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Killers of the Dawn by Darren Shan
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Nov 18, 2009

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The book starts with Darren and his friends quickly leaving the underground passages to escape the Vampaneze and vampets. With them are two hostages, Steve Leopard (who reveals himself to be a half-vampaneze) and a vampet. Debbie has been taken hostage by R.V., Vancha tortures the vampet back at their base and finds out that only the Vampaneze Lord can kill the three hunters. Unfortunately, Steve had arranged for the police to find out about them and soon they are surrounded by the police and army. They escape by jumping through the window, while Vancha escapes with the chief of police; the rest are captured and imprisoned. Eventually a vampet called Morgan helps Darren escape, claiming that he is proud to serve the creatures of the night. Darren then helps Harkat escape, a task which was aided by the guards' fear of Harkat (they were under the impression that he had a rare and deadly disease). The two together are able to free Larten Crepsley. They quickly go outside, unnoticed by the guards who are occupied by Steve's having killed a nurse and two other people. Mr. Crepsley, Darren and Harkat descend into the tunnels, where they meet up with Vancha. They arm themselves with weapons carelessly discarded by the vampaneze. They seek out Steve, who calls the rest of the vampaneze. There is a battle between the two sides, and soon they face whom they believe is the Vampaneze Lord. The suspected Vampaneze Lord says that he and Mr. Crepsley must fight one another alone. Crepsley kills the Vampaneze Lord, but Steve jumps onto his back and causes him to fall over the side, where he is hanging over the flaming stakes with Steve. Since he believes the Vampaneze lord is dead, he agrees to kill himself and stop holding on to Steve in exchange for a free passage for the rest. After he is dead and everyone has safely departed, Steve reveals himself to Darren as the Vampaneze Lord: the one who Darren must destroy for the sake of the world.

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