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Cirque Du Freak #4: Vampire Mountain: Book 4 in the Saga of Darren Shan

(Cirque du Freak #4)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  30,687 ratings  ·  841 reviews
In Vampire Mountain, the next gruesome encounter for the vampire's assistant, Darren Shan and Mr. Crepsley embark on a dangerous trek to the very heart of the vampire world. But they face more than the cold on Vampire Mountain--the vampaneze have been there before them. Will a meeting with the Vampire Princes restore Darren's human side or turn him further toward darkness? ...more
Kindle Edition, 212 pages
Published August 1st 2008 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published 2001)
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Miranda Reads
This is not going to include anything to do with the actual Cirque Du Freak

You have been warned. I know, I was pretty devastated too...

It's not a bad book. Darren has settled into vampire life somewhat well but upon summons by the Vampire Council, both he and Mr. Crepsley have to trek to Vampire Mountain to plead their case.

Throughout the book, we are given snitches and tidbits of what vampire society is like - harsh, cruel and noble. The author has no qualms about depicting gruesome detail
Jan 04, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Good read but frustrating ending…

So great story, the plot is building, it’s really starting to get good and then, TO BE CONTINUED…

Really? The book is only 212 pages long! I get that the author is writing these for a young audience but we can sit and read a book that’s longer than 200 pages. The Harry Potter series should have proven that. If you’re going to publish a book then make it a complete story for crying out loud. Right now I just feel cheated. If the rest of the series ends up

Shawna (SugoiShawn/SugoiReads)
This book was like a breath of fresh air. It was less scary and intense than the other books, which was a nice break. A lot of this book was about creating a new setting and introducing new characters, but it was still just as fun as the other books in the series. I loved the mountain and how it was described. This might seem weird, but I wish this series as a whole and especially this book were made into a video game. There's lots of fight scenes in this series and unique settings that could ma ...more
James Trevino
Jul 17, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was pretty bad. It is really hard to judge the books in this series because they are parts of a bigger story. Even so, I felt that the first three entries were way better than Vampire Mountain was. I understand the need for an overreaching arc, but as a stand-alone novel this book offers almost nothing. It starts nowhere and leads nowhere, with a bunch of new characters being introduced and no climax. Nothing really happens until the last few pages that set up the next novel.
The only good
Mar 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i love their interactions on this book and also OH GOD HARKAT I AM SCREAMING AGAIN BECAUSE I REMEMBER (!!!)
Feb 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
These books just keep getting better!!! I love pretty much all the characters by this point. Darren is especially great, probably because he’s growing up and is less annoying now.

I also love their journey in this particular installment. Vampire mountain is pretty awesome. It was super interesting reading of the vampires and their traditions etc.

I’d write a longer review, but I have got to start the next one right now. Obviously I really recommend this!!! Especially for those into vampire books
Rachel Bea
Not my favorite book in the series so far, which isn't to say that the writing is bad or anything - the series is consistently good. If the series was a TV show, this might be considered the "filler" episode. I still liked the story quite a bit, but I'm more excited for the next one! ...more
Paul Eckert
Jul 07, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This marks the fourth book I've read in the Cirque Du Freak series, and I keep expecting to be disappointed, waiting for the magic to run out. Thankfully, the series is still strong and still gripping.

One of the things I like best about the Cirque Du Freak series is that the protagonist, Darren Shan (yes, also the author's name...which I thought was a pretty hilarious thing to do, thought I bet his intention was to make it more 'real' for the young adult audience), never has an easy time. Consi
Quentin Wallace
Feb 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this volume a lot of new information is revealed about Mr. Tiny, the Little People and vampires in general. Darren journeys to Vampire Mountain to learn about Vampire Hierarchy and also legends of the vampires. Every writer likes to put their own spin on vampires, but I'm more of a traditionalist. That being said, Darren Shan's vampires are close enough to tradition that they are still enjoyable.

There are hints of darker times coming from the series in this volume as well.

Very compelling ser
Apr 14, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
2 stars seems a little generous for this, since the book had nothing to offer, so 1,5 it is. It was basically an infodump about the "broader universe" just to set up the next book, with a little bit of "Darren's life in Cirque du Freak has gone stale so we have to move on" in the beginning. Just when I was expecting some action, the -already short- book ended.

Not to mention a terribly sexist remark at one point: "There aren't many vampire women because we can't have children" Obviously, when a w
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great adventure for Darren Shan, a bit less complete in itself, it's really a piece in this awesome story and it open up for the next one in a good way, but in itself, even if the characters evolve and we learn more about the vampire world, alone, it felt less complete then the other volume who could have been read has stand alone in some and still be enjoyable. I really looking forward reading another one, probably around next month! One of the best, if not the best, fantasy series for ...more
May 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
He looked like a nice old uncle but was really a cruel, dark-hearted man who'd cut your tongue out as soon as say hello to you. ...more
Apr 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vampire
I'm still enjoying this series. Vampire Mountain is interesting. Shan does a good job with his storytelling and I'm intrigued and will continue on with the series. Its another take on vampires ...more
This is the fourth book in the Cirque Du Freak series. In this series Darren Shan assumes the role of a half vampire and travels with Mr Crepsley as he learns more about his new powers of a vampire and he adapts to the standards and needs of a new vampire life. In this book, Darren has to travel to vampire mountain, the journey can take months and they are forced to travel on bare feet. On the way to the mountain with Mr Crepsley, they met Gavner Purl, a Vampire General who was following Mr Crep ...more
Nov 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As I listened to this book, it all came back to me :D I love how this is the book where he (view spoiler) I also love learning about the (view spoiler) I'm so interested in how everyone just listens to (view spoiler) Also reminded me of how much of a shitfest the movie was. They most definitely ...more
Jul 15, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Don't know really what happened with this one. It seems that perhaps the publisher might have pressured Mr. Shan to split a book in two, because this one is only half a book. Most of the book was used to do some infodumping and then end a cliffhanger. Still like the characters and where the story is going, but it was quite disappointing especially compared to how good the last one was which so far it has been the high point of the series. But hey, these books are short and fun, and the violence ...more
Oct 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is a time jump between the end of the last book and this one, jumping us forward to the next set of important events in Darren’s vampire life.

We’re once again introduced to a new set of characters, all of which you come to love. We’re also given more information about the vampire world, learning even more than we have been given in the last three books. It is here that we really start to see other vampires, coming to understand their lifestyles. Another great book in the series!
Jul 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, love

This book is way darker than the other ones. We're introduced to a whole new aspect of the vampire world and how the vampire politics works. I absolutely loved the dark tone in this book and I can't wait to read the next 8 books asdjsdgfsdjgjdsfs!
Martin Kurij
Another enjoyable read, a few loose ends unanswered for but hopefully they will have answers in the next few books.
Not a fan of Kurda, He stinks of betrayal.
May 29, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was so repetitive and annoying. I know it’s a middle grade book but c’mon it had the potential to be a great middle grade book. This book could have easily of been joint on to the previous book or the next book in the series rather than being a separate book. Not much was going on tbh it was just a whole lot of info-dumping and plus the story doesn’t include Evra or the other performers of the cirque du freak and that makes me sad because I loved the atmosphere at the cirque and it mad ...more
Brenda Edwards
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really wished this book was longer, the 200 pages didn't satisfied me, i was so into the story then boom to be continued 😑
I definitely rated it a 5 stars on goodreads thou
The start of the new arc caused story build up slumping.
Alexis Barth
It wasn't my favorite out of all the books of the series, but this book is just as important as the others due to the significant amount of details it provides that will be useful to know for the future tale. ...more
Mel Raschke
Vampire Mountain presents several new twists and pieces of information that add even more intrigue to an already addictive and entertaining series.
Anna Pothecary
Dec 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
the thing i love about these books is that they are so easy to read, i adore darren's writing ...more
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Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoying this series! Don’t want to say too much in this review because this is the 4th book and I feel like anything would be a spoiler. Just know that this series is fantastic and I really recommend it!
Jan 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This in my opinion is where this series get really good the huge turning point. I wasn't sure about continuing with this series but this book pulled me back in and then some. ...more
Leoni Dempsey
Aug 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the fourth instalment in the Darren Shan saga and was an easy enjoyable read. 4 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ for me overall! 😊 this book sees Mr Crepsley and Darren Shan trekking to Vampire Mountain so that Mr Crepsley can present his young assistant to the Vampire Council 🏔 it was interesting to learn more about the life of a vampire and the world they inhabit including the role of the Vampire Council, the Vampire Generals and the Vampire Princes. It was also good to learn more about the Little Peop ...more
Julianna Martinez
Oct 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book Report Guidelines – Good Reads
Name of book: Vampire Mountain
Author: Darren Shan
Pages: 208
Genre: Fiction
Reading Level of book:

Exposition (4-6 sentences)
In Vampire Mountain, Darren is a half-vampire. He is Mr. Crepsley’s assistant. Mr. Crepsley is the Vampire that turned Darren into a half-vampire. Mr.Crepsley tould Darren that they will be leaving the Cirque Du Freak because Mr. Crepsley had to present Darren to the Vampire Council. The Council only meets once every twelve years. They have
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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)
  • The Vampire's Assistant (Cirque du Freak #2)
  • Tunnels of Blood (Cirque du Freak #3)
  • 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)
  • The Lake of Souls (Cirque du Freak #10)
  • Lord of the Shadows (Cirque Du Freak, #11)

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