Thursday, 23 January 2014

Book Review: Brothers to the Death by Darren Shan(Saga of Larten Crepsley #4)

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, trying to help 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...

My review: 
Larten has finally found his place in society-being friends with and looking after Alicia and helping to save humans and vampires from the Nazis during WW2. However tragedy, betrayal and Desmond Tiny are lurking to push Larten into starting the war against the Vampaneze.

I really enjoyed this book as it used the backdrop of WW2, which I have studied myself in great detail. I enjoyed seeing how both vampire clans actually have standards and believe the Nazis to be the true monsters. With the addition of Holly's story, you can see the vampaneze aren't just the bad guys we saw them as in the SODS. These books have given you a bit more depth and understanding of their motives and beliefs, which I found interesting.

Larten goes from peaceful to bloodthirsty in this book, determined to take his revenge even if it means starting a war that will kill lots of vampires on both sides. His relationship with Gavner has changed for the better but the disaster pulls them apart, while shared loss and politics brings him closer to Wester. Kurda disapproves of the war and tries to promote peace, which shows why he did those terrible things in SODS. It was great to see his back story, having him helping Holocaust victims, and you wish he was going to make better choices in his future! And don't you just want to kill Desmond Tiny? The horrid cretinous toad of a 'man' creeps me out and I really hate him and his meddling. Of course we are meant to hate the evil bamstick which shows how well written his character is.

The humour was good, especially from Arra, when she was asked to use her saliva to help heal Kurda's humans. 'Show us where to gob!'

But I HATE the title, which when combined with the blurb, leaves it pretty damn obvious who is going to betray Larten and it is then obvious what the betrayer has done. This did spoil the book a bit for me as I didn't want to know from the beginning how this was going to end. You know the fate of most characters because there is a prequel series and that is ok but I didn't want this book's main story spoiled before I even started! Boo, hiss!

Overall I did enjoy reading this series about Larten Crepsley and his vampire friends.
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1 comment:

  1. This author...I know the name. I think I have another book of another series by Shan. I'll have to look. Sounds interesting though. :)