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The Vampire's Assistant

(Cirque du Freak #2)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  35,974 ratings  ·  1,406 reviews
In the compelling sequel to Cirque Du Freak, soon to be a major motion picture by Warner Bros., The Vampire's Assistant continues the saga of Darren Shan as he resists the one temptation that sickens him . . . the one thing that can keep him alive.
Hardcover, 247 pages
Published July 31st 2007 by Little Brown and Company (first published May 30th 2000)
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Miranda Reads
Nov 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
THIS IS NOT a unicorns-and-rainbows middle school book and I loved it for that.

Finally, something where morals do not outweigh the plot. Finally, there's evil characters who are truly evil (and not merely misunderstood). Finally, a book where death actually exists and poses a real threat.


Darren is still reeling from the events of the last book. He must cope with becoming a bloodthirsty creature of the night. He doesn't want to kill, but is finding the impulse increasingly mor
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Vampire's Assistant (Cirque du Freak #2), Darren Shan
After traveling with Mr. Crepsley, the vampire who made him into a half-vampire, Darren Shan returns to the freak show known as the Cirque du Freak and continues to fight his need to drink human blood. Originally published: September 30, 2000.
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: سال 2006 میلادی
عنوان: قصه های سرزمین اشباح: دستیار شبح: سرک عجایب کتاب دوم؛ نویسنده: دارن شان؛ مترجم: سوده کریمی؛ تهران، قدیانی، کتابهای بنفشه، 1382؛ در 232 ص؛ چاپ پنجم 1385؛ شابک
Jan 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

The book was a quick, enjoyable, fun read. I liked it!

Darren is miserable. His master, Mr. Crepsley, keeps pressuring him to drink human blood, but Darren refuses hoping to keep his humanity. But with each day that passes without drinking human blood Darren grows weaker. Crepsley warns Darren that if he does not drink he will die. On top of all this Darren is lonely for friends his own age. So Crepsley takes them back to the Cirque du Freak where this story takes place.

I am enjoying this series

Will M.
I didn't know what to read next, even though Blood Song was already on my currently reading list, so I decided to rearrange a part of my bookshelf. I noticed book 3 lying around with a couple of other random books. I then had a slight feeling of wanting to continue on with the series. I heard nothing but great things, but book 1 managed to disappoint me. Setting the bad past experience of book 1 aside, I decided to read the book 2 and decide after if I would finish the series or not. Despite the ...more
I really had to think about my rating for this one for quite a while. I waffled between 3 and 4 stars for a few days because of one thing: the heavy-handed foreshadowing.

The more I thought about it though, and especially after finishing the book, I realized one really important thing: these books are not written for people my age. Without the foreshadowing and the constant mentioning that bad things are coming, I honestly think that what happens could be severely traumatic, upsetting, and distur
Sara Kamjou
May 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, fiction, horror
داستان تو جلد دوم از نظر داستانی یه مقدار سرعت اتفاقاتش کمتر شد و بیشتر به شخصیتپردازی پرداخت که به نظرم بهجا بود. مشتاقانه منتظر فرصتم تا سراغ جلد بعدی برم.
یادگاری از کتاب:
مگر قهرمان کیست؟ کسی است که زندگیاش را وقف یک کار خوب یا یک انسان میکند، اینطور نیست؟
Amira Mahmoud
بدايتها بطيئة، أحداثها غير مخيفة على عكس ما توقعت
النهاية أفضل ما فيها، آخر 30 صفحة تقريبًا كانوا الأفضل

الكتاب الأخير لهذا العام، عام 2017 وداعًا :)
Nov 13, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What makes Darren Shan's books a great read is that even though they're over 200 pages long, I can easily finish them. The action within this book is very quick and there's always something new for you to read. The ending for me was a little shocking, but the way that Darren Shan writes makes you want to read the next book. The Vampire's Assistant is the 2nd book in a series of seven books. After reading the Dreamcatcher which was over 800 pages long this was an easy read and very quick. For man ...more
Rebecca McNutt
May 22, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The Cirque du Freak series was incredibly popular when I was in junior high school, but after reading the first novel, I don't understand why. The characters were all very annoying and facile, the plot dragged on aimlessly and the sentences were choppy. This book was nothing special and not even worth reading.
Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
“The hunger inside us must be fed to be controlled.”

Wow. This one blew my reading mind all over the place, being far superior to the first. Both stories were good and this was a continuation where the first left off; however, this one was more consistent with plot, pacing, and even richer in story detail. Generally the tales of "when all the big, bad begins" has the most suspense and ambition, but in this case the character slowly settling into his new world ended up kicking the previous books
Aug 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What an incredible second installation to the Cirque Du Freak series! Darren isn't too keen on the new life that was all but forced upon him, but it does prove to be exciting and full of interesting characters. We meet several new and fun people, and a few not-so-fun and interesting people (possible villains!). The atmosphere isn't as sinister as we originally thought in Book 1, and yet the characters prove they aren't all what they seem to be at first meeting.

Darren's new friendships at first b
The adventure continues of Darren, the half-vampire, as a vampire's assistant with the freak show. In this book he makes two new friends as he is adjusting to life as a half-vampire. He's coming to terms with drinking human blood -- stubbornly refusing to do so -- and meets an ecowarrior vegetarian nicknamed "Reggie Veggie" who will cause some trouble for Darren. I loved the book's age-appropriate discussion on environmental protection and animal rights. As someone who has been a vegan for quite ...more
Aug 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
این کتاب رو هم من مثل یکش خیلی دوست داشتم.یکی از دلیل هاش به خاطر معناش بود،یکی دیگه از دلیل هاش هم به خاطر نوع نوشتار و داستانش بود.قابل توجه اونهایی که میخوان این مجموعه رو بخونن:این مجموعه اصلا ترسناک نیست.فقط شب قبل از خواب نخونیدش
راستی.من دیگه خوندن این مجموعه رو ادامه نمیدم.چون زیادی تخیلیه و من دارم تاریخ میخونم.از کتاب کوهستان اشباحشم زیاد خوشم نیومد.ولی فکر نکنید که من از تاریخ خوندن خسته شدم و بر خلاف میلم دیگه تخیلی نمیخونم.تاریخ عالیه.این کتاب اخرین کتاب تخیلی منه.ولی از کجا معلوم شا
Briar's Reviews
The Vampire's Assistant was an excellent young adult novel that is full of thrills and chills!

I watched the movie adaption of this series YEARS ago, and I had been dying to pick up this series. Unfortunately for me, the bookstore is big and full of millions of books so I'd forget what I was looking for the minute I walked in. Luckily for me, I walked into a bargain bookstore and found an old, extremely damaged version of this book for clearance - so of course I bought it! A little water never hu
Nov 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 10th-grade-books
The Vampires Assistant
By: Darren Shan

Twilight? Evermore? No, this isn't your average vampire book. Not all lovey-dovey, but real vampires. This book has no love, but it had cruelty. This book has things that Twilight and Evermore hid from you. This is just the second of the twelve books.

Darren, the main character in the book, gives up his human life to become a vampire in order to save his best friend, Steven. Steven, in the first book, A living Nightmare got bitten by Mr. Crepsley's spider, Mad
Jun 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cormacs-reviews
This book was quite gruesome but I liked it all the same. It is about The Vampires Assistant (Darren Shan) returning to the Cirque Du Freak with his guide Mr Crepsley (he was the one who turned him into a half-vampire). The difficult bit in the book comes when Darren Shan realises that he cannot stick to his humanity because he has to drink blood to survive. And he can't play with normal kids because he has powers and he might hurt them. So the whole book is about this struggle. Now I am reading ...more
Mission Blue
Jun 30, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: english
I definitely need a break after tolerating this amount of stupidity!!!
But I can't leave the story. I'll start the series again some other time.
Michelle Kor
Oct 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book kept me up all night. Although it was on the paranormal side (and I'm pretty sick of this genre after the Twilight craze), but at least it's more adventurous than romantic (oh yeah! So my type!)

This book is about a guy, Darren, who went to a freak show set up by some gypsy with his best friend. After the show, his friend told him to go home because he needed to talk to one of the performers. And Darren hide behind some curtains and overheard that the performer is actually a vampire and
BAM The Bibliomaniac
Another lively chapter book for children
Now we have a werewolf
And an animal rights activist
Do the two mix?
Nic Echo
Dec 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Nic by: Tesk
About the Book:
After witnessing a freak show, Darren Shan meets Mr. Crepsley, a vampire, and Madam Octa, Crepsley's performing spider. Shan ends up stealing Madam Octa, but when something goes wrong, he has to return to Crepsley for help. However, there is a condition and now Darren is Mr. Crepsley's half-vampire assistant. Of course, becoming a half-vampire has its disadvantages. Darren has to leave behind his family and friends, it's impossible for him to make new ones, and there is also the f
1. Darren Shan adds very macabre touches to his writing, and uses good cliffhangers and suspense to add to the feeling. All of the foreshadowing ("I know what's happening, and I'll stop it!"), gives you a stronger feeling,and enhances the feeling of being in the book.
2. Darren Shan gives the main character (Darren Shan) lots of characterization. From his feelings on becoming a half-vampire to being Mr. Crepsley's assistant, you see a lot of anger in our kid vampire.
3.This installment in the saga
Aug 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Like the first book, The Vampire's Assistant was very enjoyable. I am 100% sure that both vampire literature and non-vampire literature will enjoy it. This book made me angry, mad, laughed, and cry. Every single sentence gave me chills and goosebumps. One thing I think that makes this book a little better than the first one is how much the Circus was in it. In the first book, we only got to read about the Circus for a few chapters. Even though those chapters were amazing and giving me chills, I ...more
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This series is just marvelous!! And it has a praise by J. K. Rowling on the cover. What do you need more to start reading it! Seriously this is the best old kids/ young teens book/series since Harry Potter! Nothing less! It is fun, has very original characters, we don't fall into stupid clichés and stereotypes, it has a solid and dark story and I just having a great time reading it. Highly recommend!!
خوندن این مجموعه شیرینه
مثل گاز زدن شکلات!
Yumi Learner
Aug 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
The second book is more interesting than the first one, and I sometimes forgot that I was reading it in English. I felt like I was reading it in Japanese. I really can't wait to read the sequel!

I think the book series is very dark, and I don't want to recommend it to children because I don't like children are involved in violence, and they mix up the real world and novels. However, I highly recomend the series to English learners! It's quite easy for reading and never makes us bored to read! I
Alexis Barth
Let me just start off by saying NONE OF THIS WOULD HAVE EVER HAPPENED IF YOU WOULD HAVE JUST DRANK SOME HUMAN BLOOD DARREN! Or you could have told Mr. Tall everything that was going on sooner than later, BUT NOOOOO.

Dec 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recensione su FantasyAmo

Darren ormai ha dovuto lasciare indietro la sua vita umana, non senza traumi e difficoltà.
Il giovane mezzo-vampiro non riesce ancora ad abituarsi alla sua nuova vita e a Larten Crepsley, che lo ha trasformato.
Per Darren la sua vita è rovinata: non può tornare alla sua vecchia vita e alle persone che conosceva, né farsi nuovi amici umani.
Resosi conto della situazione, Larten lo porta nell'unico posto in cui quelli come loro possono sentirsi a casa: il Cirque du Freak.

In qu
Apr 03, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this one in just a few hours. Just 130 pages on my e-reader + an extremely simple writing style= a very quick reading experience.

This one gets 3 stars instead of the previous 2 I gave the first book in the series, because of the ending. This one ended really well; it was fittingly brutal, "fittingly" as in "in a book about supernatural beings with an already simplified writing, it was great to FINALLY get some violence that the writer chose to just tiptoe around up until this point"

I'm al
Adam Marino
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The theme of this book is do what is good for you and people around you because in the book, Darren has to make decision on whether or not he should take blood from humans and not just animals. Darren chooses to drink the blood.
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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

Other books in the series

Cirque du Freak (1 - 10 of 12 books)
  • A Living Nightmare (Cirque Du Freak, #1)
  • 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)
  • Allies of the Night (Cirque du Freak, #8)
  • Killers of the Dawn (Cirque Du Freak, #9)
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  • Lord of the Shadows (Cirque Du Freak, #11)
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