Trails of Death by Darren Shan Review

After finding out how good the 4th book in the series was, I was very excited about getting onto the 5th and seeing if it could stay to the lofty standards that book 4 has just giving the series.


The story

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 vampire clan – or else 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. . . .

Taken from goodreads

My Opinion

I was expecting this book to be the same kind of standard as the 4th one was, but I was disappointed. I said in my last review that I was getting a bit bored of all the fighting scenes and was enjoying the journey parts where the story would progress more a lot more. But before I even started reading the book I looked at the title and could already tell what a lot of this book is going to contain.

I mentioned a lot in the last review as well that I thought that some time in the middle of the series that one of the books is going to be filler, guess what guys, I found the filler. All this book contains is 4 trails that Darren takes part in and in my honest opinion, I only liked reading about one of them and that was because it actually required him to use his vampire abilities. I do like fighting scenes in book, don’t get me wrong on that matter but if it is every 20 pages something happens that causes a fight then it just gets boring no matter how good they have been written.

The way that is was all written was pretty good, in my opinion not his best work but still up there. There was a lot less suspense, and I didn’t really feel like turning the pages as fast as I possibly could, this is unlike me in this series as I just couldn’t get enough of it at the start.

I do have to say that the final 20 odd pages of this book are fantastic and are probably the reason why I am wanting to write this review as fast as I can in order to get started on the next book. This twist is almost as good as the one in Red Queen which was saying something, im not going to spoil anything but lets just say someone gets betrayed.

I also like the fact that the little person is getting more book time, I always wanted to know about their history and where they come from, which is what you get near the end of the last book and you get more in this book as well. I always liked the introduction of new characters, I did so in the saga of Larten Cresply with Vacha and I do now with the little person as well.

Overall this book is okay no great but not bad and if you are wondering if you should read this book then I would just so you can say you are going to carry on with the series, also the ending makes it worth it trust me on that.


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3 Comments Leave a comment

  1. Kurda Smahlt is maybe my most favourite character in the hole series. Larten Crepsley is better, but not by much. The twist was great.


  2. yeah we didnt see him as much as some characters. Would have been great with a spinoff series called The adventures of Kurda Smahlt. Then we could really get to know the vampaneze.


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