If you loved Cirque du Freak, then you will love reading the backstory of master vampire Larten Crepsley! As an impoverished youngster he is sent to work in a factory where life is impossibly hard. When his brother is killed as an example by the abusive foreman, he enacts his revenge and ends up having to flee. Taking shelter in a crypt, he meets a vampire and thus his road to the later series is cemented. Fast paced and action packed, this is a must read for fans of the series.