Darren Shan is a regular boy—besides his love for spiders—with regular friends, and regular problems. But everything normal in his life turns upside down when he discovers a mysterious flyer informing him of a forthcoming circus. Excited, he shows the flyer to his friends, and they begin plotting a way to attend.
Darren and his friends learn about the circus little by little, until they are so intrigued with going that they amass the means, and manufacture the truth they need to tell to attend. But what they find is no normal circus—its full of freaks—and the danger they pose is all too real…especially the Vampire!
The book touches on the meaning of friendship, and loyalty, and explores the meaning of love, and sacrificing one’s self for the greater good.
I listened to the audiobook version of the story, narrated by Ralph Lister. He did a phenomenal job with the storytelling, and the voice acting.
I give this book 4 deflated soccer balls out of 5. Recommended!