Trials of Death (Cirque Du Freak Series #5)

Trials of Death (Cirque Du Freak Series #5)

by Darren Shan

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The trials: seventeen ways to die unless the luck of the vampire is with you. Darren Shan must pass five fearsome trials to prove himself to the vampire clan, or else face the stakes of the Hall of Death. But Vampire Mountain holds hidden threats. Sinister, potent forces are gathering in the darkness. In this nightmarish world of bloodshed and betrayal, death may be a blessing...

Darren Shan grew up watching old Dracula movies and reading spooky comics, which were the inspirations for this series.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781482947038
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Publication date: 12/01/2013
Series: Cirque Du Freak Series , #5
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.50(h) x 5.00(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 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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Cirque Du Freak

Trials of Death
By Darren Shan

LB Childrens

Copyright © 2001 Darren Shan
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0316603678

Chapter One

I was in the bathroom at school, sitting down on the toilet, humming a song. I had my pants on. I'd come in near the end of English class, feeling sick. My teacher, Mr. Dalton, is great about things like that. He's smart and knows when you're faking and when you're being serious. He took one look at me when I raised my hand and said I was ill, then nodded his head and told me to go to the bathroom.

"Throw up whatever's making you sick, Darren," he said, "then get your behind back in here."

I wish every teacher was as understanding as Mr. Dalton.

In the end, I didn't get sick, but still felt queasy, so I stayed on the toilet. I heard the bell ring for the end of class and everybody came rushing out on their lunch break. I wanted to join them but knew Mr. Dalton would be angry if he saw me in the yard so soon. He doesn't get mad if you trick him but he goes quiet and won't speak to you for a while, and that's almost worse than being shouted at.

So, there I was, humming, watching my watch, waiting. Then I heard someone calling my name.

"Darren! Hey, Darren! Have you fallen in or what?"

I grinned. It was Steve Leopard, my best friend. Steve's real last name was Leonard, but everyone called him Steve Leopard. And not just because the names sound alike. Steve used to be what my mom calls "a wild child." He raised hell wherever he went, got into fights, stole from stores. One day - he was still in a stroller - he found a sharp stick and prodded passing women with it (no prizes for guessing where he stuck it!).

He was feared and despised everywhere he went. But not by me. I've been his best friend since kindergarten, when we first met. My mom says I was drawn to his wildness, but I just thought he was a great guy to be with. He had a fierce temper and threw scary tantrums when he lost it, but I simply ran away when that happened and came back again once he'd calmed down.

Steve's reputation had softened over the years - his mom took him to see a lot of good counselors who taught him how to control himself - but he was still a minor legend in the schoolyard and not someone you messed with, even if you were bigger and older than him.

"Hey, Steve," I called back. "I'm in here." I hit the door so he'd know which one I was behind.

He hurried over and I opened the door. He smiled when he saw me sitting down with my pants on. "Did you puke?" he asked.

"No," I said.

"Do you think you're gonna?"

"Maybe," I said. Then I leaned forward all of a sudden and made a sick noise. Bluurgh! But Steve Leopard knew me too well to be fooled.

"Give my boots a polish while you're down there," he said, and laughed when I pretended to spit on his shoes and rub them with a sheet of toilet paper.

"Did I miss anything in class?" I asked, sitting up.

"Nah," he said. "The usual crap."

"Did you do your history homework?" I asked.

"It doesn't have to be done until tomorrow, does it?" he asked, getting worried. Steve's always forgetting about homework.

"The day after tomorrow," I told him.

"Oh," he said, relaxing. "Even better. I thought...." He stopped and frowned. "Hold on," he said. "Today's Thursday. The day after tomorrow would be...."

"Got you!" I yelled, punching him on the shoulder.

"Ow!" he shouted. "That hurt." He rubbed his arm but I could tell he wasn't really hurt. "Are you coming out?" he asked then.

"I thought I'd stay in here and admire the view," I said, leaning back on the toilet seat.

"Quit joking," he said. "We were down five-one when I came in. We're probably six or seven down now. We need you." He was talking about soccer. We play a game every lunchtime. My team normally wins but we'd lost a lot of our best players. Dave Morgan broke his leg. Sam White transferred to another school when his family moved. And Danny Curtain had stopped playing soccer in order to spend lunch hanging out with Sheila Leigh, the girl he likes. Idiot!

I'm our best forward. There are better defenders and midfielders, and Tommy Jones is the best goalkeeper in the whole school. But I'm the only one who can stand up front and score four or five times a day without fail.

"Okay," I said, standing. "I'll save you. I've scored a hat trick every day this week. It would be a pity to stop now."

We passed the older guys-smoking around the sinks as usual-and hurried to my locker so I could change into my cleats. I used to have a great pair, which I won in a writing competition. But the laces snapped a few months ago and the rubber along the sides started to fall off. And then my feet grew! The pair I have now are okay, but they're not the same.

We were down eight-three when I got on the field. It wasn't a real field, just a long stretch of grass with painted goalposts at either end. Whoever painted them was a total idiot. He put the crossbar too high at one end and too low at the other!

"Never fear, Hotshot Shan is here!" I shouted as I ran onto the field. A lot of players laughed or groaned, but I could see my teammates picking up and our opponents growing worried.

I made a great start and scored two goals inside a minute. It looked like we might come back to draw or win. But time ran out. If I'd arrived earlier we'd have been okay, but the bell rang just as I was hitting my stride, so we lost nine-seven.

As we were leaving the field, Alan Morris ran toward us, panting and red-faced. They're my three best friends: Steve Leopard, Tommy Jones, and Alan Morris. We must be the weirdest four people in the whole world, because only one of us-Steve-has a nickname.

"Look what I found!" Alan yelled, waving a soggy piece of paper around under our noses.

"What is it?" Tommy asked, trying to grab it.

"It's-," Alan began, but stopped when Mr. Dalton shouted at us.

"You four! Inside!" he roared.

"We're coming, Mr. Dalton!" Steve roared back. Steve is Mr. Dalton's favorite and gets away with stuff that the rest of us couldn't do. Like when he uses swearwords sometimes in his stories. If I put in some of the words Steve has, I'd have been kicked out long ago.

But Mr. Dalton has a soft spot for Steve, because he's special. Sometimes he's brilliant in class and gets everything right, while other times he can't even spell his own name. Mr. Dalton says he's somewhat of an idiot savant, which mean he's a stupid genius!

Anyway, even though he's Mr. Dalton's pet, not even Steve can get away with showing up late for class. So whatever Alan had, it would have to wait. We trudged back to class, sweaty and tired after the game, and began our next lesson.

Little did I know that Alan's mysterious piece of paper was to change my life forever. For the worse!


Excerpted from Cirque Du Freak by Darren Shan Copyright © 2001 by Darren Shan
Excerpted by permission. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I saw this coming when i heard kurda likes map making. CANT WAIT TO READ NEXT ONE (when my parents give enough money to buy the next one) !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonmous More than 1 year ago
The Trials of Death by Darren Shan is a really good book. It is action packed, and suspense filled. It follows the story of a half vampire named Darren who is trying to earn good standing amongst his fellow vampire clan members and doing so will earn him a sizable amount of respect from the other vampires. It is a very good book and I reacomend to anyone who likes vampires.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read truly a great read.
M-H_RS More than 1 year ago
If you enjoying action packed books with a little mystery then this is the book for you. This book is a real page turner, this book cannot be put down .In this book a half vampire named Darren Shan has to preform 5 trials that are very dangerous. Many die from doing these trials but if Darren wants to prove himself he has to achieve all 5.
ASheppard More than 1 year ago
Darren is a half vampire that was blooded at a very young age by Mr. Crepsley. Every 12 years the vampire council is haled at vampire mountain and every vampire attends. It is Darren's first council since he has been blooded. The vampire princes which are the highest ranking among the vampires don't agree with Mr. Creplsey's decision to blood Darren at such a young age. They decide that in order to prove that he can become a true vampire Darren must complete the Trials. The Trials are five randomly chosen challenges that are meant for full vampires. Darren must complete them or die trying to show that he can be a true vampire. I liked this book because it was very exciting. There was always a suspenseful challenge that made me want to keep reading. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes fantasy or exciting books with lots of action.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read the first 4books and they were amazing. I want to keep reading but i cant because i cant find the 5 book any where. I dont want to just skip over it and continue on with the series because i dont want to miss anything. So just wanted to know if this book is worth to get on the nook.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The main characters in the book Cirque Du Freak: Trials of Death are Darren Shan and Mr. Crepsley. The book has a lot of hazardous trials that Darren has to terminate or he will face his death. If he isn¿t successful he has to be laid on spikes and destroyed. It reminds me of the rest of cirque du freak mysteries. I think you need to read this book to get the pleasure that I did.
ElizaJane on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
At this point in the series it becomes increasingly difficult to summarize the story without giving away what has happened in previous books so I will no longer summarize each individual book in much detail. This book does start a new phase for the series, though. Darren is still with the Vampire Council and a new threat has begun.This turn in the story's plot was very interesting and excitement. I'm really enjoying the whole vampire community that Shan has created. Shan has strayed from the typical (Dracula) type of vampire and created his own, very unique, vampire mythos. This particular book in the series is probably my favourite so far. The twist at the end took me by surprise and the cliff hanger ending has me anxious to run to the library for the next volume. What a great series for vampire fans!
CheriePie69 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In this installment, Darren is put to the Vampires' Trials of Initiation to prove his worth as a vampire. There are five tests, and failure of any one of them will result in certain death, whether at the hands of the lethal test itself, or by being dropped onto the stakes in the Hall of Death. So far, he's had to swim through the Aquatic Maze, struggle through the Path of Needles¿a cave filled with super sharp stalagmites and stalagtites, and fight fire in the Hall of Flames. But can he make it through all the trials set forth ahead of him? As usual, this book leaves off on an exciting cliffhanger, causing me to immediately want to pick up book 6. Since I borrowed both this one and The Vampire Prince from the library, I have it here waiting for me and think I'll start on it next, right after the Patriots kick some Charger butt!! :D
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Darran shan. You are i would say the greatest auther ever. I am so infatuated with your books. You have so much passion in your wrightings, you make me feel the joy or the pain and sarrows in your books just with the words you use to describe how one feels. I have read almost all of your books and i love them all. Please keep on writing. I would love to read more of your work. Your fan: DAY
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
Wow was this intense pretty quick. Why does it end it with another cliffhanger. Well onto the next book then? Still, loving where the story is going though. Very interesting.
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I cant wait to read the rest of th series!!!! This i a great series for people who like fantasy and unexpected happenings I LOVE YOU DARREN SHAN!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sooooo good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Trails of death book 5
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Darren shan is a half vimpire that wants to prove himself to the vampire princes,generals and regular
df1 More than 1 year ago
this book is good because it has a lot of acton in it. it has people turning the pages like crazy. the book is about darren shawn who is trying to prove his self to the vampires by doing these trails such as fire pit and other trails.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
awesome series
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