Procession of the Dead (The City Trilogy Series #1)

Procession of the Dead (The City Trilogy Series #1)

by Darren Shan

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Darren Shan, New York Times bestselling author of the Cirque du Freak and Demonata series, makes his adult fiction debut with this first book in a dark and twisted new series, The City.


What had I done before coming to the City? I couldn't remember. It sounded crazy but my past was a blank. I could recall every step since alighting from the train, but not a single one before.

Young, quick-witted, and cocksure, Capac Raimi arrives in the City determined to make his mark in a world of sweet, sinister sin. He finds the City is a place of exotic dangers: a legendary assassin with snakes tattooed on his face who moves like smoke, blind Incan priests whom no one seems to see, a kingpin who plays with puppets, and friends who mysteriously disappear as though they never existed. Then Capac 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.

When Capac discovers how deeply The Cardinal has influenced his life, he is faced with hard choices that conflict with his soaring ambition. To find his way, Capac must know himself and what he is capable of. But how can you trust yourself when you can't remember your past?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780446569002
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 06/04/2010
Series: City Trilogy Series , #1
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 497,492
File size: 709 KB

About the Author

Darren Shan is the New York Times bestselling author of Cirque Du Freak and The Demonata, whose novels have sold over 15 million copies worldwide. Darren lives in Ireland, where he writes and collects art, comics, and film.

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Procession of the Dead (The City Trilogy Series #1) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 49 reviews.
Marilyn189 More than 1 year ago
I stumbled upon this book by chance, and was shocked by the story I had discovered. I had first assumed that this was book that really wasn't my type, but I was pleasantly surprised! What I found was a story about a city full of seedy gangsters, mysterious crime bosses, and ancient magic all coming together with colorful, brooding characters in a dark and twisting plot.I greedily spent every spare minute I could reading this book, hardly able to keep it out of my hands until it was finished. Wonderfully written, masterfully plotted, this book will keep you on the edge of your seat with every thrilling turn from beginning to blazing end. This was my first time reading anything from Darren Shan, and I feel he has shown to be a wonderfully talented writer. I can't wait to see what he brings to the table next. This is one author who's gripping stories will long have a place on my bookshelves. An absolute must-read.
Emme32 More than 1 year ago
Not sure how I would classify this - it's a mix of mystery, sci fi and suspense with a bit of history and romance thrown it. Well written and quick to read, while leaving the reader guessing until the end about the truth behind who (or what) the main character truly is.
The_Shadow412 More than 1 year ago
PROCESSION OF THE DEAD is a fantastic book. Darren Shan always creates wonderful life-like characters that change the world. This book is full of action, romance, and gangster violence. The City is a futuristic city full of all types of sin. The main character of this book is hard to pin down. Sometimes you want to hate him for his evil ways, but you still want him to win in the end. Capac Raimi came to The City to make his way as a gangster, but quickly he's on his way to ruling The City. But first he must solve the mystery of his missing past.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Darren Shan is one of my favorite authors, but I feel like he missed the mark on this series. As always, I did enjoy Shan's way of wording sentences, twisting the plot, and tying up every lose end. But readers want a main character they can relate to, and this series lacks one. The main character in book 1 and part of book 3 is difficult to like or understand on an emotional level. The "other" main character, if you will, in book 2 and most of 3 is easier to like, but not on a personal level.
cdhtenn2k10 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A very interesting book. I thought at first that I was going to be reading a crime novel with a supernatural twist, and that's what I got, after a fashion. Just calling this a supernatural story doesn't quite fit. There is a crime story element, but it is not a crime novel. Which is kind of a shame. If this was a straight crime story, it could be really good. While I liked the supernatural turn the story takes, I was more interested in the possibilities of the crime story.Shan's writing is good. The dialog is crisp, the action quick, and I rarely felt bogged down. It is a fast read with a satisfying reveal. Yes, everything is explained and tied up at the end, but it still leaves room for more stories. [Procession of the Dead] is good enough that I will read the next book set in The City.
eenerd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An interesting premise, although at times long-winded and predictable. Capac Raimi came to the city to become a gangster, and through luck (or divine intervention?) he does so spectacularly. However when his best friend and driver disappears, and no one-even his 'sister'-remembers he ever existed, Capac determines there are darker forces at work in the strange world he inhabits, and he sets out to find answers. Neat premise, but Shan has the habit of letting the story get dull or verbose. At these times he throws in something really off the wall which pulls you back in, but I find the extreme highs and lows of the story to be annoying. Shan has an awesome imagination, which is really evident, but his dialogues are often hokey (especially between Capac and the women in his life). Not sure if I'll read the second book in this trilogy or not.
HeikeM on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am a bit unsure about this book. I expected it to be what it said on the cover - gritty urban fantasy- but somehow didn't think it was. Although it does all happen in a city and there is some grit - but the sort of cartoon-ish blood and bone stuff- it does seem to be more a fantasy than a gritty urban novel. The book tells the story of the young Capac Raimi, who arrives in the city to learn the trade of *gangster* through his uncle. But very soon he crosses the path of The Cardinal, who rules the City. Well, and from here the story crosses from grit into fantasy. Not bad, but a little bit to shallow. I missed some depths, some more background - on the whole it left me dissatisfied and I failed to connect with the main character. I know there are two more books I now need to read to get the whole story, but I am not so sure I will.
blakefraina on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If you enjoy the work of Neil Gaiman, you¿ll probably find much to like in YA author Darren Shan¿s first foray into adult speculative fiction. It follows the story of Capac Raimi, a young man without a past who travels to the big city to work with his uncle, a small time hood. This unnamed city is run by The Cardinal, a combination gangster/corrupt politico/vengeful god, who takes Raimi under his wing, educating him in the mysterious ways of the city while grooming him for bigger things.The plot is fairly intricate and peppered with a polyglot of enigmatic minor characters (all with special powers and dark histories) but somehow Shan manages to sidestep the muddled confusion that befalls so much modern sci-fi/fantasy. There is a fair bit of action and suspense, not to mention mystery. I enjoyed trying to figure things out as the story unfolded, which made for swift and enjoyable reading.However, much like Gaiman, Shan fails to conjure any concrete sense of place. At times, he seems to be trying to re-create the eerie, quasi-futuristic cities found in cult films like Dark City and Blade Runner but then he makes reference to several current cultural touchstones (like Steve Buscemi¿s character in Reservoir Dogs) and the effect is strangely jarring. Much like Gaiman¿s Neverwhere, the idea is better than the execution, with character development and world building definitely taking a back seat to storyline, This is an entertaining read for anyone who enjoys a supernatural thriller, but isn¿t so concerned with the characters and atmosphere.As for me, I'm much more interested in complicated characters than complicated plotlines, plus I want to get lost in the world a book creates for me - so that world better be all encompassing and real.
ElizaJane on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Capac Raimi arrives in the city to join his uncle's business, that of small time gangster. He quickly learns the ropes but soon finds himself brought to the attention of The Cardinal. The Cardinal is the gangster who runs the entire city and nothing happens in this city without the the knowledge or approval of The Cardinal.Life is great for Capac; he may just be the heir that the Cardinal has been looking for. But Capac realizes all is not as he thought it was when people start to disappear and no one remembers them. It is as if they had never existed at all. Thus Capac is propelled forward trying to find these missing people, without The Cardinal's knowledge which is a very dangerous game to play, and at the same time find out just who he is himself.This is such an intricate plot with twists and turns that kept me reading into the small hours of the night. I found myself gasping out loud at each revelation that the author threw at me. Each turn of the plot left me stunned and eager to read on. This is a wonderful read.The book is peopled with an eccentric mix of characters. From The Cardinal, who has an almost superhuman rage when angered, to Conchita, an elderly woman with the face of a teenager, to the strange religious cult of blind men who only appear when fog rolls over the city.This is a dark fantasy, set in a violent world and fortunately, the first in a series. I hope I don't have to wait too long to read the next one! Highly recommended!Of note, you may not recognize the author's name, D.B. Shan, as he is most well-known as Darren Shan, the author of numerous Young Adult books of terror. This is his first adult novel.
SamuelW on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Procession of the Dead is the first book in Darren Shan's newest (and oldest) horror series: The City Trilogy. It is a rework of his very first novel ¿ Ayuamarca ¿ and his first ever book for adults. Being an enormous fan of Shan's children's novels, my expectations of Procession of the Dead were very high. By the time I was a third of the way through, however, those expectations had been turned upside down.The book may read with Shan's usual, fluid, punchy style, but it is something totally different to his previous work. The magic has been drained away, leaving a bleak crime-noir style in the place of the usual enthralling monster mayhem. Don't be fooled by the title; Procession of the Dead is not about zombies. It is about people ¿ evil people who do evil things. The plot's subtle flirtations with magic realism are not enough to sustain the writing, which soon loses Shan's signature place and plot drive. The story becomes a string of cold, vile deeds and emotionless characters, which rob the reader of happiness and give little in return.Fortunately, however, the bleakness does not last. Soon after the 120-page mark, the plot begins to feel more like traditional Shan. Our protagonist finally undergoes some emotional development. The subtle, veiled magic solidifies and becomes more and more pivotal, until the engrossing heart of the book is finally revealed. Like a sliding scale, Procession of the Dead goes from gloomy to exhilarating.So, while this novel may have entertained me, it has also left a bad taste in my mouth. Who can I recommend it to? Most people I know would find it nearly unbearable. The violence may not be gratuitous per se ¿ it all contributes to painting Shan's thick atmosphere of monochrome corruption ¿ but this atmosphere itself is not worth the onslaught that readers are subjected to. There is enjoyment to be had from this novel, but only for the most desensitised of readers.I strongly caution any teenager who is a fan of Shan's children's books: think twice before attempting Procession of the Dead. If you have managed to enjoy such films as Sin City, then it may be for you. Otherwise, stick to regular Darren Shan; an author so good that nobody can beat him. Not even himself.
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Thoroughly enjoyed the book. From beginnimg to end, this book had me at the edge of my seat. I couldn't stand not being able to know what the next page held. Definitely reccommend it to anyone looking for a book to read.
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