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Palace of the Damned

(The Saga of Larten Crepsley #3)

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  3,399 ratings  ·  153 reviews
Before Madame Octa...

Before the Cirque...

Before Darren Shan...

Larten Crepsley was a young man.

After failing his mentor and killing the entire crew of a ship in a bout of revenge for the death of his assistant, Larten is bereft with guilt. He no longer has the drive to live the vampiric life, and hides out in Paris, masquerading as a human. There, he finds some happiness
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published October 3rd 2011 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2011)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Palace of the damned, Darren Shan
In the third instalment in the creepy, captivating Larten Crepsley series, Larten finds out what it means to love... but is he also damned to find out what it means to lose? Lost in the arctic waste, carrying a baby whose love he could never deserve, Larten faces the darkest time he has ever known. But hope has a way of shining through even the smallest of cracks, and just as Larten reaches the end, a new beginning presents itself. The trouble is, for Larten, the
Mar 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
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In the third book of his Saga, Larten grows quite a lot. He's got a baby to take care of, one he doesn't wish to be the father of. And, as he meets an old friend, Larten seems to find a life of peace. Or so he thinks, before all goes to Hell (or, better, to the Lake of Souls!).

As I said before, the Larten Crepsley books are a bit more mature than the Darren Shan saga. I'm sure a lot depends on the fact Larten's books are directed towards older readers, but I am also certain th
Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
I'll review the series properly when I finish the last one but I am really impressed with the way these books are written! ...more
Larten is at rock bottom when he flees the ship with the baby, escaping to Greenland where he plans to let himself die. He discovers a legendary vampire palace and his life is saved by Desmond Tiny who indicates that he has an important future ahead of him.

Having his life saved by the creepy thing that is Desmond Tiny sends fear through Larten, as does the responsibility of being father to the baby, now named Gavner. It was interesting to see his true connection to Larten after him being one of
Oswaldo Martinez
I swear this man.. This man is truly noble no matter what
Apr 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
(Originally posted @ CSI:Librarian.)

3.5 Stars - I could not be happier (or more relieved) to report that Palace of the Damned was vastly more enjoyable and engaging than the previous book in Larten's Saga.

Events, emotions, and reflections were still overly summarized and I would have liked more detail. I didn't feel like Shan was bored or in a rush when it came to the writing itself, but the summarizing definitely made the minor characters read a bit flat from time to time. I liked them well eno
Sep 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have been a huge fan of Darren Shan ever since I first read a book by him, which was Demon Thief. He's one of my top five authors EVER! Can you guess why? Well, this book is one of the reasons he's one of the best authors out there.

First of all, I have to add, this book was an improvement to Ocean of Blood. I'm not saying Ocean of Blood was bad. It was just a "slower" story.

This book picks off where Ocean of Blood ended. Larten is not all alone. He's accompanied with the baby he rescued.

We fur
Ash Ebrahim
Jun 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actually 4.5 stars

I honestly didn't enjoy the second book as the first, but after reading this book I think that the prequel series is back to its right track.
The story starts with Larten Crepsley with the baby facing the killing cold. Larten is lost and cold with a baby that he can't take care of, and he has no idea why he saved him, until he finds this cool palace.
I expected the story to focus on the supposedly PALACE OF THE DAMNED, but it didn't. In the cover (UK cover ofc)The palace look
Mar 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Look at Hipster Larten Crepsley wearing a Spirithood.
I think I love these books too much to notice any plausible flaws.
The plot-line, as usual, was fascinating and unpredictable, as well as clever, with the typical Darren Shan style (i.e. past events you thought minor and unremarkable come back and bite the characters in the arse).

His characters, as always, have flaws AND qualities (even the 'bad' characters); no one is perfect. The women are strong, be it physically or mentally or emotionall
Marie-Josee Larouche
Oct 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Marie-Josee by: My boyfriend
This is the 3rd book in the saga of Larten Crepsley. This one was very interesting, it started to tie into the things that happend in the 1st and 2nd book with Tanish Eul and Wester Flack. It tells the stories of what happends when he was a Cub, and what happends when he suddenly falls in love with a human.

This book was really good. I generally like all Darren Shan's books, I justr have nothing bad to say about them, they're that great. He his a master story teller.


This story tells o
Apr 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
Palace of the Damned starts off with a big surprise as Destiny steps in and changes the fate of Larten's course and possibly the fate of the entire vampire clan. While Ocean of Blood had a definite sad tone to the book, in Palace of the Damned Larten's spirits seemed to pick up a bit more after his sudden meeting with Destiny. Larten even settles down for a while until an old "friend" of his pops up and his hard won peace comes crashing down. ...more
Hesa Almuhairi
Nov 02, 2011 rated it liked it
i was really excited about this book, but to tell the truth im really disappointed,i was expecting more action violence in the story so i liked the previouse parts, and the first one is still my favorite
Sep 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent installment of Larten's past - great cliffhanger ...more
Oct 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Its amazing and lartens love life was so touching but to bad they didn't give two chapters for the forth book at the end but other then that i loved this book. ...more
Jun 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Larten Crepsley is running from a horrible sin he just committed. After slaughtering almost the entire crew of the Pearly Tornado, he has docked at Greenland and is making his way across the icy island with the baby he has silently vowed to protect. Larten vows to find a cave to put the baby to rest in and find his own death. This part of the book was very heart wrenching. Larten believes that there is no redemption for the sins he has committed on that ship. He views himself as the monster othe ...more
Lexine Higgins
Oct 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series is getting better as the books go on, and I'm genuinely sad that there's only one book left now.

I've had a problem with the time jumps in the previous books, but in this book the time between scenes is much smaller and it doesn't feel like so much is being left out now.

Larten is in a bad place at the start, and we're beginning to realise how dark of a past he has before he met Darren. We see him lose himself, and then find the strength to get back up and carry on, which is admirabl
The love story in this book was a little slow but overall this book moved along much fast than the previous book without skipping over too much. The returning characters from The Saga of Darren Shan added a lot to this book and it was nice seeing the characters develop and grow in this book too.

I liked that it was set during WWI, it was interesting that even the vampires were shocked and disturbed by the amount of violence and death among the humans. The book did hint that Desmond Tiny may have
Katharine Lancaster
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cirque-du-freak
The book starts almost immediately after the end of "Ocean Of Blood", with Larten and the baby stranded in the icy wastes of Greenland. Larten searches for death in the snowdrifts, but is spared by a very unexpected twist of destiny. The action then jumps forward several years, to Paris at the turn of the 20th century. Larten is in love, and successful in business, but a face from his past threatens to lead him astray and undermine his happiness. In this sweeping novel, Larten also returns to Va ...more
Urosh Novakovic
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There's something about "The Saga of Larten Crepsley" and "Cirque du Freak" that will always pull me into the universe and have me glued to my spot no matter what age I am. Palace of the Damned is, so far, my favorite in Larten Crepsley's story. I simply love the pacing of this installment and the character development we get to see among most key members of the clan. ...more
Sep 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
This started off pretty slowly and wast that full of adventures. I’d say this was the slowest book so far but it was still good and worth reading.

If you’re reading this, don’t put it down, read up to it age 100 at least.

I’m on the verge, I don’t wanna finish this series and say but to all these people of the vampire mountain, but what can I do?
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Larten Crepsley is full of guilt after killing a whole ship's crew. He is bent on ending his life but stuff gets in the way and yeah, you know the drill.

Spoilers ahead.

Read full review here.
Connor's Library  Corner
Oct 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 🌟 book
4.5 🌟 series

I found Lartens story really interesting and I love seeing characters appear from the Darren Shan Saga as well as those that did not and the fate that befell them

This book more than ever made me realise that you need to read this Saga after you've read Darren Shan as it does spoil a few elements of that series
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
After years of not reading the Saga of Darren Shan or Larten Crepsley I'm loving this. All my favorite characters back in one book(and alive), plus a romance story I actually care about (which doesn't happen often).

I can't wait to continue this thrilling story!
Tyler Alt
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
فرنام خسروی
the storyline sometimes slows down and often you can guess what's goin' to happen. but eerie adventures and curiosity to find out Crepsley's fate would nail you at your seat! ...more
Mar 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i just love this world so much
Freya Beavis
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh my GOD! This series just keeps getting better! And excuse me but PLOT TWIST! Y’all should know what I’m talking about!
Oct 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mike
So nice I wish I were him
Mark Young
Feb 02, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A thoroughly enjoyable YA series that gets better as it goes along.
Allen Pamaong
Mar 02, 2021 rated it liked it
I liked this more than Ocean of Blood but the first will always be the best one in my opinion.
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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

The Saga of Larten Crepsley (4 books)
  • Birth of a Killer (The Saga of Larten Crepsley, #1)
  • Ocean of Blood (The Saga of Larten Crepsley, #2)
  • Brothers to the Death (The Saga of Larten Crepsley, #4)

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