My Top 5 favorite characters of this series (in order): 1. Puck (hands freaking down) 2. Glitch (I dunno, I just really, really liked him for some reaso...moreMy Top 5 favorite characters of this series (in order): 1. Puck (hands freaking down) 2. Glitch (I dunno, I just really, really liked him for some reason) 3. Razor 4. Grimalkin 5. Meghan (because she's so freaking badass)
Sorry, Ash. You didn't make it onto my Top 5, but you're in a close sixth, if it makes you feel any better. I still love you (just not as much as I love Puck and Glitch).
(view spoiler)[Only thing I didn't like about this book was that Ash and Meghan did, um, it. I mean, I knew it was coming, I knew it was inevitable, but hey, that doesn't mean I have to like it. Well, it didn't matter, I got over it quickly because the battle at the end was just too freaking epic. (hide spoiler)]
Maybe I'll write an actual review later, but I've got homework to do. Ciao.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
**spoiler alert** I found the sixth book in the Cirque Du Freak series, The Vampire Prince, a little more fulfilling than the past books.
Darren, just...more**spoiler alert** I found the sixth book in the Cirque Du Freak series, The Vampire Prince, a little more fulfilling than the past books.
Darren, just barely surviving from the mountain stream, is found by the wolves he had named Streak and Rudi in the fourth book. They nurture him back to health, and he sets off for Vampire Mountain again in order to warn the Vampire Princes of Kurda Smahlt's treachery.
Unfortunately, after the vampires arrest Kurda and attack the vampaneze, they find out that Kurda's motives were nobler than they first thought -- he was trying to combine the vampires and vampaneze in order to avoid war with the Vampaneze Lord, who HAS been realized.
Kurda says that the Vampaneze Lord is a human who has not been blooded yet. I had a sudden thought: "I bet it's Steve." About halfway through the book, I had gotten distracted for a few seconds, thinking about how I should probably expect Steve to make a reappearance; and then, as Paris was saying something during Kurda's trial, that's when I got that crazy idea. I don't know if I'm right yet (I only just finished the book this morning, and I haven't started the seventh), but I'd be almost willing to bet, and I'm no gambler.
Seriously, remember how Crepsley drank Steve's blood in the first book, but spit it back out, saying it was evil? And how Steve knows about vampires, and how he has a pretty good reason to want to seek revenge? And how author!Shan made it clear that Steve is going to be a recurring character? The puzzle's falling into place. Of course, if I'm wrong, I'll look like an idiot to those of you reading this who have finished the series. It's just a guess, but one I'm willing to bet on.
Anyway, on to Darren's problems -- he may be a sudden war hero, but that does not erase his failure in the Trials of Initiation. The Princes do not want to kill him, but they don't want to change the law, either. So what do they do? They put Darren "above the law"... and make him a Vampire Prince!
I can honestly say I almost cried in this book. The cremations, Kurda's execution... and most of all, Mr. Crepsley's reaction to Arra Sails's death. I think I really did cry then.
However, that's one of the things I like about author!Shan -- his lack of hesitation to kill off characters. As said in the August 2010 issue of Otaku USA, killing off major characters is one of the gutsiest moves a shounen manga can pull. I know that this isn't a review for the manga adaption, but Cirque Du Freak is still a shounen series, manga or not. The fact that he can kill off characters so easily means he's got guts, and I find that extremely appealing in an author. (Not that I enjoy character deaths; it's just... I dunno. Hard to explain.)
Anyway, I found the writing slightly painful to read in one or two places, such as after character!Darren killed the first vampaneze and was saying, "I hated myself for what I'd done"; I dunno, it just sounded a little unnecessary. It probably would have sounded better as part of Darren and Seba's conversation after the battle with the vampzneze.
Regardless, I give this book five stars. Best one so far.(less)
I have to say, the ending was a lot sweeter than I intended. I was sure it'd be morbid, but I guess even gruesome books labeled The Thin Executioner c...moreI have to say, the ending was a lot sweeter than I intended. I was sure it'd be morbid, but I guess even gruesome books labeled The Thin Executioner can end with a dash of romance, huh?
Well, anyway, GREAT book. A gory book, I guess (I have high standards; nothing beats a nice, bloody battle anime), with some cannibalism and weird religious practices, among other rather disturbing things, but also a touching book at the same time. I was emotionally affected by the friendship of the book, as I usually am regarding Darren Shan's work, but more so by the fact that it exposed true human nature: greed, betrayal, and the inevitable cruelty of slavery and religious intolerance.
I feel that the moral of this book is found by digging deeper than the morbid-sounding title. It encourages religious freedom and the belief that the death penalty should not be given away freely and irrationally. Though I don't necessarily concur with Tel Hesani's belief that jail is the worst possible punishment (some people do deserve death, for the good of the community), I think that overall, I agree with Shan.
Jebel, the main character, went through a massive amount of character development. He went from biased, disrespectful, and haughty to open-minded, somewhat humble, and almost overly considerate toward the feelings of other people. Even though he's a complete jerk in the beginning, rest assured, because he was my favorite character in the end.
Darren Shan, I applaud you. Thanks for writing this, because I enjoyed it immensely.(less)
Though I found this story touching, it was a bit boring at times... The only thing that REALLY bothered me, though, were the honorifics. Instead of "Y...moreThough I found this story touching, it was a bit boring at times... The only thing that REALLY bothered me, though, were the honorifics. Instead of "Yuki-chan," Uchida typed it as, "Yuki Chan." I know it really doesn't matter, but I watch a lot of anime, so I'm more accustomed to the honorific being connected to the name by a hyphen. But that's a really minor issue, so overall, I recommend this book.(less)
It technically isn't part of Tunnels of Blood, but I read the preview for Vampire Mountain, and I'm hacked off because Evra's, like, twenty now. Whyyy...moreIt technically isn't part of Tunnels of Blood, but I read the preview for Vampire Mountain, and I'm hacked off because Evra's, like, twenty now. Whyyyy?? I liked him better as a kid... D: Stupid time skips. Six years is a little much, in my opinion.(less)