Birth of a Killer - The Saga of Larten Crepsley Book 1 (Paperback)
  • Birth of a Killer - The Saga of Larten Crepsley Book 1 (Paperback)

Birth of a Killer - The Saga of Larten Crepsley Book 1 (Paperback)

Paperback 256 Pages / Published: 28/04/2011
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Following the massive success of the Demonata series, Darren Shan is back where it all started - telling the life story of the vampire Larten Crepsley. Spanning centuries and continents, taking in sea voyages, murder, war and love, this is the epic, bloodsoaked tale of a vampire who started out a nobody... and ended up changing the world forever.

For every vampire, the end... is just the beginning.

When terrible events force young Larten Crespley to flee his home he finds himself alone in the world. Then he meets the mysterious Seba Nile, who introduces him to the ways of the vampire clan. But will Larten turn his back on humanity and join a world from which there can be no return...?

So begins the blood-soaked tale of a vampire who starts out a nobody ... but will change the world forever.

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780007315871
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 210 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 18 mm


"His writing is slick, his dialogue sharp and clever, his plotting immaculate. His books ooze with the kind of creepy, dark atmosphere and powerful characters that young teenage readers lap up. Shan is honing his craft with every book, and I look forward to the next gore-fest with relish."
Irish Independent

"Forget Stephen King, this author's the master of scaring children." The Big Issue in Scotland

"A tantalising start to the series and a must-read for Darren Shan fans."
Books Quarterly

Praise for Cirque Du Freak:

" and compelling book ...full of satisfyingly macabre touches...which leaves the reader hungry for more."
JK Rowling

"Brilliant, macabre tale."

"I read Cirque Du Freak last week. I loved it. I love the way you manage to juggle the funny with the unpleasant, the affection with the hurt. It's great story-telling."
Roddy Doyle

Praise for The Vampire's Assistant:

"The Vampire's Assistant blazes a thrilling, gruesome trail through a fascinating plot."
The Good Book Guide

Praise for Vampire Mountain:

"Get your teeth into it!"
Funday Times

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“Larten Crepsley Revisited - Fantastic!”

Larten Crepsley is my favourite character from The Saga Of Darren Shan and I was so happy to be able to revisit him in his formative years! Birth of a Killer is fast paced and engrossing and gives a greater emotional... More

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“By Dylan, age 12”

This book is about the life of Larten Crepsley, a character from one of Darren Shan's other sagas.

I really enjoyed this book because Larten was one of my favourite characters and so when I saw this title, my... More

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Birth of a Killer takes us on the journey of Larten Crepsley, the first vampire we meet in Darren Shan's first series of books The Saga of Darren Shan. From his youth as a human to his youth as a vampire, Shan... More

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