John C. Larten was the deuteragonist of the Saga of Darren Shan , as well as the main protagonist of the Saga of Larten Crepsley. Together Larten and Vur loosened the fibres of silkworm cocoons for repurposing, a job for which Traz daubed their heads with bright orange dye for easy identification. In , Traz murdered Vur while taking his anger out on the boy.
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John C. Larten was the deuteragonist of the Saga of Darren Shan , as well as the main protagonist of the Saga of Larten Crepsley.
Together Larten and Vur loosened the fibres of silkworm cocoons for repurposing, a job for which Traz daubed their heads with bright orange dye for easy identification. In , Traz murdered Vur while taking his anger out on the boy.
Consumed with rage, Larten retalited, murdering Traz before running away. Seeking refuge in a local graveyard, Larten met Seba Nile , who he soon learned was a Vampire. Realizing that Larten was in need of guidance, Seba offered him a change to become his assistant. Larten accepted, and traveled with Seba for the following five years. Soon after, Seba leaves Larten under the care of Mr. Tall and the Cirque du Freak while he attends the Council at Vampire Mountain , where Larten becomes comfortable with performing alongside Merletta , a magician.
During this time, Larten encounters Wester Flack - whose family had been murdered by a monster. Partnering himself with Wester, the two go to confront the killer, a Vampaneze named Murlough. Wester is knocked unconscious during the scuffle, however Larten refuses to back down and allow Murlough to kill Wester. Intrigued, Murlough allows Wester to live, but flees so as not to have another encounter with him in the future.
When Seba returns, he allows Wester to serve alongside Larten as his assistant. Soon after, when Larten comes of age, he and Wester are blooded as half-Vampires.
Shortly thereafter, Larten is defeated by another Vampire General, earning him jeers from Staffen Irve. Staffen then challenges Larten and shames him with defeat, resulting in Larten fleeing the mountain; leading to his introduction to Tanish Eul. Though Tanish invites Larten to join him in a game of cards, Larten declines and carries on his way. Following his assistant outside, Seba consoles Larten and tells him of Perta Vin-Grahl in order to teach him a lesson in humility.
Tanish then leaves The Cubs in shame for his cowardice - prompting Larten and Wester to return to Seba a few years later. Evanna associated with both the Vampires and the Vampaneze, something which bothered Wester, and was capable of producing offspring for either if she desired to do so. One assistant, Arra Sails , Larten was quite fond of, and so he tried to kiss her, only to incur her wrath shortly thereafter and the two reconnect the next morning as Arra tends to Larten.
Larten passes his trials without issue, however Wester is severely injured by one of the blooded boars in his second trial. Fearful that he would die as a result of his injuries in the coming trials - Wester asks that Larten hunt down and kill Murlough in the event of his death, however Larten refuses. Though Wester struggles, he ultimately passes the Trials of Initiation, and both he and Larten begin training to become a guard and a Vampire General respectively.
During the Vampire Mountain Council of , Seba is asked to become the quartermaster of Vampire Mountain, which he accepts. In response, Larten and Wester remain with their master in order to continue their training.
After tending to a mass of corpses piled up in the river connecting to the Hall of Final Voyage, Larten considers his own mortality and opts to abandon his training and set out on her own.
Before Larten leaves, he is approached by Vancha, who asks for his assistance in tracking down Arrow - a Vampire who had seemingly abandoned the Clan.
The two find that Arrow has married a human, and that he had told Azis Bendetta of his decision prior to leaving - however the Vampire Prince had died before he could inform anyone else.
Larten fled in shame, but is followed by Malora, who tells Larten that she has interest in joining the Clan so that he would bring her with him - when in reality Malora had become infatuated with Larten.
By the s, Malora has to care for Larten when he falls ill. Paris Skyle comes to visit Larten, requesting to personally train Larten to become a Vampire General, only to be refused by Larten. The following day, Larten unknowingly speaks with Bram Stoker , a man intent on writing fiction about Vampires who had been following Paris, unintentionally revealing aspects of the Clan to him. In a delirium caused by his sickness, Larten joins the crew of the Pearly Tornado.
Given his condition and unavailability of drinkable blood, Larten weakens. Malora collects blood from unconscious men when they dock next to bring back to Larten, but Larten attacks a woman when he is unable to control his thirst any longer. Daniel Abrams witnesses this and exposes Larten for what he truly is, only for Malora to defend him, immediately resulting in her murder by the crew of the Pearly Tornado.
Enraged, Larten massacres nearly everyone aboard the Pearly Tornado, except for Daniel and several members of the crew who Larten imprisons, and a baby. Before leaving, Larten had intended on setting the survivors free - but is shocked to find that Daniel had devoured his fellow crew members, claiming to be just like Larten. Larten abandons Daniel and ventures into the cold of Greenland.
As he does this though, Larten realizes the cowardice in his act and regrets his decision, promoting Mr. Tiny to intervene. Tiny is skeptic as to his reasoning for saving Larten and names the child Larten had brought along with him Gavner Purl before the two part ways. This encourages Larten find civilization, leaving Greenland with Gavner - though he is unable to find Gavner a decent home. As Gavner grows, Larten remains distant, knowing that Gavner would one day have to confront the truth that Larten had murdered his parents.
Here he meets and falls in love with Alicia Dunyck. Larten and Gavner remain in France for the next four years, growing closer with Alicia to the point where she adopts Gavner. Through Alicia, Larten meets Alberto Santos Dumont and has his first experience with a flying machine - with Larten vowing to never step foot on one again.
Larten reconnects with Tanish Eul at an art exhibition, and takes on the role of a surrogate uncle for Gavner, becoming more of father-figure to the boy than Larten ever intended to be.
The growing closeness between Larten and Alicia leads to a marriage proposal, which Alicia accepts, though she insists that they have their portraits painted to celebrate their nuptials. In wake of this, Larten partners with Tanish in his work. With Tanish refusing to intervene for the sake of a human, Larten takes matters into his own hands in an attempt to strike Chayne down.
Surprisingly, Tanish stops Larten from killing Chayne, and Chayne refuses to kill Larten in order to keep everything quiet. With only one option left, Tanish murders a woman under his employ and frames Larten - exposing Larten as Vampire while also allowing him to flee while he has the opportunity.
Enraged, Larten vows to one day kill Tanish and seeks refuge just outside of Paris. Here he meets Alicia one last time, and begrudgingly agrees not to seek revenge against Tanish until Gavner had become a man. In wake of his exile, Larten returns to Vampire Mountain, where he reunites with Seba and Wester - now a guard - and explains everything that had happened since they last spoke. When Larten, Vancha, and Wester find Arrow, Wester manages to convince Arrow to rejoin the Clan so that they could rally other Vampires who also hate the Vampaneze as much as they do.
Here, Larten asks why Mr. Tiny had saved him, and Evanna claims that Larten is destined for Paradise - but refuses to say more on the matter. Larten and Wester then venture to France to find Alicia, who has married and had a child since she last saw Lrten.
This interests another Vampire named Kurda Smahlt, who Larten watches argue with Wester about the Vampaneze for hours on end. When Larten confronts Tanish, Gavner defends his master, only for Tanish to come clean about having framed Larten for murder and ask Tanish to stand down. Larten then allows Tanish to flee, giving his word that he would not kill him - however Vancha is obligated to his duty as a Vampire Prince and kills Tanish as he attempts to escape.
Brothers to the Death Though Gavner feels betrayed, he is unable to kill Larten, and instead becomes something of an assistant to his elder Vampire. The two then return to France to be with Alicia and Sylva , her daughter where they remain until In the onset of World War II, Larten and Gavner meet with Mika Ver Leth and Arra in order to undergo negotiations with the Nazis - who seek to ally themselves with Vampires in order to pursue their own political goals.
In between negotiations, Arra admits her intent to mate with Larten, though Larten has no interest in mating with anyone because of Alician. While leading the Nazis on a wild goose chase, Mr. Tiny approaches Larten and Gavner with a troop of Little People , after months of circling the two. Tiny reveals his intention to deliver a troop to Mr.
Tall and the Cirque du Freak in order to protect them during the fast approaching war. Furthermore, before parting ways, Mr. Tiny reveals that Larten would be reuniting with Wester very soon. Just as Mr. Tiny outside Vampire Mountain, where he foretold that Larten was destined to become a Vampire Prince and suggested that Wester use him as a figurehead. Expectedly, Larten refuses - as he believes that Mr.
Tiny is manipulating Wester, but Wester had anticipated as much. Though Gavner believes they should immediately make for France, Larten refuses to abandon their mission, however he resolves to return to France as soon as possible. Together they find that Alicia had already been murdered by Chayne. As Sylv prepares to leave with in wake of the threat of a lingering Chayne, Larten and Gavner begin to scout the area, at which point Larten asks that Gavner leave with Sylva and her husband in order to protect them from Chayne and the Nazis.
Three years later, Larten and Gavner reunited and searched Europe for Chayne, but after numerous interrogations they found no trace of him. Larten became a figurehead, and the knowledge of what had happened to Alicia, coupled with Mr. In the end, though both parties were brutally battered, Vancha emerged victorious and ordered Larten not to speak of a war with the Vampaneze during Council. Holly-Jane sought a noble death, as she had been incapacitated when she lost her leg as a result of the war.
By , the war had all but ended, so Larten and Arra make for Berlin - where they meet up with Kurda Smahlt. Seeing Kurda helping the humans spurs something in Larten, and so he and Arra travel with Kurda in order to help heal the wounded. The atomic bombing of Hiroshima particularly disturbed Larten, and afterwards rather than return to the hunt for Randel Chayne, Larten and Arra join Kurda in attending a particularly peculiar wedding alongside Vancha and Gavner.
The group tours a monastery nearby, where they learn of a group of monks who exist without prejudice and without contact to the outside world. The monks preside over the wedding, which is revealed to be between two Skelks - sea folk who resemble seals in the water, but appear as humans on land -named Velap and Truska. With the arrival of Evanna alongside the Skelks, the wedding commenced, with everyone except Evanna and Larten returning to the monastery to celebrate.
Hearing this, Evanna simply tells Larten to be true to himself, which prompts him to recommence his search for Randel Chayne. Over the course of the next 20 years, Larten searched for Chayne and found nothing. During his stay in New York, Larten reconnected with Sylva, who sought to forgive Larten as her mother had done.
In , Larten brings Sylva to the Cirque du Freak. Enthralled, Sylva convinces Larten to accept an offer by Mr. Tall to return to the stage.
Jeffrey Davis rated it did not like it Feb 01, He has also released the stand-alone crelsley, The Thin Executioner, and the stand-alone short novels, Koyasan, and Hagurosan. There are no happenings that grip you or keep you engaged. Ocean of Blood He runs around doing stuff, but almost everything is told, not shown. I really hope Shan uses him again because, despite his brief role, the way he snaps and loses his mind is perhaps the most horrific thing in the entire novel. Though the series thus far has been heavily focussed on male characters, Shan introduces several promising strong and interesting female characters, including the powerful witch, Evanna. So basically, I read this book being a fan of all Darren Shan books, and this book did not fail to impress me! At the end of the first novel, Birth of a KillerLarten and his brother vampire, Wester, had left their master Seba to venture out into the world on their own.
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There were twelve books in total. Zom-B, released in the UK on 27 September This is officially book 6. Archibald Lox[ edit ] On 2 April , Shan announced that he had silently released three books digitally, making up the first volume of the Archibald Lox series, a few days previously. It has also been translated and released in several other countries. Inspired in part by The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and based in a brutal, fantastical world, it details the perilous quest of Jebel, the thin son of a respected executioner, to petition a fire god for invincibility, so that he can succeed his father. Shan has stated that this is his favourite out of all of the books he has written.