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Procession of the Dead (The City Trilogy #1)


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Procession of the Dead (The City Trilogy #1) by Darren Shan

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"This is an action packedbook that hooked me on the first chapter"
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Procession of the Dead is Shan's first adult work. And does it show?

That's a very difficult question. This edition being a supposed “directors cut” it certainly moves away from whatever YA elements I was anticipating, and was written well, funny in places, and a captivating read. Procession of the Dead is also a suitably moribund title, and Shan doesn't shy away from killing (lots and lots) of people. The cover, however, does do nothing to dispel ideas that this is aimed at a younger audience, which is a shame.

Procession is very gritty and dark, and although I was slightly disappointed by how late the magic came into the novel – it had up until that point just been a well-written crime novel --, when it did come, it was surprisingly creepy, and utilised ideas that aren't that commonly used. I particularly enjoyed the links with the Incan people – each chapter (and some characters) are named after a month in the Incan calendar – but I would have liked a stronger explanation of why certain things happened.

Capac Raimi (June in the Incan calendar, I believe), the wannabe gangster suddenly employed by The Cardinal – the most powerful man in the city, with infinite resources, loyalty … And strange, almost life-like puppets with beating hearts… --, was the main protagonist and we saw everything from his (first-person) point of view. While it was a fun ride with him, and he was a very interesting character, I found some of the things he did at the end of the book a little unexpected. A character of more interest to me, Paucar Waimi – the probably psychopathic murderer – was quite entertaining in a disturbing way.

This is a good book, and the characterisation was one of the best bits. Sadly, though, there seemed to be a sudden change in many characters attitudes towards the end of the book, but on the whole, I was surprised by just how good this was. I'll be there for the other two books in the trilogy, though this book was fairly self-contained. There is also a rather cool thought at the end on what it's like to be immortal and un-killable … While having hold of some weapons of mass destruction…


The first volume in a noirish, gritty urban fantasy for adults from the bestselling author otherwise known as Darren Shan. Quick-witted and cocksure, young upstart Capac Raimi arrives in the City determined to make his mark. As he learns the tricks of his new trade from his Uncle Theo -- extortion, racketeering, threatening behaviour -- he's soon well on his way to becoming a promising new gangster. Then he crosses paths with The Cardinal, and his life changes forever. The Cardinal is the City and the City is The Cardinal. They are joined at the soul. Nothing moves on the streets, or below them, without the Cardinal's knowledge. His rule is absolute. As Capac begins to discover more about the extent of the Cardinal's influence on his own life he is faced with hard choices. And as his ambition soars ever higher he will learn all there is to know about loss, and the true cost of ultimate power!

Author Biography

D. B. Shan is another pseudonym for Darren Shan the author of two hugely popular series for Children: 'The Saga of Darren Shan', and 'The Demonata' which have been read by millions of people around the world in over twenty different languages. The City Trilogy is his first work for adults. D B Shan lives in Ireland
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September 1st, 2008
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United Kingdom
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