Genres: Paranormal, Vampires, Circus,
Release Date: 30/05/2000
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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
Vampire's Assistant is book 2 of the Cirque Du Freak series, and this
time we're actually part of the circus. Darren's struggling with both
halves of himself - the human part that refuses to drink human blood and
still wants to make friends with people, and the darker half of him
that grows stronger every day. The circus is one of my favourite
settings in books, so I enjoyed this one, but I do wish it had been a
little longer, and more descriptive.
I mentioned in my review of Cirque Du Freak - I have read this series before but I couldn't remember a single thing that happened in this book. There's not much, Darren makes new friends, and a few enemies too. Most of the book concentrates on how Darren is adapting to Vampire life whilst at the end of the chapter irritating telling you something bad is going to happen.
Despite the irritations, I do believe that the writing has improved and I'm hoping this continues throughout the series. Mr Crepsley is as cool as ever, easily my favourite character. I do keep picturing him as Charles Dance though. I never finished this series, so I'm really looking forward to seeing how it ends as I know a lot happens to Darren in the next few books!