Book 5 in the series is my favourite. It is in this book that we learn more about the customs and traditions of the world of Shan’s vampires. It carries straight on from the end of book 4 and see’s Darren meeting his fate to prove himself a worthy vampire. There is a lot going on in Vampire mountain with the threat of the vampaneze brought by Darren’s travelling companion, Harkat the little person but he as suggested by the title he is still having to face various physical trials that will see him meeting death several times. However although he is trying hard, and does very well, they do not all go to plan and Darren finds his life out of his own hands. All seems ok when a friend comes to his aid but we are soon to learn that we cannot trust everyone, even those close to us and Darren has to make a decision that could yet again cost him his life.
I think what I enjoy so much about this book is the balance of action and detail. We are learning not just about what is going on for Darren but this whole world that Shan has created. It is these details that make the whole series a success because it is not just a story about a boy but a story about a whole new world that has its own rules and regulations. I also like the idea’s of the task and I find them not too brutal but still challenging and exciting.