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Allies of the Night (Cirque du Freak #8)

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Darren Shan, Vampire Prince and "vampaneze" killer, faces his worst nightmare yet--school. But homework is the least of Darren's problems. Bodies are piling up. Time is running out. And the past is catching up with the hunters fast.
Mass Market Paperback, 209 pages
Published September 1st 2005 by Little, Brown Young Readers (first published January 1st 2002)
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Negin
Jul 19, 2015 Negin rated it really liked it
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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Sarah Maddaford
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Siobhan
Oct 12, 2014 Siobhan rated it really liked it
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
May 29, 2015 Patryk Stypulkowski rated it liked it
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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Ashley Lynch
Another quick Darren Shan book.
There was action here, as there usually is, but this one also included a little side romance for Darren. I feel bad for Debbie. For Darren disappears for 13 years, then reappears as her student. He lies to her and tells her that he has some aging disorder then her neighbors are killers then her students then he finally tells her truth just for her to be taken by R.J. Of course, she did sort of ask for it. Literally, she knew the risk when she went into the tunnels.
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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
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
704 Ben
Oct 26, 2012 704 Ben rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
MY thought, was really this
WHO THE HELL ARE YOU!?! I DO NOT REMEMBER YOU FROM ANY OTHER OF THE SERIES!!
okay, so this RANDOM AS HELL charictar kinda just seems to show up and i forget who this guy is- i don't remember him from the other books
(he is most likely some charictar who was really importent from the before hand in eather the first, second or third book and have no idea.
im kinda stupid when it comes to charictar that only showed up in the first or second books of a series. deal with it) A
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Henry Hull
Jan 06, 2014 Henry Hull rated it it was amazing
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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David Chen
Oct 07, 2011 David Chen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is very interesting because I love how Darren and his friends work together to overcome the problems that they were having trouble dealing with. I also loved how Darren's friends helped Darren to deal with the enemies that they have trouble fighting. My favorite part is when his best friend from school as known as Steve Leopard saved Darren from one of the vampaneze. Which were the bad guys, my favorite part is when Debbie Hemlock which is Darren's girlfriend helped Darren catching up ...more
Miss Ryoko
Woot, I was pretty excited about the (view spoiler) but I can't believe Darren was so easily persuaded he was good. I actually had a thought once before that he might actually be the vampaneze lord... but guess not? Maybe he is and it's all a rouse? We'll see.

Also the return of Debbie was interesting enough...

2 down, 2 more chances to go! I already know that Mr. Crepsley is going to die... and I'm sure there will be some sort of overly done moment where before he
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Mac
Jul 30, 2013 Mac rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is about Darren Shan going to Mr. Crepsleys's home town once again to hunt down vampaneze. Strangely the principal of a high school says that Darren hasn't been to school in a long time so he has to come back to school, and one of his teachers is his old girlfriend. At night Mr. Crepsley and Darren hunt down vampaneze. When they are hunting them down they find out that R.V. is now a vampaneze!!!(R.V. is from book 2.)I would recommend this book to all boys and girls that like vampires a ...more
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
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
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
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
Aug 18, 2014 Julie Decker rated it liked it
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
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
Neldehaibi7
May 26, 2015 Neldehaibi7 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Darren wanted to find the vampaneze lord in order to have the vampire clan victors of the War of Scars. But, the vampaneze side of the clan are tricking Darren into going to school. So, as Darren attends his new school, his english teacher is his ex-girlfriend, Debbie, and he also comes across his old friend Steve. Then, the vampaneze hunters encounter the vampaneze and officially starts the bloodshed. Cirque du Freak: Allies of the Night is a book about fate, good vs. evil, and sacrifice.
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
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.

Btheilmanngohr3
May 26, 2015 Btheilmanngohr3 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this book, we meet some returning characters, such as: Debbie, an english teacher, R.V, whose now a vampaneze, with hooks for hands, and Steve. Steve tries to play good guy at the beginning, but ends up being the bad person he is. They also encounter the vampaneze lord a second time, but fail. The book also leaves off where Darren and Co. have to escape the sewers, with Steve as hostage.
Fantasy Literature
Apr 12, 2014 Fantasy Literature rated it liked it
Shelves: kat
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
Tanya Tan
Jul 16, 2011 Tanya Tan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Dwayne Small
Apr 18, 2014 Dwayne Small rated it really liked it
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
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
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
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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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Other Books in the Series

Cirque du Freak (1 - 10 of 12 books)
  • A Living Nightmare (Cirque Du Freak, #1)
  • The Vampire's Assistant (Cirque Du Freak, #2)
  • Tunnels of Blood (Cirque Du Freak, #3)
  • Vampire Mountain (Cirque Du Freak, #4)
  • Trials of Death (Cirque Du Freak, #5)
  • The Vampire Prince (Cirque Du Freak, #6)
  • Hunters of the Dusk (Cirque Du Freak, #7)
  • Killers of the Dawn (Cirque Du Freak, #9)
  • The Lake of Souls (Cirque Du Freak, #10)
  • Lord of the Shadows (Cirque Du Freak, #11)

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