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Brothers to the Death

(The Saga of Larten Crepsley #4)

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4.45  ·  Rating details ·  2,931 ratings  ·  196 reviews
After years of wandering, Larten has finally found his way back to his vampire family and resumed the vigorous, brutal training to become a General. But there are vampires determined to pull Larten into starting a war that could have global implications and casualties. Vampires who will stop at nothing. Vampires who would betray Larten in the most cutting way.
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published May 15th 2012 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published January 2012)
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Rachel
May 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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An amazing ending to an amazing series. 'Brothers to the Death' was absolutely fantastic. So full of twists, surprises, excitement, heartbreak, romance, everything you need to make a book perfect.
I've loved Larten Crepsley since 'Cirque Du Freak' but this series has made me love him even more, if that was even possible. He's one of my favourite fictional characters ever. I would gladly defend him to the death.
He's such a unique character. You'll never ever read a book about a character like L
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Chloe
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
7.5/10.

This review is for this book and this series as a whole, because I read them all so close together.

The pros: This was a perfect prequel series to one of my favourite childhood series, and I'm happy to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this as an adult. This series is a perfectly paced journey through the life of a vampire. It's a historical fantasy, implementing real history in a way that made it work with the story. At times I almost thought of it like a middle grade Interview with the Vampi
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Kyle
Jan 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brothers to the Death is the final book of The Saga of Larten Crepsley series.

I have to admit that I enjoyed this book better than any of the others in the series. Most of the books just seemed to drag on with no point in mind. Although this book often felt the same way by the time I read the final chapters, it ended up being well worth it. (view spoiler)
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Cynthia
Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Darren
May 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, vampires
This review first appeared on The Book Zone(For Boys) blog


Brothers To The Death is Shan at his very best as a writer, and I challenge any fan of his vampire books not to find this a rewarding and deeply satisfying read. I have a feeling that, come the final words of this book there will be a legion of fans who, like I did, feel a broad grin erupt on their face, at which point they will probably, again like me, reach for their well-read copy of Cirque Du Freak and continue the story. I don't thin
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Dean
Jun 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review also on BookLover

Let's begin by saying I was left speechless for a few days but now, I think, I am ready to tell you about this amazing book and series finale.

In this fourth book, we follow Larten as he finds out about the Nazi danger and tries to find as many Vampires, telling them to flee Europe as fast as they can. But something terrible sends him astray, sending him again into a vengeful rampage that won't end as the Vampire expects.

I still have difficulty speaking about this book; I
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Katrina
Sep 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Readers tend to forget one simple fact about a prequel, you already know the fate of most of the characters. You know it before you ever open the book. Some of the reviews I'd read of this book scoffed at what they felt was too obvious a title...but with a prequel, obvious is kinda bread and butter for the genre. There's an old saying, it's not the destination it's the journey. That yes we know what happens to them in the end but we read this to see the journey to get there, what made them who t ...more
Mosy
Feb 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
It s the best in this Series.
Lexine Higgins
Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really sad to be leaving these characters and their world, but it was a bittersweet ending to the quadrilogy.

The title gives away what is going to happen, but HOW was the question on my mind. If you've read the original saga (the Saga of Darren Shan) then you already know Larten's fate by the time book 1 of the series begins, but HOW that comes about intrigued me.

I continued to love Larten's flawed character, and it was interesting to see how he has grown over 200 years from the headstrong 'th
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Waverly Nyx
Nov 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
The end of another amazing era. I love these books so much, the entire world of Larten and Darren's is amazingly built and wonderful and part of me wishes I'd never have to leave it. Both saga's will definitely be those I will return to. ...more
فرنام خسروی
The best in the series, wanna be surprised? Wanna some bloody adventures?
It’s your shot, take it.
Esar Chaudhry
Jul 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
*furiously sobs in a corner*
Book Sp(l)ot
May 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: series
* Earlier books in the serie: Birth of a Killer (#1), Ocean of Blood (#2), and Palace of the Damned (#3) - this review may contain spoilers for some of those *


Just when Larten is finally ready to make his way back to Vampire Mountain and his vampire kin, he's pulled into a very human conflict. The Nazis are coming to power and while the vampires have made it their way not to interfere with human struggles, the Nazis have made their own efforts to pull the vampire in, though, so they can't compl
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chucklesthescot
Larten has finally found his place in society-being friends with and looking after Alicia and helping to save humans and vampires from the Nazis during WW2. However tragedy, betrayal and Desmond Tiny are lurking to push Larten into starting the war against the Vampaneze.

I really enjoyed this book as it used the backdrop of WW2, which I have studied myself in great detail. I enjoyed seeing how both vampire clans actually have standards and believe the Nazis to be the true monsters. With the addit
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Cameron Mitchell
This is the first book in the series to gain a three star rating from me, because, in my opinion, it is the first book in the series that actually seemed to have a point. I love the character of Larten Crepsly, but this series has, up until now, seemed to just be rehashing of old stories. And I still maintain that opinion, at least for the first three books. The impression I got from those books is that Shan was just using them to give his fans something to read as he wrote another series. I fou ...more
Becky
Sep 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Am I too perceptive? Or did the title of this book give the ending away to anyone else. OR was it just me? I mean, how obvious do you want to be? It slightly ruined it for me as it gave away the outcome. I was still intrigued as to how it ends up that way as I always thought they were very close, after all they were 'brothers' in as many ways possible in the vampire world. So I had to wonder how that would all come about, but then THE event happens and I wasn't fooled for a minute. Forget the Va ...more
Sam
May 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So we have come full circle now. I'm very tempted to pick up Cirque Du Freak and complete onwards. "Brothers to the Death" finsihes off Mr. Crepsley's back story and leads us nicely in to "The Saga of Darren Shan". I will say, I'm tempted to go and reread the cirque du freak series now! It was enjoyable and filled in a good chuck of blanks such as; why did Crepsley stop being a General and joinned up with the Cirque? Where did Madam Octa come from? Why is Vanche's hair green? And many more.

You
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Eli
Jun 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
wow this was ... I'm speechless! Finally, that's what I was talking about.
So why wasn't I surprised when I found out about Wester? Because I KNEW this would happen! I KNEW Darren Shan wouldn't let me down ... not with this one, not with dear Mr Crepsly!
Just Awesome!
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Stefan Grieve
Oct 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
After a slightly bonkers yet important opening (Nazis vs vampires!) the plot veers into a twisty revenge story, while the eventual twist is a bit sign posted, but shocking and well done all the same.

So what to say at the end of this bloody series? Well this is a gripping return to form and the series ends on a high.

What about the series as a whole? Well it has a strong start, a bit of a meandering middle but a great ending. It's a worthy enough prequel series to the vampire series that gripped
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Fionn
This was a great end to the series, some things we knew were going to happen already but seeing what Larten felt and did after they happened was what made it so good. Knowing what happens to Larten in the future added a lot to certain parts of the book as well.

I liked that Larten's friendships survived through the decades he struggled to figure out what he wanted to do. Seba, Vancha, Gavner...even Wester although that had a heartbreaking end. I'll miss Larten and everyone else but I'll definitel
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Urosh Novakovic
Jul 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Compared to the previous three books in the series, this one was the least favorite of mine. I still liked it, but not as much. Something about it feels rushed. I have the sense that the book is unfinished, and no I'm not talking about the fact that it continues in Cirque Du Freak. Some things in between chapters feel like they are missing a huge chunk of the story like they were purposefully skipped in order to wrap it all up sooner. ...more
Lilu
Sep 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a book that I did not want to finish. I did not want this marvelous world to come to an end and when it did, it didn’t. The ending is such that I know it’ll continue and that Larten will go on, joy by quicksilver, but by Mr. Crepsley.

This was more than a series.
It was,
4 books,
3 allies,
2 sides.
1 story,

I’ll not be forgetting such an adventure any time soon,
Farewell,
Anna Pothecary
Dec 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
i loved reading about Larten, and a lot more makes sense now, i started the cirque du freak series first, but stopped to read this in between, and now i'll pick up cirque again, knowing far more about larten, and i will admit, my feelings have changed, and i have easily fallen in love with Larten Crespley ...more
Allen Pamaong
Mar 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
An end most fitting for the prequel of the Cirque du Freak book series! I'm overjoyed that it didn't end horribly as I thought it would given that I've already guessed pretty early on what the twist will be and how it would pan out in the end. If only the Saga of Darren Shan could've ended this beautifully. ...more
Mohammad Hossein Ziaei
Mar 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I'm speechless. An amazing ending to an amazing series.
full of Surprises, Romance, Excitement everything you need to make a book perfect.
I loved the way Larten dealt with his enemies.
I loved the way Ara expressed her feelings.
I really liked the book, And now I feel depressed.
I'll not forget such a story any time soon.
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Samantha Barnhart
Feb 26, 2019 rated it liked it
I feel bad giving this book a 3 star rating, but I feel that Darren Shan could have done soo much more with this book. I have read the Cirque Du Freak series and I expected more. This was a good book none the less I was just hoping and expecting more.
Saloni
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Just as Larten Crepsley is settling into the vampire clan, destiny has something else in store for him, the poor guy.

Read full review here.
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Ireka
Apr 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5
This was woderful! Did not see that ending coming! This was a great prequel. I am excited to jump into rereading the Cirque Du Freak series. Let's see if it is as good reading as an adult then it was when I was a teen.
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Freya Beavis
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’m already planning on reading all these books again because they gave me the TINGLES! Action packed, heart breaking, and funny - they were a wonderful throwback to a happy time in my childhood.
Christian
This book has a pretty good storyline and cool characters.
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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
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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)
  • Palace of the Damned (The Saga of Larten Crepsley, #3)

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