domenica 5 luglio 2020

[Review] Brothers to the Death - Darren Shan (The saga of Larten Crepsley #4)

Hello, everyone! How are you? Today, after a long while, I'm going to talk to you about the last book in the Larten Crepsley saga!
As I did for the previews books, this review will be in English.
The other books in the series: Birth of a KillerOcean of Blood. Palace of the Damned.

Have you read any book by Darren Shan? Which ones? On this blog, you can find the reviews for all 12 books of the Darren Shan saga, and now the reviews for all of Laren Crepsley's. Next, I'll read one of his books for adults and then I'll begin my adventure with the Demonata.

Title: The Saga of Larten Crepsley #4: Brothers to the Death

Author: Darren Shan

Genre: Horror 

Publishing House: Harper Collins UK

N. of pages: 256

Price: €6,24 (Kindle) / €8,27 (Paperback)

Link: Amazon (Kindle) / Amazon (Paperback)

The fourth and final instalment in the epic saga of Larten Crepsley – vampire, hero and victim of fate…
Just as Larten is finding a new place for himself in vampire society, and helping vampires escape the Nazi menace, horrifying tragedy falls on his own family thanks to the nefarious Vampaneze.
With his old friend Wester calling for war against the ancient enemies of vampires, Larten finds himself a figurehead of the campaign.
But there are more evil things than just the Vampaneze stirring. And soon, Larten might find himself grieving again – as he faces the worst and final betrayal…

Let's begin by saying I was left speechless for a few days but now, I think, I am ready to tell you about this amazing book and series finale.

In this fourth book, we follow Larten as he finds out about the Nazi danger and tries to find as many Vampires, telling them to flee Europe as fast as they can. But something terrible sends him astray, sending him again into a vengeful rampage that won't end as the Vampire expects.

I still have difficulty speaking about this book; I think that, although short, it was packed with information: I don't want to make any spoilers, but I am glad we found out how Laren got Madam Octa, along with other things...
This book is also filled with a lot of action because of the coming of the Nazi, the threat of the Vampanze and... something that happens towards the end, which I knew was bound to happen as for spoilers I got.
Overall, I really loved this book. I think it's my favorite of the four! Darren Shan really knows how to write the last book in a series. Well, all of them, but especially the final one! I was really satisfied with Brothers to the Death and I'm already tempted to read it again.

One of Darren Shan's strong suits is the characterization: for the most part, these were characters we already met in the Cirque du Freak series, but not all. I really loved how the writer made the characters evolve into the ones we knew and cherished and how we got little glimpses of the character of certain Vampires (like Gavner) that we see really little of in the main series.
In this fourth installment, I really loved Larten, Gavner, and Arra, while I came to really hate Wester and was a bit surprised about my least favorite character of all times, the only and only Kurda Smahlt. I still hate the later, but * maybe * a bit less.

In conclusion, I loved these prequels just as much as the main series. I can't wait to read more by this author and that I like it (given I already bought the whole Demonata series, the whole Zom-b series, and his book for adults Molls like it hot).

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