Sons of Destiny (Cirque Du Freak Series #12)
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Sons of Destiny (Cirque Du Freak Series #12)

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by Darren Shan
     
 

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Time seemed to collapse.... There was a sharp stabbing sensation in my stomach.... Steve crowed, "Now I have you! Now you're gonna die!"

Dead if he loses -- damned if he wins. The time has finally come for Darren to face his archenemy, Steve Leopard. One of them will die. The other will become the Lord of the Shadows -- and destroy the world.

Is the

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Time seemed to collapse.... There was a sharp stabbing sensation in my stomach.... Steve crowed, "Now I have you! Now you're gonna die!"

Dead if he loses -- damned if he wins. The time has finally come for Darren to face his archenemy, Steve Leopard. One of them will die. The other will become the Lord of the Shadows -- and destroy the world.

Is the future written, or can Darren trick destiny?

This is Darren's story.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kathleen Foucart
In the twelfth and final book of the "Cirque du Freak" series, Darren Shan must face the final battle between himself and his childhood friend turned archenemy, Steve Leopard. In the War of the Scars only one side can be victorious, and with Darren leading the vampires and Steve leading the vampaneze, this means one must die. Yet a witch's prophecy declares the winner irrelevant. No matter who lives and who dies, the victor will become the Lord of the Shadows. And Des Tiny still has secrets up his sleeves that once revealed will change Darren's view of destiny and how to change the world. With an ending that brings many surprises, Shan brings his life and series full circle. Some readers might be left with unanswered questions, but in a series so long, this is mostly to be expected. A fantasy-horror series not to be missed, "Cirque du Freak," and especially this volume, ends in a satisfyingly cyclical way.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316016636
Publisher:
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
09/01/2007
Series:
Cirque Du Freak Series , #12
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
97,888
Product dimensions:
5.52(w) x 8.32(h) x 0.76(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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Sons of Destiny (Cirque Du Freak Series #12) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 229 reviews.
MurraytheElf More than 1 year ago
The finale is extremely good! But you must understand that it would have been unrealistic and common to end it with Darren triumphing over all his problems and having a completely "happy" ending. But even if Darren did defeat Steve (which he did) and lived to tell the tale (which, again, he sort of did, but then sacrificed himself for the greater good) then he would have become the destroyer of the world. Darren Shan wrote a happy ending though. In the end, Darren saves his soul and Mr. Tiny's plans to destroy the universe are thwarted. That is not to say that the world will not one day eventually fall to ruin, just to say that Darren didn't allow himself or Steve to be the cause of it as Mr. Tiny planned. In the end, Darren did all he could do and his soul got the piece he deserved after a life filled with horror and hardship. I wrote this review in response to the reviews I read because I disagree with the other's posts. So here is my input, and please have a mind open enough to value this ending for all it's worth.
Crepsley_number2fan More than 1 year ago
My 14-year old daughter recommended the series to me and let me tell you - what a ride! once you get over the somewhat childish, slow first 2 books in the series, each one is better than the last! my daughter and I have spent many moments talking about the books. I am starting the Saga of Larten Crepsley series next.
bulldogs1133 More than 1 year ago
This book is one of the best I have read Darren Shan added so much details and surprises in this book that it will keep you begging for more but some parts are sketchy most part it's the ending it is confusing and hard to follow but the book was overall one of my favorite books by Darren Shan. I would recommend this book for readers who love suspense and surprises but I would skip the last few chapters if you like the series as much as I did. I would also suggest that you read other series by Darren Shan.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best series ever! Darren Shan is the best author Ive ever read. LOVED IT
Jack-Centra More than 1 year ago
This book is the final book in my favorite series I have ever read. The Cirque Du Freak series, written by Darren Shan is an amazing series that grips you from the very start. It is about a boy who goes to a freak show and he loves what he see's. Over the course of the series Darren Shan (also the name of the main character) is converted by one of the members of the freak show into a half vampire. Throughout the series the Vampires are fighting a war against an evil species of Vampire called the Vampieneze. All of the books always have a new twist or an action packed ending that have you begging for more. Every time i finished one of these books i made sure i bought the next one as soon as possible. I am not such an avid reader, but this series of books was able to draw my attention for a long time. This is by far my favorite book from my favorite series of all time.
127pryr6424235 More than 1 year ago
I was thrilled but sad at the end of this amazing series. This was one of the first series i truly found absorbing, suspenseful, Steve vs Darren? He swore to kill him in the first! all people must read this amazing seires! but if you start at this point, you will be dazzled at the things happening you know nothing about, so start with A Living Nightmare, the st in CDF series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the whole series and may i just say it was so amazing. Darren shan knew how to keep you at the edge of your seat. I also have to share some of my thoughts on the ending. I have to say it was really sad becase darren dd after all he went through. Yet he also went in a peaceful way which is what he deserves after what he went through. He also got to change he's past/future. This left me wondering what is it like between steve and darren now? Well i guess we will never know. Yet darren shan made a wonderful series and world for us to enjoy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read all the books and at the end I was like, " OMG!" I started crying at the end Now I just want to kill Steve! :(
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Darren shan turns into a little person and scares his past self
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing series but im on the last book so don't spoil it for me please :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not realy a girls book but i love it. It was amazing. Im thinking about rereading this series. The ending was amazing. I just hope everyone else lobed this seires as much as i did. ;)
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
Love the series, but that ending, just, huh, wasn't sure what I was expecting but I don't know, was a little disappointed. Still, the series was really good and still recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
SPOILER ALERT!!! This is a great book in a great series, but i have got to say, the ending was a bit too far outside the box. The concept of the rules that cant be broken is incomplete, and I can think of a dozen ways that darren could have broken his destiny that were better than COMITTING SUICIDE!!! For example, he could have just DECIDED NOT TO KILL ANYONE!!! I MEAN, HOW HARD IS IT TO DO THAT? Also, who doesn't agree that it would have been nice to see darren as a full-fledged vampire? I know i did. But other than the ending, the book and the rest of the series is truly wonderful
canusa More than 1 year ago
I felt so cheated at the end of this book. It was as if the rest of the series (which I LOVED) was a complete waste of my time. I would recommend the series to others, but almost feel as if I should also recommend skipping the last book and make up your own ending to the story!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was sad that the cirque du freak series ended so soon i just finished the series and im disapointed. the ending was the worst series ending ever........ but im not going to tell you what happend lol you find out
kah9932 More than 1 year ago
I blew through this series and I often had to remind myself that it was actually designed for young boys who are  Preadolescence. I loved that each book was just he right length and was solid part of the overall story line. With at said even thought I understood why the series ended as it did I just felt it could have had a bit more upbeat parts...I don't think it was necessary for everyone to loose I think is would have been nice to see that the other characters lives went on with some hope 
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Long live the Cirque Du Freak:)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
THIS is the end most coolist ending ever. It makes you think darren dies........what if he dose........
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The series of Cirque Du Freak will blow your mind with its fascinating touches and heart pounding action. Darren Shan a young Vampire Prince has to cope with the loss of his friends and his archenemy, who used to be his dearest friend. Loyalty is key in the series, Darren stays loyal to his friends and the vampires. The main character and the author Darren Shan writes incredible fiction novels. The Cirque Du Freak series closely compares to the Demonata and fortunately Demonata is written by Darren Shan also. Sons of Destiny  features page turning action that will fantasize the reader in many aspects. On a one to five star rating I think the book would reach a five definitely.   
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