Friday, November 25, 2011
Book Review: Palace of the Damned by Darren Shan
I have been a huge fan of Darren Shan ever since I first read a book by him, which was Demon Thief. He's one of my top five authors EVER! Can you guess why? Well, this book is one of the reasons he's one of the best authors out there.
First of all, I have to add, this book was an improvement to Ocean of Blood. I'm not saying Ocean of Blood was bad. It was just a "slower" story.
This book picks off where it ended. Larten is not all alone. He's accompanied with the baby he rescued.
We further get to know about Larten's past.
The book starts mysteriously. The element of mystery lurks through every page.
The writing style has evolved even further, and you can know that Darren Shan is now writing for a more mature audience who has grown up with his stories.
For me, the best thing in this book,the series as well, is the appearance of characters we know from The Saga of Darren Shan series.
We get to know the identity of the boy Larten rescued.
We also get to know about Larten's love life and what happens.
There's lots of bloodshed, action, love, and hurt.
You never know what happens next in a Darren Shan book, or how the chracter ends up. Dead? Alive?
This book also had memorable quotes that exposed life experiences to us. My favorite one is:
"Loss affects each of us differently. Those who hate are doomed to become slaved of their hatred. It consumes them like a disease but it is an illness they cannot-or do not want to-live without."
This book was very enjoyable. Can't wait to read the final book in the series and say goodbye to Larten Crepsley.