Allies of the Night and Killers of the Dawn by Darren Shan
Finally! It took months to get the 8th book, and when I got it, I breezed through it and the next one. Now I just have to wait a little longer before I can get through the last three in the Cirque Du Freak Series.
Not much happening in the Cirque, actually. Darren and his vampire mentor Crepsley have long since left the cirque, and after several years of hardship, losing friends, battling foes, and absorbing prophecies, they face their greatest enemy, and if they fail to kill him, vampires around the globe will be wiped from the face of the Earth.
Darren's gotten better, Shan's writing has improved (whether that is on purpose or happend naturally I'm still not certain), and the story has gone to quite interesting. Still not quite my cup of tea in certain respects, but I can see why it's a popular series nonetheless.
Notes from the playlist: "Woad to Ruin" (yes, spelled like that) by Hans Zimmer