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Killers of the Dawn

(Cirque du Freak #9)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  22,436 ratings  ·  503 reviews
Outnumbered, outsmarted and desperate, the hunters are on the run, pursued by the vampaneze, the police, and an angry mob. With their enemies clamoring for blood, the vampires prepare for a deadly battle. Is this the end for Darren and his allies?
Mass Market Paperback, 206 pages
Published May 10th 2006 by Little, Brown Young Readers (first published 2003)
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Miranda Reads
Nov 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook, ya-series
THIS IS NOT a whole book

It's like someone ripped out the middle of the story and threw a cover around it.

The beginning was pretty much non-existent (essentially, the "beginning" was book 8) and the ending was another big fat TO BE CONTINUED...

How hard would it be to make these books a bit longer so we don't continuously run into this?

And when they (view spoiler) are you kidding me??

The whole fake-out just yanked my emotional cord like a yo-yo. I haven't f
Ahmad Sharabiani
Killers of the Dawn (Cirque du Freak #9), Darren Shan
Killers of the Dawn is the ninth book in The Saga of Darren Shan by Darren Shan (his real name, Darren O'Shaughnessy). It is also the third book in the Vampire War trilogy. It also continues the events of Allies of the Night which leaves Darren meeting his ex-girlfriend, Debbie and his ex-bestfriend, Steve Leonard, who is later revealed to be a half vampaneze. Mr. Crepsley, Darren, and Harkat go into the tunnels, where they find Vancha. They a
Sep 27, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

Picks up right where Allies of the Night left off and I mean right where it left off. Like you could have turned the page and started a new chapter. There is a prologue to remind you where Allies of the Night ended and then you're right into the story.

This episode of Cirque du Freak, and that's how you really have to think of it, was short and exciting but predictable. There was really no more character building. After this many books, the author doesn't have much more to offer in guess. I trul

Sep 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Sep 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
Feb 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3,5/5. Not the best one of the series for sure. It has a good cliff hanger, like always so of course I want to push on reading the series which is very good, but this book as a standalone, felt a bit long, even if it,s really short, a bit repetitive and not much character development. It felt like the book is overstretch and by the way overstretching the series. The main problem I have was that for most of the book a character, a vampire, is very concern and bother by a sprained ankle... I mean ...more
Jul 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dutch
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My heart is broken but I have to admit it... it was so good.
Alyssia Cooke
Jan 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Much of this was really quite exciting and action packed, although I still think that these books would be better combining at least two books into one so that they aren't these really short snippets, ultimately always ending on a cliffhanger. Either way, we start right where we left off in the previous book - always a key tell that they should really be a single entity -with Darren still reeling from a betrayal. Things are only going to get worse for our ragtag group of heroes as before long th ...more
Aug 25, 2008 rated it it was ok
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Nov 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Dan by: Friend
Continuing form book 8, Darren and is allies become otunumbered as he find out that humans are against him as well. With the vampanze working together with the humans, i makes it even harder for Mr. Crespley and Darren to king the Lord of Vampanze. Athough he has humans agaisnt him, he also has his girlfriend on his side as well as the Chief of the police as she understnd the situation in the end and volunteers to help with the war going against the humans that have been corrupted. With this pag ...more
Jessica rajaniemi
Apr 23, 2011 rated it it was ok
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Oct 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is yet another action packed book in the series.

Again there are many twists and turns, more deception for you to work your way through. There’s also shocking emotional moment for you to put up with as events unfold. There is development in characters and plot, the story jumping forward a lot, heading you in the direction towards where the story ends.
Mar 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
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Jennifer Wheeler
Aug 12, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chase
Had me fooled there for a minute. But of course I was right about who the vampaneze lord is.
Mar 14, 2018 rated it liked it
i think that the book in somewhat disgusting and scary.
Esar Chaudhry
Mar 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am not okay :’)
After the betrayal at the hands of his once best friend, Darren Shan finds himself in boiling water. He, along with Mr. Crepsley, Harkat, and Vancha, are framed for the murders the vampaneze were committing. Now they’ve got the humans and vampaneze wanting to spill their blood. This might be the end for Darren and his allies.


I was pleasantly surprised with Killers of the Dawn. The past couple of books have been a real snooze fest. That’s all changed in this book. The plot is fast paced and t
Oct 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Ya you know the typical vampire storys where the average vampire drinks blood and can turn into a bat and fly away. But this is not one of those storys this is a story about a boy (that is at least 30) that does not age as fast as we do and doesnt turn into a bat and fly away when they feel like there losing a battle. No this is a book about Darren Shan a vampires assistent that will soon be a ex-vampires assistent. But before I can tell you that I have to tell you about everything else leading ...more
Jesse Wyant
Nov 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I liked the book, but I like all the books by Darren Shan. He really knows how to keep a reader on the edge of their seats and on edge just waiting to see how the problem will be resolved. Another reason that Darren is one of my favorite authors is that he can enthuse a reader within the first two chapters, that is how I got hooked to his books. He is an amazing author with an amazing imagination on how the characters should act and live or die. He has been able to capture the interests of othe ...more
Nov 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
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Apr 11, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The vampires continue to fight the ongoing war with the vampeneze, the War of the Scars as it is to be known. The vampaneze are an evil race of vampires who broke off from the Council hundreds of years ago and don't follow any of the vampire's rules of conduct; in particular, they have no respect for human lives.

As prophesied by Mr. Tiny, the three vampire hunters—Darren, Mr. Crepsley, and Vancha March—must defeat the Lord of the Vampeneze in one of four potential encounters. The fate of the en
The book starts with Darren and his friends quickly leaving the underground passages to escape the Vampaneze and vampets. With them are two hostages, Steve Leopard (who reveals himself to be a half-vampaneze) and a vampet. Debbie has been taken hostage by R.V., Vancha tortures the vampet back at their base and finds out that only the Vampaneze Lord can kill the three hunters. Unfortunately, Steve had arranged for the police to find out about them and soon they are surrounded by the police and ar ...more
Apr 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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Sep 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What a plot twist. Crepsley dies. Steve is the Lord. RV loses his hands again. Great story. Not-so-scary cover.
Jul 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think this may be the book I love the most in the series so far, but also the one I hate the most. I won't say who but someone dies and I was devastated. Can't believe he did that! He certainly doesn't mind killing off his characters, but why is it always the ones I like the most?

Now I've dropped that bombshell, I will explain, the death doesn't happen until right near the end, but I knew it was coming for a couple of chapters. Up to that point this book was so exciting and well written, I was
Dec 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading this book yesterday and what a twist for horrors it was. The plot took a turn I knew was coming but did not want to believe it would. While this book is meant for horror and to make your insides squirm I found the ending was very depressing. I could not help but shed a tear for the outcome was not to my liking.

While the story was well written and nothing was wrong with it, my heart ached and I stuffed myself with cake that night. To avoid spoiling I will only say someone
Patryk Stypulkowski
Jun 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Darren Shan, hunting the Vampaneze in a city, finally finds what he’s looking for. He starts to hunt them down, hoping to strike the Vampaneze Lord down. But his quest is nowhere as simple as he thinks.
“Killer of the Dawn” was a book that made me want to keep reading the series. The previous two books in the series weren’t very satisfying for me, and I was considering moving on to another series. Thankfully I gave this book a chance, otherwise I would have never read the remaining books, whic
After the betrayal in the last book at the hands of Darren's best friend, Steve, Darren, Mr. Crepsley, Harkat, and Vancha are framed as murders, who were committed by the vampaneze. And Now on the run from both the human police and vampaneze; it might just be the end!

They have been told in the past that if they kill this vampanise lord before he's blooded they will end the war of scars before it truly begins (the war's between the vampires and the vampanise). Mr Crepsley come face to face with
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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)
  • The Lake of Souls (Cirque du Freak #10)
  • Lord of the Shadows (Cirque Du Freak, #11)

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