A Bookaholic, Pro-life, Pro-Family, Pro-Oxford Comma, Catholic (with Asperger's) who reads and writes as her obsession. I've been reading over 400 books a year lately. These are my ramblings on some of the books I read. To read about all the books I read and comment on, visit me at LibraryThing or Goodreads.

I've been blogging since 2007 and at this point (July 2015) am trying my hand at turning the theme of this blog towards mystery, thriller, and crime, fiction and nonfiction. I have some special interest topics and categories within this broad genre which include (but are not limited to) serial killers, scandi-crime, Victorian history and historicals, history of the criminally insane and asylums, psychopathology, death, funerary practices and burial, corpses, true crime and anything dealing with the real life macabre, or that portrayed in fiction.

I also read a short story a day from various collections, sometimes anthologies othertimes collections of a single author's work. These reviews are also posted here and while they are of mixed genre the mystery, thriller, horror, gothic and macabre often appear within their pages as well.

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Thursday, October 9, 2008

161. Allies of the Night

Allies of the Night by Darren Shan
The Saga of Darren Shan, Book 8

Pages: 209
Finished: Oct. 8, 2008
First Published: 2002
Genre: YA, horror, paranormal
Rating: 4/5

Reason for Reading: Next in the series

First sentence:

It was an age of war.

Comments: Darren and Mr. Crepsley along with the others continue their quest to find and destroy the prophesied Lord of the Vampaneze. However, this volume takes a brief stop from the overall arching plot and plays out story of it's own which seems unrelated to the main plot but by the end things have turned in a new direction. My summaries are becoming vaguer and vaguer as I read along as I don't want to reveal any spoilers. Best thing about this entry in the series is the arrival of several people from earlier books. I had a hunch that two of them would show up again and was glad to find out I was right. This is just as engaging as the others in the series. Mr. Shan keeps the series fresh with twists and surprises plus he strays far from the formulaic pattern that can sometimes make long fantasy series become less interesting as they progress. But not so for this one. Every time I finish a book, including this one, I am eager to read the next to see where Mr. Shan will take the story next. Time to go put Book 9 on hold at the library.


  1. Now I'm kind of curious as to what a Vampaneze is!

  2. Glad you are still loving this series. I should really try out some of his other books as I loved these.