Trials of Death
Trials of Death

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Series: Cirque Du Freak: The Manga Vol. 5   

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Annotation: Darren begins the five Trials of Initiation to prove himself worthy of being a half-vampire or face the stakes of the Hall of Death, even as the clan's blood foes, the vampaneze, gather near Vampire Mountain.
Catalog Number: #44976
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Special Formats: Graphic Novel Graphic Novel Manga Manga
Copyright Date: 2010
Edition Date: 2010
Illustrator: Arai, Takahiro,
Pages: 194 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-7595-3042-4 Perma-Bound: 0-605-44246-0
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-7595-3042-3 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-44246-7
Dewey: Fic
Dimensions: 20 cm.
Language: English
Horn Book
Inside Vampire Mountain, Darren Shan must face five trials to be initiated into the vampire clan. The clumsily told episodes never achieve suspense, and the consistency of the story's internal conventions and the characters' motivations receive even less attention than usual. A final over-the-top cliffhanger with a death sentence for Darren, a betrayal, and a "vampaneze" invasion sets up the next volume.
Publishers Weekly
The Cirque Du Freak saga continues in a fifth installment, Trials of Death by Darren Shan. Once again the protagonist takes readers into the heart of the vampire world, where he must face the Trials of Initiation to prove himself worthy of being a half-vampire-or die trying. The gory tale ends with a """"to be continued"""" teaser and an excerpt from book six.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-7-This is the fifth novel in the continuing saga of the youthful half-vampire assistant to Larten Crepsley, a full vampire. Crepsley has brought Darren to Vampire Mountain to undergo the Trials of Death, an elective ritual periodically undergone by vampires in order to bond with the clan and prove their worth. As a half-vampire, Darren is in more danger of failing the trials than the others who usually participate, but he is determined to go ahead. The penalty for failing without dying is execution. In the background a new conflict looms, involving the vampaneze, purple-skinned killers who resemble vampires but who are nothing like the beings whom Darren has come to respect and admire. When it appears that he will not survive the trials, his vampire friends urge him to escape. Escorting him out through the mountain's underground tunnels, they run smack into an incoming vampaneze invasion. In the final pages, the plot and action finally pick up to fever pace as Darren is caught between invaders, defenders, and possibly a traitor in the ranks of the faithful. Characters are mostly one-dimensional, and the plot plods along until the final conflict heats up the action. Although the story stands on its own, there isn't much reason to read this one aside from following the series.-Susan L. Rogers, Chestnut Hill Academy, PA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Word Count: 38,569
Reading Level: 5.8
Interest Level: 5-9
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 5.8 / points: 6.0 / quiz: 69581 / grade: Middle Grades+
Reading Counts!: reading level:5.8 / points:11.0 / quiz:Q33537
Lexile: 820L

In agreeing to undergo the Trials of Initiation in order to restore Mr. Crepsley's honor, Darren may have bitten off more than a half-vampire can chew. Each trial is taxing than the last, and despite his resolve, Darren simply may not be up to the task! In the depths of Vampire Mountain, though, a threat even deadlier than the Trials is stirring...

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