The great first book in the prequel to Cirque du Freak. If you have not read the first series then I would not recomend this book. If you have I highly recomend this book. It builds up the story of the vampeneze and the vampires clashing. It also lets you to get to know Larten Crepsley alot more. Its a page turner just like all the other 1000000 Darren Shan books. Great story, interesting plot and if you read the Cirque du Freak series this is a definent read. 9/10 and a great book!