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Lord of the Shadows

(Cirque du Freak #11)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  19,682 ratings  ·  409 reviews
Book 11 of The Saga Of Darren Shan. Darren's going home. Back to where everything started. The town's changed a lot in the years that he's been away -- but then, so has Darren.

Plagued by nightmares of what the future seems to hold, Darren feels uneasy revisiting the place where he was re-born as a child of the night, as though the universe (as though destiny) is plotting t
Hardcover, First US Edition, 220 pages
Published May 2006 by Time Warner Book Group (first published January 1st 2005)
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Cory After many years and many battles all over the earth, vampire Darren Shan is going home to old ghosts and new nightmares. But when he gets back, he re…moreAfter many years and many battles all over the earth, vampire Darren Shan is going home to old ghosts and new nightmares. But when he gets back, he realizes his world is going to hell. Past enemies await. Scores must be settled. Destiny looks certain to destory him, and mankind is doomed to fall to the Ruler of the Night.......

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Ahmad Sharabiani
Lord of the Shadows (Cirque du Freak #11), Darren Shan
Lord Of The Shadows is the eleventh book in The Saga of Darren Shan series by the author Darren Shan. It is also the second book in the Vampire Destiny trilogy. Along with the Cirque Du Freak, Darren Shan returns to his home town, the place where it all began. He was still having nightmares about the Lord of the shadows. While the Cirque Du Freak rests at an old abandoned football stadium, Darren walks through his old home. After spotting his
Miranda Reads
Nov 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-series, audiobook
THIS DOES NOT fall into the same pitfalls as the previous two books

Instead of a meandering from the main plot arch, this time we are in the thick of things. I really enjoyed the contrast of Darren now vs Darren could-have-been as he is confronted with his old life and all the what-ifs that could have happened if he hadn't become a vampire.

The cat-and-mouse game between Darren and Steve was both engaging and annoying. I wanted confrontation, I wanted action...and when that happened...oh boy did I
Dec 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
This series is just full of twists and shocking and tragic circumstances!
In this book, Darren and Harkat are traveling with the Cirque du Freak when the Cirque ends up back in Darren's hometown. Of course, he wants to see how the town has changed and how his family and friends are doing, but he is unsure of how involved with them he should be.

Of course, Steve manages to show up in this book, and it is revealed that he has a son. I was not surprised to learn who the boy's mother was (An
Two years later, and the War of Scars is still going on, yet Darren hasn’t been attending to his princely duties. While still travelling with the Cirque du Freak, Darren and the circus travel to Darren’s original home town where he’d still lived as a vampire. But something sinister is afoot; Darren and Harkat can feel it. There’s Steve and the vampaneze to worry about, and now Darren has to worry about this mysterious future Lord of the Shadows, who may very well be him!


The end is near with
Oct 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Drawing close to the ending of an amazing series, numerous questions are answered in this book.

Back in his home town Darren is faced with old friends and old enemies alike. With more twists and turns added into this book it is next to impossible to put down, leaving you to read on to the final instalment instantly. Whilst a lot of things come out in the open there are still those unanswered questions which can only be found out through finishing the series.
Quentin Wallace
May 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Things are heating up, and the next volume is the last, and there's a lot to cover in the final volume. This volume sees some major happenings, some I saw coming others I did not. Overall this has been a top notch series and while I hate to see it end, I can't wait to see what happens!
Mar 31, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Called the kids parents new it. Seriously is it just me that is finding these 'twist' anything but twisty?

Was a good book though.
Jo Rampanen
Apr 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Kat  Hooper
Feb 16, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Originally posted at Fantasy Literature.

Lord of the Shadows is the penultimate book in Darren Shan’s CIRQUE DU FREAK series. If you haven’t read the previous books, but plan to, I recommend that you don’t read this review until you’ve read them, for I will certainly spoil the plot for you.

Darren Shan’s adventures in the vampire world began when he made a series of bad mistakes. First he stole money from his parents and snuck out of the house to visit the Cirque du Freak, an illegal traveling cir
Nic Echo
Dec 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Nic by: Tesk
Warning! The summary for this book contains spoilers for those who have not read its prior counterparts. In other words, there are no spoilers for this particular book, just the ones before it. The review itself is, for the most part, spoiler free, however.

About the Book:

Darren returns to his home town, ready for the ultimate showdown with Steve Leonard, the Vampaneze Lord. Meanwhile, Darren is worrying about the prediction Evanna told him. In The Lake of Souls, Darren and Harkat find out that t
This is the 11th book of 12 in the saga of vampires and how Darren lives his daily life as one. In this book, old friends are back for revenge, when Darren vowed to be a half vampire, he also had to leave behind his family, his friends, his town, everything. Darren soon adapted to this life-style by meeting vampires like himself and others much older than him. One of his friends, Steve, is back for revenge. Darren was a traitor to Steve and went with Mr. Crepsley, his mentor, than go with Steve ...more
Anthony Guo
Nov 15, 2010 rated it liked it
Lord of the Shadows
by Darren Shan

In this fantasy book, it is really interesting. They have a different aspect of the vampires. Unlike many other vampire books, it was vampires that were evil and they seek blood, and they kill their victims. But in this series, they have a new race of vampires. It wasn't the vampires who have been killing their victims when they drink blood from them, it was the vampaneze who drain blood dry from their victims.
I love this book because it is different from other
Julie Decker
Aug 22, 2014 rated it liked it
After his bizarre trip with Harkat into the land of the Lake of Souls, Darren returns to the Cirque du Freak--a place with such history for him--but without his mentor, Mr. Crepsley, he travels around with the circus, headed by Mr. Tiny. When the Cirque arrives in his old hometown, he wishes for reunion with those who think he's dead, but the possibility of leading the vampaneze to his loved ones makes this too risky. But there is one reunion he won't be able to avoid: a clash between him and hi ...more
Gabriela Murrieta
Nov 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Lord of the Shadows by Darren Shan is the 11th book out of 12 books in the series. This book made me want to finish the series. It really made up for the 10th book, which wasn't as great, and gave excitement. There was also action and unexpected things that could suprise the reader. Darren Shan's way of writing, leaving you in a cliffhanger throughout the book, would make someone keep on reading until the end of the series and could even persuade you to read other books by him. This book is base ...more
Patryk Stypulkowski
Jun 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Darren Shan is approaching his final showdown with the Vampaneze Lord. The hunters will be pit against the Lord and his most loyal servants. Only one side will remain unscthaed, and the victor will become a horror…
“Lord of the Shadows” is the second to last book in the Cirque du Freak series, and begins to wrap up the story. There is lot’s to enjoy. The book successfully takes elements from the previous books and touches on them, which wasn’t something some of the previous books did well. The
Samantha wickedshizuku Tolleson
Nov 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Vampire fans, Demonata fans, Neil Gaiman fans, Brom fans, Horror fans, Young men
Recommended to Samantha wickedshizuku by: Goodreads
When I finished this book I was biting my nails to get the next one. I was constantly devouring Darren Shan's words every waking moment when I bought this series. Not only is he a brilliant writer; he is a master of terror.

The book starts off a little slow compared to the Lake of Souls, Book 10, did. Also I had gotten confused for a minute because I was also reading Shan's Wolf Island in the Demonata series. (excellent as well!) I'm honestly living some of the situation Darren does. Coming back
Eileen H
Jan 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Do you trust your friends? Well Darren docent after Steve his best friend try's to kill him!
Evanna is a witch that can see the future and is warning him that he is to become an evil monster that will destroy the earth! Darren is set of to find a loop hole. Sometimes I feel like a monster ready to destroy the earth, but that's just me. Darren has come across Steve and is trying to rule the world and once again Darren is stuck in the middle.

Book By: Darren Shan
May 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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Cosmo Polke
Oct 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
Mar 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
So, that happened. Series getting crazier it seems but you can't help but what to know what happens. Guess we have one more book left then? Sad to see it end.
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This was a pretty explosive book. Darren sees someone again for the first time since he was a child, since actually book 1…and he’ll encounter them in the final book. Steve, being the villain of course, is a murderous lunatic who will stop at nothing to get what he wants, and to torment Darren. Steve has always been evil, but there’s something in particular he does in this book that is even worse than anything he’s done so far. It’s so bad, that even RV is horrified by it. One of the Cirque memb ...more
Ty The Guy
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
“I'd become a savage animal set on taking a young boy’s life.”

Will you take his life? The choice is yours. He is out to kill and destroy the vampire clan. You know he is evil inside, but he is just a little kid. You raise your knife up to his throat, this is it. You've made your decision. You've nicked the kid’s neck with the sharp blade. Soon he'll be drowning in his own blood, but for right now it is trickling down his neck and chest. You're out of control, you can't stop yourself. Then you
Apr 25, 2020 rated it liked it
**Some minor spoilers ahead, so you might want to avoid**

I just want to say two things:
First, it is getting REALLY annoying that at the end of each book Steve reveals sth heartbreaking and leaves everybody baffled and frozen. How many times are you going to use that trick? Cause it's getting really old.

Second, I hate Debbie. I really do. She is always weepy, full of mushy feelings and without an once of reason. There's no character there, no personality. She's like an element brought in every ti
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
No, he would still have become the Lord of the Shadows- true he hated Tiny but the monster in him would carry on growing until there was nothing left of Darren as we knew Darren, all this was explained in Sons of destiny, the evil that was in Darren would only have grown and matured, he would have become worse than Steve. He might not have liked it but he couldn’t help it. Neither could Steve, but Steve embrassed the evil and let it consume him from the start, Darren tried to be good, the fact t ...more
'Monsters are not born fully developed. They grow, they mature, they become.'

As I wrote before, I took this series as a coming of age than anything else. Darren's character development is brutal. And the relationship between him and Steve reminded me of X/1999's Kamui and Fuma in a good way. Final one to go!

No, it didn't gutted, wrenched my heart out torn to pieces, and battered it while I was watching like ASOIAF did. But I started screaming half an hour before I reach the end.
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Angie Bell
Oct 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a good book! I can't wait to read more! I'm still not sure either one of them will be able to kill the other. I mean they both have had plenty of chances and opportunities and they keep stopping and hesitating and turning away with another excuse. It probably will make whichever one of them that survives totally evil, beyond saving for finally killing that one person, that they don't want to admit to still caring about no matter what they end up doing in they're lives. I can't imagine ha ...more
Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Without noticing it, I finished the book, and, even thought it was a light read, it was also a dizzying rollercoaster. The plot gets back to the main story and saying that the plot thickens doesn’t cover it all, also it feels more mature and dark. Many old characters come back; there are shocking revelations, plot twists, and also many losses. It makes me wonder how the series is going to end in just one book and in a way that may be satisfying because the future looks hopeless... Regardless I’m ...more
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The book was great I really like how there is some action included and how the author includes a little bit of everything. I really like the books of the author Darren Shan he writes books about vampires (Cirque du Freak) zombie books (the Zom-B series) and those types of books. I recommend these books to those people that like fiction books because I'm pretty sure there is nothing that is actually real besides the actual humans but that's about it. This is one of my favorite books besides the f ...more
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
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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)
  • 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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