In Vampire Mountain, the next gruesome encounter for the vampire's assistant, Darren Shan, Mr. Crepsley and a little person embark on a dangerous trek to the very heart of the vampire world. But they face more than the cold on Vampire Mountain--the vampaneze have been there before them. Will a... read more
Darren Shan, along with Mr. Crepsley, leaves the Cirque Du Freak and head toward the Vampire Mountain to present Darren to the Vampire Princes. The gathering at Vampire Mountain by the vampire clan is an event that occurs every 12 years. Before they leave, Mr. Tiny talks to Mr. Crepsley and... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
Darren Shan, along with Mr. Crepsley, leaves the Cirque Du Freak and head toward the Vampire Mountain to present Darren to the Vampire Princes. The gathering at Vampire Mountain by the vampire clan is an event that occurs every 12 years. Before they leave, Mr. Tiny talks to Mr. Crepsley and coerces him into taking two of the Little People along as guardians of Darren.
On the journey are Darren Shan, two of the Little People (including Harkat Mulds, once known as Lefty), and Mr. Crepsley; they also run into Mr. Crepsley's old friend, Gavner Purl (a Vampire General introduced in the previous book) in a way station. The way station is a place where vampires rest while ascending the treacherous path to Vampire Mountain (they are recommended because vampires cannot flit to the mountain, because it is against their code), where Darren and Mr. Crepsley see two broken coffins and vampire blood. Here Gavner Purl jokingly tries to kidnap Darren in the waystation and surprise the party. Mr. Crepsley, alert and unknowing of the man's identity nearly kills Gavner.
Darren also has a fight with a bear infected with Vampaneze blood and encounters a pack of wolves (cousins of the vampires) who help him in the battle. Harkat comes and kills him (the bear) and begins to speak, saying that he has a message about The Vampaneze Lord.
After a long and difficult journey, the vampires and half-vampire Darren Shan finally arrive at Vampire Mountain. There Darren first encounters Arra Sails, Mr. Crepsley's former "mate", one-eyed Vanez Blane, a fighting coach for Vampire Generals. Seba Nile, Mr. Crepsley's old friend and quarter master of vampire mountain, and good natured Kurda Smahlt, the soon-to-be Vampire Prince. At the mountain the Vampire Princes decided that Darren has to take a series of trials that prove him worthy of being a half-vampire. The price of failure is death, either by dying during a trial, or being painfully executed by being dropped into a pit of stakes. Arra Sails and Darren then have a fight on planks with staffs. Arra wins eventually and shakes Darrens hand after Darren threatens to stay on the planks and continue to fight her until she does so.
“There were benefits to being a half-vampire — I was stronger and faster than any human, and would livelonger — but I would have given them all up if it meant looking my real age and being able to lead anordinary life.”Darren
“There is no nobility in pulling thewool over the eyes of one's comrades. We are proud beings, Darren, who live by exacting codes. Fromour point of view it is better to lose one's life than lose one's pride.”Mr. Crepsley
“Mr. Tiny told … me to tell … Princes that the … night of the… Vampaneze Lord … is at hand. That is … all.”Harkat Mulds
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