Plot Outline:Book 6 of The Saga Of Darren Shan. A close friend butchered. A shocking secret revealed. The vampire clan under threat of extinction.
Only one ally of the clan knows the whole truth. Only one humble half-vampire can prevent an all-out catastrophe. But rather than surrendur to a two-faced would-be Prince, he has abandoned himself to the waters of Vampire Mountain, and faces an almost certain death. Even if he survives his terrifying trip to the heart of the savage mountain, how can he possibly avert the coming calamity -- for he has been declared unworthy of being a vampire, and has been sentenced to death by those he wishes to save ...
The Vampire Prince is the stunning final book of a gruelling, 3-part Darren Shan adventure -- but The Saga Of Darren Shan will continue in Book 7 : Hunters Of The Dusk
Author Notes:I really enjoyed writing this book. It was great to tie up all (well, most of!) the plot lines of the "Vampire Mountain" storyline, to explain why Kurda did what he did, to bring the vampaneze fully into the plot, set up the rest of the Saga, etc. Fun!!!
I went for the different style at the beginning to convey the urgency and speed of the situation -- to make it seem more dangerous. I liked the choppy, immediate style, and used a variant of it some years later when I came to write "Lord Loss".
I thought there might be some negative reaction to Darren suckling the she-wolf -- angry parents saying their kids shouldn't be reading books where a child sucks a wolf's nipple!! But so far there hasn't been.
I love the final line of the book!!! It always brings a smile to my face whenever I glance at it!
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The Vampire Prince (Japan PB)
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