The Vampire’s Assistant by Darren Shan review

So on my quest to read all the books by Darren Shan this year, we are onto the second book in the Cirque Du Freak series and my fourth Darren Shan book this year. So let’s see if the second book is just as good as the first book.


The Story

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.

Taken From Goodreads

My Opinion

So is the book just as good as the first, well yeah of course it is. Not only that but in my opinion I actually think that it is better than the first and there are a few reason why I think this. I know that this is a follow up from the first book story wise, but I think that the progression in the story is so much better in this book then the first. The reason why I think this is because the first book felt like a prequel after reading this book as just so much happened in a small amount of pages. Don’t get me wrong the first book is still great, I just think that this one is a lot better. We are introduced to a lot of new characters that really add to the story, plus we learn a lot about the cirque du freak in this book and after reading the actually prequel to this series it is something that I have really wanted to know more about and I am happy it has been included (Don’t tell anyone but for some reason I seem to think that this series is going to have a lot to do with the Cirque Du Freak)

Quite a lot of this book is taken up with Darren Shan not wanting to drink blood from a human as he thinks that will be the last step from being human to the animal that he thinks vampires are. For me this is a great side story to have as it shows that he is being like what I think a lot of people would be like if they went through the vampire change. And Darren Shan (Author not character, it is so confusing with the main character and the author having the same name in a review) being Darren Shan he made me really feel for the character and actually want to see how far he could actually go without taking any blood and if he would end up dying.

How much horror is in this book, well not a lot but what is there is actually pretty good. As I said before a lot of this book is focusing on Darren and his refusal to drink human blood, but at the same time he gets some friends which is the main reason they are even at the cirque du freak in the first place. For me the scariest part of this book was when Darren is close to meeting his first friend and the way in which the author described the moment of when Darren entered where Evra slept was just amazing and overall I felt a chill go up my spine. Just going to say quickly I hate snakes so it is no wonder that part creeped me out.

But I have to say something about the ending of this book and that something is WOW I WAS NOT EXPECTING THAT. So when looking in Waterstones I found these books in the 9-12 section so basically children which aren’t teenagers yet, and I am wondering why. I am 20 and I got freaked out by that ending and wondering what kind of tough kids are reading these book. It was just how vicious it got all of sudden but after finishing the book and actually thinking about the book – something I do before I start a review, it normally takes about 5-10 minutes depending on the length of the book – that I realised just how perfect it actually seemed to fit as if the whole book was leading up to it.

So yes this book is better than the first and I do recommend that you carry on reading from the first book onto this one if you haven’t yet done so. If you are a younger reader then just watch out for that ending and remember that rainbows and flowers are nice things to think about before bed time.


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