Trials Of Death (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) (Cirque Du Freak: Saga of Darren Shan)
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FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Darren begins the five Trials of Initiation to prove himself worthy of being a half-vampire or face the stakes of the Hall of Death--even as the clan's blood foes, the vampaneze, gather near Vampire Mountain.
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a fool goes into them without feeling anxious. The important thing is not to panic.” “I’ll try not to.” Arra cleared her throat. “I hope you don’t hold what I said in the Hall of Princes against me.” Arra had urged the Princes to make me undertake the Trials. “I don’t believe in going easy on vampires, even if they’re children. Ours is a hard life, not suited to the weak. As I said in the Hall, I think you’ll pass the Trials, but if you don’t, I won’t step in to plead for your life.” “I
tunnel and ran into a lone vampaneze, walking towards us, fiddling with his belt. He glanced up casually as we froze, saw in an instant that we weren’t vampaneze, and opened his mouth to roar. Gavner darted forward, knives flashing. He stuck one deep into the vampaneze’s belly and slashed the other across his throat before he could make a sound and alert his companions. It had been a close call, and we were all smiling weakly with relief as Gavner laid the dead body on the ground. But as we were
middle of the stream, beyond the reach of Kurda and his vampaneze allies. There was a moment of strange peace, during which I bobbed up and down in the center of the stream. Locking gazes with Kurda as I hung there, I smiled thinly and pressed the middle fingers of my right hand to my fore-head and eyelids, making the death’s touch sign. “Even in death, may I be triumphant!” I howled, adding a quick silent prayer that my curse would ring true, and that my sacrifice would encourage the gods of the
if they did, I had to choose correctly. If I continued as I was, I’d die. I was making very little progress, and in a minute or two the water would cover my face completely, and I’d drown. The time had come to gamble. One last roll of the dice. If the luck of the vampires was with me, it would mean survival. If not . .. I took several deep breaths, filling my lungs, then ducked under the water and dived to the floor. Picking up the rock, I turned over, so I was floating on my back, and placed