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Darren Shan, New York Times bestselling author of the Cirque du Freak and Demonata series, makes his adult fiction debut with this first book in a dark and twisted new series, The City.

PROCESSION OF THE DEAD

What had I done before coming to the City? I couldn't remember. It sounded crazy but my past was a blank. I could recall every step since alighting from the train, but not a single one before.

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Overview

Darren Shan, New York Times bestselling author of the Cirque du Freak and Demonata series, makes his adult fiction debut with this first book in a dark and twisted new series, The City.

PROCESSION OF THE DEAD

What had I done before coming to the City? I couldn't remember. It sounded crazy but my past was a blank. I could recall every step since alighting from the train, but not a single one before.

Young, quick-witted, and cocksure, Capac Raimi arrives in the City determined to make his mark in a world of sweet, sinister sin. He finds the City is a place of exotic dangers: a legendary assassin with snakes tattooed on his face who moves like smoke, blind Incan priests whom no one seems to see, a kingpin who plays with puppets, and friends who mysteriously disappear as though they never existed. Then Capac crosses paths with The Cardinal, and his life changes forever.

The Cardinal is the City, and the City is The Cardinal. They are joined at the soul. Nothing moves on the streets, or below them, without The Cardinal's knowledge. His rule is absolute.

When Capac discovers how deeply The Cardinal has influenced his life, he is faced with hard choices that conflict with his soaring ambition. To find his way, Capac must know himself and what he is capable of. But how can you trust yourself when you can't remember your past?

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Shan's dystopic thriller, the first in a trilogy already published in the U.K., is an excellent, twisting foray into a world of deceit, murder, and mystery. Capac Raimi arrives in an unnamed city, a place ruled by a man known as the Cardinal, and quickly realizes that he has no memory of his life elsewhere. When the Cardinal kills Capac's uncle and offers Capac a job based on a dream and Capac's Incan name, the young man's life takes a turn for the fantastical. While training to serve the Cardinal, Capac embarks on a strange, gripping search for clues to both the disappearances of his friends and his own past. The dialogue is realistic, the characters and settings are vivid, and the plotting is tight, complemented perfectly by a bleak, desolate tone. Any fan of postapocalyptic fiction will find it absolutely riveting. (June)
Kirkus Reviews
Gangster fantasy-call it thugpunk-with a curious history: The book, a revised version of Ayuamarca: Procession of the Dead (1999), resurfaced in the U.K. in 2008 as the first of a trilogy; Shan himself is better known as the popular author of gruesome YA fantasies (Dark Calling, 2009, etc.). Young, ambitious Capac Raimi travels to the city in order to find his small-time gangster uncle Theo and learn the trade as Theo's heir. But just as Theo seems on the verge of breaking into the big time, he and his gang are gunned down by The Cardinal, the strange, ruthless, psychic criminal overlord who really runs the city. Instead of killing Capac, however, The Cardinal recruits him and puts him to work selling insurance. All well and good, Capac thinks, given his megalomaniacal aspirations. But soon he discovers he can't remember his past. Acquaintances vanish without a trace to become unpersons-they never existed. What of the city's furtive blind wizards and their enigmatic green fog? What does The Cardinal's unsettling collection of black-clad puppets signify? Why are so many of The Cardinal's key people, including Capac himself, different? Puzzles and action galore, with post-adolescent yet never quite adult characters, and a plot that's all surface dazzle, culminating in the last few pages with a desperate torrent of explication. Graphic, inventive, yet heartless in every sense; presumably, however, fans who grew up with Shan will stick around for the upcoming installments.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446551755
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/4/2010
  • Series: City Trilogy Series , #1
  • Pages: 278
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Darren Shan

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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  • Posted September 15, 2011

    Dark and Wonderfully Intoxicating - A must read!

    I stumbled upon this book by chance, and was shocked by the story I had discovered. I had first assumed that this was book that really wasn't my type, but I was pleasantly surprised! What I found was a story about a city full of seedy gangsters, mysterious crime bosses, and ancient magic all coming together with colorful, brooding characters in a dark and twisting plot.I greedily spent every spare minute I could reading this book, hardly able to keep it out of my hands until it was finished. Wonderfully written, masterfully plotted, this book will keep you on the edge of your seat with every thrilling turn from beginning to blazing end. This was my first time reading anything from Darren Shan, and I feel he has shown to be a wonderfully talented writer. I can't wait to see what he brings to the table next. This is one author who's gripping stories will long have a place on my bookshelves. An absolute must-read.

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  • Posted March 12, 2011

    Great book - lots of twists

    Not sure how I would classify this - it's a mix of mystery, sci fi and suspense with a bit of history and romance thrown it. Well written and quick to read, while leaving the reader guessing until the end about the truth behind who (or what) the main character truly is.

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  • Posted August 18, 2010

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    PROCESSION OF THE DEAD is a fantastic book. Darren Shan always creates wonderful life-like characters that change the world. This book is full of action, romance, and gangster violence. The City is a futuristic city full of all types of sin. The main character of this book is hard to pin down. Sometimes you want to hate him for his evil ways, but you still want him to win in the end. Capac Raimi came to The City to make his way as a gangster, but quickly he's on his way to ruling The City. But first he must solve the mystery of his missing past.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2012

    Not Shan's best work

    Darren Shan is one of my favorite authors, but I feel like he missed the mark on this series.
    As always, I did enjoy Shan's way of wording sentences, twisting the plot, and tying up every lose end.
    But readers want a main character they can relate to, and this series lacks one. The main character in book 1 and part of book 3 is difficult to like or understand on an emotional level. The "other" main character, if you will, in book 2 and most of 3 is easier to like, but not on a personal level.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2012

    An amazing, dark and twisted read!

    Thoroughly enjoyed the book. From beginnimg to end, this book had me at the edge of my seat. I couldn't stand not being able to know what the next page held. Definitely reccommend it to anyone looking for a book to read.

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    Posted June 12, 2012

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    Infresting

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