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Lord of the Shadows (Cirque du Freak #11)

4.22  ·  Rating Details ·  16,614 Ratings  ·  339 Reviews
Book 11 of The Saga Of Darren Shan. Darren's going home. Back to where everything started. The town's changed a lot in the years that he's been away -- but then, so has Darren.

Plagued by nightmares of what the future seems to hold, Darren feels uneasy revisiting the place where he was re-born as a child of the night, as though the universe (as though destiny) is plotting t
Hardcover, First US Edition, 220 pages
Published May 10th 2006 by Little, Brown and Company (first published January 1st 2005)
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Cory After many years and many battles all over the earth, vampire Darren Shan is going home to old ghosts and new nightmares. But when he gets back, he…moreAfter many years and many battles all over the earth, vampire Darren Shan is going home to old ghosts and new nightmares. But when he gets back, he realizes his world is going to hell. Past enemies await. Scores must be settled. Destiny looks certain to destory him, and mankind is doomed to fall to the Ruler of the Night.......

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Azadeh sharifi
Oct 26, 2014 Azadeh sharifi rated it really liked it
نوجوانی... نوجوانی... آن روزهایی که رفتند گاهی که می آیند سر می زنند
Jul 03, 2016 Saeed rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
اگر نمیتوانید. جلد. قبلی را بخوانید. ، ازین کتاب شروع کنید. ، خلاصه ی. ابتدای ان بسیار. عالی است ...more
Dec 03, 2014 Emily rated it really liked it
This series is just full of twists and shocking and tragic circumstances!
In this book, Darren and Harkat are traveling with the Cirque du Freak when the Cirque ends up back in Darren's hometown. Of course, he wants to see how the town has changed and how his family and friends are doing, but he is unsure of how involved with them he should be.

Of course, Steve manages to show up in this book, and it is revealed that he has a son. I was not surprised to learn who the boy's mother was (An
Oct 12, 2014 Siobhan rated it really liked it
Drawing close to the ending of an amazing series, numerous questions are answered in this book.

Back in his home town Darren is faced with old friends and old enemies alike. With more twists and turns added into this book it is next to impossible to put down, leaving you to read on to the final instalment instantly. Whilst a lot of things come out in the open there are still those unanswered questions which can only be found out through finishing the series.
Two years later, and the War of Scars is still going on, yet Darren hasn’t been attending to his princely duties. While still travelling with the Cirque du Freak, Darren and the circus travel to Darren’s original home town where he’d still lived as a vampire. But something sinister is afoot; Darren and Harkat can feel it. There’s Steve and the vampaneze to worry about, and now Darren has to worry about this mysterious future Lord of the Shadows, who may very well be him!


The end is near with
Kat  Hooper
Jun 09, 2014 Kat Hooper rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Originally posted at Fantasy Literature.

Lord of the Shadows is the penultimate book in Darren Shan’s CIRQUE DU FREAK series. If you haven’t read the previous books, but plan to, I recommend that you don’t read this review until you’ve read them, for I will certainly spoil the plot for you.

Darren Shan’s adventures in the vampire world began when he made a series of bad mistakes. First he stole money from his parents and snuck out of the house to visit the Cirque du Freak, an illegal traveling cir
Nic Echo
Dec 21, 2012 Nic Echo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Nic by: Tesk
Warning! The summary for this book contains spoilers for those who have not read its prior counterparts. In other words, there are no spoilers for this particular book, just the ones before it. The review itself is, for the most part, spoiler free, however.

About the Book:

Darren returns to his home town, ready for the ultimate showdown with Steve Leonard, the Vampaneze Lord. Meanwhile, Darren is worrying about the prediction Evanna told him. In The Lake of Souls, Darren and Harkat find out that t
This is the 11th book of 12 in the saga of vampires and how Darren lives his daily life as one. In this book, old friends are back for revenge, when Darren vowed to be a half vampire, he also had to leave behind his family, his friends, his town, everything. Darren soon adapted to this life-style by meeting vampires like himself and others much older than him. One of his friends, Steve, is back for revenge. Darren was a traitor to Steve and went with Mr. Crepsley, his mentor, than go with Steve ...more
Anthony Guo
Nov 15, 2010 Anthony Guo rated it liked it
Lord of the Shadows
by Darren Shan

In this fantasy book, it is really interesting. They have a different aspect of the vampires. Unlike many other vampire books, it was vampires that were evil and they seek blood, and they kill their victims. But in this series, they have a new race of vampires. It wasn't the vampires who have been killing their victims when they drink blood from them, it was the vampaneze who drain blood dry from their victims.
I love this book because it is different from other
Julie Decker
Jun 04, 2015 Julie Decker rated it liked it
After his bizarre trip with Harkat into the land of the Lake of Souls, Darren returns to the Cirque du Freak--a place with such history for him--but without his mentor, Mr. Crepsley, he travels around with the circus, headed by Mr. Tiny. When the Cirque arrives in his old hometown, he wishes for reunion with those who think he's dead, but the possibility of leading the vampaneze to his loved ones makes this too risky. But there is one reunion he won't be able to avoid: a clash between him and hi ...more
Gabriela Murrieta
Nov 30, 2014 Gabriela Murrieta rated it really liked it
Lord of the Shadows by Darren Shan is the 11th book out of 12 books in the series. This book made me want to finish the series. It really made up for the 10th book, which wasn't as great, and gave excitement. There was also action and unexpected things that could suprise the reader. Darren Shan's way of writing, leaving you in a cliffhanger throughout the book, would make someone keep on reading until the end of the series and could even persuade you to read other books by him. This book is base ...more
Patryk Stypulkowski
Jun 07, 2015 Patryk Stypulkowski rated it it was amazing
Darren Shan is approaching his final showdown with the Vampaneze Lord. The hunters will be pit against the Lord and his most loyal servants. Only one side will remain unscthaed, and the victor will become a horror…
“Lord of the Shadows” is the second to last book in the Cirque du Freak series, and begins to wrap up the story. There is lot’s to enjoy. The book successfully takes elements from the previous books and touches on them, which wasn’t something some of the previous books did well. The
Feb 01, 2016 Wickedshizuku rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Vampire fans, Demonata fans, Neil Gaiman fans, Brom fans, Horror fans, Young men
Recommended to Wickedshizuku by: Goodreads
When I finished this book I was biting my nails to get the next one. I was constantly devouring Darren Shan's words every waking moment when I bought this series. Not only is he a brilliant writer; he is a master of terror.

The book starts off a little slow compared to the Lake of Souls, Book 10, did. Also I had gotten confused for a minute because I was also reading Shan's Wolf Island in the Demonata series. (excellent as well!) I'm honestly living some of the situation Darren does. Coming back
Eileen H
Jan 18, 2013 Eileen H rated it it was amazing
Do you trust your friends? Well Darren docent after Steve his best friend try's to kill him!
Evanna is a witch that can see the future and is warning him that he is to become an evil monster that will destroy the earth! Darren is set of to find a loop hole. Sometimes I feel like a monster ready to destroy the earth, but that's just me. Darren has come across Steve and is trying to rule the world and once again Darren is stuck in the middle.

Book By: Darren Shan
May 30, 2008 Raven rated it it was amazing
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Krizz Dragneel
Feb 04, 2015 Krizz Dragneel rated it it was amazing
Me siento en estado zombie después de terminar este libro, casi nada para ser una carnicería.

First Mr. Crepsley and now Mr. Tall , why??? Oh my dear Shancus
Dec 21, 2008 Tute rated it liked it
nah lebih seru nih....ternyata Annie adiknya Darren nikah sama Steven Leopard dan punya anak!! Ini yang diharapkan dari dulu, kejadian di masa lalu masih akan terus di amsa datang...Ok!
Jul 27, 2014 Alberto rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Aunque sospechaba lo que se revela al final, como quiera me sorprendió. Sin duda, este libro es uno de mis favoritos de la saga
Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
Aug 11, 2016 Nidah (SleepDreamWrite) rated it really liked it
So, that happened. Series getting crazier it seems but you can't help but what to know what happens. Guess we have one more book left then? Sad to see it end.
Cosmo Polke
Oct 28, 2014 Cosmo Polke rated it it was amazing
Jul 03, 2016 Matthew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm on the verge of self-destruction.

But I won't go down alone...

The first entry in the series to break the 5/5 run. Lord of the Shadows doesn't quite match up to its predecessors, but it's still a damn fine instalment. The mini-trilogies within the series so far have been cohesive, but this set feels a little off. The things it gets right: Fantastic. The things it doesn't: Leaves the reader a little conflicted. Overall, though, it adequately sets up what's to be a fitting finale. The cliffhange
Dec 07, 2016 Chappy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
so just finished this bitch today..... you know me...i wont spoil anything but OH MY G. one part of me was thinking, i wander what i should read next, as i added a bunch of new books to listen to and there are some brilliant titles....the other part of me said...NOOOO im finishing this series now. So as of November 2nd there wont be any more Saga of Darren Shan, ill have finished the series and finally be able to rest knowing how it ends.
Steve Leonard, you are going down SUCKA. for those fans o
Margaret Chadwick
This is the eleventh book in the Cirque Du Freak series. I bought all twelve of the books in the Cirque Du Freak series at a local second hand shop. These books cost 99p and come on a buy one get one free offer. This was an epic read and leads perfectly on from the book before. I have really enjoyed this book set up to now and i'm sure that the rest of the books will be just as good. I would highly recommend this book box-set to anyone with an interest in Young Adult and Paranormal books. In the ...more
This was surprisingly dark, and I think that this might be why it now one of my new favorite installments in the series. The characters ended up back in Darren's hometown, which forced Darren to deal with his past, his family and friends. But what this one did that the other did not was challenge Darren with how far he might have to go to beat the Vampaneze lord and how that will change him.

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Jan 20, 2017 Kane.Deutmeyer rated it it was amazing
This the 11th book to the Cirque du Freak series. it is about a boy named Darren Shan and his adventures as being a vampire
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Christine Irvin
Oct 04, 2016 Christine Irvin rated it really liked it
Last night I finished book #11 in the Cirque Du Freak series. As in the previous 10 books, the author keeps the story moving with plot twists and lots of action. Things are heating up; the final battle - the one that will determine who is the Lord of the Shadows - has to take place in the next book. I want to find out what happens, but I'm a bit concerned about Darren's future, as this book took a very unexpected turn. We'll just have to wait and see. I'll keep you posted in the next, and last, ...more
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Mar 10, 2011 sabisteb rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Zwei Jahre sind vergangen seit Darren und Harkart ihren Weg zum See der Seelen antragen und während dieser Zeit reisten sie mit dem Cirque de Freak durch die Welt. Nun führt diese Reise sie in Darrens Heimatstadt, an den Ort, an dem alles begann und alles enden wird.

Dieser Band hatte für mich einen deutliche melancholischen Touch. Darren kehrt an den Ort seiner Kindheit zurück und besucht Orte, mit denen er Erinnerungen verbindet. Er ist mittlerweile fast 30, sieht aber immer noch aus wie 15 ode
Apr 12, 2013 Nerya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: febru-r-2013
Čím ďalej sa v príbehu posúvame, čím viac sa približujeme ku koncu tejto ságy, tým viac napätia, hrôzy, videní, zabíjania a upírov sa na nás valí. To všetko je jedným veľkým plus, ktoré Vám nedovolí sa od posledných kníh odtrhnúť, ani keby ste mali umrieť od hladu, alebo by Vám mal prasknúť močový mechúr. Prednášky, neprednášky, musela som sa rýchlo vrhnúť na jedenáste pokračovanie, aby som sa ešte viac priblížila ku koncu.

Musím už teraz priznať, že mi bude smutno a že by som sa najradšej s Dar
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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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“Leave him alone!" Debbie shouted.
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