January 24, 2011

Cirque du Freak #8 by Darren Shan

Posted in book review tagged , , , , at 2:06 pm by blueblazeslib

Cirque Du Freak Book 8 was about young half vampire Darren Shan who is traveling the world with 2 other vampires and a little person. In the book Darren was on the search of the Vampaneze Lord. They searched in the city where Mr. Crepsley was born where they found the Lord in the tunnels under the city. The team of vampires had some help by a young school teacher and Darrens old friend from school who grew up to be a vampire hunter. When they found the Vampaneze Lord in the tunnels. Darren noticed a man that used to be his friend from the Cirque Du Freak. Then the Vampire hunter on there team betrayed them, Because he was working for the vampaneze all along. They took him hostage back at there base. Then the cops came to the apartment home that was there base and had it surrounded and accused them of killers. They were arrested and brought them to jail to ask them questions and the book ended there.

Mike K., Class of 2014

If you want to get started with the Cirque du Freak series, the WHS library owns The Vampire’s Assistant and Other Tales from Cirque du Freak.

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November 9, 2009

Homeland by R.A. Salvatore

Posted in book review tagged , at 2:23 pm by blueblazeslib

homelandDrizzt escapes from his kin, in order to stand by his own moral code and fight against the evil of his brethren.

The story is set in a different fantasy based realm in underground caverns, known as “The Underdark”. The story follows a young dark elf or “Drow” named Drizzt Do’Urden, as he takes steps as a child to a man that rebels against his culture and leaves his home in order to find a better life.

The culture in the city revolves around religion which follows the evil deity known as “The Spider Queen, Loth”. There fore the female Drow are in more power than the males, and if they’re priestesses they are in more power than other females. As a culture, the Drow are cruel and causalities are common, what’s more common than most, during most rituals or any-form of social meetings, is casualties.

Salvatore uses rich but, not full blown vocabulary, making it easy to read for the people with a limited vocabulary, yet it can still give an extra chuckle or two to those who don’t. The world that Salvotre has created seems well flourished and with no loose ends. What’s more, as a critic of many different forms of media, I wasn’t capable of finding any major plot holes, which brings a satisfying feel once you’re finished with the novel and are waiting for the next book.

The first out of a ongoing series of 15 books, Homeland gives a great introduction to Salvatore’s work, and the Drizzt Saga, leaving you wanting more.

Age Recommendation: 13+
Release Date: 1990 (Original) 2005(Rerealease)
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
Rating: 5 stars

– Dmitri, 10th grade

WHS Library owns many books by R.A. Salvatore. Check our catalog for more information.