My Name is Darren Shan. I'm a half-vampire.
I wasn't born that way. I used to be ordinary.
My days as a human were over. My nights as a vampire's assistant had begun.
Darren joins the powerful vampire Mr. Crepsley as his assistant, and they return to the mysterious freak show. There, Darren makes friends with the snake-boy, Evra Von. As he struggles with his new life as a vampire's assistant, Darren tries desperately to resist the temptation that sickens him
...the one thing that can keep him alive.
But destiny is calling...
The wolf-man is waiting.
This novel is about Darren coming to terms with the fact that he's no longer a human. He's half-vampire and has to drink blood. He doesn't want to. He thinks all vampires are evil and would rather die than drink from humans but something terribly tragic happens and Darren must not only drink for himself but for his friend.
We get to meet Evra in this one. I always liked the little snake boy. I loved getting to see behind the scenes of the cirque! It was cool watching Darren getting to meet the acts he loved so much from the first novel. But this one is much gorier than the first and the ending isn't a happy one. It's very bittersweet. We do get to see Darren grow though. Also maybe... just maybe he's starting to like his vampire master a little.