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Sons of Destiny

(Cirque du Freak #12)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  20,315 ratings  ·  914 reviews
The stunning finale to the "New York Times" bestselling series brings Darren face-to-face with his archenemy, Steve Leopard. One of them will die. The other will become the Lord of the Shadows and destroy the world. Is the future written, or can Darren trick destiny? ...more
Hardcover, 1st US Edition, 240 pages
Published September 6th 2006 by Little, Brown and Company (first published 2002)
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T.HiggsReviews This is the last book of a 12 book series so to summarise this one would only aid to spoiling the whole series.

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Jan 24, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy
This review contains SPOILERS.

Worst ending to a series, EVER.
I was so enthusiastic for these novels. Darren Shan presented a whole new world in his first books. He caught the attention of the reader immediately.
I've read a few reviews that said that from the 2nd trilogy the series started to decay. I absolutely disagree with this statement. I NEVER considered it boring, at all.
Truly, for the "Great finale" I was expecting something big, surprising, an epic fight, a shocking ending. Instead of th
Kimberley doruyter
Jan 04, 2015 rated it did not like it
never before have i come across a writer how kinda undoes his whole series with the last book.
A. C.
Apr 04, 2015 rated it did not like it

Fuck this.

Fuck...all of this. What the hell even is this.

I refuse to believe I went through 11 entire books to find out IT WAS ALL A DREAM.

First, where the hell did ALL of that character development go?! Darren started with "I'm never drinking blood! I'm still partly human!" to the realization of "I'm a vampire." and then "I'm a vampire Prince. I have duties and responsibilities to the clan first and foremost. (Except Debbie.)" which turned to "I'm one of the
Dana Salman
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Mar 17, 2011 rated it did not like it
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Miranda Reads
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobook
THIS BOOK DOES NOT leave you satisfied with the ending

Seriously, I've slogged through TWELVE books of this series...For this? Shan kills off so many characters, sends us through rabbit hole after rabbit hole.... and this is all we get?

I want to throw something.

I mean, I can kind of see why that had to happen. This book is for middle schoolers and Shan pretty much wrote himself into a corner...either every character he wrote had to die or he's have to do something pretty drastic.

Yet, I still f
Nov 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I cried lol
Aug 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yeah the Cirque du Freak ends here. I had so much fun reading this series. Twelve books. Almost two years of reading, one every two months more or less. This is a middle-grade series that deserve to be more talk about even if its dated a bit. It has everything I love in children literature. Great characters, action, good plot and twists, which, I mean is also what I like in adult books. I just feel like too often the action, the horror and even the violence is often hide or not present at all. B ...more
Apr 19, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: ya, supernatural
I read this series as a teenager, along with a friend, and we loved the series books 1 -11, as in we could not devour those books fast enough and it formed the main topic of conversation for a good amount of time.

Then this book came out, the end to a wonderful series and we felt like we had been tricked. We were so invested in the story and the characters and then this was how Shan decided to end the series! 10 years later I am still angry!
Alexis Chateau
Mar 23, 2013 rated it did not like it

Now that I've finally finished the entire series, I'd rather give a review of the entire books in general, rather than just this ONE end to the Saga.

Of this specific book, however, it was one of the worst of the series. It was dragged out and boring. I don't see the purpose of furthering the book after Darren's death, and even if we accept his moment in purgatory, what was the point of that last chapter? Farewell to the fans? It was just too melodramatic to me.

I particularly liked
Jennifer Wardrip
May 03, 2008 rated it liked it
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With this book, we come to the end of the CIRQUE DU FREAK series by Darren Shan, the one we have been waiting for and dreading. Now the Vampire Prince must face his archenemy, Steve Leopard. It is a complex and difficult problem -- He will be dead if he loses and damned if he wins. One of them will die -- the other will become the Lord of the Shadows and destroy the world. Vampire or Vampaneze; who will win? Can Darren cheat destiny? The action is fast
Tina Rae
May 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the series
You know, I'm honestly not entirely sure how I feel about this book. On the one hand, I think it was the greatest series ending ever. But, on the other hand, I completely hate how Darren was manipulated and, ultimately, forced to choose a fate that I really didn't like. But I really can't go into that without going into A LOT of spoilers. So, let's just say, I've enjoyed this series so much and I'm almost in complete denial that I'm actually finished since I've been reading it sporadically for a ...more
Jul 28, 2009 rated it did not like it
I hate this book. This is the only book in the series that I hated. Everything that happened in the previous 11 books were not done because the characters had a choice. Everything was caused by Mr. Small. This book made very mad and sad. Reading the first 11 books was a waste of my time because of the last book.
May 07, 2021 rated it liked it
I would've given this a higher rating if it wasn't for the ending - which I will proceed to act that it is not canon. I get what the author was trying to do but I felt (kinda?) betrayed by this, Darren should've been a fictional character, not what the author intended him to be. The ending made the whole thing (the whole damn series) feels like nothing - like nothing happened which is kinda true now? According to the ending? It's the same equivalent to 'it's all just a dream'.

If it wasn't for th
Dec 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Amazing end to an amazing series. Always will be a childhood favourite. I love how original the storyline is, how short the books are, how many plot twists and realistic characters there are. I also love the time jumps between books, and all of the background that's explained, and the development. I think it just all went together so perfectly, might be a case of the nostalgia for me, but I think this series can do no wrong. Shan's writing has always just captured me completely.

The ending to th
Jul 04, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dutch
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Dana Cristiana
3.5 stars for the conclusion of this series.

Phew, what a series, though!
Fast-paced, full of action and adventure, destinies and terror. Not to mention the great and terrific characters, the personalities and the drama.

Overall I would give the whole series 4 stars for its greatness.

The book I disliked the most was book 2: The Vampire's Assistant.
The book I loved the most was book 10: The Lake of Souls.

The series escalates very quickly, it goes down so fast, you don't even have time to breath prop
Mrs. Kemper's
Jan 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This book is from one of the greatest vampire series i have ever read. Not to bash on the twighlight series or any other vampire series, but i would have to say that they just don't compare. For instance every person who knows anything about vampire lore knows that vampires cannot come out in light! No if ands or buts about it! yet other vampire series would have you believe that vampires are sparkling love twisted undead teens. Do not believe in this new rise of "want to be" vampires stick to t ...more
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Dec 31, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I wish that I, like Darren Shan, could go back in time and stop myself from wondering how this series ends.
Luna Belle Pris
Aug 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Oct 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a brilliant ending to the series – somewhat heart-breaking in places, but brilliant nonetheless.

Everything is brought about in this ending, every single question answered. Even though it is the last book there are still twists thrown in to keep the reader on the edge of their seat, sitting with their mouth hanging open as things click together in their mind. The ending itself is beautifully tragic, in a way that you will either love it or you will have hoped for something more. Personall
Nov 15, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-paranormal
I absolutely hated the ending. I was really excited for the huge finale that all 12 books have been milking, only for it to be pried from my hands and ripped to shreds. Don't get me wrong, the series itself was great, but I'm extremely disappointed with the ending. It's as if the author gave up half way through writing it, and looked for the easy way out. ...more
Apr 22, 2011 rated it liked it
2.5 rounded up. I can't believe Darren Shan would ruin a great series with an ending like this... ...more
Chelsea Moreen
I remember hating this book, I look forward to rereading this series sometime soon to see how I feel about it almost 10 years later!
The time of reckoning has arrived for Darren Shan. He’s finally going to meet his destiny with Steve Leopard. There are only two possible outcomes for this heated ending; Steve kills him and becomes Lord of the Shadows, or worse, Darren kills Steve and he becomes Lord of the Shadows and brings the world to its knees to face its ruin. Join Darren in his final stand against the vampaneze and Steve Leopard in Sons of Destiny.


Sons of Destiny is the wrapping up of a plot that started in Tunnels o

The First Half of the story follows most the series pretty well. Vampaneze V Vampires, Steve V Darren. I could follow that story very well. It would have been a fit ending half way through the books. They take each other out. Done. It's clean and concrete. I liked it.

Then Mr. Tiny comes in and ruins it with his shit.

The Second Half reminded me a lot of Lake of Souls and I think that one was written just to prepare for the final book. So many things were introduced that would have required way to
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Nov 06, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this even though it took me a really long time to get back into listening to it. Things did get a little strange to me, which wasn’t necessarily a bad thing, it just didn’t really add to the story. At least in my humble opinion…

Of course I still adore Darren, but things got super dark and spoiler alert!!…….. a bunch of characters died that I didn’t really want to die. Then the last like 20% of the book we got really strange and somewhat existential. Like I said, not a bad thing
Feb 21, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021, audiobook, horror
I really don’t know what to think about the ending of this series, but it was definitely not what I was expecting! I really need to reread this to fully absorb all of the information.
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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)
  • Cirque Du Freak: A Living Nightmare (Cirque Du Freak, #1)
  • The Vampire's Assistant (Cirque du Freak #2)
  • 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)
  • The Lake of Souls (Cirque du Freak #10)

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