Birth of a Killer (Saga of Larten Crepsley Series #1)

Birth of a Killer (Saga of Larten Crepsley Series #1)

by Darren Shan


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Birth of a Killer (Saga of Larten Crepsley Series #1) by Darren Shan

Before Cirque Du Freak...Before the war with the vampaneze... Before he was a vampire... Larten Crepsley was a boy.

As a child laborer many centuries ago, Larten Crepsley did his job well and without complaint, until the day the foreman killed his cousin as an example to the other children.

In that moment, young Larten flew into a rage that the foreman wouldn't survive. Forced to live on the run, Larten now sleeps in crypts and eats cobwebs to get by. And when a vampire named Seba offers him protection and training as a vampire's assistant, Larten agrees.

This is his story.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316078627
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 09/05/2011
Series: Saga of Larten Crepsley Series , #1
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 183,094
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 12 - 14 Years

About 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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Birth of a Killer 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 149 reviews.
hiP More than 1 year ago
Loved the original series. As you got further through the twelve, you could tell as a writer Shan was getting very good. Since then I have read Procession of the Dead, and purchased Thin Executioner, but only read the former so far. It was good, but I'll hold judgement until that series continues further. In terms of this book, I couldn't have asked for anything better. Learning the back story of Larten, in this book from early childhood, was fantastic. Shan's writing as improved even farther. This book takes you from Larten as a child to a 'young' vampire, following his master around as we were used to Darren following Larten. Lots of familiar names will appear, and lots of familiar places. If you haven't read the originals, you will probably miss a lot of references, and he does skim over some topics at a high level, assuming you know more details than are contained in the text. Overall though this was a pleasure to read, and I cannot wait for the continuation of this tale. Although labeled as children/teen reading (which I am not a member of either age group), this is a story for all ages (from the original twelve books through this title). Could not recommend more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In my opinnion larten crepsley is the best vampire of them all (Until he dies in the pit of stakes no thanks to steve)
Kesha LaNell Ostrander More than 1 year ago
I like it more than the demonata series and let me tell u thats alot!
Olivia Mclaughlin More than 1 year ago
One of the best of all of darren shan's book. A prequal of my favorite character. I loved learning how Mr. Crepsley was as a kid and how he became a vampire, it had funny moments, and a few sad moments, but overall it was GREAT!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is good, good, good. Just as good as every other book Darren Shan has written. I've read every book by Darren Shan and each is just as fantastic as this one.
pumpkinNA More than 1 year ago
The first ebook I have ever bought for my Nook! An excellent book that made me want to read the next when I finished it. Sadly, we have to wait until April. I'm happy that Darren Shan wrote about everyones favorite character from The Cirque Du Freak. If you have not read The Saga of Darren Shan, I don't think you could appreciate the book as much, because it gives more insight into a character from The Darren Shan Saga and also more insight into the vampire world and its other characters. If you haven't read the other saga this is still a good book to read and very easy to understand. Darren Shan has improved as a writer since The Saga of Darren Shan. In this book, we really get to see who Larten is and the purpose for his actions. This is a must read for Cirque Du Freak fans.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutly love shans work at the beging of the cirq series i was skeptical but at the end i was in love with the series i literly cried when crepsly died so geting to read his back story will be amazing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im 12.This for all those colledge/adult peeps out there. If you are looking at this review your crazy. HAVN'T U RED DA DARREN SHAWN SERIESE! If u have u know that this series is AMAZING just cuz it was writen by da same author! Loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love shan's work. I read the sample and I am looking forward to reading the rest of the book.
jjbookcast More than 1 year ago
thi was a great book to start of the series. if you liked this i would strongly recomend the vampires assistant series.
i-luv-sherlockHolmes More than 1 year ago
I already read the Saga of Darren Shan before the Larten Crepsley saga and he is my favorite character!!And it is very interesting to learn about his childhood and his becoming of a vampire.(by the way, the darren shan saga is really amazing too.I reccomend these books!!)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a must read. If you read the Circè de Freak books you will love this. If not you will enjoy the ride it takes you on.
Ruchi Wankhede More than 1 year ago
i luveed this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
one of the best books i've ever read and darren shan is my favorite author
Anja Lambert More than 1 year ago
great book. cant wait for the next 1
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224perweek More than 1 year ago
Five stars just like all the rest of Darren Shans works. Once again I was pulled right into the heart of the story and read this in one night. I can't get enough of these stories.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Darren Shan makes the best hardcover books Ive ever read. Especially Cirque Du Freak. His books are works of art. READ IT!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is anyone here willing to lend me oceans of blood if u have it? If u can just write back on here and ill see it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Darren shan u r the BEST horror writer ive ever known i love all of ur books but havnt seen any movies yet. Im trying to find them so i can watch them. U r so GREAT
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love darren shan. Its nice that i get to read about my favorite character from cirque du freak.....cried when he died though :(....nice to know his background story. Darren fan for life! #stupidsteve
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