Cirque Du Freak: Trials of Death
By: Darren Shan
Book Review: Alexus Lopez
Half-vampire Darren Shan has just found out that he must pass the Trials of Death in order to become a true part of the vampire clan. The catch? If he fails, he must be executed.
Trials of Death written by Darren Shan is the fifth book in the Cirque Du Freak series.
Darren does not know what the trials are or what is expected of him. It is only until the time he draws the trial number, he then learns what he must do in his trials. They range from "fighting wild boars to climbing perilous mountains to crawling through a pit filled with snakes." Darren is allowed one day of rest and one day of preparation before each trial. Each trial Darren faces test his ability as a half vampire. Darren’s friend, Harkat, interferes with one of Darren’s trials, which is forbidden and against the rules . While waiting for the verdict, Darren’s friends convince him to leave, and run away, because his verdict could end in possible death. While running through the tunnels, Darren, Kurda, and Gavner bump into the vampaneze. The vampaneze being the enemy, Darren decides to return to the mountain to warn the others as Kurda and Gavner go to war with the vampaneze. Darren learns and sees some things he wish he hadn’t. He has some choices to make, what will he do?
The main character, and half vampire who has to face the trials.
A friend of Darren's, who is always looking out for him.
Darren's boss. He gives Darren advice, and many words of encouragement.