it and continued on the books.
they are at the vampire mountain in an unknown location. were Darren has to face the trails to become a vampire.
the conflict is that Darren has to face i think 5 trials to become part of the clan. the trials will be challenging and my kill him.
Darren is a dynamic because he starts out not wounding to be a vampire but now he excepts that he is one.
Darren is a brave because he fights with a vampire named sails on bars...more
Fantasy Literature
In Vampire Mountain, the previous book of Darren Shan’s CIRQUE DU FREAK series, Darren was asked to prove himself worthy of being a vampire by surviving a series of trials. If he fails, he dies. These trials will remind many readers of the tests Harry Potter endured in The Goblet of Fire. For example, for the first trial he must escape from a maze that’s filling with water. As the tasks go on, Darren becomes increasingly injured and fatigued and it seems likely that he’ll fail and be killed.

In m...more
Kiana
Actual Rating: 4.5
تا حالا این جلد از مجموعه از همه‌ش هیجان‌انگیز‌تر بوده. (البته هرچی می‌ریم جلو هیجانش بیشتر می‌شه ولی تاحالا...)
پایانش عالی بود. من فکر می‌کردم ممکنه کتاب خیلی لوس و قابل‌پیش‌بینی باشه، امّا این‌طوری نبود.
توی این کتاب ما با یه قهرمان خفن و شکست‌نا‌پذیر و شجاع طرف نیستیم، بلکه دقیقن با یه نیمه‌شبح نوجوون طرفیم که داره یواش یواش زندگی جدیدش رو می‌شناسه و شاید حتا دوستش داره. یه شخصیت واقعی و قابل باور.
از اون‌جایی که من آخر داستان رو می‌دونم، باید بگم که جا داشت این‌جا خیلی از جزئ...more
Jenna
This is awesome! The title of this book really makes alot of sense from book 4. I loved Trials of Death and there are alot of surprises at the end. Also, an unexpected fellow does something jurastic and on life threatning!
TerushQaH
dávám čtyři hvězdičky.. ale zatím nejlepší z prvních pěti dílů.. dopadlo to dost zajímavě, to jsem nečekala.. tak dost se těším na další díl.. :))
Travis Harff
My book should be brought along with us because it is a very compelling story of a half vampire trying desperately to become a full vampire and part of the clan. He has to go through five fearsome trials to prove his worthiness of becoming a vampire. And if he can’t he has to face the hall of death. The hall of death is a pit of stakes that if not worthy, a vampire or in this case a vampires assistant must be thrown into the pit and die a slow and agonizing death. It shows how seriously the vamp...more
Hailey Madelyn
An addicting story that wont let you go until you finish them all. Don't open this book unless you're ready to finish it within the hour. I enjoy the fact that each book was on the smaller scale, allowing them to easily be read in one sitting. Unfortunately, it also meant it was a pain to have to wait an entire evening to go back to the store and pick up the next two or three in the series. Author Darren Shan shows he has what it takes to write a compelling story brimming with suspense and horro...more
Kat  Hooper
Originally posted at Fantasy Literature. http://www.fantasyliterature.com/revi...

In Vampire Mountain, the previous book of Darren Shan’s CIRQUE DU FREAK series, Darren was asked to prove himself worthy of being a vampire by surviving a series of trials. If he fails, he dies. These trials will remind many readers of the tests Harry Potter endured in The Goblet of Fire. For example, for the first trial he must escape from a maze that’s filling with water. As the tasks go on, Darren becomes increas...more
Emily
Book 5 in the series is my favourite. It is in this book that we learn more about the customs and traditions of the world of Shan’s vampires. It carries straight on from the end of book 4 and see’s Darren meeting his fate to prove himself a worthy vampire. There is a lot going on in Vampire mountain with the threat of the vampaneze brought by Darren’s travelling companion, Harkat the little person but he as suggested by the title he is still having to face various physical trials that will see h...more
Gabriel Hall
The story is about a boy named Darren that reports to the Hall of Princes. He is presented with his first Trial called the "Aquatic Maze". This maze is made of a stone labyrinth with a low ceiling and only four exits. Only two catches about it first, a rock of half the weight of the participant has to be tied around his or her ankle. The second condition is that, from the time the Trial starts, water is continually pumped into the maze. It is going to be filled in exactly seventeen minutes. The...more
Becky
Things start to get rather hair-raising in this volume. If you thought it was good before you haven't seen anything yet. This is by far my favourite of the series (so far). In order to be accepted as a member in the Vampire Clan it is decided that Darren must face 'The Trials' a series of tasks designed to test a vampire to his limits, if he fails, he dies. If he succeeds but then can't go on to the next challenge he is also killed. The future does not look promising for Darren, still only a hal...more
Viveia94
The main character, Darren Shan takes part in the Trials of Initiation. The trials are a series of tasks that vampires used to have to do to prove themselves to the Princes. Now it is only used for vampires who want to become a general or that want to show their strength, but Darren Shan has to endure the trials because Mr. Crepsley said so and Darren chooses to stand up for his mentor and friend.

Darren must randomly choose five numbered stones from a bag to determine the trials he must take par...more
Jesse
In 1 part of the book darren has to go threw trials of death to see if he is a 100% full vampire and not just half of a vampire. The 1st trial if a water maze. Darren almost died in the water maze because he couldnt find the door with a X on it so he could escape the maze and move on. He kept on seeing doors with an X on it but when he would swim to the door there would be no x on the door. just when he was about to runout of oxygen he saw a door with an X on it and he swamed to it and he though...more
David Sof 2014
Nov 25, 2008 David Sof 2014 rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People Who Loves Vampires
Setting: Vampire mountian is mainly the setting where it takes place inside is dark,rainy and spooky.
Main characthers: Darren Shan is age 13 and is impatience he is always in every scene basically.
Harket Mulds is the kind unknowed aged little person (Demon)he always stays with Darren to figure out his past.
Darren Shan:Personality nice and impatience to all people around at the beginnning he was afraid to drink human blood and dranked animal blood he was scared and thinks itas wrong to sucks ones...more
Ralphie
This is the fifth book of the Cirque Du Freak series. In this book Darren is a half vampire but everyone looks down at him because he is only half of what they are. To be reconized as a full vampire, he needs to endure 5 deadly trials. These are known as the Trials of Initiation, but in Darren's case, it is the Trials of Death because he is a half vampire and does not have features of a full vampire such as cut healing saliva. Darren faces the water maze trial which he needs to carry a heavy ro...more
Kristian
this was a good boob its about a boy named Darren Shan and he is half vampire and half human. he needs to pass five scary trials to prove that he can be into the vampire clan. if he fails he is going to need to go to the halls of death. where you have no choice but to die. the only problem is that vampire mountain has hidden threats. a lot of people come to watch. in this nightmare world of blood and horror and betrayal the best thing may be to die. but he passes and he is finally excepted in t...more
Owen
In this book darren is in vampire mountian to take the trials of death wich are the test that join you to the ranks of the vampire generals. Many vampires have years to prepair for the tests and they are like 200 years old and darren is 15 with no time to prepair. He passes the first two trials but then for the third trial there is an interfearence and everyone is debateing weather he should die or not. He aslo finds out kurda is working with the vampanez. kurda is then killed.

I can make a text...more
Jeff_§of2014
This is the fifth book of the Cirque Du Freak series. In this book Darren is a half vampire but everyone looks down at him because he is only half of what they are. To be reconized as a full vampire, he needs to endure 5 deadly trials. These are known as the Trials of Initiation, but in Darren's case, it is the Trials of Death because he is a half vampire and does not have features of a full vampire such as cut healing saliva. Darren faces the water maze trial which he needs to carry a heavy ro...more
Beau
The Cirque Du Freak series gets freakier and freakier as each novel unravels. Haven’t you ever wondered how a child becomes a vampire? In this book, we are in this scenario where Darren tries to become a vampire. His fate rests in the trials. If he fails any of the five trials, he is banished.

In this book, Darren and Mr. Creepsly travel to a mountain full of an abundance of caves. Within these caves lie many vampires both here for the trial and the festival. As Darren finishes two of his stages...more
Ash
At first I was unsure how many stars I would give this book, to begin with I disliked it less than say The Vampires Assistant or Tunnels Of Blood. But due to my uncertainty in the matter I concluded that the only way I could give this book a certain and accurate review and star rating was to re-read it. Boy did I change my mind in the short space of a week, I went from completely being unsure and undecided about this book to being completely sure it deserved a five star rating and a raving revie...more
Daniel Barron
Trials of death is the 5th part of the series written by Darran Shan. In this book hakrat is envloled in a huge way when he saved darran from what may be a painfull death in the 4th trail. Mr crepsly doesnt play much of a role in this because he is doing other things but stays with darran to make sure his trails are going well and he is staying healthy. Arra sails helps Darran in this book to train for some of the trails and so does the one eyed games master, if it wasn't for the help of these g...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...more
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