Cirque Du Freak is about a boy named Darren who at about 12 became a half vampire. He is now traveling with his teacher (who is a full vampire) to a gathering with a whole bunch of other vampires. This gathering is called the Vampire Council, and the council is held at Vampier Mountain. After they make the long trek up to Vampire Mountain, the have news for the council that no one could have expected in a thousand years. The author of the book is Darren Shan. The main characters are Darren Shan (the half vampire), Mr. Creepsly (his vampire teacher), Mr. Tiny (a scary fortune teller), and Harkat Mulds (a minion of Mr. Tiny). This is a great book in my opinion because it has all the parts of a great book: action, drama, mystery, adventure, ect. You should definately Try this book out.