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The Vampire Prince

(Cirque du Freak #6)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  27,113 ratings  ·  664 reviews
Branded a traitor, betrayed by a friend, hunted by the vampire clan-Darren Shan, the Vampire's Assistant, faces certain death. Can Darren reverse the odds and outwit a Vampire Prince? Darren's initiation on Vampire Mountain draws to a stunning, bloody conclusion-but the Saga continues ... ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 192 pages
Published September 1st 2004 by Little, Brown Young Readers (first published February 1st 2002)
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Feb 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

At last a book in this series with a conclusion!!!

I have to say this installment was 200+ pages of really great reading. I blew through it in no time at all. I really like Darren, his character is well written and I find myself very much relating to him. To be honest, I find myself reading the series primarily to see where things are going to go with this main character. This time the author did not disappoint.

I think I would have rather read one book with 600 pages than this and the l

Rosaline (Rosaline's Rolls & Scrolls)
Actual rating: 2.5 indifferent stars

I first read The Vampire Prince years ago in middle school when I was obsessed with Darren Shan and his books. But I never finished the series due to many of my favorite characters dying. I don't remember much about those days, but I remember being scared and anxious reading this series. Rereading this book took me back to those years and my younger self. I no longer feel like the book is scary or has any nail biting, edge-of-your-seat quality. I even think i
Feb 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Darren Shan!!! What just happened to you!!!! Awesomeness, that’s what!!!

The drama and action in this installment what great!! There was not a dull moment to be seen. We did unfortunately lose a couple of my favorite characters, but even so, the plot was great. Darren grows so much in this one. Leaps and bounds really. I can hardly wait to see what he’s going to get into next! And who knew that vampires were so stubborn!!

Anyway, I highly recommend this one!!! Such a great read. And having binge
Shawna (SugoiShawn/SugoiReads)
This book was another great edition to the Cirque du Freak series. Though the plot and setting have gravitated really far from the original storyline, I still find this series to be just as interesting and well written. The characters have all changed for the better and I'm curious to see what the next story arc in this series will be about.

This book in particular has a very well developed morally gray character and I applaud the author for creating this character. Similar to Snape in the Harry
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All cool and exciting but... that ending was a little bit crazy and senseless. But he has to be "the one", right? ...more
Oct 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children, vampires
I couldn't stand the ending. Why why why did that person have to die?? Why not someone else? Gosh, I really admired that character, such a pity that he/she/it had to die. Kinda sucks...

But overall the book was not too bad. The action was a little boring for me, but I liked seeing how Darren had an epiphany during it. He realised that vampaneze were just like them, they just had different beliefs. Yet, vampires would slaughter them, and take pride in it. That part of him made me see that he had r
Jul 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First half what a bit of a deception for me, liking this series so much, I find that it had a lot of talking/planning/explaining and nothing was really happening. This change in the second half. Lot of action, we find those good old characters that we love and the ending!! Even if it start to slow for me, it was definitely a good read in an awesome series!
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This book has been so Heart wrenching!!! But I absolutely loved the ending!
Miranda Reads
Nov 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
THIS BOOK DOES NOT inch the plot by much

Not that I really minded. After the intensity of the last few books, it was nice to see Darren taking time to smell the roses.

We last left Darren (character, not writer) plunging into a raging river - facing near-death (yet again!) as his body is thrown against the rocks and he nearly drowns. He's rescued by a pack of wolves - the same ones he ran into a couple of books ago - and is helped by them to get back to Vampire mountain.

I was a little annoyed by t
Jan 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 16, 2009 added it
Shelves: q32009
This book is in a series about a young boy who is blooded by a Vampire. In this book he lived in the wild with a pack of wolfs, which he bonded with in the 4th book, after he ran from his death sentence before and found out the horrible truth about his close friend Kurda Shmalt. Kurda was going to betray the clan, he plotted with his their ex- blood cousins the Vampanze. Darren came back to Vampire Mountain to stop Kurda and the Vampanze.Darren stopped there plans with the help of Seba Nile. Aft ...more
Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*

The Vampire Prince is a step in the right direction for continued improvement. While the decisions of the council irritated me in the fifth book, and Darren’s adherence to the ridiculous trials, the plot is picking up from that cliffhanger to go in directions I like again.

Graphic and depressingly grim with some of the fight scenes, I'm glad Darren redeemed himself more in my eyes with his thoughts towards some actions that had to happen. Crepsley finally grew more courageous in the face of commo
Aug 11, 2017 rated it did not like it
This series really has lost all of its appeal. Each of the last three installments feels like it was churned out without a single thought other than to make money. Each was only part of a book with long sections dedicated to useless scenes and dialogues that were drawn out for far too long with the single purpose of increasing the page count. The first three of the series started out promising and were entertaining, but when the story turned away from the Cirque Du Freak and focused on the socie ...more
May 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: vampire
I'll refrain from listing spoilers. Darren travels to Vampire mountain and learns about his people. He is forced to risk his life in the trials.................worth the read! ...more
Nic Echo
Dec 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Nic by: Tesk
About the Book:
At the end of Trials of Death, Darren was left zooming down a raging stream to almost certain death. Obviously, he survives. Now he must return to Vampire Mountain again, where he has a sentence to be driven upon a pit of stakes, but he must face them anyway so that he can reveal to them that there is a traitor in their midst who is about to let a good chunk of vampaneze take over.

Wow! Just wow! I seriously could not put this book down and ended up finishing it in four hour
Jan 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This is the 6th book of Darren's Story as a Vampire. In this book Darren has escaped his death trial. He survived a very hard road, he was swept away by a water current and he had to swim to shore. When he arrived to shore, it was extremely cold along with his clothes drenched in water. He decided to lose the clothes but this proved to make his journey even harder, but he was rescued by a pack of wolves when he did not have the energy to get back up. Darren survived and lived off the food the w ...more
Samantha S.
Apr 14, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 7th-grade
Dear Darran Shan,

The line "Even in death, May i be triumphed", really stood out to me because it showed that you would rather die than be saved by a traitor and that you would die with pride win against him by making him suffer your death. It amazes me of the things you managed to survive. even as a half vampire, i thought you would be burned to a crisp in the hall of flames but you proved me wrong. I think that the pointy hall thing was the easy one of the four trials you attempted.

I think you
Jul 28, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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Oct 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Following on from where the last book ends, this one sees Darren on a mission to inform the vampires of current events.

As with every book in the series it is well written and perfectly paced, keeping you interested from start to end. I also recommend you be ready for some unexpected events (although if I say anymore, even if I was to direct you as to which emotions you’ll need to keep an eye on, I would be saying too much and giving things away).
Martin Kurij
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Mark Dickson
Feb 22, 2009 rated it it was ok
This trilogy of books was building up to this, and it’s honestly extremely disappointing. For a group of supposedly ancient vampires, they sure do have the emotional complexity and behavioural tics of teenagers.
May 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Vampire Prince, the sixth book in the Darren Shan series, might be my favorite.
I love the way this book is quick paced and so thrilling!
This is probably one of my favorites of the series. Dareen has come a long way and I am so proud 😪
Another part of Darren's saga! It picks up exactly where the last left off, with Darren escaping through the tunnels of vampire mountain. The first few chapters are intense, with Darren basically water-sliding down the rapids inside the mountain. It slows down quite a bit, and it also includes a lot of vampire politics, which can be a little boring at times.

The biggest disappointment (view spoiler)
Sep 14, 2020 rated it liked it
Eh, this one was really boring to me, especially after Trials of Death! A lot of things annoyed me, but I did like the background into the politics, and I liked seeing another side or the vampires through Kurda. The Princes have to be the most annoying part of this. They were chosen to lead the whole vampire clan, and yet they'd all just jump into battle and not use their heads. And they need Darren, a young human basically, to actually make them think and use their ancient brains.

I love Darren'
It loathes me to give any book of Darren Shan’s a rating lower than three stars, but here it is. The Vampire Prince follows in the footsteps of Trials of Death where it takes place immediately after the preceding book. After Darren has witnessed Kurda Smahlt’s betrayal, the murder of Gavner Purl, and jumped into the river which surely would mean death for him. Now that Darren is the only one that knows of Kurda and the vampaneze he must make a tough decision: let the vampaneze attack his comrade ...more
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
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Qat Wanders
Jul 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The series just got really good again! Because the series of 12 books is apparently divided into four trilogies, this book was the conclusion of the vampire Mountain trilogy. And let’s be honest, I think we all know what’s coming… The vampaneze lord is going to be Darren‘s childhood friend, Steve. But I’m still just as excited to keep reading and find out all about it!
Jan 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Wow! I was really impressed with this installment of the series! When I originally started reading these books in middle school, this is the last one I picked up before I stopped. The beginning was a bit slow at first, but it was totally worth sticking it out to the end. I can’t wait to see what happens next after that ending!
I'm a forty year old woman, this book wasn't written for the likes of me. Therefore, I am not going to rate it. I'm not even sure what I'd give it anyway. I read it for a challenge, what more can I say. ...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)
  • 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)
  • Lord of the Shadows (Cirque Du Freak, #11)

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