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Title: Trials of Death
Author: Darren Shan
Publisher: Published January 18th 2008 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2001)
ISBN: 9780316000956
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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 vampires 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 blessin 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 vampires 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...

30 review for Trials of Death

  1. 5 out of 5

    Miranda Reads

    THIS IS NOT going to resolve anything of value I've noticed that Shan tends to end his books with a big TO BE CONTINUED ... but there's a difference between ending the book with a bit of a cliff hanger...versus literally stopping in the middle of a story. This is a case of the latter. Deeeeep Breaths. In this novel, we find Darren competing in the Vampire Trials. Either he manages to prove himself worthy of becoming a full vampire or his life will be cut extremely short. These trials are meant to THIS IS NOT going to resolve anything of value I've noticed that Shan tends to end his books with a big TO BE CONTINUED ... but there's a difference between ending the book with a bit of a cliff hanger...versus literally stopping in the middle of a story. This is a case of the latter. Deeeeep Breaths. In this novel, we find Darren competing in the Vampire Trials. Either he manages to prove himself worthy of becoming a full vampire or his life will be cut extremely short. These trials are meant to for full vampires and Darren is only a half-vampire (and a young one at that). While the other vampires do make some concessions, for the most part, Darren is thrown to the wolves. His trials are both difficult and painful - he loses his hair to fire, scrapes himself raw on another and nearly drowns to death in a third. Unlike most middle-school books, no one waved their wand to cure him. He deals with pain and suffering head-on which is something unique compared to many other sugar-coated middle school novels I've read. And his injuries are carried over in the next few books - points for realism! Just when we get to the climax - BAM - To Be Continued Blog | Instagram | Twitter

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kyle

    Another frustrating TO BE CONTINUED... Someone needs to explain to me why I paid $8 for a book that didn't have an ending to it. Honestly, it didn't have a beginning either because that was in book 4 Vampire Mountain. It's just the next installment in one long book you have to read one part at a time. I bitched about this when I reviewed Vampire Mountain. Maybe it's just me but when I pay for a novel I think it should be a full NOVEL with a beginning, middle and an end. Isn't that what I paid f Another frustrating TO BE CONTINUED... Someone needs to explain to me why I paid $8 for a book that didn't have an ending to it. Honestly, it didn't have a beginning either because that was in book 4 Vampire Mountain. It's just the next installment in one long book you have to read one part at a time. I bitched about this when I reviewed Vampire Mountain. Maybe it's just me but when I pay for a novel I think it should be a full NOVEL with a beginning, middle and an end. Isn't that what I paid for? Okay I'll stop bitching now. This installment of The Saga of Darren Shan was the biggest disappointment yet. Darren has to perform five trials to clear his master's reputation for making him an half-vampire so young. First, I'm not quite sure how that's Darren's problem but then I'm not a vampire. Now consider that these trials are normally performed by vampires in order to prove they are ready to become vampire Generals and they have been preparing for decades if not hundreds of years. Okay so fine Darren fails what's the big deal? The price of failure? Death! There were no real surprises for me. The trials were what I had expected. Even the cliffhanger was given away in the first part of the book. (view spoiler)[Finally, I'd pretty much figured out in Vampire Mountain that Kurda Smadlt was a traitor (pretty sure he's the Vampaneze Lord everyone is freaking out about). He thinks the Vampaneze are misunderstood, wants peace with them, thinks the vampire way of life is barbaric and out of date, and is making a detailed map of the caves of Vampire Mountain? Hello? (hide spoiler)] So am I going to read Book 6 The Vampire Prince? Well, see that's the trouble with cliffhangers, huh? You really have to read the next book don't you? You have know what happens to poor Darren. Now I'm going to see if I can check the rest of the series out from my local library because I am so not paying for them any more. To read my review of the other books in this series, use the links below: Book One: A Living Nightmare Book Two: The Vampire's Assistant Book Three: Tunnels of Blood Book Four: Vampire Mountain Book Six: The Vampire Prince Book Seven: Hunters of the Dusk

  3. 4 out of 5

    Dan

    WHAT...........THE.........HELL?!!?!!? ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME HOW THE HELL CAN A BOOK END WITH SUCH A HUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUGE CLIFFHANGER OH MY GOD JESUS LORD HAVE MERCY ON MY SOUL AND EVERYTHING NO NO NO NO I AM A MESS RIGHT NOW!

  4. 5 out of 5

    James Trevino

    This was an improvement over the previous book but not by much. The plot is still going nowhere up until the last few pages, but at least Trials of Death was action packed. I feel like the series has lost some of it's appeal with the lack of the Cirque background. Not that the vampire society is not interesting, but it alone is not enough to maintain interest. Maybe the next one will be better.

  5. 5 out of 5

    nova ryder ♥

    This was always one of my favorites of the series. 💕 ***Ignore the fact that it took me over a month to finish rereading it 🙈

  6. 5 out of 5

    Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*

    I went back and forth with being disgusted by the storyline and riveted at the same time. Yes, it was a weird experience. ‘Trials of Death’ wasn’t filler-ish, better than the fourth because the pacing and almost non-stop action made it hard to put down. Action scenes were excellent, nail-grinding, detailed, spaced right. Some disturbing stuff happened during the trails, especially the weird flame stuff. Characters are more fleshed out, seeming livelier and not imitations of their former selves (t I went back and forth with being disgusted by the storyline and riveted at the same time. Yes, it was a weird experience. ‘Trials of Death’ wasn’t filler-ish, better than the fourth because the pacing and almost non-stop action made it hard to put down. Action scenes were excellent, nail-grinding, detailed, spaced right. Some disturbing stuff happened during the trails, especially the weird flame stuff. Characters are more fleshed out, seeming livelier and not imitations of their former selves (the fourth suffered from that a little, especially for Crepsley.) Arra is still irritating, as are a lot of the princes and other vampires following their rigid systems without the bend of common-sense exceptions. There is something that soured it for me – I still think Darren shouldn’t do the trails because of his age and half-vampire status. Letting a child go through all that, especially for some ancient and limited system, was a form of child abuse and that sickened me. Yes, it’s fiction, but still wrong in this fiction world. There were a lot of torturous trials – burning, almost drowning, cutting, fighting to the death with wild boars – shudders. The burning was the hardest to take because of the detail. His hair will likely never grow back because of the permanent damage. I mean, geez. All this for that silly code? Crepsley’s outlook and rigid adherence was disappointing. Apparently I’m more protective of the protagonist than his mentor. It’s shown that these bizarre mindsets are how these strange creatures think. I agreed with the one outcast of the group that there is no honor in losing your life so willingly. If I were in Darren’s shoes I would have started getting raged. The ending holds a nice surprising or so, and although I did see a betrayal brewing, it worked well for ending this book. Even if I guessed a little of it, it leaves it open with no predictable start of how the next book will begin. Despite my annoyances with the plot’s direction, it stayed exciting and earned a four star label.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Vendea

    Re-read 14.7.17: Vrátila jsem se k re-readu, protože se mi o sérii zdálo... Od pětky dál je to pěkně depresivní. Věděla jsem, proč čekám. Zkoušky mě ale baví z mnoha důvodů - ať už to samotné zkoušení, opilecká fiesta nebo ten konec... Oh, you break my heart every time I read this, Darren. Nakonec se mi to líbilo ještě více než předchozí díly. Hezky to uteklo a zkoušky byly fakt vymakaný nápad. Bohužel ten konec... Ach! To mi Shan neměl dělat... 4/5*

  8. 4 out of 5

    heather

    Just LOVE this Series!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Baya

    Páni... tak tohle byl zatím nejlepší díl ze všech. Doufám, že to takhle bude i dál a s každým dílem to bude lepší a lepší

  10. 5 out of 5

    Nic Echo

    About the Book: When we last left Darren, he was told that he would have to complete five deadly trials to prove himself a worthy vampire. Not only are the trials themselves deadly, but if Darren fails in any way besides death, he will be executed. It is actually after one of these trials that Darren learns about a treacherous plot that involves the vampaneze. Review: This book was filled with action and kept me turning the page (especially near the end). Darren's trials were interesting and even t About the Book: When we last left Darren, he was told that he would have to complete five deadly trials to prove himself a worthy vampire. Not only are the trials themselves deadly, but if Darren fails in any way besides death, he will be executed. It is actually after one of these trials that Darren learns about a treacherous plot that involves the vampaneze. Review: This book was filled with action and kept me turning the page (especially near the end). Darren's trials were interesting and even though you knew he wouldn't die (he is the main character and there is seven more books after all), Shan still managed to throw some curve balls at you. Although there were parts I didn't enjoy immensely (such as the Festival of the Undead), I still didn't really hate any part of the book this time. Besides, I appreciated getting to see Darren in more than his role as a half-vampire. It is always a plus when the author lets the every day and little affairs pop through into a book as well. It always makes it seem more real, and I didn't feel like I was bogged down with these kind of details either. My favourite part was definitely the climax of this book, and I found myself unable to put it down and wondering how Darren would put a stop to it. Not only is he in a fix with the vampaneze at this point, but he is also in a bit of a pickle with the vampires, which may also limit his options. I do wish that Shan went into more details about the Guardians of the Blood and their beliefs more. Although they may not be the most imaginative creature, they are still quite striking to the imagination and Shan could have introduced another culture more thoroughly into his world. All in all though, I really enjoyed this book and started the next one right away (the cliff hanger is a suspense like no other). It may have taken a while, but this series is definitely starting to take off.

  11. 4 out of 5

    MrsJennyReads

    Pretty harrowing and brutal, this macabre fifth book in the running Cirque du Freak series continues in the vein of all those that came before it with a lot of action, a lot of blood, and a lot of fun. I liked this one better than the last, as I felt it got a little more involved. But, being a fan of the entire series, I have yet to be disappointed, at all. Shan delivered darkness with Trials by Death, and I would have expected nothing less. Five Stars!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ahmad Sharabiani

    آنها گفتند: اگر بتوانم از آزمون های سختی که برایم درنظر گرفته میشد، موفق بیرون بیایم، مرا خواهند پذیرفت، چیزی که به من نگفتند این بود که اگر در آزمونی موفق نمیشدم کشته میشدم. ا. شربیانی

  13. 4 out of 5

    Whitney

    Directly after hearing that he must face vicious trials or die, Darren Shan takes on the Trials of Initiation in Trials of Death. The consequence for not passing the Trials is death by being dropped on spikes over and over until death takes you. The Trials are hard enough for adult full-vampires, so how will our half-vampire protagonist fare? One things for sure, if Darren passes the Trials he might have wished he didn’t in the end. Plot The plot in Trials of Death is all about Darren going throug Directly after hearing that he must face vicious trials or die, Darren Shan takes on the Trials of Initiation in Trials of Death. The consequence for not passing the Trials is death by being dropped on spikes over and over until death takes you. The Trials are hard enough for adult full-vampires, so how will our half-vampire protagonist fare? One things for sure, if Darren passes the Trials he might have wished he didn’t in the end. Plot The plot in Trials of Death is all about Darren going through five Trials of Initiation to prove himself to be a good standing vampire. For some, the plot in this book may be a little dull. It all revolves around Darren training and completing the Trials. If you have a big interest in vampire society you might not be so bored. Along with the trials we get intimate details of vampire society in this universe and we get to see it in action. I’ve seen probably and equal amount of reviewers say that the book was either too fast or too slow. Personally, I don’t think it went fast at all. If you’re used to reading books that have slow, gradual development then Trials of Death may have been a little fast-paced. One thing that I did think was a little too fast was how quickly they started on the Trials. There is literally only one chapter between Darren hoping he doesn’t die in the Trials and him training for his first Trial. Writing One thing I will say is that I like the way Shan wrote the action scenes and the scenes with the Trials. He describes them so well that I can easily picture Darren going about his challenges without struggling to imagine them. There’s no over-descriptiveness going on; it’s just the right amount of description to be able to imagine the Trials and not be bogged down with information. The parts where there aren’t any Trials or action going on are pretty boring, though. The Festival of the Undead is an example of the boring parts of the book. While it was interesting to learn about the different aspects of vampire culture, it was still a little dull. Characters I still like Darren as our protagonist. He’s very realistic. He doesn’t just magically excel at things, even though he does have a few talents for certain things. His emotions are pretty real, too, like when someone makes a joke in a tense situation and he snaps at them. Mr. Crepsley is a character I want to like but just can’t because we still don’t know all that much about him. Darren spent most of his time with Vanez Blane in preparation for the Trials. There are moments where I can say I like him, like when he and Darren hug before Darren’s first Trials and Mr. Crepsley’s confidence in Darren. Besides that, and a few instances where we’re told Darren and Mr. Crepsley are close, I don’t feel any strong feelings towards Mr. Crepsley. The other vampires were developed a little more since the last book, but not too much. One has to remember that Trials of Death only spans across the course of not even two weeks at most. I feel like Darren should have been in the company of these other characters more so that certain character’s death is more meaningful. Things I Didn't Like Unfortunately one of the biggest negatives in books made into my Things I Didn’t Like section: plotholes. There are only two major plotholes that I could catch, but they’re pretty big. The first one is why the Council bent the rules to give Darren extra time after The Hall of Flames. Darren, Mr. Crepsley, and all other vampires have reminded the reader over and over again that vampires are honorable creatures. There are vampires that would, and have, died for honor. During Darren’s first trial, when he could have given himself a head start through The Aquatic Maze that he was so afraid at dying at, he didn’t. Nobody but Darren would have known that he’d cheated but he still didn’t because of honor and nearly died in the process. So why would these vampires bend the rules—that they are literally dead-set on—all of a sudden for a half-vampire? This is a gaping plothole. The other plothole was with regards to Darren and Kurda running away. Harkat wants to come with Darren but Kurda tells him that he’s too wide to fit through some of the tunnels. However, Gavner ends up going with them and I’m pretty sure that a vampire described as short but wide is probably wider than a Little Person. I know that Gavner needed to be the one with Kurda and Darren in the end to advance the plot, but this doesn’t make sense. Harkat could have fit and gone with them and the whole situation in the end of the book could have been avoided. There is no logical reason for Harkat not being able to come with Darren. Shan should have come up with a different reason as to why Harkat couldn’t join them. Diversity The diversity in Trials of Death is the same as in the last books. One woman, who gets beaten by a pacifist despite being the best, and a vampire with one eye. Sad to say that that’s the end of the list. Overall I enjoyed Trials of Death. It gave the readers a better look into this vampire society, which the majority of vampire books rarely do. The Trials might be a little boring for some but I thought that they were very well written. The plot twist at the end was great, too. There are gaping plotholes that I don’t like, but what is one to do? The earlier books in the Cirque du Freak series are a little better than this one, even though the books are really moving forward. Here is a link to my notes.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Maddison

    Yay loved re-reading this one :D It's my favourite of the series. Loved the reappearance of (view spoiler)[the wolves (hide spoiler)] , and the betrayal by (view spoiler)[Kurda (hide spoiler)] was rather intense! I didn't remember that one. But the descriptions of the (view spoiler)[trials (hide spoiler)] would have freaked me out! My paranoia and my imagination would have made me crazy. Darren's so brave.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Charlotte van den Berg

    In Trials of Death Darren has to prove himself in five trials. Every book in this series is so different from the rest but I think this was my favorite so far, because it surprised me the most. I was kind of bored during the first half of the book. I have read several books with trials a lot like these, so I thought that this was going to be one of the more predictable books in the series (Darren almost dies a few times but in the end he will probably succeeds in the trials, then i can move on to In Trials of Death Darren has to prove himself in five trials. Every book in this series is so different from the rest but I think this was my favorite so far, because it surprised me the most. I was kind of bored during the first half of the book. I have read several books with trials a lot like these, so I thought that this was going to be one of the more predictable books in the series (Darren almost dies a few times but in the end he will probably succeeds in the trials, then i can move on to the next book). During the second half i started to realize that my expectations were very wrong. It was full of surprises and it ended in a huge cliffhanger. Something else i like about these books is the world building. In most series almost al the world building is done in the first few books. During the rest of the series there is barely any focus on it. This is not the case here, there was a lot in this book about the culture of vampires and vampire mountain.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Siobhan

    Personally, this is my favourite book of the twelve (although I am sure not everyone will agree with me on this one, yet nobody can deny that it is an important book in the series for developments). This is a fast paced book filled with Darren completing tasks to prove himself a worthy vampire. The tasks he takes part in are all well thought out and highly entertaining to read, keeping you on the edge of your seat as you wait to find out what happens next. The book also comes with a great twist t Personally, this is my favourite book of the twelve (although I am sure not everyone will agree with me on this one, yet nobody can deny that it is an important book in the series for developments). This is a fast paced book filled with Darren completing tasks to prove himself a worthy vampire. The tasks he takes part in are all well thought out and highly entertaining to read, keeping you on the edge of your seat as you wait to find out what happens next. The book also comes with a great twist towards the end, leaving you wanting more.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Gillian Murrell

    This was a big step up from he last book, Darren has to complete 5 trials which will be randomly drawn. I will admit to having tears in my eyes after the 3rd trial. Failure to complete a trail ends in a very painful death and if you loose a trail you are dead anyway. How can the vampires expect Darren to survive I know he is good but this is taking it a bit far he is just a kid after all.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    This was definitely the best book of the series yet! Lots of action and a huge plot twist in the end I'm starting the next one immediately

  19. 4 out of 5

    Orinthia Lee

    Waduh endingnya bikin pengen langsung baca lanjutannya... tp baru nyewa sampai nomor ini doang...

  20. 5 out of 5

    Holly Ryanne

    THAT ENDING KILLED ME. MY BABY IS DEAD

  21. 5 out of 5

    Constanza

    Tremendo giro de acontecimientos :O a seguir con la sexta parte !

  22. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    Soo much better than the previous book.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Matthew

    If I pass I'll be accepted into the clan. Failure isn't an option... Hell! YES! That was awesome; Trials of Death, is awesome! As I progress, each new entry pushes its predecessor out of the way to become my favourite. Spine-tingling action balanced with a fantastic plot and a cast of characters who are unique and utterly encapsulating. Trials of Death does a helluva lot: a stellar story which pushes forward an overarching plot; cast development that deepens the depth of already nicely fleshed ch If I pass I'll be accepted into the clan. Failure isn't an option... Hell! YES! That was awesome; Trials of Death, is awesome! As I progress, each new entry pushes its predecessor out of the way to become my favourite. Spine-tingling action balanced with a fantastic plot and a cast of characters who are unique and utterly encapsulating. Trials of Death does a helluva lot: a stellar story which pushes forward an overarching plot; cast development that deepens the depth of already nicely fleshed characters; and an ending that has you blinking with emotional whiplash. SPOILER WARNING Synopsis (Not a copy from the book, but I always keep my interpretations close.) Darren Shan faced the Vampire Council, and they made it clear they were not happy with Mr Crepsley's decision to turn him. Now he must face the Trials of Initiation. To prove he's worthy, and to save his maker's reputation. But even a full-vampire struggles with the Trials, and they have years to prepare. And if he fails, Darren will die... Plot - 5/5 Stars This entry doesn't even need a blurb. If you're coming straight from Vampire Mountain, then there's anticipation galore. Even so, the Trials we know Darren will have to endure, ramp up the intrigue exponentially. Knowing Shan's other works, they'll be inventive, heart-pounding and great vehicles to drive forward character development. And they don't fail the reader. The Trials are a major highlight. Your nerves are shot, you're exhausted just reading through them. But even though they are a massive part of the book, another plot is catching fire. I completely forgot to mention Harkat's message to the vampires in my last review. Probably because I was just so much in love with the little guy, but what he had to say in Vampire Mountain teases a huge plot; a huge plot that's expanded upon in Trials of Death: The Vampaneze Lord will rise and decimate the vampires, so they're obviously uneasy. And the twist and ending! I had a funny feeling about Kurda. I didn't quite expect that, but wow. The author definitely knows how to sneak up behind you. Pace - 5/5 Stars Pace = Perfection. Coupling Darren's Trials with an impending vampaneze attack is genius. The way everything is structured is fantastic. I rocketed through the book without pause. Just like our main character, there's no real time to catch your breath before you're thrown into yet another dangerous situation. There are short, welcome interludes that helps keep everything well-structured, so the action never overwhelms the reader. Characters - 5/5 Stars I was worried, what with the rapid pace, that character progression wouldn't be focused on, but that's the farthest you can get from the truth. The Trials and their effects, on Darren and the rest of cast, create some juicy development. Darren himself, is the underdog. And we all love an underdog. He's been blooded almost against his will and he's ignorant of a lot of what being a vampire entails, yet, he's still the one who has to prove his worth. It's unfair, but instead of complaint, Darren bravely rises to the challenge. It also shows the reader just how close he and Mr Crepsley have become. Instead of blame, Darren appreciates everything Larten has done for him, and the father-son bond they share is only strengthened. I loved it. The other characters do a fine job, and their helplessness while Darren is battling for his life, is heartbreaking. But the thing I appreciate the most, is Darren's defeat. What!? Yeah, before you hunt me down, hear me out. The things Darren overcomes are awesome; his successes are sweet, absolutely fantastic, but, if he'd bested every Trial, when even full-vampires struggle, it would have been too fantastical. His failure gives the story a weightier feel, more realistic; Darren's talented and strong, but he's not invincible. Writing - 4.5/5 Stars Trials of Death, in terms of writing, is much the same as what I had to say for its predecessor. It's more mature, darker. Overall - 5/5 Stars A brilliant instalment to the series. The Vampire Prince will have to up its game if it's in for the hope of beating Trials of Death. Read more book-orientated posts over on my website: Matthew R. Bell's BookBlogBonanza

  24. 5 out of 5

    Nikki May

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book was again, like all Darren Shan books amazing, action packed and full of adrenaline, tension and pride. It was about the trials that Darren had to face in order to not shame himself and Mr Crepsley he had to complete the challenges that were chosen so they could both regain the pride from Mr Crepsley blooding a child. The scenes of the trials were amazing in this book, so we'll described and the atmosphere so easily set that you felt the adrenaline and terror that Darren felt facing th This book was again, like all Darren Shan books amazing, action packed and full of adrenaline, tension and pride. It was about the trials that Darren had to face in order to not shame himself and Mr Crepsley he had to complete the challenges that were chosen so they could both regain the pride from Mr Crepsley blooding a child. The scenes of the trials were amazing in this book, so we'll described and the atmosphere so easily set that you felt the adrenaline and terror that Darren felt facing them and making you sit on the edge of your seat to cheer him on. I have to admit I was disgusted and annoyed that Darren decided to escape rather than face the punishment of death I thought his character had become better than the coward he began as. Throughout the trials Darren doesn't have much courage or confidence in himself yet his friends do, they help encourage and train him so he's able to face them. As he does each trial he finds his stronger side, his courage I started to admire him until he decided to run rather than face death doing that he showed his coward side. The more trials he does the more the vampires around him start to support him and not bet against him. He faces the aquatic maze and after intense training with the games master he finds he knows exactly what to do, even if he takes longer than he should, a lot of people are surprised that he manages to find a way out. The next challenge he faces is the hall of fire, the description of that scene is so detailed it feels as if your there living it with him, when he comes out of there he is delirious and severely burnt. He then faces two boars and has to fight them to the death, this take a long time and he manages to kill one but fails to kill the other then the little person "Hellcat" his friend steps in because he can't face seeing Darren die, but by doing this Darren fails the challenge and faces the hall of death.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Riley Naughton

    Trials of Death by Darren Shan is an outstanding book! I have been an avid reader and fan of the series since its debut in 2000. I remember reading the series since 6th grade and loving it ever since, despite the less than adequate movie. This book is the fifth installment in the franchise and never gets old. This story takes place after Darren and Mr. Crepsley, his vampire mentor, have been traveling from the Cirque for a while. Darren has been a half-vampire for a while now but cannot be a ful Trials of Death by Darren Shan is an outstanding book! I have been an avid reader and fan of the series since its debut in 2000. I remember reading the series since 6th grade and loving it ever since, despite the less than adequate movie. This book is the fifth installment in the franchise and never gets old. This story takes place after Darren and Mr. Crepsley, his vampire mentor, have been traveling from the Cirque for a while. Darren has been a half-vampire for a while now but cannot be a full one until he is acknowledged by the vampire princes atop vampire mountain, the last book. In trying to get the approval of the vampire higher-ups Darren has to face several trials... of death, to prove his vampiric abilities. “The trials happen one night after another” (Shan 9). so they are not easy they can sometimes involve, snake pits, drowning, scorching, and scarring, these are tasks not to be taken lightly. Failure to complete these trials in immediate death to the vampire in the trial along with whatever number of mentors he has at that time. During the novel Darren has to overcome five frightening trials that include, water prisms, stalactite venturing, fighting wild boars with bare hands, and fire prisons. Ultimately on his last trial, Darren is on the floor of the arena almost to be killed by a boar when harkat, his friend who sint a vampire, saves him from dying and then returns to their room at vampire mountain. Darren is confused with the fact at hand, he has always thought to do things they way they are for the vampires, to which His friend Kurda says, “Your verdicts inevitable... That doesn’t mean that you have to stay and face it” (Shan 163). Darren has to flee from the mountain along with Mr. Crepsley and Gavner Purl so that they will live.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Fabio

    Trails of Death By: Darren Shan ISBN: 0316000957 224 Pages Publisher: Little Brown Young Readers 2005 Darren Shan takes his chances and starts his trails to become a vampire. Does he succeed, or does he have to face death? Darren Shan tries to survive and become a vampire. Will he survive? You would have to read this great book in order to find out. Darren Shan has once again written an amazing book. Darren is more creative than ever. He is, once again, doing a great job with the description. Darre Trails of Death By: Darren Shan ISBN: 0316000957 224 Pages Publisher: Little Brown Young Readers 2005 Darren Shan takes his chances and starts his trails to become a vampire. Does he succeed, or does he have to face death? Darren Shan tries to survive and become a vampire. Will he survive? You would have to read this great book in order to find out. Darren Shan has once again written an amazing book. Darren is more creative than ever. He is, once again, doing a great job with the description. Darren Shan is creative like every other book. He has gone past the normal stuff. No more safety. Darren is now at risk of losing his life. In order for him to live, he must past several trails. And if he does pass these trails, he will survive and become a vampire. But let him fail, and he should pay with his life. Will Darren live to become a vampire, or will he try his best and fail? Darren Shan just continues to be descriptive and detailed. All the trails that Darren takes, you would be able to see them happening in your head. Every word said, every pain taken, anything that happens in the book, you would feel. You would imagine these things happening in your head. Darren has again continued his great work of being very detailed. Darren has done great with his description and has been so creative in Trails of Death. But the real question is does Darren become a vampire and live, or does he fail and face death? You should read the book to know.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Christine Irvin

    In this 5th book of the Cirque de Freak series, Darren is still at Vampire Mountain. He has to face five trails, known as the Trials of Death. Darren must compete the trials to prove he has what it takes to be a vampire. Five trials must be completed. The trials get their name from the fact that if you can't compete them, you are sentenced to death. They are also called that because many vampires die in an attempt to compete the trials. The trials are chosen at random. None of them is easy. Darre In this 5th book of the Cirque de Freak series, Darren is still at Vampire Mountain. He has to face five trails, known as the Trials of Death. Darren must compete the trials to prove he has what it takes to be a vampire. Five trials must be completed. The trials get their name from the fact that if you can't compete them, you are sentenced to death. They are also called that because many vampires die in an attempt to compete the trials. The trials are chosen at random. None of them is easy. Darren's life is put in danger during each trial. If you've read any of my previous reviews of the books in this series, you will know that I am reading them at my son's request. He said the story got more interesting as the series progressed, and I think I agree with that assessment. This book was more interesting than the last one, and the ones before that. However, having said that, I must point out that the author, Darren Shan, has a habit of repeating the word "snapped." This word is used over and over to indicate that one vampire is upset with another when speaking. For instance, here is one line from the book: "No time for explanation," Kurda snapped. As I said, this "tag" is used often, not only throughout this book, but in the other books I've read so far. Granted, the author changes this up a bit by using "snarled" or "barked" occasionally, but the word "snapped" seems to be his favorite. All in all, though, this is a pretty good book.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    I thought the book Cirque Du freak book 5 the trials of death was a very interesting book because the book is about a boy named Darren Shan who is a Half vampire but he wants to become a full one but to become a full vampire he must take this test that is not on paper it is a physical exam and the best but weird part is that if Darren fails to complete or pass the test he will be sentenced to death.I know what you are thinking about this book right now but it is really a great book\novel to read I thought the book Cirque Du freak book 5 the trials of death was a very interesting book because the book is about a boy named Darren Shan who is a Half vampire but he wants to become a full one but to become a full vampire he must take this test that is not on paper it is a physical exam and the best but weird part is that if Darren fails to complete or pass the test he will be sentenced to death.I know what you are thinking about this book right now but it is really a great book\novel to read if you want to be on the edge of your seat one of my favorite part of the book was towards the beginning when Darren and his two friends who are vampire and in the beginning they are like having lunch and they were discussing the trials which was the test Darren needed to take to become a full vampire so anyway they were telling what he has to do in the trials,and they gave this advice which is to not get injured while he is doing the trials.But they said that Darren may not pass it because of his age.This is my favorite part of the story because even though people kept on telling Darren that he was young to become a full vampire,but Darren didn't care he just wanted to go through with the trials.So that is why I thought that the book Cirque Du Freak trials of death was a great book.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lör K.

    This might be my favourite instalment of The Saga of Darren Shan out of all of them. In this book, Darren must face five horrific trials by order of the Vampire Council to see if he is worthy enough to join them. If not, he will die - if the trials don't kill him first. This was a brilliant book! Shan's writing flows so perfectly, it's hard not to be dragged into the story. His words kept me hooked on every single page, and I could not stop turning the pages until I had no more to read. The desc This might be my favourite instalment of The Saga of Darren Shan out of all of them. In this book, Darren must face five horrific trials by order of the Vampire Council to see if he is worthy enough to join them. If not, he will die - if the trials don't kill him first. This was a brilliant book! Shan's writing flows so perfectly, it's hard not to be dragged into the story. His words kept me hooked on every single page, and I could not stop turning the pages until I had no more to read. The descriptions in this still haunt me, of the horrific trials Darren has to face, and I still remember how vivid they are, the pictures my imagine created still seered into my mind from years ago. I cannot forget anything from this book. The characters we follow are still so developed and receive even more development as the series goes on, which is so beautiful to see. Honestly, I recommend the whole Darren Shan series to anyone, and definitely to read up to this one, at least. This is the one that made everything so much more intense for myself, and was the one that made me sell my soul to Darren Shan as an author.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jose Reyes

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book was similar to all of the other books in this series because it had the same storyline as all the other books. The reason I read 5 of the 12 or 13 books in the series is because the books are so shocking. The reason that I gave this book a 5 star rating is because at all of the end of the books they say TO BE CONTINUED............ then they show the first few pages of the NEXT book in the series so the next one is The vampire prince. The reason That I read so many horror books is becau This book was similar to all of the other books in this series because it had the same storyline as all the other books. The reason I read 5 of the 12 or 13 books in the series is because the books are so shocking. The reason that I gave this book a 5 star rating is because at all of the end of the books they say TO BE CONTINUED............ then they show the first few pages of the NEXT book in the series so the next one is The vampire prince. The reason That I read so many horror books is because whenever I was in 5th grade my teacher put scary stories on the projecter and now I'm interested in scary books. Also the endings were good like I just said they leave the reader wanting more. The Characters are also listed and placed very well. In his storyline he makes and loses best friends like in the first book he has his friend Steve then loses him when he becomes THE VAMPIRES ASSISTANT.

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