The Lake of Souls by Darren Shan

Posted June 17, 2016 in Book Review / 0 Comments

The Lake of Souls by Darren ShanThe Lake of Souls by Darren Shan
Series: Cirque du Freak #10
Also in this series: A Living Nightmare, The Vampire's Assistant, Tunnels of Blood, Vampire Mountain, Trials of Death, The Vampire Prince, Hunters of the Dusk, Allies of the Night, Killers of the Dawn, Lord of the Shadows, Sons of Destiny
Published by Brown Books for Young Readers on September 6th 2006
Genres: Fantasy, Middle Grade, Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 272
Format: Paperback
Source: Owned
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Darren Shan, Vampire Prince, and his friend Harkat Mulds face monstrous obstacles on their desperate quest to the Lake of Souls. There, they will confront Harkat's dark origins on the banks of the lake where Mr. Tiny fished out a dead soul to create him. Will they survive the savage journey? And what awaits them in the murkey waters of the dead? Be careful what you fish for...

Main points

This book was just a trip to crazytown. The end kind of explains it a little, but it was still the freakin’ weirdest thing ever. It was so random. Nothing really made sense. It felt like such a departure from the plot. A little side-quest. That’s pretty much what it was. A weird little adventure to finish off one mystery that doesn’t have anything to do directly with the War of the Scars. But I’m glad the mystery got solved, even though I’d have preferred it without all this craziness. It’s pretty interesting, who Harkat was. Obviously it had to be someone familiar, right? I don’t think that’s much of a spoiler. It would be silly if it was someone we didn’t know. There would hardly be this much fuss about it—there wouldn’t be an entire book devoted to it. But I’m not super impressed at the end of the day.

I also think it’s hilarious that Darren thinks it’s okay to leave two women to go to Vampire Mountain by themselves. Normal women. Yeah, that’s a great idea. No vampire escorts. Also one of the women happens to be the love of his life. He must have a lot of confidence in them.

Ughhhh this book was just weird. I enjoyed parts of it but it just felt wrong and awkward at a lot of times. Especially with the new character introduced. He was so weird and shifty and unfortunately necessary. But okay, this book is done, now let’s get back to the war…

 reaction upon finishing

Hmmm….interesting? I think??

this book in one word


About Darren Shan

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 Series in the United States. He is the author of The Demonata series, as well as some stand-alone books, and a series of books for adults under the alternative name of D.B. Shan.

Overall: four-stars


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