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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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Sep 16, 2016 Kyle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

The hunt for the Vampaneze Lord continues.

Darren and his team of Vampaneze hunters return to Larten Crepsley's home town when they learn that murder victims with all the blood drained from them are piling up. Suddenly, an inspector shows up at their hotel wondering why, after they had enrolled Darren in school, he is not attending and that if he does not begin at once the police would have to get involved. So not only does Darren have to hunt vampaneze, he's got to finish his homework first. T

Kavita Ramesh
Aug 22, 2016 Kavita Ramesh rated it it was ok
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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..:|
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?


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
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
May 06, 2016 Emma rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016-books
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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
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
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
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
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
May 22, 2016 Chappy rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
ok so ill be the first to admit that the start of this book didnt have me hooked, out of all things to happen on this quest i doubted very much it would begin with young Darren Shan having to enrol in high school and go to classes, this was a twist that i really didnt think the series needed.
However, as it managed to progress the story line, ill be the first to admit that it worked, not as exciting as a vampire prince travelling the world and seeing new things but given how the story line panne
Kraipob Waengsothorn
Sep 13, 2016 Kraipob Waengsothorn rated it it was amazing
Great book. Great character. Great villain. Great plot twist. Dam that vegetarian turn meat eating vamapaneze wannabe Reggie Veggie! BTW, cover scares the crap out of me.
Hannah H
Jul 06, 2016 Hannah H rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In a way I saw the plot twist coming but it still surprised me! AND WHY THE CLIFFHANGER???
Christine Irvin
Sep 29, 2016 Christine Irvin rated it really liked it
Well, I made it through another book in the CIRQUE DU FREAK series by Darren Shan. Darren and his friends are still in search of the Lord of the Vampaneze. They are holed up in a small town, using assumed names. Darren's assumed last name is Horston. Their mission is sidetracked when the truant officer from the local school district comes knocking on the door, looking for Darren Horston. Seems he has enrolled in the local school but he has not been coming to class.

Who enrolled him in the school
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
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.

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
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
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
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
Jun 07, 2016 Aurora rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I think working together in this book is great, They are following their hearts to defeat the lord of vampaneze with some reasons........
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.

Sep 20, 2016 Sarah rated it really liked it
Shelves: vampires, 2016
Things certainly take a turn in this novel! It's been 13 years since they set foot in Mr. Crepsley's old hometown, and a lot has changed. The vampaneze are getting more ruthless and killing more freely. To make matters more complicated, Darren is forced into going to the local public high school! If the vampaneze weren't enough to worry about, now he's got homework-and his English teacher is a very familiar, very pretty face he might know from somewhere.

Even more complicated is Steve Leopard is
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Fantasy Literature
Apr 12, 2014 Fantasy Literature rated it liked it
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
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
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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