Reviews for Allies of the Night
Horn Book Guide Reviews 2005 Spring
Still ostensibly seeking his fated mortal confrontation with the Vampaneze Lord, half-vampire Darren Shan gets distracted: forced by a paper-thin plot device to attend school, he meets an old girlfriend, now aged into one of his teachers. The short attention spans of both author and narrator guarantee a haphazard story filled with plot holes, cliched contrivance, and whiplash-inducing emotional swings. Copyright 2005 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
School Library Journal Reviews 2004 October
Gr 6-8-Darren Shan, a 21st-century vampire prince, and his friends, Mr. Crepsley and Harkat, are on a quest to stop the Lord of the Vampaneze. When a series of murders takes place in Mr. Crepsley's hometown, they stop the search for the evil lord to look for the murderer, whom they suspect is also vampaneze. School officials become aware that Darren, who looks like a 15-year-old despite actually being 20+, is in town, and he is forced to attend school. His English teacher, Debbie Hemlock, is his ex-girlfriend, all grown-up. Darren is attacked by a hooked-hand creature and is saved by his childhood friend, Steve. Soon, acquaintances and classmates are being slain, and Darren, Mr. Crepsley, and Harkat, as well as Debbie and Steve, begin tracking the killer through underground tunnels. This horror/mystery tale takes a strange twist when Steve's motives to aid the friends are exposed and Debbie is taken hostage. The plot moves slowly until the killings begin, but then the story takes off. Darren is a likable hero, but other characters are not well developed. Gory fight and murder scenes and some profanity are included, but are in keeping with the story line. Fans of the series will enjoy this cliff-hanger and look forward to the next installment.-Heather Ver Voort, Washington West Elementary, Olean, NY Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
VOYA Reviews 2005 April
Darren Shan is spending his nights hunting the vampaneze and his days sleeping in a hotel. This pattern changes when a truancy officer comes knocking on his door asking why he is not in school. Although Darren is in his thirties, he looks fifteen. Someone has gone to a lot of trouble registering Darren for school. Documents have been forged and submitted. Darren agrees to go to school after conferring with Mr. Crepsley and Harkat and deciding that it would be the best way to solve the mystery of the enrollment. In a twist of fate, Darren's English teacher turns out to be his long-lost love, Debbie. Darren still has feelings for Debbie, but she has reservations about starting a relationship with her student. Once the vampaneze kill Debbie's neighbors, Darren is forced to tell her the truth about who and what he really is. Debbie decides to join Darren and his clan of hunters to avenge the deaths of her friends. Twist of fate upon twist of fate make this installment unbelievable to older readers. Choppy writing and editorial mistakes ("by the end of out quest") prevent this title from receiving high marks for quality. Fans of Shan are not likely to care, though, because the gory fight scenes and fast-moving plots are what make this series so popular. The prologue does not help the book stand alone, and the book is much better read in the order of the series as it was intended.-Stacy Dillon 2Q 4P M J Copyright 2005 Voya Reviews.