The pursuit begins… Darren Shan, the Vampire Prince, leaves Vampire Mountain on a life or death mission. As part of an elite force, Darren searches the world for the Vampaneze Lord. But the road ahead is long and dangerous - and lined with the bodies of the damned.
In the seventh book of this series, not long into his years as a Prince, Darren is once again visited by Desmond Tiny (the creator of vampires and Little People). He explains that the three hunters must find and hunt down the Vampaneze Lord if they have any hopes to win the war. He announces... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
In the seventh book of this series, not long into his years as a Prince, Darren is once again visited by Desmond Tiny (the creator of vampires and Little People). He explains that the three hunters must find and hunt down the Vampaneze Lord if they have any hopes to win the war. He announces that two of them are Darren and Mr. Crepsley, but the third one they must find on their way. The hunters are told by Mr. Tiny that they will cross paths with the Lord of the Vampaneze four times throughout their quest, and have only those four chances to destroy him.
They leave and go to Lady Evanna for help as they were instructed by Mr.Tiny. On the way they meet with Vancha March, another Vampire Prince and the last hunter. Vancha's skin is a dark shade of red, due to his constant battle with the sun (he thinks that the sun, like any other enemy of the creatures of the night, can be defeated) and does not like to use weapons, using his bare hands instead. Though, he does use the shurikens that are strapped to his belt when necessary. He prefers to wear only clothes made from animals, and doesn't care for having many manners. He claims to be a ladies man, though Darren perceives him as someone whom all women dislike.
The three get to Evanna's house, and she lets them stay with her for a few days so they can discuss what Mr.Tiny said and where they should go next. Leaving Lady Evanna's house, they set their sites back towards the Cirque Du Freak, following Darren's gut feeling as a Vampire Prince and the main hunter. While they are staying there, Darren notices Lady Evanna leaving the Cirque one night and follows her to a nearby forest. He witnesses Lady Evanna meeting with a group of Vampaneze and fears the worst. Darren gets the others, and they prepare an attack.
After launching what seemed to be a successful strike on the group of Vampaneze, two of them get away. One being Vancha's brother, and the other being a servant of the Vampaneze. Vancha lets them get away after realizing that one is his brother. However, little to their knowledge, the servant was actually a disguise and it turned out to be the Lord of the Vampaneze! After a few more nights at the Cirque to once again come up with a strategy, they set off to once more try to encounter the Lord and destroy him to end the War of the Scars.
“They think of you as a Prince, whereas I still think of you first and foremost as a meddlesome little brat with a penchant for stealing spiders.”Mr. Crepsley
“Our opponents were the vampaneze, our purple-skinned blood-cousins. They're a lot like vampires in many ways, but alien to us in one key area — they kill whenever they drink blood. Vampires don't harm those they feed from — we simply take a small amount of blood from each human we target — but vampaneze believe it's shameful to feed without draining their victims dry.”Darren
“‘Ale should be banned.’ ‘"Nothing wrong with ale. It's the ale-drinkers who need to be controlled.’”Darren – Vanez
“As I said, non-vampires may — indeed, must — play a part, but for the next year no vampire should seek out any of the hunters, unless for reasons which have nothing to do with the search for the Vampaneze Lord. Alone they must stand and alone they must succeed or fail.”Mr. Tiny
“I think that if I … leave you to learn the truth, the person I was … won't like what I'vedone. I'll go with them. Right or wrong, I feel my place is … with the vampires. All else must wait.”Harkat
“Most vampire hunters come properly armed. Gone are the nights when thefools toted only a hammer and wooden stake.”Mr. Crepsley
“‘I might as well tell you straight up, Mulds — I don't trust Desmond Tiny or any of his stumpy disciples.’ ‘And I don't trust vampires who … chew their toenails...Sire’”Vancha – Harkat
“Larten! Its 'Vancha', 'March' or 'Hey, ugly!' while we're on the trail. I won'thave you kowtowing to me.”Vancha
“Vancha March was weird — and that was putting it mildly! I'd never met anyone like him. He had a code all of his own.”Darren
“Weapons are tools of fear, used by those who are afraid. One who learns to fight with his hands always has the advantage over those who rely on swords and knives. Know why? Because they expect to win. Weapons are false — they're not of nature — and inspirefalse confidence. When I fight, I expect to die. Even now, when I sparred with you, I anticipated death and resigned myself to it. Death is the worst this world can throw at you, Darren — if you accept it, it has no power over you.”Vancha
“‘Have you ever heard the phrase, 'banging your head against a brick wall'?’ ‘Of course, but you forget, Darren — vampires can break walls with their heads!’”Darren – Vancha
“Larten! Wait till I tell the others! I always wondered why you were so coy about that scar. Normally vampires boast about their wounds, but you—”Vancha
“Two strong futures lie ahead, each as possible as the other. It's rare for fate to boil down to two such evenly matched eventualities. Normally the paths of the future are many. When two exist like this, chance decides which the world will take.”Evanna
“Vancha was right. If we failed, the one who survived would have the worst time of all. He'd have to watch the vampires perish, and bear the burden of blame. If we were to fail, death along the way was the best any of us could hope for.”Darren
“‘What's wrong with me?’ ‘One must be elegant when one takes to the stage. You lack a certain je ne sais quoi.’”Vancha - Mr. Crepsley
“I take nobody's side. The divide between vampires and vampaneze is of no interest to me. I look upon you as silly, warring boys, who will one night come to their senses and stop spitting angrily at one another.”Evanna
“I'd have warned you, but the consequences would have been dire. Those with insight into the future are forbidden to influence it. Only Desmond Tiny, can meddle directly in the affairs of time.”Mr. Tall
“‘Plus we have suffered no losses. We are as strong as we were at the start of our quest, we are wiser, and we still have three chances to kill him.’ ‘Then why do we feel … so terrible?’”Mr. Crepsley – Harkat
“I can't say I missed the short, hairy, ugly witch when she left — her dark predictions had brought nothing but gloom into our lives, and I thought we were better off without her.”Darren
“You said the only way to get wise was to get experienced.”Highlighted by 45 Kindle customers
‘Ale, ale, I drink like a whale, I am the . . . Prince, the Prince of ale.’”Highlighted by 34 Kindle customers
Death is the worst this world can throw at you, Darren — if you accept it, it has no power over you.”Highlighted by 33 Kindle customers
“Larten!” the Prince interrupted. “It’s ‘Vancha,’ ‘March,’ or ‘Hey, ugly!’ while we’re on the trail. I won’t have you groveling to me.” “Very well —” Mr. Crepsley grinned “— ugly.”Highlighted by 29 Kindle customers
“A hundred years!” I gasped. “Have you ever heard the phrase, ‘banging your head against a brick wall’?” “Of course,” he said, grinning, “but you forget, Darren — vampires can break walls with their heads!”Highlighted by 24 Kindle customers
“And I don’t trust vampires who . . . chew their toenails,” Harkat threw back at him, then paused and added slyly, “sire.”Highlighted by 22 Kindle customers
I looked pleadingly at Mr. Crepsley. “I don’t want to draw on an unarmed man.” “Unarmed?” Vancha shouted. “I have two arms!”Highlighted by 21 Kindle customers
“You most certainly were,” Evanna agreed, and nudged me wickedly in the ribs. “I was wearing one of my beautiful faces. Larten got tipsy on wine and tried to kiss me. I gave him a little scratch to teach him some manners.”Highlighted by 19 Kindle customers
Vampires and humans might share the same planet, but we lived in different worlds.Highlighted by 18 Kindle customers
Vanez’s smile spread. “I shouldn’t worry. Plenty of others made asses of themselves, too.”Highlighted by 12 Kindle customers
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