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The Lake of Souls

(Cirque du Freak #10)

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"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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Jeff_§of2014
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
Miranda Reads
Nov 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-series, 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
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Xavies
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.
Sara
Sadly, I cannot continue with this series. It has just gone on for too long and has lost my interest.
Kaylee
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,
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Siobhan
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.
pob
Sep 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Viveia94
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 ...more
Jesse Wyant
Dec 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I personally liked.....no 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
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Paul Eckert
Its 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, Ive 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,
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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.

Review:
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.
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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 ...more
Becky
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
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Cameron
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:
Darren.
Harkat/youhavetoreadthebooktofindout.
Mr. Tiny.
Evanna.
Things that were weird, but gave
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Cary
Oct 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Reagan
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
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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
Natalie
Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
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Lily
Apr 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
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.

Jesse
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
Patryk Stypulkowski
Jun 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Darren Shan and Harkat Mulds, the mysterious little person, are sent on a quest to discover who Harkat was in his previous life, but the quest they are sent on was not what they expected.
Lake of Souls was an interesting book that made itself different from the other ones, taking place in a land previously unknown to Darren and Harkat, or any of the main characters. In this new land, the author has nothing holding him back from letting his imagination go wild, and the book is filled with all
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Hannah
Jul 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: made-me-cry, dutch
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Emily Kilcar
Mar 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This is another great book by the amazing...... Darren Shan! Harkat and Darren are sent out to find who Harkat used to be. Harkat is a little person made by Mr. Tiny. He makes them out of the leftovers of people's body's. I had definitely guessed he had been a vampire but I didn't expect him to be........ Kurds Smahlt! I was just thinking "How could that have happened if Harkat was born before Kurda died?" Then Mr. Tiny told Darren he went into the future took Kurda's body and replaced it ...more
Fionn
I almost gave this one star but the ending bumped it up to two. I really struggled through this one and I figured out at the very first clue with the letters who Harkat really was so that revelation was a disappointment for me. What I liked was this new world (and we find out at the end what it really is) and the (view spoiler).

I know the author intended this series to be much longer with this other world playing a bigger part but
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Serafinviola
Jun 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This is the tenth installment in the Cirque Du Freak series. I picked this book mainly because it took you away from the main conflict in the story and sent the main characters into a chaotic world which where humans became ants, and dragons became humans. To my surprise, that world was the future. I absolutely loved how the riddles to get to the Lake of Souls came together, such as the teeth with letters scratched on to them, the liquid bubbles that made bombs, and how Harkat found out that he ...more
Rachel
May 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
A different twist and approach on the series . This book takes a way/break from the present war between the vampires and vampaneze - instead it is a full packed adventure on finding out who Harkat really was. And believe you me your going to get a shock because i sure did! Anyway there are little bits or mystery flung in things to work out - which was fun. There's also fantasy with the creatures of the world in which they embark and lastly there is also a little bit of good old fashioned scare ...more
Bimran8
Mar 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Darren Shan must help his friend Harakat Muld figure out his true identify. For Harakat to find his identity he has to go on a quest to the lake of souls but Mr.Tiny has one heck on a journy planned for them. So Darren and Harakat go on the adventure that is planned for them and on the way they find something unusual. Will they find out who Harakat is? This book is about friendship,loyalty and good vs evil. Read more to find out.
Yousef
May 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Darren Shan must help his friend Harakat Muld figure out his true identify. For Harakat to find his identity he has to go on a quest to the lake of souls but Mr.Tiny has one heck on a journy planned for them. So Darren and Harakat go on the adventure that is planned for them and on the way they find something unusual. Will they find out who Harakat is? This book is about friendship,loyalty and good vs evil. Read more to find out.
Stasia de Tilly-Blaru
Oct 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: people who like gory books
Recommended to Stasia by: my older brother
i really liked this book because it kept me thinking about the clues and mystery that that you have to find out i expected the journey to the lake would be much longer and the lake much bigger
Zohal
Oct 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
AMAZING !!! Each book just gets better and better.
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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
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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)
  • Vampire Mountain (Cirque Du Freak, #4)
  • Trials of Death (Cirque Du Freak, #5)
  • The Vampire Prince (Cirque Du Freak, #6)
  • Hunters of the Dusk (Cirque Du Freak, #7)
  • Allies of the Night (Cirque du Freak, #8)
  • Killers of the Dawn (Cirque Du Freak, #9)
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