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The Lake of Souls

(Cirque du Freak #10)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  21,535 ratings  ·  502 reviews
"If you step through after Harkat, you might never come back. Is your friend worth such an enormous risk?"

Darren and Harkat face monstrous obstacles on their desperate quest to the Lake of Souls. Will they survive the savage journey? And what awaits them in the murky waters of the dead? Be careful what you fish for...
Paperback, 272 pages
Published September 6th 2006 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published 2002)
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Miranda Reads
Nov 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
THIS DOES NOT do much for the plot...

...but does provide an interesting story (okay, okay, so it does provide one essential thing to the plot...but I feel like that really could've been summed up on a sentence or two rather than devoting an entire book to it...)

In this harrowing journey, Darren and Harkat embark to save Harkat's mind from nightmares (which are slowly driving him crazy). They need to travel another dimension to figure out who Harkat used to be and hopefully that will be enough t
This is book 10 of the Cirque Du Freak series. In this book Harkat, a Little Person created by a dead soul by Mr. Tiny, is trying to figuire out who he really is. He protected Darren in all his adventures no its Harkat's turn to have one. Mr. Tiny visits the Cirque Du Freak taking Harkat with him to find his real soul. Darren jumps in with Harkat when he was not supposed to but Mr. Tiny allows it anyways. Mr. Tiny sent Harkat and Darren to a harsh desert. After enduring a very long journey thru ...more
Sadly, I cannot continue with this series. It has just gone on for too long and has lost my interest.
Oct 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all my friends
Recommended to Xavies by: Reader
This book is soooo good. I can't put it down. EVER!! I read all nine books in a mounth or so.Right now i'm on the tenth book, and almost finish with this one.I'm looking forward for to the elevnth and twelve'th book. ...more
Quentin Wallace
Apr 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
A couple of huge twists in this one. The story is pretty much Harkat Mulds and Darren on a quest to find out who Mulds was when he was alive. Toss in some dragons, cannibalism(?!) and a huge revelation and you have a pretty cool story. It really did get away from the main storyline but I'm assuming it's all going to tie back and become very important later. I'm near the end of the series and I have to say it's bittersweet as it has been a great read. ...more
Feb 02, 2016 rated it it was ok
book 10:
I can't believe the books actually got better..
Let me start of with the reason I'm reading this saga, while absolutely hating it. when I was around 12 I saw the first book of the saga of Darren Shan in my school library. Obsessed with fantasy as I was, I decided to give it a try. In my 12-year old mind the first book was absolutely amazing, and i couldn't wait for the next one. Sadly, my town's library only had the last 3 books out of a 12 books long saga. I wasn't really a picky reader,
Oct 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book answers numerous questions whilst also throwing many more out there to be answered in the final two books.

The main purpose of this book is to help us get answers as to who Harkat really is. Taking place in an unknown location (until later in the book) the characters work through tasks to find out more about Harkat. Whilst it is the longest book in the series it does address many things, giving the reader numerous answers to questions that have been asked in the past.
Sep 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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The Lake of Souls takes place right after Killers of the Dawn, with Mr. Crepsley dead and Steve's revelation that he is the Lord of the Vampaneze. Darren is unable to cry. He feels numb, but with the help of the bearded lady, Truska, he eventually does so. Mr. Tiny then appears and tells Harkat that if he wants his nightmares (which have returned) to stop, he must walk through a portal that Mr. Tiny makes. Harkat refuses to let Darren go with him. Debbie Hemlock and Police Chief Alice Burgess wa ...more
Apr 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another good book in the Cirque du Freak series, and what a good writing of the Irish accent!! Very action pack, closer to an epic fantasy quest, that was different but interesting. It allows the bond between two characters to evolve a lot and I like it. Only two books left and I'm really curious to see how the author wrap it all up. Definitely a series worth reading and a series not talked about enough in my opinion. This book as darker moment an I think this is perfect for the targeted audienc ...more
Deshawn Vasquez
Apr 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What begins as a standalone adventure ends up being one of the most important installments. While I get the complaints that it feels so separate from the rest of the saga, the change of pace and scenery felt refreshing and provides more worldbuilding and foreshadowing than I imagine people may have given it credit for without the framework it provides for the final two books.
Jesse Wyant
Dec 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I personally loved the book. In the 11th book of the series Darren Shan really showed off his ability to keep readers on the edge of their seats. He uses tension and excitement around every corner and uses some gruesome imagery and foreshadowing.

Darren and Harkat are the two main characters and seem to come closer somehow during their latest adventure traveling to a barren waste land that might be the future of Earth depending on the outcome of the war of the scars. Darren and Har
Nic Echo
Dec 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Nic by: Tesk
About the Book:
Shan takes a step back from the War of Scars and focuses on a character that we all have come to know and love: Harkat Mulds. Harkat's nightmares have returned, and Mr. Tiny shows up to transport Darren and the Little Person to another world so that the latter can figure out who he was in his past life.

Well, this book has definitely taken a different path from the rest of the series, and I must admit I very much enjoyed it. It was like a nice vacation, only not so relaxing.
Paul Eckert
It’s been about two years since I read the last Cirque du Freak book, so some of the details of previous books are kind of fuzzy. But judging by the reviews I gave them at the time, it seems that despite a few problems, I’ve enjoyed the series as a whole.

While other installments had some filler and/or unnecessary plot points, The Lake of Souls felt almost entirely unnecessary to the overall plot of Cirque du Freak. It was kind of interesting to find out who Harkat Mulds was in his former life,
David Sof 2014
Nov 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing
In the 11th book of the best selling Cirque du freak series by Darren Shan,'Lake of souls harket goes and find out about his past. Harket is a little person who is dress in blue robes,no ears,no sense of taste or smell,and eats almost anything.This book shows him and Darren who goes to a quest to find Harket's past. They went against a jaguar,through a tunneled room,dragons and a lake of souls which shows all bad Vampires and vampaneze that broke the rule and didn't flow to paradise. The met a d ...more
Jul 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After the devastating events at the end of book 9 I wasn't sure what to expect from this one. I knew a huge gap would be left by the fallen and I wasn't sure how it would move forward without him.
But Darren is our storyteller and he manages to spin his tale and make everything work. Although I still deeply missed our fallen comrade.
This book mainly focuses on Darren and Harkat, it is time for Harkat to discover the truth about his past and journey through barren lands, dark tunnels, big lakes
Jul 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
The only reason I am not giving this five stars is...well, I don't particularly know myself. It was an amazing entry to the series. Not as good as 'The Vampire Prince', though. That was my favorite.
Darren Shan is one of my favorite authors because of this series. I saw a book at the bookstore yesterday and, heh, his name caught my eye.
Well, let's get started with the review.
Things I liked about this book:
Mr. Tiny.
Things that were weird, but gave
Oct 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Feb 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
This book counted as two books.

Darren and Harkat are on one of their biggest missions yet. For Harkat to discover who he used to be they have to go on a deadly quest. They go to a place where you might as well be asking for danger. Is this weird place another world, another dimension, Earth in the past? Will Darren and Harkat survive this terrifying journey?

This book wasn't like the others. It had more mystery and cliff hangers to it. almost as if Darren Shan the author has grown. Personally
Apr 24, 2020 rated it liked it
This book was like an introduction to the abilities of Mr. Tiny, his powers, his thinking, how manipulative he is and what rules he abides. We got to know him better, and characters got to know him better too. I really liked the parts when Darren and Harkat tried to think like Mr. Tiny, tried to make sense of the situation using what they knew from him, relying on fate and believing that there is a reason why things happened the way they did.
It was an interesting book, but so far away from the
Sara Bakhshi
Jun 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I remembered this series of books was one of my reasons as a child to go to the libraries!
enjoyed it at that time
Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
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Jan 31, 2021 rated it liked it
WTF did I just read????
Gotta say throughout the first part of the book I had to keep checking that this was part of the same series. Rather than the vampires and vampaneze, this book deals with an endless desert and dragons and toads and zombie-esque temple worshippers and it was just a big mind f*ck. Not at all like the books previous. I do appreciate the novelty that it provided, however.
But the big SHOCKER was the Harkat, who went through all these trials set by Mr. Tiny, was actually the rei
This is the last of the books that I know I've read before, but I honestly didn't remember any of it, other than Harkat's true identity.

I really have no idea how this book ties into the War of Scars and defeating the Vampaneze Lord. But it was still a fun addition. This story is like a basic quest. Darren and Harkat have to overcome obstacles (the panther, the Temple, the dragons) to get their reward (find out Harkat's identity).

Its pretty creepy. The action rivals the more exciting books of the
Leoni Dempsey
3 star read for me overall ⭐️⭐️⭐️ this instalment of the Darren Shan saga sees Darren and Harkat Mulds entering and navigating a strange world fraught with danger and obstacles to finally discover who Harkat Mulds was. This is a departure from the main storyline which seemed to add very little other than to reveal who Harkat Mulds was. I didn’t enjoy this story as much as others in the series and at times, I felt the storyline bordered on the ridiculous! The character of Spits Abrams was also qu ...more
Oct 28, 2020 rated it liked it
This book definitely didn't hit my recollection at all! I had no memories of this, apart from (view spoiler) That whole culty thing seemed insane, finding out who Harkat was also shook me! And I knew something fishy was up with Spits! ...more
Nov 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Grotesque is sexy af (;
Feb 15, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, audiobook, 2021
This is my least favorite installment so far. We learned a little bit about some characters and a possible outcome of the war, but other than that, this was almost all filler.
Apr 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: magical, series
This was a bit of a ride. Kinda guessed that Harkat would be someone like who he was (in the way that he was made and the time thing) but never thought it'd be that guy.

Oct 23, 2009 rated it liked it
harkat trys to figure out what his past was like. do you think that darren and harkat will surevive this journy while they are facing off against monsters and vampaneze.Harkat and darren went to the past and figured out who harkat really was. But it was kind of hard for them because they had to fight dragons and monsters and giant spiders. it was a very hard challenge for them but they didnt die and they figured out who harkat was in the past. i thought they was both going to die when theyu was ...more
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Librarian's note: Also writes books for adults under the name Darren Dash. And in the past he has released books for adults under the names D.B. Shan and Darren O'Shaughnessy.

Darren Shan (born July 2, 1972 in London, England) is the pen name of the Irish author Darren O'Shaughnessy, as well as the name of the protagonist of his book series The Saga of Darren Shan, also known as The Cirque Du Freak

Other books in the series

Cirque du Freak (1 - 10 of 12 books)
  • A Living Nightmare (Cirque Du Freak, #1)
  • The Vampire's Assistant (Cirque du Freak #2)
  • Tunnels of Blood (Cirque du Freak #3)
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