The first volume in a noirish, gritty urban fantasy for adults from the bestselling author otherwise known as Darren Shan. Quick-witted and cocksure, young upstart Capac Raimi arrives in the City determined to make his mark. As he learns the tricks of his new trade from his Uncle Theo --...
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  • More Delight

    More Delight | 20 October 2014

    THIS IS A GOOGLE TRANSLATION OF A DUTCH REVIEW. THE REVIEW IN ITS ORIGINAL LANGUAGE IS INCLUDED FURTHER DOWN.

     

    Capac Raimi arrives in 'The City' and knows that he wants to his uncle Frank...

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  • The ‘Long’ Way Reviewer

    The 'Long' Way Reviewer | 13 September 2013

    As a long time fan of Darren Shan I have made it my life’s work to read all that he writes; my latest conquest was his novel for adults – Procession of the Dead. Being so used to his style of...

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  • Bright Hub

    Bright Hub | 04 September 2011

    Known for YA horror, Darren Shan breaks new ground with "Procession of the Dead", a dystopian novel for adults. Fusing the supernatural, gritty realism and gangster noir, a flawed hero pursues...

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  • Boom Tron

    Boom Tron | 03 June 2011

    Paranormal YA writer Darren Shan gives us his adult fiction debut with Procession of the Dead, the first book in his City trilogy. It is a truly curious book, and undoubtedly not for everyone....

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  • Books For Bears

    Books For Bears | 10 February 2011

    Rating: 5/5 stars.

     

    Initial Thoughts: I've never been able to get into the Cirque du Freak series by Darren Shan, but I LOVED the Demonata series. The books were fast, dark, and entirely...

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  • A.V Club

    A.V. Club | 20 January 2011

    A puppet-loving mobster, men who wear makeup, facial tattoos: Such are the things that tax the imagination of Darren Shan. Originally published in 1999 under his real name, Darren O’Shaughnessy,...

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  • Fantasy Literature

    Fantasy Literature | 01 January 2011

    Procession of the Dead has had an interesting publication history. First published in 1999, Procession of the Dead was originally titled Ayuamarca and was intended to be the first novel in The...

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  • The Genre Traveler

    The Genre Traveler | 24 November 2010

    Bestselling young adult novelist Darren Shan makes his first foray into adult fiction with an urban fantasy trilogy that begins with Procession of the Dead. For me, this novel felt like a cross...

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  • The Joplin Globe

    The Joplin Globe | 22 October 2010

    Darren Shan's "Procession of the Dead" is the first book in his "The City" series, which has been published in Britain in 1999. The next two books, "Hell's Horizon" and "City of the Snakes," are...

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  • Fantasy Book Critic

    Fantasy Book Critic | 21 August 2010

    Darren Shan has created a fascinating Noir-mystery-UF combo here and it focuses upon Incan myths. The biggest draw about this tale is its setting, the unnamed City is itself a character and even...

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  • Linus’s Blanket

    Linus's Blanket | 07 August 2010

    Back in May I popped into the Hachette Book Group offices for a visit. While there, Amy and I met and chatted with Jamie Levine, the Executive Editor at Grand Central Publishing. As you can...

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  • Juneau Empire

    Juneay Empire | 05 August 2010

    This dark urban fantasy grips readers from the first page as ambitious young Capac Raimi arrives in the City to become his gangster uncle's heir. He embraces his new life, puzzled only in passing...

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  • Ayuamarca (Amazon UK)

    amazon.co.uk | 11 February 1999
    This is the author’s first novel and it’s a very strange one. Brash young Capac Raimi, a man with no past, comes to join his uncle’s gangster organisation in a big, unnamed city. (Though telling a...
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  • Procession of the Dead (Back to Books USA)

    back-to-books.blogspot.com | 27 February 2008
    Capac Raimi arrives in the city to join his uncle’s business, that of small time gangster. He quickly learns the ropes but soon finds himself brought to the attention of The Cardinal. The Cardinal...
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  • Procession of the Dead (Waterstones USA)

    waterstones.com | 01 March 2008
    This is D B Shan’s first book. Well, actually it’s not, because D B Shan is actually the amazing children’s author Darren Shan, but this is his first book exclusively for adults and the first in a...
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  • Procession of the Dead (Gateway USA)

    gatewaymonthly.com | 04 March 2008
    This is Darren Shan’s first foray into adult fiction, and to be honest, I’m not as comfortable with it as I am with his young adult stuff. Procession of the Dead is a manuscript he wrote long...
    Read full review: Procession of the Dead (Gateway USA)
  • Procession of the Dead (Sunday Business Post Ireland)

    sbpost.ie | 04 March 2008
    Procession of the Dead is the latest novel from Darren O’Shaughnessy, writing under the pen name D B Shan. O’Shaughnessy is one of Ireland’s most successful genre authors - his children’s fantasy...
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  • Procession of the Dead (Edmonton Journal Canada)

    canada.com | 09 March 2008
    Some people leave home and go off to college, others exit the nest to pursue a new career. In Capac Raimi’s case, it’s a bit of both, as he steps off a train in a large, unnamed city to be schooled...
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  • Procession of the Dead (The Book Swede USA)

    thebookswede.blogspot.com | 18 March 2008
    I’d expected to get a bit of reviewing done yesterday, but then someone informed me that it was in fact St. Patrick’s Day, and, rather than celebrating (as everyone, Irish and non-Irish does) with...
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  • Procession of the Dead (SCI-FI London UK)

    sci-fi-london.com | 08 May 2008
    Best known for his children’s books, and building on their success, Procession of the Dead (part of The City Trilogy) - first published 10 years ago, but now revisited - sees Shan’s first foray...
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  • Procession of the Dead (Amazon USA)

    amazon.com | 17 May 2008
    Fave book of 2008 to date! ***** I was actually unfamiliar with D.B. Shan prior to reading this book, but I’ve genuinely become a bit of a convert and am interested in seeing what else he’s got to...
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  • Procession of the Dead (Den of Geek USA)

    denofgeek.com | 04 May 2008
    As trilogies go, D B Shan’s ‘City’ has been a long time coming. Procession of the Dead was originally released, as the author’s début novel, under the title Ayuamarca, in 1999. The second book...
    Read full review: Procession of the Dead (Den of Geek USA)
  • Procession of the Dead (Fantasy Book Spot USA)

    fantasybookspot.com | 04 May 2008
    Procession of the Dead comes from the Incan word Ayuamarca, which literally translated gives the book its title. It is also the Incan name for the month of November, and the title of the novel’s...
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  • Procession of the Dead (The Bookbag UK)

    thebookbag.co.uk | 15 April 2008
    Capac Raimi arrives in the City full of ambition. He intends to make a name for himself in his Uncle Theo’s protection business. And, as he always knew he would, Capac turns out to be good at it....
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  • Procession of the Dead (Sunday Mercury Birmingham UK)

    highbeam.com | 30 March 2008
    IT’S true that you can’t tell a book by it’s cover. Actually, scrub that. Most of the time you can do just that. If the picture on the dust jacket happens to show a gorgeous gal kitted out in...
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  • Procession of the Dead (Yorkshire Evening Post UK)

    yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk | 06 April 2008
    Something nasty in the City DB Shan is the not very well disguised alias of prolific award-winning children’s author Darren Shan – but you wouldn’t want your kids reading this. Bringing his dark...
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  • Procession of the Dead (Crapmanager USA)

    crapmanager.info | 18 March 2008
    Whilst I have already broken my record for books read in a year with the Night Watch trilogy I came across this and read it the other day. I don’t know the author but I believe he wrote this some...
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  • Procession of the Dead (Kaboodle USA)

    kaboodle.com | 06 April 2008
    I have read all of Shan’s book. Therefore buying this book was going to happen no matter what. As the first adult book I have read by Shan I was not sure if i was going to like it. I loved it. The...
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  • Procession of the Dead (The Times UK)

    entertainment.timesonline.co.uk | 04 April 2008
    THE FIRST Darren O’Shaughnessy novel came out in 1999, subtitled The City: Book One, but there was no sequel: by the following year the writer had become Darren Shan, author and eponymous hero of...
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  • Por Siempre

    Por Siempre | 20 June 2010

    First and foremost, I am horribly ashamed that it took me this long to actually get my hands on a copy of Darren Shan's Procession of the Dead. Because man, it is effing awesome, the premises are...

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  • Booklist

    Booklist | 14 June 2010

    Popular YA author Darren Shan's first adult novel is a combination of horror and near-future thriller set in The City, which is the center of Capac Raimi's world. Moving into the city to work...

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  • BookReporter.com

    BookReporter.com | 12 June 2010

    “I want power. I want the protection, comfort and safety that it brings. Without power you’re nothing, a corpse waiting to be reaped.” - Capac Raimi

     

    Think Film Noir. Think black and white...

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  • Graeme’s Fantasy Book Review

    Graeme's Fantasy Book Review | 08 June 2010

    Sometimes it feels like life is one long procession of books and authors that I haven’t had the pleasure of making the acquaintance of. My daily commute gives me ample opportunity to steadily...

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  • Tucson Citizen.Com

    Tucson Citizin.Com | 06 June 2010

    Darren Shan, known for his bestselling novels geared for younger readers, makes the transition to the adult novels with the first installment of his new apocalyptic series “The City.” Capac...

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  • ‘Procession’ leads towards life of crime

    Oklahoman | 06 June 2010

    This dark, post-apocalyptic urban thriller is fast-moving and filled with suspense. The ending made me look forward to the next book in the series.

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  • io9

    io9 | 03 June 2010

    This import from the UK is the first installment of a bleak dystopian trilogy set in a mysterious, unnamed city. The Cardinal, the man who rules of this metropolis, kills Capac Raimi's uncle and...

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  • Mitchell Books

    Mithcell Books | 02 June 2010

    PROCESSION OF THE DEAD by Darren Shan. This fantasy is set in a rather dystopian future city where sin and crime reign supreme and is the first book in The City series. Capac Raimi arrives in...

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  • Eitist Book Reviews

    Elitist Book Reviews | 01 June 2010

    PROCESSION OF THE DEAD, the premiere book in a new series, The City, is Darren Shan's first foray into adult novels. We knew his Cirque du Freak novels were dark and creepy (if for a younger...

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  • Fresh Fiction

    Fresh Fiction | 31 May 2010

    "If the Cardinal pinched the cheeks of his arse, the walls of the city bruised. They were that close, Siamese twins, joined by a wretched, twisted soul."

    Capac Raimi arrives in the city...

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  • Journal of a Reader

    Journal of a Reader | 21 May 2010

    Darren Shan, an already prolific children/young adult author makes his adult novel debut with Procession of the Dead (The City).

    Young, witty and ambitious Capac Raimi arrives in the City...

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  • Dirty Sexy Books

    Dirty Sexy Books | 16 May 2010

    This is the kind of story where the last hundred pages makes me glad that I stuck with the first two hundred. That’s not to say that I didn’t enjoy Procession of the Dead until the end, but that...

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  • Kirkus

    Kirkus | 01 May 2010

    Gangster fantasy - call it thugpunk - with a curious history: The book, a revised version of Ayuamarca: Procession of the Dead (1999), resurfaced in the U.K. in 2008 as the first of a trilogy;...

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  • Watermark Books

    Watermark Books | 16 April 2010

    The City is a dark playground for the criminal underworld and full of awesome potential. To get in on the action, Capac Raimi goes to live with his Uncle Theo in order to be trained in the...

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  • Genre Go Round Reviews

    Genre Go Round Reviews | 07 April 2010

    Capac Raimi arrives in the City seeking his Uncle Theo. He wants his relative to teach him how to be the leader of a gang. Theo welcomes mentoring his nephew but before they can start with...

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  • Procession of the Dead (Bookstove USA)

    bookstove.com | 20 May 2009

    The name of this book is Procession of the dead and it is part of Darren Shan’s third series, and unlike The Saga Of Darren Shan and The Demonata it’s his first adult series and is most certainly...

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  • Procession of the Dead (Faster Than Light Australia)

    fasterthanlight.org | 03 March 2009

    You can listen to an Australian radio review of Procession of the Dead, along with several other book reviews and an interview with Neil Gaiman, by CLICKING HERE. The review of POTD comes right...

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  • Procession of the Dead (Concatenation USA)

    concatenation.org | 15 January 2009

    Darren Shan is the writer of two popular series for children, The Saga of Darren Shan and The Demonata. This is his first adult work, originally published in 1999 under the title Ayuamarca:...

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  • Procession of the Dead (Samuel’s Reading Chair USA)

    samuelsreadingchair.blogspot.com | 19 July 2008

    When Capac Raimi arrives in the city, ambitious and determined, he has one goal only: to become a ruthless gangster and gain as much power as possible. Like everyone else in the city, he has...

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  • Procession of the Dead (Cork Evening Echo Ireland)

    Cork Evening Echo (Ireland) | 15 July 2008

    So Darren Shan has moved onto adult aimed books, in fact he’s actually re-releasing The City series he released back in 1999. The expression “Don’t judge a book by its cover” comes to mind here,...

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  • Procession of the Dead (SFX USA)

    SFX (USA) | 13 July 2008

    ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED UNDER THE title Ayuamarca back in 1999, Procession of the Dead has now been heavily revised by DB Shan for what the publishers describe as the “director’s cut” version, and...

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  • Procession of the Dead (Meen’s Reading Journal USA)

    Meen’s Reading Journal (USA) | 18 June 2008

    Darren Shan has for a few years now been a favourite of Tara’s. So when this title, his first book written for adults, became available, I had to read it in order to find out what all the fuss...

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  • Procession of the Dead (The Times South Africa)

    thetimes.co.za | 18 June 2008

    an existential, minimalist crime fantasy. [Written in a] literary mode is Procession of the Dead, Darren Shan’s first book for adults. Written in 1999, it has been extensively revised and,...

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  • FantasyBookSpot

    Fantasy Book Spot | 04 May 2008

    Procession of the Dead comes from the Incan word Ayuamarca, which literally translated gives the book its title. It is also the Incan name for the month of November, and the title of the novel’s...

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  • Den Of Geek

    Den Of Geek | 04 May 2008

    As trilogies go, D B Shan’s ‘City’ has been a long time coming. Procession of the Dead was originally released, as the author’s début novel, under the title Ayuamarca, in 1999. The second book...

    Read full review: Den Of Geek
  • Ayuamarca (Go Deeper)

    website.lineone.net | 27 February 2008

    The book was not popular. Those lucky few that found a copy to read would have no doubt found it a remarkably interesting and unique tale, but overall not many copies were sold - it took eighteen...

    Read full review: Ayuamarca (Go Deeper)
  • Ayuamarca (Kimota UK)

    tulketh.high.btinternet.co.uk | 27 February 2008

    Capac Raimi is a young man arriving in a city and planning a new life; the life of a gangster. He plans to get right to the top, to topple the almighty Cardinal and to become the new crime boss...

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  • Ayuamarca (Bookwatch at The Borderland UK)

    mpeters77.freeserve.co.uk | 27 February 2008

    The more books I read the less surprised I become at the poor quality of writing that passes for professional acceptance nowadays. However, reading Ayuamarca shows that there is light at the end...

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  • Ayuamarca (Science Fiction Chronicle)

    Science Fiction Chronicle | 27 February 2008

    When the citizens of one Incan village had a prophecy of the destruction of their civilization by the invaders from Europe, they followed their religious leaders in a journey to an alternate...

    Read full review: Ayuamarca (Science Fiction Chronicle)
  • Ayuamarca (Interzone)

    Interzone | 27 February 2008

    Darren O’Shaughnessy’s debut novel, Ayuamarca: Procession of the Dead features a protago­nist who has lost most of his memo­ries. Capac Raimi, whose Inca name is of central but obscure...

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  • Ayuamarca (SFX USA)

    SFX (USA) | 27 February 2008

    Millennium’s selling point for this book is its author’s youth, and at twenty-four, O’Shaughnessy has written a book that many older authors would be proud of. Young Capac Raimi goes to the big...

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  • Ayuamarca (The Third Alternative)

    The Third Alternative | 27 February 2008

    Wiseguy wannabe Capac Raimi comes to the City and is taken under the wing of all powerful crimelord The Cardinal, becoming a man of power and influence. But success in his chosen career opens the...

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  • Ayuamarca (Vector USA)

    Vector (USA) | 27 February 2008

    The blurb tells readers that Ayuamarca “marks the debut of a prodigious talent” and is “reminiscent of the best of Clive Barker and lain Banks”. I’m afraid not. The story is set in a South...

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  • Ayuamarca (Rocket Fuel USA)

    Rocket Fuel (USA) | 27 February 2008

    Darren O’Shaughnessy’s Ayuamarca reads like noir dialogue. It’s as gritty as sand in your bikini. O’Shaughnessy handles a more supernatural subject like Neil Caiman or Clive Barker, blending...

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  • Ayuamarca (The Irish Times Ireland)

    The Irish Times (Ireland) | 27 February 2008

    ORION imprint Millennium is describing as “an astonishing fiction debut” the first novel by 24-year-old Darren O’Shaughnessy, due out next week. Born in London, Darren moved with his family to...

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