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Killers of the Dawn

(Cirque du Freak #9)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  23,274 ratings  ·  539 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
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

Mar 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Let me start with, this book is just as amazing as the rest!!!!! I am thoroughly entertained and the action is great. But... that ending just killed me. I know that in a series this long not everyone services, but did it have to be one of my favorites?!?! Like come on man!!!!

I do love this, but I’m still sad!!! The plot was great!!! I love the introduction of a few new characters. They aren’t my favorites or anything, but it brought in a new dynamic. I actually cannot believe there are only thr
Sep 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Sep 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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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
Feb 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021, horror, audiobook
That ending!!! I had guessed it could have been him but the reveal was shocking all the same!
Leoni Dempsey
Sep 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jessica rajaniemi
Apr 23, 2011 rated it it was ok
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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
Jul 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dutch
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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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I do enjoy this series. I SWEAR!! But the way these books have been paced have confused me so much. The action in this book is fun and very fast paced. I feel like our three hunters (Crepsley, Darren, and Vancha) are facing off against the Vampaneze the entire time. Every turn they make has something else crop up for them to deal with (people learning that vampires are real, the cop thinking they're lying, angry mobs in apartment complexes....)

But the past two books were slow. This book is makes
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 :’)
Helen Hoyle
Jun 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Minus one star for making me cry and also the end is still very raw for me it could really be a 5.
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
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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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