I have started the Gone series, but I also fancied reading two series at once. So while looking through amazon for a new series to start while also comparing it to my goodreads account so I had an idea of what I was looking for I came along Birth of a Killer for less then £2 on kindle so I snapped it up and I have now read it and it is time for my review.
Before Cirque Du Freak…
Before the war with the vampaneze…
Before he was a vampire.
Larten Crepsley was a boy.
As a child laborer many centuries ago, Larten Crepsley did his job well and without complaint, until the day the foreman killed his cousin as an example to the other children.
In that moment, young Larten flies into a rage that the foreman wouldn’t survive. Forced on the run, he sleeps in crypts and eats cobwebs to get by. And when a vampire named Seba offers him protection and training as a vampire’s assistant, Larten takes it.
This is his story.
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So this is another book I have read before but I have never reviewed, plus it is a short book of around about 200 pages so a nice quick read. This was the first Darren Shan book I had ever read so it seemed fitting to make it the first Darren shan book I ever review.
So we follow the life of Larten Crespley a young boy who works with his cousin to earn money for his keep and family. Everything is going okay for Larten until the manager of the factory where he works kills Larten’s best friend and cousin. When this happen something snaps inside of Larten causing him to kill the manager, which forces his to run before someone can catch him. Little did Larten know that from that moment on he wouldn’t be the same person again.
A lot of people compare Darren Shan and Stephen King and the only difference between them is the audience that they aim for, and I agree with that statement. I love the way in which Darren Shan went into a lot of detail about the surrounding areas in certain parts of the plot. This allowed me to imagine myself as Larten instead of me imagining myself looking at Larten in a specific area. Another part I liked is that even though this doesn’t come from a specific view points, people just assume it is Lartens we are reading from whenever a serious moment comes up he will jump to another characters mind and tell us what he is thinking and I love that as it gives a better picture of what is happening in the scenario.
If I hadn’t read the series in which this is the prequel to then I wouldn’t know who Larten Crespley was, but that is fine as this book requires no previous reading to be able to understand what is happening as it is basically a lot of new characters and the only new one is the child version of Larten. As I had said above this was the first book I had read by Darren Shan.
I love how in depth Darren Shan goes into with the characters, it is basically impossible to not know basically everything about each character. I love how Larten is easy to anger and finds it hard to control his emotions while Seba (his master) used to be the same as Larten till he grow up and is now a person that Larten has come to respect (well until the end of the book). You could see that even though Larten never shows it he does miss and love his family, this is shown by his reaction when he see his dad 30 years later. I have never felt as bad for a character as I did for Larten, that just shows how amazing his writing is in this book.
So if you love a book that has got an amazing story which you cant ever guess in how it will finish, character that you cant help but fall in love with then I can recommened this book to you. This is one of the first horror/fantasy books I had ever read and I cant wait to reread the Darren Shan books again this year all for review.
I am going to have to give this book a 4.5 out of 5 and it would be higher if the book was longer.
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