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TUNNELS OF BLOOD
Cirque Du Freak Book 3
By

Darren Shan
CONTENTS
Prologue Chapter One Chapter Two Chapter Three Chapter Four Chapter Five Chapter Six Chapter Seven Chapter Eight Chapter Nine Chapter Ten Chapter Eleven Chapter Twelve Chapter Thirteen Chapter Fourteen Chapter Fifteen Chapter Sixteen Chapter Seventeen Chapter Eighteen Chapter Nineteen Chapter Twenty Chapter Twenty-one Chapter Twenty-two Chapter Twenty-three Chapter Twenty-four Chapter Twenty-five Chapter Twenty-six Cirque Du Freak Tunnels of Blood My name is Darren Shan. I'm a half-vampire. I used to be human, until I stole a vampire's spider. After that, my life changed forever. Mr. Crepsley—the vampire—forced me to become his assistant, and I

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joined a circus full of weird performers called the Cirque Du Freak.

Now Darren, the vampire's assistant, gets a taste of the city when he leaves the Cirque Du Freak with Evra the snake-boy and Mr. Crepsley. When corpses are discovered—corpses drained of blood—Darren and Evra are compelled to hunt down whatever foul creature is committing such horrendous acts. Then beneath the streets, evil stalks Darren and Evra, and all clues point to Mr. Crepsley. Can they escape, or are they doomed to perish in the tunnels of blood? This is Darren's story. Rave reviews for: Tunnels of Blood

"A perfect book for reluctant middle school readers. For those fans ofBuffy andAngel , here is another book to satisfy their vampiric tastes." —Voya

"Described in stomach-churning detail, the story is compulsively readable. But it's not for the squeamish." —School Library Journal

"TheCirque Du Freak series approaches vampires from a new perspective, completely rewriting some of the ground rules with regards to powers, strengths and weaknesses, giving them [a] fresh feel." —Science Fiction Chronicle Book 3 Cirque Du Freak THE SAGA OF DARREN SHAN Tunnels of Blood by Darren Shan LITTLE, BROWN AND COMPANY New York An AOL Time Warner Company

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Copyright © 2002 by Darren Shan

First U.S. Paperback Edition

The characters and events portrayed in this book are fictitious. Any similarity to real persons, living or dead, is coincidental and not intended by the author.

First published in Great Britain by Collins in 2000 Tunnels of blood / by Darren Shan. (The saga of Darren Shan ; bk. 3) Sequel to: The vampire's assistant.

Summary: Darren, Evra, and Mr. Crepsley leave the Cirque Du Freak and get a taste of the city, but when corpses drained of blood are discovered, Darren and Evra must confront a dangerous creature of the night.

ISBN 0-316-60763-0 (he) /ISBN 0-316-60608-1 (pb)

Printed in the United States of America Also in the CIRQUE DU FREAK series:

Cirque Du Freak(Book 1) The Vampire's Assistant(Book 2) Vampire Mountain(Book 4) Trials of Death(Book 5)The Vampire Prince (Book 6) For:

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Granny and Grandad—tough old fogeys

OBEs (Order of the Bloody Entrails) to: Caroline "Tracker" Paul Paul "The Pillager" Litherland

Heads off to: Biddy "Jekyll" and Liam "Hyde" Gillie "Grave Robber" Russell The hideously creepy HarperCollins gang and Emma and Chris (from "Ghouls Are Us")

PROLOGUE
The smell of blood is sickening. Hundreds of carcasses hang from silver hooks, stiff, shiny with frosty blood. I know they're just animals — cows, pigs, sheep — but I keep thinking they're human. I take a careful step forward. Powerful overhead lights mean it's bright as day. I have to tread carefully. Hide behind the dead animals. Move slowly. The floor's slippery with water and blood, which makes progress even trickier. Ahead, I spot him… the vampire… Mr. Crepsley. He's moving as quietly as I am, eyes focused on...
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