The Vampire's Assistant

The Vampire's Assistant

Book - 2001
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After traveling with Mr. Crepsley, the vampire who made him into a half-vampire, Darren returns to the freak show known as the Cirque du Freak and continues to fight his need to drink human blood.
Publisher: Boston : Little, Brown, 2001
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780316606103
Characteristics: 247 p. ; 23 cm


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freedomfighter905 Jul 29, 2015

After reading the first book, I didn't think that anything could top it... I was wrong! This book was so much better than the first and so fast paced and it makes you never want to out it down! You will not regret reading!

Apr 07, 2015

What a fantastic ending to the second installment of the Darren Shan saga! Although it is a quick read, a lot has happened to Darren in this short story. It began with Darren going back to the Cirque Du Freak so he can become accustomed to being a half-vampire. At the cirque, Darren makes new friends, does quick chores for the Little People, and he helps out around the cirque before their next performance.
The beginning was a bit slow, but the riveting suspense of the middle and ending of the book made up for it. With his new friends Sam Grest, a pickled onion-loving child who dreams of working at the Cirque and Evra Von, the snake boy, Darren must challenge the Wolf Man.
The victory could be painful, but the loss could be devastating, as Darren has much to lose, like his remaining portions of humanity. He refuses to drink human blood, but how long can he go without it? He grows weaker the longer he doesn’t drink, and blood from animals can only help for so long, who will be Darren’s first victim?
The title “The Vampire’s Assistant” does make a lot of sense for this novel, as Darren is just becoming accustomed to his new life. Crepsley does not have a dominant role in this novel, but his lack of presence does make sense as Darren must learn about being a half-vampire on his own.
Overall, Darren Shan’s “The Vampire’s Assistant” was a fantastically-written novel with perfect amounts of character development, and suspense. I’m looking forward to reading the next installment!

Mar 22, 2014

I liked it but im not a big fan of the fact that Sam had to die. And he was so sweet, too.

albaluz Jun 20, 2012

this is the most awsome book to read and you never no whats coming next you cant put the book down

Apr 16, 2012

This is the 2nd one right? What is the first one, and does the library have it?

emmalea12 Mar 14, 2012

These are very good books. A lot of people say the books are for younger kids to read, but me as a 32 year old adult.. I have to say that I can't wait to read the next one!!!

Apr 20, 2011

I still feel sad about Darren leaving his family and friends, but he did it to save Steve. I'm surprised that Darren nor Mr. Crepsly has seen Steve yet. Kinda strange.... Really sad and freaky. Weak hearted, DON'T READ THIS!

Mar 10, 2011

Good book but it could have been a bit longer.

Dec 05, 2010

This is a great series for young horror fans. Two types of vampires fighting for the control of the world is great stuff.

vampire11 Dec 01, 2009

This book was really cool.
But at the end I felt sad and happy. I recommend this book to ages 12 and up.

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Apr 20, 2011

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