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Trials of Death (Cirque du Freak #5)

4.25 of 5 stars 4.25  ·  rating details  ·  20,703 ratings  ·  527 reviews
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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Erin (Paperback stash) *is juggle-reading*

I went back and forth with being disgusted by the storyline and riveted at the same time. Yes, it was a weird experience.

‘Trials of Death’ wasn’t filler-ish, better than the fourth because the pacing and almost non-stop action made it hard to put down. Action scenes were excellent, nail-grinding, detailed, spaced right. Some disturbing stuff happened during the trails, especially the weird flame stuff.

Characters are more fleshed out, seeming livelier and not imitations of their former selves (t
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.

This book was filled with action and kept me turning the page (especially near the end). Darren's trials were interesting and even t
Pretty harrowing and brutal, this macabre fifth book in the running Cirque du Freak series continues in the vein of all those that came before it with a lot of action, a lot of blood, and a lot of fun. I liked this one better than the last, as I felt it got a little more involved. But, being a fan of the entire series, I have yet to be disappointed, at all. Shan delivered darkness with Trials by Death, and I would have expected nothing less.

Five Stars!

Ashley Lynch
A lot happened in this book, but I think it was still the most boring of the series so far. A lot was at stake (no pun intended lol). Still, the trials got repetitive. They were all different, water, caves, fire, boars, but the story was pretty redundant. Darren faces a trial. Gets injured. Rests. Faces another trial.
There were some other good parts. We get to meet a lot of new characters. I really like Arra. She's brave and tough and the only female vampire so far. It's hard to imagine her bein
Personally, this is my favourite book of the twelve (although I am sure not everyone will agree with me on this one, yet nobody can deny that it is an important book in the series for developments). This is a fast paced book filled with Darren completing tasks to prove himself a worthy vampire. The tasks he takes part in are all well thought out and highly entertaining to read, keeping you on the edge of your seat as you wait to find out what happens next.

The book also comes with a great twist t
If I pass I'll be accepted into the clan.
Failure isn't an option...

Hell! YES!

That was awesome; Trials of Death, is awesome! As I progress, each new entry pushes its predecessor out of the way to become my favourite. Spine-tingling action balanced with a fantastic plot and a cast of characters who are unique and utterly encapsulating. Trials of Death does a helluva lot: a stellar story which pushes forward an overarching plot; cast development that deepens the depth of already nicely fleshed ch
Nikki May
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Elio Zebinato
The book was amazing and it left me at a huge cliffhanger. In this story Darren has to prove himself to the vampires by doing three trials to show that he is a vampire as well. He must fight underwater mazes, caves filled with spikes and a room full of fire.

The book overall was amazing. It included so much action that I could barely stop myself from reading it. Each chapter just made the reader wonder more and more if Darren would be able to survive the trials. As the reader continues the book
Jose Reyes
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Ashley Marie
I thought the book Cirque Du freak book 5 the trials of death was a very interesting book because the book is about a boy named Darren Shan who is a Half vampire but he wants to become a full one but to become a full vampire he must take this test that is not on paper it is a physical exam and the best but weird part is that if Darren fails to complete or pass the test he will be sentenced to death.I know what you are thinking about this book right now but it is really a great book\novel to read ...more
Darren Shan wanted to complete all 5 of his trials, without dying or failing the trial. If he can complete all of his trials, he will be able to join the vampire clan. But while Darren was doing his 3rd trial, he got very injured and burnt. Now during his 4th trial he had to fight and kill 2 boars that drank vampire blood; (makes all animals very mad and hyper.) While he was fighting the boars, 1 boar died and fell on top of Darren. Darren had no energy to push it off by the time the other boar ...more
Thè Yati
The another fascinating story of Darren Shan(half-vampire) facing the 4 trails and the festival of Undead!
1st trail : The Aquatic Maze
2nd trail : The Path of Needles
3rd trail : The Hall of Flames
4th trail : The Blooded Boars

"If people tell you vampires aren't real---- don't believe them! The worlds full of vampires. Not evil, shape-changing, cross fearing creatures like in the legends, but honorable, long-living, extra-strong beings who need to drink blood to survive."
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Directly after hearing that he must face vicious trials or die, Darren Shan takes on the Trials of Initiation in Trials of Death. The consequence for not passing the Trials is death by being dropped on spikes over and over until death takes you. The Trials are hard enough for adult full-vampires, so how will our half-vampire protagonist fare? One things for sure, if Darren passes the Trials he might have wished he didn’t in the end.


The plot in Trials of Death is all about Darren going throug
Trails of Death
By: Darren Shan

ISBN: 0316000957
224 Pages
Publisher: Little Brown Young Readers

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.

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
Charlotte van den Berg
In Trials of Death Darren has to prove himself in five trials. Every book in this series is so different from the rest but I think this was my favorite so far, because it surprised me the most.

I was kind of bored during the first half of the book. I have read several books with trials a lot like these, so I thought that this was going to be one of the more predictable books in the series (Darren almost dies a few times but in the end he will probably succeeds in the trials, then i can move on to
Anthony Juarez
I think this book was awesome. The reason that this book is awesome is because I really like vampires and this book is about vampires. The book is exciting, fun, and interesting. I recommend this book to all the Vampire lovers. By the way the vampires in this book are not evil creatures who suck blood and kill. There are vampires who only drink a little of human blood. READ THE WHOLE SERIES!!!!!!!
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
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
The Cirque du Freak series is really good and anybody looking for a good way to kill time would enjoy it. The
main character Darren Shan is a half vampire, who was turned into a vampire by his mentor, MR. Crepsley. Mr.
Crepsley and just about every vampire have a unique way of living. They believe greatly in respect, pride, shame,
good standing, and most importantly, honor. Vampires in this series are the kinds of creatures that would
purposely die a noble death just to not be thought of as shamefu

The Cirque du Freak series is really good and anybody looking for a good way to kill time would enjoy it. The main character Darren Shan is a half vampire, who was turned into a vampire by his mentor, MR. Crepsley. Mr. Crepsley and just about every vampire have a unique way of living. They believe greatly in respect, pride, shame, good standing, and most importantly, honor. Vampires in this series are the kinds of creatures that would purposely die a noble death just to not be thought of as sh
The Cirque Du Freak series are interesting, compulsive, and terrifying at the same time. When a teenager named Darren becomes a half vampire he discovers that he will have to travel to Vampire Mountain and complete five trials. These trials are called the "trials of death" which means if he doesn't pass all five then his death will come! Darren is the only one going in to a trial that he picks at random, since he is only half vampire some of the trials have been taken out of the question. He com ...more
Adonay Rivas
Those endings... what is your fucking problem Darren Shan
Reni Hanifah
Bacaan yang ringan terutama buat referensi nulis dari sudut pandang anak belasan taun. Yang bikin sebel, plot twist selalu ada di beberapa halaman terakhir. Novel kelima ini menceritakan ujian Darren Shan agar diterima di Gunung Vampir. Untuk bisa diakui oleh para anggota klan vampir, Darren Shan harus melewati Ujian Inisiasi yang biasa diambil seorang vampir jika ingin menjadi Jendral Vampir--dari lorong penuh stalaktit dan stalagmit, labirin air, ruangan penuh semburan api, sampai membunuh cel ...more
Daniel Sahr
The novel Trials of Death, by Darren Shan, was another good entry in the series. It is once again about the half-vampire Darren and his trials to prove himself to the vampires. He has to compete in 5 deadly trials, with only one day of rest in between. This gives him very little time to prepare, and the author tries very hard to show that the odds are against him for various reasons, such as his young age and him being only a half vampire. This book is very good, but falls into some of the same ...more
Julie Decker
Darren Shan, half-vampire, has to prove his worth to the vampires by taking the trials of death. However, they're designed by vampires for vampires, and you really don't survive them if you don't have full vampire abilities, so Darren is doomed and he knows it. Furthermore, if one of the trials doesn't actually kill him but he fails it, the vampires will have him killed as well. He draws from nineteen possibilities which five he will have to attempt, but sometimes the most dangerous ones aren't ...more
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
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.

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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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