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Sons of Destiny (Cirque du Freak #12)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  16,456 Ratings  ·  741 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?
Hardcover, First US Edition, 240 pages
Published September 6th 2006 by Little, Brown and Company (first published 2002)
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Toni *Reviews & Randomness* 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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Cristian Stier
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
Dec 27, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
OMG!!!!!!! Amazing, I loved it, I love Darren, I love Harkat, if possible I love all the vampires (that are cool). And dude, what a cool story, everything's tied up and you never noticed it over all the books, but suddenly, it clicks, and everything makes sense.
Dana Salman
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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.
Jennifer Wardrip
May 03, 2008 rated it liked it
Reviewed by Grandma Bev for

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
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
Amir Yaghoubi
Mar 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
از زمانی که اولین جلد این سری را در دست گرفتم تا وقتی به آخر جلد دوازدهم رسیدم تنها دوازده روز طول کشید. به مدرسه میرفتم، بعد از تعطیل شدن، بدو دم فروشگاه مرکزی انتشارات قدیانی میرسیدم و بدون کوچکترین مکثی کتاب را میخریدم.
هر کتاب 1800 تومان بود و من به سرعت به آخر پسانداز نه چندان پُرم رسیدم. یکی دوبار از بابام پول گرفتم و کار به جایی رسید که فکر کرد کسی برایم توی مدرسه قلدری میکند و پولهایم را به زور میگیرد. البته که درباره زورگیری حق داشت اما قلدر نه توی مدرسه که توی جادوی «حماسهی دارن شان» قر
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
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
Mar 17, 2011 rated it did not like it
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Dec 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
جلد آخر! خب دارن شان خوب سركارمون گذاشت! خوشم اومد :)))))
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
Luna Belle Pris
Aug 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
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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...
Adriana Sheathes
Jan 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Adriana by: Isi
Ermmm... Sinceramente no sé cómo empezar a describir este libro(y la saga en general). A mi no me dejó mi persona pasada una idea de cómo empezar a escribir.
No tengo palabras para describir el amor que le he entregado a estos libros. Y ni se diga a los personajes. Larten, Darren, Vancha, Harkat, Evra... ¡hasta Sam! Son unos personajes tan grandiosos. Todos y cada uno de ellos. Incluso Steve.
No voy a contarles el libro entero, pero sí unos spoilers muy grandes.

1.Bien, ¿quién se iba a imaginar el
Jul 04, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dutch
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Michael Dako
Apr 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is it. The time has come. My final review of the Cirque Du Freak series. I remember in the my review of the 3rd book I said "If the series gets better each book then the last book is probably gonna be EPIC!" and I was right. I accept the ending as a really good one, but wouldn't be sad if it didn't end this way. Anyways this series has been a pleasure to read, and it upsets me I have finished such an epic series. However I'm gonna go back to another series of Shan based on a different chara ...more
This the final book in the Cirque du freak series. In this book Darren and Vanca finaly have the final battle against steve lenord. It turns out darren and steve are both sons of Mr.Tiny. Darren kills steve but doesnt want to be the lord of the shatows so he then kills him self. He is then in the lske of soles for 1000 years and human are gone. it is the age of dragons and mr.tiny then makes darren a little person and sends him back to the time where he and steve first see cirque du freak. He ma ...more
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
May 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Es difícil puntuar cuando una saga de doce libros llega a su fin,
en general ha sido un libro lleno de intrigas, sorpresas, giros, etc...pero que deja un gusto amargo en la boca, aunque sé porqué MR. DESTINY ! uno de los peores villanos, retorcido, egocéntrico, odioso bla bla bla...algo bueno? NADA!!! no puedo explicarlo bien, pero sin duda es una saga recomendadísimo! y que tiene libros buenísimos, que los últimos dos...ojalá no hubieran existido.
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.
Jul 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
بزرگترین نبرد تاریخ دنیای نوجوانان ، دارن و استیو ، پیشگویی گفته یکی از انها کشته میشود. و دیگری ارباب سایه ها
اولین پایان غیر منتظره ای که به دل مینشیند
و از ان دست کتابهایی است که اگر در. نوجوانی نخوانده اید هنوز هم دیر نشده
Ahmad Sharabiani
عنکبوت ها هم به بهشت میروند
Dec 19, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
WHAT HAVE I DONE?! All these 12 books only have this kind of ending. Nice try, Darren Shan saga -___-

P.S. hlm. 157 & 178 : Mr. Des Tiny doesn't care with fiction novels XD
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
Jesse Wyant
Jan 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really liked "The Sons Of Destiny." It is the 12th book in the "Cirque Du Freak" series. It involves people from Darren's past such as his sister, Steve, and the Cirque performers, Mr. Tiny is there as well.

The plot of the book is to lead up to an inevitable battle between either Steve and Vancha, or Steve and Darren. Either way, one of the vampire princes battles the Vampaneze lord and one of the three die before the night is over. It is said that the hunters, who are Darren Vancha and with
Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*
3.5 Stars

A finale that ends up being depressing and cheerful at the same time. A beautiful ending that somehow seems hollow but ultimately stays imaginative in its twists and creative in its results. Darren Shan's character being named after the author is fully revealed and makes ironic sense in a warped humor. I think the hollowness is the feeling of so many lives touched that, in the presence and the reality, don't know what they're missing anymore since the events were so changed. But it was
Mar 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ohlala, what can I say?
Semua seri dalam saga Cirque De Freak ini sangat menyenangkan untuk dibaca, wait, menyenangkan? Maksud kata menyenangkan disini adalah menyenangkan seperti waktu kita mendapat hadiah ulang tahun atau mendapat rangking 1 di kelas. Sudah lama sekali gwa ga membaca buku yang bisa membuat gwa mengucapkan kata-kata tak senonoh, atau melemparnya ke lantai untuk kemudian gwa ambil lagi, atau langsung menutupnya dan menjejalkannya ke bawah bantal supaya kejadian di buku itu ga ber
Aug 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Reading Cirque De Freak by Darren Shan series was a very pleasant experience. The new twists of the plot might seem a bit forced and piled one over another, but in the end, when the story of Darren Shan comes to its logical conclusion the pieces of overall puzzle form clear and neat picture.
I won't be commenting on the plot - there is no need, because the series are worth reading (even though it might seem like a challenge - 12 books, after all). To say honestly I'm not the fan of book series my
teleri llinos
Mar 21, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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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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  • The Vampire's Assistant (Cirque Du Freak, #2)
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