Cirque du Freak

12 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 2,599 ratings

Cirque du Freak: A Living Nightmare Publisher's Summary

In the tradition of Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes and Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot, New York Times best-seller Cirque du Freak is the first title in the popular Saga of Darren Shan series.

Darren Shan and his best friend, Steve, get tickets to the Cirque du Freak, a wonderfully gothic freak show featuring weird, frightening half human/half animals who interact terrifyingly with the audience. In the midst of the excitement, true terror raises its head when Steve recognizes that one of the performers - Mr. Crepsley - is a vampire!

Steve confronts the vampire after the show finishes - but his motives are surprising! In the shadows of a crumbling theater, a horrified Darren eavesdrops on his friend and the vampire, and is witness to a monstrous, disturbing plea. As if by destiny, Darren is pulled to Mr. Crepsley and what follows is his horrifying descent into the dark and bloody world of vampires.

This is Darren’s story.

©2013 Darren Shan (P)2013 Blackstone Audio
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  • Book 1

    • Cirque du Freak: A Living Nightmare

    • The Saga of Darren Shan, Book 1
    • By: Darren Shan
    • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
    • Length: 5 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 586
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 530
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 532

    Darren Shan and his best friend, Steve, get tickets to the Cirque du Freak, a wonderfully gothic freak show featuring weird, frightening half human/half animals who interact terrifyingly with the audience. In the midst of the excitement, true terror raises its head when Steve recognizes that one of the performers - Mr. Crepsley - is a vampire! Steve confronts the vampire after the show finishes - but his motives are surprising!

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I love it!

    • By Thomas on 02-11-16

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  • Book 2

    • Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant

    • The Saga of Darren Shan, Book 2
    • By: Darren Shan
    • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
    • Length: 5 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 339
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 304
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 301

    The nightmare continues for the new vampire's assistant in the second installment of the New York Times best-selling Saga of Darren Shan.

    Darren Shan was just an ordinary schoolboy until his visit to the Cirque du Freak. Now, as he struggles with his new life as a vampire's assistant, he tries desperately to resist the one temptation that sickens him, the one thing that can keep him alive. But destiny is calling. The Wolf Man is waiting.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great book

    • By Jacob on 07-29-16

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  • Book 3

    • Tunnels of Blood

    • The Saga of Cirque du Freak, Book 3
    • By: Darren Shan
    • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
    • Length: 4 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 264
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 240
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 239

    Darren, the vampire's assistant, gets a taste of the city when he leaves the Cirque du Freak with Evra the snake-boy and Mr. Crepsley. When corpses are discovered - corpses drained of blood - Darren and Evra are compelled to hunt down whatever foul creature is committing such horrendous acts. Meanwhile, beneath the streets, evil stalks Darren and Evra, and all clues point to Mr. Crepsley. Can they escape, or are they doomed to perish in the tunnels of blood?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The best book so far

    • By jerry jackson on 05-01-18

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  • Book 4

    • Vampire Mountain

    • Cirque du Freak: The Saga of Darren, Book 4
    • By: Darren Shan
    • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
    • Length: 4 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 217
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 200
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 200

    Darren has settled into life as a vampire's assistant and feels at home in the Cirque du Freak. But now he must leave the freak show and his friends behind. With Mr. Crepsley as a traveling companion, he embarks on a dangerous trek to the very heart of the vampire world. But they face more than the cold on Vampire Mountain - the vampaneze have been there before them. Will a meeting with the Vampire Princes restore Darren's human side or turn him further toward the darkness? Only one thing is certain: Darren's initiation into the vampire clan is more deadly than he can ever have imagined.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • One of my favorite series!

    • By Anonymous User on 08-22-17

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  • Book 5

    • Trials of Death

    • Cirque Du Freak, Book 5
    • By: Darren Shan
    • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
    • Length: 4 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 192
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 171
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 171

    The trials: There are seventeen ways to die unless the luck of the vampire is with you. Darren Shan must pass five of these fearsome trials to prove himself to the vampire clan - or 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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Perfect!

    • By Laurie Westerfield on 06-07-17

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  • Book 6

    • The Vampire Prince

    • Cirque Du Freak #6
    • By: Darren Shan
    • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
    • Length: 4 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 187
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 167
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 168

    Branded a traitor, betrayed by a friend, hunted by the vampire clan - Darren Shan, the vampire's assistant, faces certain death. And even if he survives Vampire Mountain, an all-out catastrophe is headed his way that threatens the entire vampire clan. Can Darren reverse the odds and outwit a vampire prince? Can he avert the coming calamity? Darren's initiation on Vampire Mountain draws to a stunning, bloody conclusion in this sixth book of the Cirque du Freak series.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Intense and emotional

    • By Katherine on 02-27-14

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  • Book 7

    • Hunters of the Dusk

    • Cirque du Freak, Book 7
    • By: Darren Shan
    • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
    • Length: 4 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 162
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 147
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 148

    After six years of living in Vampire Mountain, Darren Shan,the Vampire Prince, leaves on a life-and-death mission. As part of an elite force, Darren searches the world for the Vampaneze Lord, who is determined to lead his forces to victory against the vampires. But the road ahead is long and dangerous - and lined with the bodies of the damned. Hunters of the Dusk is the start of an action-packed, three-part Darren Shan adventure, a tale of quests, friendship, treachery, despair, and bloodshed....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Nice book

    • By Ludwig.H on 06-27-17

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  • Book 8

    • Allies of the Night

    • Cirque du Freak: The Saga of Darren Shan, Book 8
    • By: Darren Shan
    • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
    • Length: 4 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 132
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 121
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 121

    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 must forge new alliances and try to unravel the mystery behind the malevolent forces that have been set in motion against him. In this second part of the Hunters trilogy, the stakes are raised and the pace quickens to keep listeners on the edge of their seats.

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  • Book 9

    • Killers of the Dawn

    • Cirque du Freak: The Saga of Darren, 9
    • By: Darren Shan
    • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
    • Length: 4 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 125
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 115
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 115

    The hunters have become the hunted. Outnumbered, outsmarted, and desperate, the hunters are on the run, pursued by the vampaneze, the police, and an angry mob. With their enemies clamoring for blood, the vampires prepare for a deadly battle. Is this the end for Darren and his allies? This third and final installment in the Hunters trilogy finds Darren and his friends facing their longest night and most testing challenge yet.

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  • Book 10

    • The Lake of Souls

    • Cirque Du Freak, Book 10
    • By: Darren Shan
    • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
    • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 134
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 121
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 120

    "If you step through after Harkat, you might never comeback. Is your friend worth such an enormous risk?" Darren and Harkat face monstrous obstacles on their desperate quest to the Lake of Souls. Will they survive the savage journey full of killer animals, monstrous mutants, and fiery winged beasts? And what awaits them in the murky waters of the dead? The two companions must unravel the riddle of Harkat's identity before they are destroyed. Be careful what you fish for.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Cirque du awesome

    • By Justin on 12-01-17

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  • Book 11

    • Lord of the Shadows

    • Cirque Du Freak, Book 11
    • By: Darren Shan
    • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
    • Length: 4 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 122
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 109
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 108

    Darren is going back to where it all started, back to where he was reborn as a child of the night. But like Darren, the town has changed a lot over the years. Back home, old enemies await. Scores must be settled. Destiny looks certain to destroy him, and the world is doomed to fall to the Ruler of the Night. Travel home with Darren in this, the penultimate book in the saga.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • UTTTER FOOLISHNESS WHERE IS BOOK 12 AH!!!!!!

    • By Curtly on 03-09-14

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  • Book 12

    • Sons of Destiny

    • By: Darren Shan
    • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
    • Length: 5 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 139
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 125
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 126

    Dead if he loses - damned if he wins. The time has finally come for Darren to face his arch enemy, Steve Leopard, and fight for control of the night. One of them will die. The other will become the Lord of the Shadows …and destroy the world.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Ending - he must have gotten tired

    • By Farlie on 04-11-14

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