Book two in the Larten Crespley series, and did I enjoy it as much as I did the first book? Well read the review to find out
Before Larten Crepsley was a vampire general…
Before he was Darren Shan’s master…
Before the War of Scars…
Larten Crepsley was a teenager. And he was sick of the pomp and circumstance of fusty old vampires telling him what to do. Taking off on his own with his blood brother, Wester, Larten takes off into the world to see what his newly blooded vampire status can get him in the human world. Sucking all he can out of humanity, Larten stumbles into a violent, hedonistic lifestyle, where cheats beckon, power corrupts, and enemies are waiting.
This is his story
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So this book took me slightly longer the first one to read even though they are about the same length but we can thank university work for that. As if I had all the time I wanted to read then this book would have been read in the 3hrs that my kindle said it would of taken as for me it was another great piece of work by Darren Shan.
So much happens in this book in so little pages I am surprised that Darren shan managed to fit everything into 247 pages. The book doesn’t even feel slightly rushed, yes it is fast paced but when needed it will slow down and give you every single bit of detail that you would want. Larten Crespley learns so much about himself but also at the same time not enough, he doesn’t know what he wants but he doesn’t know what he doesn’t want at the same time. He goes from leaving his master at the end of the last book, to going back to start his training again to then leave again to be on his own to going on a mass murdering spree because people unfairly killed his follower just for protecting him. All that happens in these 247 pages and I loved every second of it.
I love how Larten is so unsure of himself but everyone who meets him knows that if he tries himself he is capable of great things. This is shown when he is training in vampire mountain, just when he is told by seba about seba staying in the mountain as quartermaster. Seba wants larten to leave to devolop himself but if not at least train with a new master and tells Larten that even the princes would train him as they are impressed with him. Larten knows himself that he shouldn’t have power even though when offered it he is extremely tempted by it but he knows if he gets power it will change him and he wont make the best decision through it.
Like with the previous book every detail that needs to be described is, and by that I mean if you need to know what the kind of cave Larten find Evanna in then the book gives the perfect description of it so it makes it easier to imagine it. The description used on the characters is perfect, it was very easy to imagine what Arrow looked like or even Evanna herself in both forms because the descriptions given by Darren Shan where just that good.
For me I think this series is a perfect quick read especially if you are trying to get into a new genre or even if you are in a reading slump.
Overall for me this is a great book and a perfect addition to the series and I do suggest that anybody who wants to read something by Darren Shan then you have to give this book a read.
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