Hunters of the Dusk (Cirque Du Freak Series #7)

Hunters of the Dusk (Cirque Du Freak Series #7)

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by Darren Shan

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The pursuit begins...

Darren Shan, the Vampire Prince, leaves Vampire Mountain on a life-or-death mission. As part of an elite force, Darren searches for the Vampaneze Lord. But the road ahead is long and dangerous -- and lined with the bodies of the damned.


The pursuit begins...

Darren Shan, the Vampire Prince, leaves Vampire Mountain on a life-or-death mission. As part of an elite force, Darren searches for the Vampaneze Lord. But the road ahead is long and dangerous -- and lined with the bodies of the damned.

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The Barnes & Noble Review
The hunt for the Vampaneze Lord is on as Darren and team set out to defeat the creature who threatens to destroy the vampires forever. Chock-full of the suspense that's made Shan's Cirque du Freak series a smash hit, the seventh installment revs up when Mr. Tiny visits Vampire Mountain with surprising revelations about the Vampaneze Lord and some new, unexpected troops he's managed to create. Soon, Darren, Mr. Crepsley, and Harkat are on their way to finding the enemy, which leads to shocking truths that Darren learns about his own half-vampire condition, another official hunter to join in the quest, and the help of a powerful sorceress with poisonous frogs guarding her home. Shan's legions of followers won't find as much bloody action here as in other books, but important events and explanations will quench your inquisitive thirst about vampire culture and history. With a sample excerpt from the eighth book to keep readers on the edge of their seats, Hunters of the Dusk is a darkly thrilling, crucial read in the series. Matt Warner
Children's Literature
Things are really heating up in this novel, the seventh installment in Darren Shan's Cirque Du Freak series. Darren Shan—the character shares his name with the author of the series—is a half vampire, and now one of only five Vampire Princes in the world. Vampires are six years into "The War of Scars," against their blue-veined cousins, the vampaneze. Vampeneze are creatures that, unlike vampires, kill their victims after they feed on them. The powerful yet shady Mr. Tiny has prophesied that Darren and two of his brethren will have four chances to kill the Lord of the Vampeneze. Darren, together with his mentor, Mr. Crepsley, and another Vampire Prince, Vancha March, set out on a mission to hunt down and destroy the vampaneze. First, they visit a powerful witch named Lady Evanna, who sometimes provides aid to vampires but more often refused to take sides in the war. Darren is briefly reunited with his friends at the Cirque Du Freak, but soon is engaged in deadly combat with the enemy. Well-paced and smoothly flowing, Darren Shan has crafted another finely wrought effort in the best selling "Saga of Darren Shan." 2004 (orig. 2002), Little Brown and Company, Ages 10 to 14.
—Christopher Moning
Darren Shan's adventure as a Vampire Prince continues in volume seven of the series. The war that was foretold by Mr. Tiny has begun. The Vampaneze Lord has arisen and is trying to bring about the destruction of the Vampires. So far, the Vampires are holding their own, but with the Vampaneze Lord's invention of a new breed of half vampires called Vampets, it is getting more difficult for Darren and his followers. It is up to Darren, Larten Crepsley, and the illusive Vampire Prince Vancha March to create a plan to find the Vampaneze Lord and destroy him before it is too late. Mr. Tiny offers the Vampires a small clue when he tells them that they have five chances to kill the Vampaneze Lord, and they have already wasted one by killing Kurdha Smahlt, but Mr. Tiny will not say more. His only advice is to "follow their hearts." Of course, their hearts take them to the Cirque du Freak and Lady Evanna, who has a very disturbing prophecy about Darren. This installment is a must-read for fans of the series. They will not be able to put it down. The prologue at the beginning of the book is great for providing the background of Cirque du Freak for those who are unfamiliar with the series. The story itself is enthralling and will create instant Darren Shan fans of any new readers. As with all books in the series, the cliffhanger ending will leave readers desperate for the next chapter of the Darren Shan saga. VOYA CODES: 4Q 4P M J (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9). 2004, Little Brown, 192p., Ages 11 to 15.
—Lori Matthews
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-The young half-vampire Prince is on a quest with his guardian, a Vampire General, and a Little Person (a creature who had once been human and works for the vampires) to defeat the Lord of the Vampaneze. While on their action-packed journey, the unlikely quartet meets a sorceress who tells them that they will have four opportunities to kill their enemy, and that if they fail, only one of them will remain alive to witness the fall of the vampire clan. Following this dark prophesy, Darren and his group come in contact with the Cirque du Freak and a group of vampaneze and encounter the villain himself. Character development is evident in Darren, but less so in more minor characters. A few explanations of earlier events will help readers who have not read the earlier titles. Incidents of intoxication and graphic depictions of violence, along with a few obscenities, are vital to the story. Simple language, a fast pace, humor, and a suspenseful plot are the hallmarks of this seventh entry in the series.-Jessi Platt, Auburn Public Library, AL Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

HarperCollins Publishers Australia
Publication date:
Cirque Du Freak Series , #7
Product dimensions:
4.96(w) x 7.76(h) x 0.51(d)
Age Range:
12 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

Darren Shan is the New York Times bestselling author of Cirque Du Freak and The Demonata, whose novels have sold over 15 million copies worldwide. Darren lives in Ireland, where he writes and collects art, comics, and film.

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Hunters of the Dusk (Cirque Du Freak Series #7) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 178 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a pleasure for me to read
pumpkinNA More than 1 year ago
This was a good addition to the previous books, but I found myself getting a little bored sometimes. It was nice to read about Darren's new job as a Vampire Prince. Also the main plot really gets going and we get to see the father/son relationship between Mr. Crepsley and Darren progress. I would have liked the plot to have gone a little more differently, but that's only my opinion, overall it was worth reading.
Makayla_97 More than 1 year ago
This book is a MUST READ!! It's fast pace,thrilling,absorbing,and you won't be able to put it down!!!!! It will put you on the edge of your seat!!!
SanDiegoGrams More than 1 year ago
My 12 yr. old, formerly non-reading grandson is absorbed in this series.
Mr_Porter More than 1 year ago
I like this book because it is always changing directions and so you never know whats going to happen and because it is scary and fast pace.My favorite part is when Desmond Tiny comes to tell everyone about the Vampaneze Lord and sends Darren and two others to kill him.I would recomend it to anyone who is looking for a book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the best series of the world the book keeps the reader o his toes awaiting every twist and turn which become even more twisted as the series become to a closing
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book in two days, and thought about going to get the eighth the same day but coudln't. This was a great read and should be recognized with an award. Nobody in the world can write up to Darren Shan's great books in Young Adult Fiction. A must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Atlanta wants to move to hall of horrors result 2
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the books
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is my only vampire series i LOVE!!!!
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I love this bpook and all the other series as well bbut the first book is the best
paula booker More than 1 year ago
ever since vancha march appears, stories get greater and greater, but this is by far the best
d-jazzz More than 1 year ago
This book is great because of all the awesome things that go in it and it is a great book for anyone around 8-16. In Hunters of the dusk, Darren and the rest of the vampires on Vampire Mountain get a visit from the least of their friends Mr. Tiny. He came to give out information that the Vampaneze lord is on a trip around the world and he is half vampaneze. He also tells them that three vampires have been chosen by fate to hunt down the vampaneze lord. Darren, Mr. Crepsley and an unknown vampire that they will meet during the hunt are chosen to hunt down the vampaneze lord. They were promised four encounters with the vampaneze lord, but Tiny does not tell them exactly where and when they will encounter with the vampaneze lord, so they must choose their paths. Tiny also says that no other vampires may follow so they get to take Harkat with them. Mr. Crepsley decides that they must first go to visit a witch and maybe meet up with their third companion. Through the journey Harkat tells them of dreams that he had on Vampire Mountain and Darren has to go through some kind of vampire puberty where he becomes full vampire, but will he succeed in it. The book is cool and has lots of parts that grab the attention of the reader and it was so good that I wanted to read it more than three times. Everything in it was well detailed that I was able to make like a mini movie of it in my head. I was able to see how the characters looked and the scenes that they were in, but the best part was how the action looked and I personally say, " You can't imagine what it is like until you read the book". So like I said this book is great because of all the awesome things in it. I especially liked the theme of the story and how the story was built with all the adventure and suspense. Make sure to read how Darren survives and find out whom the third member of the hunt is. I'm sure when you are done you will feel how I feel about this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i fell in love with the cirque du freak series! i first read the book and went crazy! i loved it!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Darren and the rest of the Vampires are doing perfectly fine on Vampire Mountain until they get a visit from Desmond Tiny. Desmond announces that the Vampaneze now have a leader, and three vampires will have four chances to defeat him. The three Vampires are Darren, Vancha March, and Mr. Crepsley. A little person named Harkat also travels along just to help. Harkat and Darren have become pretty close friends in the past couple years. They travel and meet Evanna, who is a witch but doesn¿t like people calling her one. She also has a ton of frogs that live with her and protect her cave that she lives in. Evanna decides to travel with them to the Cirque Du Freak. This is where Darren discovers Evanna sneaking off and talking to Vampaneze. The three Vampires and Harkat are shocked and decide to go fight the Vampaneze. After the battle, a Vampaneze that they have been looking for escapes unnoticed. The thing I really liked about this book was all of the suspense and action. You will just be waiting for the next thing to happen and when it does it will surprise you. One of my dislikes of the book was that it started off a little boring and slow but started to pick up after the third chapter. I also didn¿t like how the ending just leaves you hanging. This book is the seventh in the Cirque Du Freak series. People who enjoy stories about Vampires will really enjoy this book or series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow, this book was amazing. I wanted to buy the next book in the series to see what happened. I swear, anyone will LOVE this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've got to admitt, I usually don't read many books but in the past year or so I've been reading more and more books and I just get hooked! Originally I just read the first book in the Cirque du Freak series because I was waiting for the next book in the Shadow Children Series to come out in June but now I'm dieing to get my hands on the next books in this series. Absolutely awesome books! 5 stars all the way!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i thougth the book over exciting. when i finished i nearly cried for my mom to take back so i can buy the next book. im still im come to think of it. but life must go on. i have read 1,2,3,4,6,7 only but im still fall apart waiting for all the books to come out.these books are full of suspense and mystery. i cant wait tell i get all of them ill give any thing away if i have to even work around the house.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing it was my favorate yet and the scenes were killer Ive read every one and I cant stop its a good book for anyone who likes vampires. out of all the books I read te cirque du freak series will never be replaced.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This series is awsome! I love the gore! I've only read books 1-5 but I HAVE to have the rest! That is extremely unfair that the UK has all 12 for sale! I'd fly there just to get them if I could! Larten Crepsley is cool!Boo Kurda Smahlt!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Darren Shan books are frickin' awesome! I love them! They're sooo cool! I lent them out to my friends and they fell in love with them too. You gotta read his books! I'm on edge for the next one to come out!
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