Book 8 (Book 1: Cirque du Freak, Book 2: The Vampire’s Assistant, Book 3: Tunnels of Blood, Book 4: Vampire Mountain, Book 5: Trials of Death, Book 6: The Vampire Prince, Book 7: Hunters of the Dusk)
Vampire prince and “vampaneze” killer Darren Shan faces his worst nightmare yet–school–but homework is the least of Darren’s problems. Bodies are piling up. Time is running out, and the past is catching up with the hunters fast.
Once again it has been awhile since I actually read this book so I apologize if I my memory is a little fuzzy. Returning in this book is Debbie Darren’s old girlfriend and although he still has feelings for her she has aged while he hasn’t. So at first their relationship is strained. He eventually reveals what he is to her by the end of the book. Also, Steve returns and says that he realizes that the Vampaneze are the real enemies and he has been hunting them ever since he dropped his revenge against Mr.Crepsley and Darren. Like Debbie Steve has also aged. The setting is once again is Mr.Crepsleys old hometown and Darren is mysteriously registered to school there. They discover a hooked vampaneze has been killing people and they learn that it is R.V. (Reggie Veggie, whos hands had been bitten by the wolfman). The Vampaneze lord makes his second appearance and is able to escape when Steve reveals that he is half vampaneze. After a confrontation R.V. takes Debbie hostage and leaves with the Vampaneze lord and Gannen Harst (Vanchas brother), and Darren, Mr.Crepsley, Harkast, and Vancha take Steve and a Vampet (human serving the Vampaneze) hostage. This book was really good and if you enjoyed the series so far you are going to want to know how it ends, especially with all the betrayals going on.
The next book in the series is called Killers of the Dawn and then The Lake of Souls, Lord of the Shadows, and Sons of Destiny.