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Allies of the Night

(Cirque du Freak #8)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  23,833 ratings  ·  482 reviews
Darren Shan, Vampire Prince and "vampaneze" killer, faces his worst nightmare yet--school. But homework is the least of Darren's problems. Bodies are piling up. Time is running out. And the past is catching up with the hunters fast. ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 209 pages
Published September 1st 2005 by Little, Brown Young Readers (first published November 4th 2002)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Allies of the Night (Cirque du Freak #8), Darren Shan

Darren, Harkat, and Mr. Crepsley (Vancha going back to Vampire Mountain to inform the other Princes and Generals of their encounter with the Vampaneze Lord) go to Mr. Crepsley's hometown once again to investigate if the Vampaneze had set up territories there.

But soon after their arrival Darren is discovered by the police and forced to attend school. He has trouble with most of his subjects as he only has a middle school education, but luckily
Jan 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

The hunt for the Vampaneze Lord continues.

Darren and his team of Vampaneze hunters return to Larten Crepsley's home town when they learn that murder victims with all the blood drained from them are piling up. Suddenly, an inspector shows up at their hotel wondering why, after they had enrolled Darren in school, he is not attending and that if he does not begin at once the police would have to get involved. So not only does Darren have to hunt vampaneze, he's got to finish his homework firs

Miranda Reads
Nov 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
THIS BOOK DOES NOT have the same feel as the previous three

The last few books were so mentally and physically grueling Darren that I couldn't wait for book 8. I was tired of reading what this poor kid got up to. Finally, some lighthearted adventures.

This one has a somewhat similar feel for Tunnels of Blood - a bit of mystery, a bit of whodunit combined with Darren (the character, not the writer) having to deal with (dun dun dunnnn) high school.

I honestly wish more of the series had this feel
Dec 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3,5/5. Not my favorite of this series! A series I deeply love but this one as some... wouldn't say bad, but definitely not great moment. The beginning as me really worried about the way it might goes. A very casual teenagers school day to day, that goes around for the first 50 pages more or less. And then it pick up some action so it was okay on the long run. It also bring a lot of old characters back in Darren life which is good, but also bring a lot of small emotional/love moment that I'm not ...more
Allies of the Night is the eight book in the Cirque du Freak series. While Darren, Mr. Crepsley, and Harkat are still searching for the Lord of the Vampaneze, mysterious killings bring them back to Mr. Crepsley's home town. But something suspicious is going on. The only thing is, will our heroes figure it out before it's too late?


Let’s be real: the plot is being drawn out and spread too thin. The whole vampire/vampaneze war is interesting. So is the quest to find and kill the Lord of the Vam
Apr 21, 2020 rated it it was ok
You can't bring back every character from the past and smash them all into the story. It doesn't work that way :( ...more
Henry Hull
Jan 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The name of this book should be Deja vu'.

Darren Shan, Mr. Crepsley, and Harket Mulds travel to Crepsely's home town where they hope to find the Lord of the Vampaneze. To their surprise, they learn that Darren has been enrolled at some prep school. Sensing a trap, they decide to spring it by having Darren attend. While there, he discovers that his teacher is none other than Debbie Hemlock, his girlfriend from the third book, who is all grown up now. This isn't the only blast from the past, howeve
Oct 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book contains the reappearance of many past characters, all of whom develop much more. Some of which you will fall in love with and others who you will grow to hate or at least dislike for their motives (yet I am not going to say which characters).

Continuing on with their mission against the Vampaneze, more twists occur which leave you wanting more. Another action packed book in the series, leaving you on the edge of your seat and unable to put the book down.
Alyssia Cooke
Jan 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is perhaps the strongest yet in the Cirque du Freak series, even if it does finish with the dreaded 'to be continued...'. It makes up for this by having enough going on and the re-appearance of some really interesting characters. The school sections were somewhat mundane, but I can see what the author is trying to do; there have been several books now where everything has gone to hell in some of the most chaotic ways possible, and this book serves to calm things down a little bit.

Whilst the
These books are strange because some of them you really like and some of them are just ok. It's still hard to see what the bigger picture is going to lead up to, though.

This one focuses more on a mystery of who lied to the school and forced Darren to school, and which Vampaneze is attacking people again.

We get to revisit the character of Debbie, who I really enjoyed in her first appearance in the third book. This time, she's quite a bit older and is actually Darren's teacher!! But he is quite
Mar 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Quentin Wallace
Mar 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was very interesting volume as we had not one, but 3 different characters from the past show up. I knew we'd be seeing one of them again, the other two I wasn't as sure about. The war is still on between the Vampires and the Vampeneze, and now Darren's past has shown up to haunt him. He even ends up back in school, at least for a little while.

Overall a strong volume with some twists that I did see coming, and others I didn't. This series has exceeded my expectations.
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book it is full of surprises and twists. Lots of old faces but new nightmares . Loved it loved it and loved it!!!
Helen Hoyle
Jun 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Still not sure about Vancha, no frogs this time either :(
Nov 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Slightly ruined by the fact I remembered the twist at the end but love the return to some old characters!
Leoni Dempsey
Sep 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
Higher rating for this one for the surprise at the end. I was not expecting Steve like that though I didn't trust him.
Darren needs to listen. Mr Crepsley tried to tell him. But Darren is starting to get arrogant, I think.
Darren and Larten Crepsley went to Mr. Crepsley's hometown to investigate if Vampaneze had set up territories there. Darren was discovered by the police and forced to attend school. People were killed at night and Crepsley and Darren investigated. Darren's English teacher at school is Debbie, his old girlfriend from Tunnels of Blood. Larten Crepsley had to go back to Vampire Mountain again for Paris's funeral. Darren encounters a Vampaneze with a hook and unknown mask wrapped around his face. Da ...more
Oct 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Darren Shan now has to go to a school, he is a man now, but looks like a kid because of his vampire blood. He wanted to go to the city so he can kill the Vampaneze lord, since Mr.Tiny told them to follow their heart, so they went to Mr.Crepsley old town. He was a sleep one morning and he heard a knock on the hotel door. It was a director from a school, they made Darren have to go to school. But, Darren didn't get mad at where he had to go because he had his ex girlfriend as the english teacher! ...more
Patryk Stypulkowski
May 29, 2015 rated it liked it
Darren Shan, a part of an Elite Vampire Squad meant to kill off the Vampaneze, is confronted with a pressing issue: school. While setting up base in a city where the Vampaneze have been known to be active, Darren Shan is noticed by the police and is forced to attend school. But there are other problems, and as bad as it seems, school is only a hinderance…
This was one of my two least favorite books in the series. While it tried to return to the old theme of not fitting in while keeping the fee
May 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, goal-1000-books
ok so ill be the first to admit that the start of this book didnt have me hooked, out of all things to happen on this quest i doubted very much it would begin with young Darren Shan having to enrol in high school and go to classes, this was a twist that i really didnt think the series needed.
However, as it managed to progress the story line, ill be the first to admit that it worked, not as exciting as a vampire prince travelling the world and seeing new things but given how the story line panne
Jun 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The adventure continues and little by little we get closer to its outcome. The books are getting more and more interesting, especially given that the odds are getting against them with each instalment. What I really liked about this book is the return of many old characters and the plot twists regarding them. I have to say that I’m not a big fan of the “romance” going on, but it serves a purpose for the plot so I’m letting that slide. I can’t wait to read the next book since I have so many theor ...more
Nov 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Darren is a half-vampire traveling with Mr. Crepesley. (Mr. Crepesley is a full-vampire) and a little person named Harkat Mulds. They are trying to complete their task of killing the Vampanese lord, that ends up being Darren's friend from when he was human, Steve. When they face off against Steve, he gets away.

I think it is a great fantasy book.

I recommend it. I also recommend the other parts of the series.

Jan 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Feb 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult-gems
I truly adore this series! Try as I might, I continue to make predictions as I read and by the end of the book I realize my wildest guesses cannot come close to the plot twists Shan writes. If you haven't started this series yet, you need to! ...more
Jan 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Steve Leonard is Back! Yay! Better and better...

Sep 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
OHMYGOD SO MANY GOOD PLOT TWISTS IN THIS! My love for this series still hasn't changed. Probably one of the best Vampire series I've ever read! I AM SO PISSED BECAUSE OF THE ENDING THOUGH!!!! ...more
May 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I think working together in this book is great, They are following their hearts to defeat the lord of vampaneze with some reasons........
Jul 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In a way I saw the plot twist coming but it still surprised me! AND WHY THE CLIFFHANGER???
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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)
  • Killers of the Dawn (Cirque Du Freak, #9)
  • The Lake of Souls (Cirque du Freak #10)
  • Lord of the Shadows (Cirque Du Freak, #11)

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