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Birth of a Killer by Darren Shan


Birth of a Killer by Darren Shan

Following the massive success of the Demonata series, Darren Shan is back where it all started - telling the life story of the vampire Larten Crepsley. Spanning centuries and continents, taking in sea voyages, murder, war and love, this is the epic, bloodsoaked tale of a vampire who started out a nobody... and ended up changing the world forever.For every vampire, the end... is just the beginning.When terrible events force young Larten Crespley to flee his home he finds himself alone in the world. Then he meets the mysterious Seba Nile, who introduces him to the ways of the vampire clan. But will Larten turn his back on humanity and join a world from which there can be no return...?So begins the blood-soaked tale of a vampire who starts out a nobody ... but will change the world forever.


His writing is slick, his dialogue sharp and clever, his plotting immaculate. His books ooze with the kind of creepy, dark atmosphere and powerful characters that young teenage readers lap up. Shan is honing his craft with every book, and I look forward to the next gore-fest with relish. Irish Independent Forget Stephen King, this author's the master of scaring children. The Big Issue in Scotland A tantalising start to the series and a must-read for Darren Shan fans. Books QuarterlyPraise for Cirque Du Freak: ...fast-paced and compelling book ...full of satisfyingly macabre touches...which leaves the reader hungry for more. JK Rowling Brilliant, macabre tale. Guardian I read Cirque Du Freak last week. I loved it. I love the way you manage to juggle the funny with the unpleasant, the affection with the hurt. It's great story-telling. Roddy DoylePraise for The Vampire's Assistant: The Vampire's Assistant blazes a thrilling, gruesome trail through a fascinating plot. The Good Book GuidePraise for Vampire Mountain: Get your teeth into it! Funday Times

About the Author

Darren Shan

Darren Shan is the number one bestselling author of the young adult series Cirque du Freak, The Demonata, The Saga of Larten Crepsley and Zom-B, as well as the standalone books The Thin Executioner and Koyasan. For adults he has written Procession of the Dead, Hell's Horizon and City of the Snakes, collectively known as The City Trilogy.

Shan's books are sold in every continent, in thirty-one languages, and have been bestsellers in countries including America, Britain, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway and the UAE. His books have also topped the adult bestseller charts in Hungary, Japan and Taiwan. In total, Shan's books have sold over twenty-five million copies worldwide. He lives with his girlfriend in Limerick and London.

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1st April 2011


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HarperCollins an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers


256 pages


Horror & ghost stories, chillers (Children's / Teenage)



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