Palace of the Damned by Darren Shan Review

So I took a bit of a break from reading Darren Shan books because I didn’t want to start getting sick of his writing as it has happened before with a different author after reading about 10 books from the same author and I couldn’t read any more of their work for a while so I didn’t want the same to happen with Darren Shan so 5 books late I am back.



In the third instalment in the creepy, captivating Larten Crepsley series, Larten finds out what it means to love… but is he also damned to find out what it means to lose?

Taken from Goodreads

As I said above I didn’t want to stop loving the work from Darren Shan so I took a bit of a break, but now I am back and slowly going to be going through the 4 main series of Darren Shan before the end of the year with a bit of a break every now and then.

I have always said that Darren Shan author and can do amazing things when it comes to writing and after reading the third instalment in the saga of Larten Crepsley series I can say that he has done that again with this book. The way in which he makes us feel for Larten after he has done some many things wrong is incredible, making the reader feel for a character that has no right to be felt for. I think he does this by showing us exactly how Larten feels after the events have happened and what he is prepared to do in order to try and put a little right into the mountain of wrong he did.

The way in which Darren was able to describe the icy wildness of Greenland and the way in which Larten struggled with getting through the harshness just in order to provide a baby with a decent way to die instead of out in the open was just amazing. This was about the first 30 pages of the book and I can say that even with my ADHD I didn’t look away from my kindle once as I just wanted to keep reading the wonderful work.

We are shown very few new characters in this book but I am kind of happy about that, I was loving the original characters and I really wanted to know about what had happened since the last book and the last time Larten visited the Vampire Mountain, and I was given exactly that with Seba, Wester and Vancha are all in this book.

I have got one complaint about this book and it is a really tiny one and it wasn’t until I started writing this review that I noticed it, Darren never says what language Larten is speaking when in france and he is with his human friend Alicia who was also in France when they met. I assumed it is English and I don’t imagine Larten speaking French but then I just don’t know.

Other than that the book is perfect and is really worth a read as it just helps push the series along and is filled with loads of information regarding the clan and everything to do with the life of Larten Crepsley.


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