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Allies of the Night (Cirque Du Freak Series #8)

Allies of the Night (Cirque Du Freak Series #8)

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by Darren Shan

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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.


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.

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School Library Journal
Gr 6-8-Darren Shan, a 21st-century vampire prince, and his friends, Mr. Crepsley and Harkat, are on a quest to stop the Lord of the Vampaneze. When a series of murders takes place in Mr. Crepsley's hometown, they stop the search for the evil lord to look for the murderer, whom they suspect is also vampaneze. School officials become aware that Darren, who looks like a 15-year-old despite actually being 20+, is in town, and he is forced to attend school. His English teacher, Debbie Hemlock, is his ex-girlfriend, all grown-up. Darren is attacked by a hooked-hand creature and is saved by his childhood friend, Steve. Soon, acquaintances and classmates are being slain, and Darren, Mr. Crepsley, and Harkat, as well as Debbie and Steve, begin tracking the killer through underground tunnels. This horror/mystery tale takes a strange twist when Steve's motives to aid the friends are exposed and Debbie is taken hostage. The plot moves slowly until the killings begin, but then the story takes off. Darren is a likable hero, but other characters are not well developed. Gory fight and murder scenes and some profanity are included, but are in keeping with the story line. Fans of the series will enjoy this cliff-hanger and look forward to the next installment.-Heather Ver Voort, Washington West Elementary, Olean, NY Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Cirque Du Freak Series , #8
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5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.62(d)
820L (what's this?)
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12 - 14 Years

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Allies of the Night

Book 8 in the Saga of Darren Shan
By Darren Shan


Copyright © 2002 Darren Shan
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-316-15570-5

Chapter One

Your Daily Post, September 15


This once-sleepy city is under siege. In the space of six short months eleven people have been brutally murdered, their bodies drained of blood and dumped in various public places. Many more have vanished into the shadows of the night and might be Iying beneath the streets, their lifeless bodies decomposing in the lonely dark. Officials cannot account for the gruesome killing spree. They do not believe the murders to be the work of one man, but nor have they been able to link the crimes to any known criminals. In the largest single police operation in the city's history, most local gangs have been broken up, religious cult leaders arrested, and the doors of secret orders and brotherhoods smashed down ... to no effect at all! CUST0MARY BLUNTNESS Chief Inspector of Police Alice Burgess, when queried about the lack of results, responded with her own brand of customary bluntness. "We've been working like dogs," she snapped. "Everyone's on unpaid overtime. Nobody's avoiding responsibility. We're patrolling the streets in force, arresting anyone who even looks suspicious. We've initiated a 7 p.m. curfew for children, and have advisedadults to remain indoors too. If you find someone who can do a better job, give me a call and I'll gladly step aside." Comforting words-but nobody here is taking comfort from them. The people of this city are tired of promises and pledges. Nobody doubts the honest, hardworking efforts of the local police-or the army who have been called in to assist in the operation-but faith in their ability to bring an end to the crisis has hit an all-time low. Many are moving out of the city, staying with relatives or in hotels, until the killings cease. "I have kids," Michael Corbett, the forty-six-year-old owner of a secondhand bookshop told us. "Running away doesn't make me feel proud, and it'll ruin my business, but the lives of my wife and children come first. The police can do no more now than they did thirteen years ago. We just have to wait for this to blow over, like it did before. When it does, I'll return. In the meantime, I think anyone who stays is crazy." HISTORY OF DEATH When Mr. Corbett spoke of the past, he was referring to a time, nearly thirteen years ago, when horror similarly visited this city. On that occasion, nine bodies were discovered by a pair of teenagers, butchered and drained as the recent eleven victims have been. But those bodies were carefully hidden, and only unearthed long after death had occurred. Today's murderers-rather, tonight's, since each victim has been taken after sunset-are not bothering to hide the evidence of their foul deeds. It's as though they are proud of their cruelty, leaving the bodies where they know they will be found. Many locals believe the city is cursed and has a history of death. "I've been expecting these killings for fifty years," said Dr. Kevin Beisty, a local historian and expert on the occult. "Vampires visited here more than one hundred and fifty years ago, and the thing about vampires is, once they find a place they like- they always come back!" DEMONS OF THE NIGHT Vampires. If Dr. Beisty's was the only voice crying out against demons of the night, he could be dismissed as a crank. But many other people believe that we are suffering at the hands of vampires. They point to the fact that the attacks always occur at night, that the bodies have been drained of blood-seemingly without the aid of medical equipment-and, most tellingly, that although three of the victims were photographed by hidden security cameras when they were abducted, their attackers? faces did not show up on film! Chief Inspector Alice Burgess is dismissive of the vampire theory. "You think Count Dracula's on the rampage?" she laughed contemptuously. "Don't be ridiculous! This is the twenty-first century. Warped, sick humans are behind all this. Don't waste my time blaming bogeymen!" When pushed, the Chief Inspector has this to add: "I don't believe in vampires, and I don't want idiots like you filling people's heads with such nonsense. But I'll tell you this: I'll do whatever it takes to stop these savages. If that means driving a stake through some madman's chest because he believes he's a vampire, I'll do it, even if it costs me my job and freedom. Nobody's walking away from this on an insanity plea. There's only one way to pay back the deaths of eleven good men and women-extermination! "And I'll do it," Chief Inspector Burgess vowed, a fiery gleam in her pale eyes which would have done Professor Van Helsing proud. "Even if I have to track them to Transylvania and back. There'll be no escaping the sword of justice, be they humans or vampires. "Tell your readers that I'll get their tormentors. They can bet on that. They can bet their lives...."

MR. CREPSLEY PUSHED the manhole cover up and out of the way, while Harkat and me waited in the darkness below. After checking the street for signs of life, he whispered, "All clear," and we followed him up the ladder and out into fresh air.

"I hate those bloody tunnels," I groaned, slipping off my shoes, which were soaked through with water, mud, and other things I didn't want to think about. I'd have to wash them out in the sink when we got back to the hotel and leave them on top of a radiator to dry, as I'd been doing at the end of every night for the past three months.

"I despise them too," Mr. Crepsley agreed, gently prying the remains of a dead rat from the folds of his long red cloak.

"They're not so bad," Harkat chuckled. It was OK for him-he had no nose or sense of smell!

"At least the rain has held off," Mr. Crepsley said. "Give it another month," I replied sourly. "We'll be wading up to our hips down there by mid-October."

"We will have located and dealt with the vampaneze by then," Mr. Crepsley said, without conviction.

"That's what you said two months ago," I reminded him.

"And last month," Harkat added.

"You wish to call off the search and leave these people to the vampaneze?" Mr. Crepsley asked quietly.

Harkat and me looked at each other then shook our heads. "Of course not," I sighed. "We're just tired and cranky. Let's go back to the hotel, dry ourselves off, and get something warm to eat. We'll be fine after a good day's sleep."

Finding a nearby fire escape, we climbed to the roof of the building and set off across the skylight of the city, where there were no police or soldiers.

Six months had passed since the Lord of the Vampaneze escaped. Vancha had gone to Vampire Mountain to tell the Princes and Generals the news, and had not yet returned. For the first three months Mr. Crepsley, Harkat, and me had roamed without purpose, letting our feet take us where they wished. Then word reached us of the terror in Mr. Crepsley's home city-people were being killed, their bodies drained of blood. Reports claimed vampires were to blame, but we already knew better. Rumors had already reached us of vampaneze in the city, and this was all the confirmation we needed.

Mr. Crepsley cared for these people. Those he'd known when he lived here as a human were long since dead and buried, but he looked upon their grandchildren and great-grandchildren as his spiritual family. Thirteen years earlier, when a mad vampaneze by the name of Murlough was savaging the city, Mr. Crepsley returned-with me and Evra Von, a snake-boy from the Cirque Du Freak-to stop him. Now that history was repeating itself, he felt compelled to intervene again.

"But maybe I should ignore my feelings," he'd mused three months earlier, as we discussed the situation. "We must focus on the hunt for the Vampaneze Lord. It would be wrong of me to drag us away from our quest."

"Not so," I'd disagreed. "Mr. Tiny told us we'd have to follow our hearts if we were to find the Vampaneze Lord. Your heart's drawing you home, and my heart says I should stick by you. I think we should go."

Harkat Mulds, a grey-skinned Little Person who'd learned to talk, agreed, so we set off for the city where Mr. Crepsley had been born, to check out the situation and help if we could. When we arrived, we soon found ourselves in the middle of a mystery. Vampaneze were definitely living here-at least three or four, if our estimate was correct-but were they part of the war force or lone madmen? If they were warriors, they should be more careful about how they killed-sane vampaneze don't leave the bodies of their victims where humans can find them. But if they were mad, they shouldn't be capable of hiding so skillfully-after three months of searching, we hadn't found a trace of a single vampaneze in the tunnels beneath the city.

Back at the hotel, we entered through the window. We'd rented two rooms on the upper floor, and used the windows to get in and out at night, since we were too dirty and damp to use the lobby. Besides, the less we moved around on the ground, the better-the city was in an uproar, with police and soldiers patrolling the streets, arresting anyone who looked out of place.

While Mr. Crepsley and Harkat used the bathrooms, I undressed and waited for a free bath. We could have rented three rooms, so we'd each have a bath, but it was safer for Harkat not to show himself-Mr. Crepsley and me could pass for human, but the monstrous-looking, stitched-together Harkat couldn't.

I nearly fell asleep sitting on the end of the bed. The last three months had been long and difficult. Every night we roamed the roofs and tunnels of the city, searching for vampaneze, avoiding the police, soldiers, and frightened humans, many of whom had taken to carrying guns and other weapons. It was taking its toll on all of us, but eleven people had died-that we knew of-and more would follow if we didn't stick to our task.

Standing, I walked around the room, trying to stay awake long enough to get into the bath. Sometimes I didn't, and would awaken the following night stinking, sweaty, and filthy, feeling like something a cat had coughed up.

I thought about my previous visit to this city. I'd been much younger, still learning what it meant to be a half-vampire. I'd met my first and only girlfriend here- Debbie Hemlock. She'd been dark-skinned, full-lipped, and bright-eyed. I would have loved to get to know her better. But duty called, the mad vampaneze was killed, and the currents of life swept us apart.

Several times since returning, I'd walked by the house where she'd lived with her parents, half-hoping she still lived there. But new tenants had moved in, and there was no sign of the Hemlocks. Just as well, really-as a half-vampire I aged at a fifth the human rate, so although nearly thirteen years had passed since I last kissed Debbie, I only looked a few years older. Debbie would be a grown woman now. It would have been confusing if we'd run into one another.

The door connecting the bedrooms opened and Harkat entered, drying himself with a huge hotel towel. "The bath's free," he said, wiping around the top of his bald, grey, scarred head with the towel, careful not to irritate his round green eyes, which had no eyelids to protect them.

"Cheers, ears," I grinned, slipping by him. That was an in-joke-Harkat, like all the Little People, had ears, but they were stitched under the skin at the sides of his head, so it looked as if he didn't have any.

Harkat had drained the bath, put the plug back in, and turned on the hot water faucet, so it was almost full with fresh water when I arrived. I tested the temperature, added a dash of cold, turned off the faucets, and slid in-heavenly! I raised a hand to brush a lock of hair out of my eyes, but my arm wouldn't lift all the way-I was too tired. Relaxing, I decided to just lie there a few minutes. I could wash my hair later. To simply lie in the bath and relax ... for a few minutes .. would be ...

Without finishing the thought, I fell soundly asleep, and when I awoke it was night again, and I was blue all over from having spent the day in a bath of cold, grimy water.


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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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Allies of the Night (Cirque Du Freak Series #8) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 168 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought it was so twisted I was ready for more!!! I couldn't put the book down!!! : )
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like it alot i am obsessed with this series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yes actually, debby does come back and rv is turned into a vampeneze
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Does rv realy get metalic arms and become a vampaneve because of steve and does debby realy come back ??????? It is going to drive me crazy if somebody does not tell me so answer my ? Please
Trav_S More than 1 year ago
This is kind of an action packed book. If you read my review from book 3 then this is the book where he rejoins one of his old friends and meets a friend from before he was a vampire. This book is not that high on my list of favorite books. My highest book that i recommend is book 5.
Jacob Lackey More than 1 year ago
love this book
SwImMer453 More than 1 year ago
In the book Allies of the Night (Cirgue Du Freak Series #8), the author Darren Shan shares with us his story, through his journal. Ever since young Darren Shan had been blooded by his master Mr. Creplsey, he has become a half vampire. Troughout his years as a half vampire he has spent his time working with a traveling freak show known as the Cirque Du Freak. However the time had come for every vampire to make the treacherous and exhausting journey to vampire mountain. During Darren's stay at Vampire Mountain he had become a Vampire Prince. The most highest office to be held by a vampire. But in his case a half vampire. While all this is going on tension has built up between the vampires and their worst enemies, the vampaneze. Now they are facing one another in full out war. Going head to head in brutal, bloody battles. That unfortunately usually end with death. And Darren is in the middle of this ever raging war. Then a mysterious and troubling message has come. Only three vampires stand a chance a chance of defeating the Vampaneze Lord, who is leading the Vampaneze into battle. Those three vampires are a Vampire Prince, Vancha March, the one-time General and Darren's master, Larten Crepsley, and you guessed it, Darren Shan.
Karalina More than 1 year ago
I began reading the Cirque Du Freak series about the time the movie came out, I thought a series about vampires, well can't be worst then Twilight. So I went to my local bookstore and picked up the first book, and well I thought it was one of the best vampire books I've ever read! The plot was excellent and it kept on getting better, throughout the whole story I couldn't read the books fast enough. Allies of the night has to be my favorite though. Darren is now about 35 and is in a body of a sixteen year old, after coming back to Mr. Crespsley's home town, the same place were 12 year old Darren had his first girlfriend. Strange deaths happen so they arrive to find out who's behind them, they have a hunch and day and night they wander the tunnels looking for the vampeneze lord. Then when thing are going no where they get an unexpected arrival saying Darren is suppose to be in school! That's when things start getting weirder, Darren not having been in school for over twenty years has no idea what he's learning or how to act, however he gets some help from an old friend. I think this book is my favorite in the series because of everything that's going on, the character structure and the always climaxing plot. I would recommend this book series to anyone in the last book you feel satisfied with the ending and feel that throughout the whole series the ending wasn't a let down. I think that this book is great for people between the ages of 12-50 it's just one of those books which anyone can relate to and is a fun read!!!
SanDiegoGrams More than 1 year ago
Keeps my 12 year old grandson's nose in a book. He loves the scary series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have had a hard time getting my 6th grader to get in her readng minutes for school. She got into this series and she reads ALL the time and reads more than the required minutes. I thought she might be scared because it involves vampires, but she says it doesn't scare her. I would highly recommend this series!
Guest More than 1 year ago
all of Darren Shan's books are awesome! He is my favorite author. The whole series is fantastic, outstanding, overwhelming. ay dios mio. IT'S AMAZING!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Reading this book was like having your heart stop because of the betrayal and reunion. This book was filled with romance,horror,dark humor, and grim suprises. If you have liked all of the last seven you will like this one even better. A must read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Darren Shan is in the Mr. Crepsley home town and Harkat came along people are dying the hunt for the Vampaneze prince continues and it¿s Mr. Crepsley Darren and Harkats job to find them. One day they get a knock at the door and Darren Shan had to go back to school. And he meets some interesting people People that would like this book would enjoy horror moves and action movies. This book is number 8 in a series of 13 books. You would defiantly have to read the rest of the books to get this one because there are so many twists in the series. That if you just picked up on of those books you would be completely lost. The last time I read one of these books was about a year ago and I totally lost when I started to read this book. This book was pretty good and I liked it a lot I liked all the action
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is by far the best book of this series and keeps you reading for more. I dont know how you can write a book better than this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Darren and his companions including Harkat and Mr. Creplsey are to go in search of the Vampaneze leader and elimanate him at any cost. Thus is the return of a certain activist and someone darren thought he wouldn't have seen again since the incident back in the first book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! The whole series is amazin. I really liked how they brought back some old characters. Not everything was what it seemed. Everyone should read this series!
Guest More than 1 year ago
HE does it again. There are so many shocking twists and turns in the book.The people that came back made my jaw drop. Dont miss this book. If you do you'll regret it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read all up to Book 8 and so far this is the best out of all of them. It has plenty of action and even more twist.
Guest More than 1 year ago
`this book keeps you on edge to see what happens next is like saying nothing but its a really good book i encourage people of 15 and up that if you like reading books that keep you on edge that you should definetly read this series
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the 8th book in the Cirque Du Freak Series. Darren, Harket, Mr. Crepsley and Vancha are still faced with the journey that could lead to the end of The War of Scars. Also like Mr. Tiny and Evanna said there are only 3 other chances to cross with the Vampanze Lord and only three chances to beat him! Another thing, out of Darren, Vancha and Mr.Crepsley, 2 will die and the other will stay alive and have to see the ending of the strong, good-hearted vampires. This is not all of Darren's everyday problems he has to deal with school! Come on this remarkable journey with Darren, Mr. Crepsley, Harkat, and Vancha as author, Darren Shan leads you to trouble which tags along.
Guest More than 1 year ago
talk about great man cant take my eyes off it its jus a great book and keeps you into i always keeping you guessing about whats really gonna happen
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is sooo cool!! you will never guess who pops back up- until you read it! it is soo funny too. JUST READ IT!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is really good. I remeber my mom got me the first one out from the library, and I just had to find out what happened. I just finished #8, and now I have to go out and get #9, 10, and however many more are out by the time I walk myself to Borders. Or mooch a ride, it's all the same. Great series, and this one is great if you like books with plot twists and tension and threats of betrayal...it's so good...*goes to read the ones I already have...*
Guest More than 1 year ago
Brilliant!Magnificent!Wonduva!Sorry got a little carried away. This is probablly the most encahnting of the series I anticipated this book as I will Killers of the Dawn. But I have heard speculation over there be movies and i've always thought they would be great movies i'm just curious if they can grasp the thrilling books, and reach my expectations. If you know anything of the movies in clude it in your review for this or Killers of the Dawn.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is an amazing book. I have read the series and I can never put the books down. This book was a great combination between horror and action. Every time you read one of Darren Shan's books you will always be waiting for the next one. None of these books have been boring. I reccomend this book to anyone who likes that type of action, horror and magic. This book does not have magic though but the characters have special powers. Again I reccomend this book.