In book two of this prequel series about the beloved orange-haired vampire from Darren Shan’s Cirque du Freak series, we find Larten. Ocean of Blood, the second book in The Saga Of Larten Crepsley, was published in 28th April I started the first draft in February , directly after. Buy Ocean of Blood (The Saga of Larten Crepsley, Book 2) by Darren Shan ( ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices and free .

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In book two of this prequel series about the beloved orange-haired vampire from Darren Shan’s Cirque du Freak series, we find Larten Crepsley and his friend Wester Flack finally free of the restrictions and privations imposed upon them by their master, Seba Nile.

The young vampires have joined the Cubs, and are wandering the world enjoying all the “pleasures” human life can give them – wine, women, song, and a ringside seat at as many bloody wars as they could shake a stick at plus a good supply of fresh od in the aftermath of battle.

Larten is far from Vampire Mountain and its rules and regulations, but he still can’t settle. He abandons the Cubs, and Wester, and sets out on his own.


Ocean Of Blood: The Saga Of Larten Crepsley Book 2

But even this doesn’t give him the sense of purpose or freedom he longs for and his life takes its usual dark turn Scary though it is to breathe even a word of criticism of the main man lest I am murderised to death by one of his legions of fans including both my sonsI gotsta say Ocean of Blood is a book for the Shan acolyte.

It’s not particularly tense.

In fact, it’s all a bit Larten did this for a decade or two and moped. Then Larten did that for a decade or two and moped.

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However, it does get going with a superb Frankenstein-style frozen voyage at the end, and Shan doesn’t forget to kill off a cool character, which is practically a tradition. Crepslfy it’s primarily a story of Crepsley’s wandering years.

So for fans, it’s interesting and completist, and it will fill or the complicated, conflicted character they first met in the Cirque du Freak series.

For the uninitiated, it will be less interesting. But really, ocezn does that matter? Point the unititiated in the direction of Cirque du Freak and by the time they’ve finished that, they’ll be thirsting for Ocean of Blood. Duty done with regards to warnings about late books in long series, I also gotsta say I love the character of Larten Crepsley. I love Shan’s fearless nihilism even though he’s writing for children.


I love it that he’s not afraid to make an adult his central character even though he’s writing for o. I love the combination of matter-of-factness and horrific gore in his books. I’ll be waiting for book three with bated breath and a weather eye on things that go bump in the night. As my press sheet says, Shan’s vampires do not sparkle.

And we thank all things bitey for that. It’s a bit difficult to recommend further reading! The junior horror market may well be overheated and terribly crowded, but few crepsle it quite like Shan.

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