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Official Trailer of Cirque du freak: The Vampire Assistant - Josh Hutcherson

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Uploaded on Aug 8, 2009

The Vampire's Assistant is the second novel in The Saga of Darren Shan by Darren Shan. It is part of the Vampire Blood trilogy, which comprises the three books Cirque Du Freak: A Living Nightmare, The Vampire's Assistant and Tunnels of Blood. The Vampire's Assistant was first published in Great Britain by Collins in 2000, and was later published in the Vampire Blood trilogy in 2003.

The story begins with the main protaganist of the last adventure, Darren Shan, and his guardian Larten Crepsley moving in for a drink of blood from an ex-scout. Darren is beginning to cope with life as a vampire's assistant though he still refuses to drink human blood and hates his companion, Mr. Crepsley, for turning him into a half vampire which has lead him to faking his own death. Although he is far stronger than any human, and a shotput world champion, he is still finding it hard to adjust to his new life. His unchallenged strength causes him to be alone, as he can not make any human friends without breaking their hands. Larten, who regrets blooding Darren, decides to take him to the Cirque Du freak.

He makes good friends with Evra Von, the snake boy. When they meet a young boy called Sam Grest, things begin to look up...and down. A local hippie known as Reggie Veggie befriends the trio of boys, but soon begins to learn about the animals that the freaks are feeding on- stolen from farmers. Reggie soon begins to worry Darren, but he becomes preoccupied on his way to visit Mr Tall- Truska, the bearded lady, has kitted Darren with a new set of clothes. Darren must then do Evra's chores as he is tending to his sick snake, and forgets about telling Mr Tall about Reggie that day. A night of performance comes, as Mr Tall finally gets wind of Reggie from Darren, but doubts that he can do any damage. Darren, who still refuses to drink blood, decides not to perform and sets off. He hears a sound coming from the wolfman's cage, and decides to investigate. The wolf is let loose accidentally by RV, who protests the captivity of the wolf man, but has no idea how violent the wolf man can be. The wolf sets off after a figure behind Darren, who has dropped a bag of clothes and onions-belonging to Sam! Darren learns he is going to smuggle himself away with the circus! Eventually Sam is killed by the wolf man and RV gets his arms bitten off and now demented, runs into the woods. While standing over Sam's corpse, Mr. Crepsley convinces Darren to drink Sam's blood, therefore "preserving" some of Sam's soul.

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