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BIRTH OF A KILLER Bie 6858 so ey Copyright Copyright © 2010 by Darren Shan All rights reserved. Except as permitted under the U.S. Copyright Act of 1976, no part of this publication may be reproduced, distributed, or transmitted in any form or by any means, or stored in a database or retrieval system, without the prior written permission of the publisher. Little, Brown and Company Hachette Book Group 237 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10017 Visit our website at www.HachetteBookGroup.com. www.!b-teens.com. Little, Brown and Company is a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc. The Little, Brown name and logo are trademarks of Hachette Book Group, Inc. First eBook Edition: October 2010 The characters and events portrayed in this book are fictitious. Any similarity to real persons, living or dead, is coincidental and not intended by the author. ISBN: 978-0-316-12914-5 Fe Pearse and Conall—children of the night! OBE (Order of the Bloody Entrails) to: Rachel Clements—one year down, only a couple of hundred to go!! Isobel Abulhoul and all of the Shantastic gang in Dubai Editorial Mentor: Nick “The Blood Ninja” Lake General Masterminds: Christopher Little and his Princely clan