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5 Feb 2009 The Saga of Darren Shan (Book 10)

The tenth part of the Saga of Darren Shan – one boy’s terrifying journey from human to half-vampire to Vampire Prince.

“If you step through after Harkat, you might never come back. Is your friend worth such an enormous risk?”

A terrifying new world, a deadly new challenge for Darren Shan, the Vampire Prince.

Darren and Harkat face monstrous obstacles on their desperate quest to the Lake of Souls. Will they survive their savage journey? And what awaits them in the murky waters of the dead? Be careful what you fish for…

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks; 1st edition (5 Feb 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007159196
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007159192
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 25.4 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 76,639 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Darren Shan's real name is Darren O'Shaughnessy (pronounced O-Shock-Nessy, though it can also be pronounced O-Shawn-Essy). Although he is Irish, he was born on July 2, 1972, in St. Thomas' Hospital, London -- directly across the river from the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, which may explain his fascination with evil bloodsuckers! He lived in South East London, near the Elephant & Castle. He started school at the early age of three (he was such a wild child, no pre-school facility would have him!), in English Martyrs. At the age of six, he moved to Limerick in Ireland, with his parents and younger brother, and has lived there ever since.

Shan went to primary school in Askeaton, where his mother was a teacher, then to secondary school in Copsewood College in Pallaskenry. Later, he went back to London to study Sociology and English at Roehampton University. He then worked for a cable television company in Limerick for a couple of years, before setting up as a full-time writer at the age of 23.

Although Shan always wanted to be a writer, it was only in his teenage years that he began writing in his spare time for fun (before that, he only wrote stories if they were for homework). He bought his first typewriter when he was 14, and never looked back, knocking out loads of short stories and comic scripts, and making false starts on several books, which he never completed. He enjoyed his first taste of literary success at age 15, as a runner-up in a television script-writing competition for RTE in Ireland, with a dark comedy script titled A Day in the Morgue (he was morbid even then!).

Shan was 17 when he finished his first novel. Although it was never published, he relished the writing experience, and found himself focusing more on novels in the coming years, leaving behind the short-story format. For the next several years, sandwiched between university and work, he wrote an average of one book a year, experimenting with different ideas, genres, lengths and styles. When he started writing full-time, his output shot up to 5 to 6 books per year! But that has dropped back to 2 to 3 recently, due to all the travelling around he's been doing to promote sales of his books.

All of these early books were adult-oriented. Although Shan quite liked the idea of writing a children's book one day, he considered himself an adult writer first and foremost. In fact, Shan's initial breakthrough was with an adult book, in 1999, titled Ayuamarca (since re-released in the UK as Procession Of The Dead, and coming to the USA in 2010).

In January 2000, his first children's book, Cirque du Freak, which he'd written as a fun side-project, was published. The first book in a series titled The Saga of Darren Shan (or Cirque du Freak, as it's known in America), it attracted rave reviews and an ever-growing army of fans hungry to learn more about vampires which were quite unlike any that anyone had ever seen before!

Shan loved writing for children so much, that for the next several years he focused exclusively on his books for younger readers. First, he wrote a total of 12 books about vampires. He quickly followed up his vampiric saga with The Demonata, a series about demons. Running to ten books in total, The Demonata cemented Shan's place in the UK as the Master Of Children's Horror, and saw him score his first UK #1 bestseller. He also wrote a one-off short book, called Koyasan, for Wold Book Day in the UK.

There was a very successful manga adaptation of Shan's vampire series, drawn by the Japanese artist, Takahiro Arai. It was originally serialized in Japan, but collected volumes are now on sale in the USA, UK and other countries.

In addition to writing for children, Shan has now returned to his first love and is once again writing for adults as well. He has had two adult books published in the UK, Procession Of The Dead and Hell's Horizon. They have been released in a number of other countries too, and are due to hit the USA in 2010. A third, City of the Snakes, goes on sale in the UK in March 2010. His first adult books were released under the name of D B Shan, but they are being reprinted under the name of Darren Shan in March 2010, and City of the Snakes will be released under the Darren Shan name.

By the start of 2010, Shan's books were on sale in every continent, in 39 countries, in 31 languages, and have been children's bestsellers in America, Britain, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway and other countries. The books have topped adult bestseller charts in Hungary, Japan and Taiwan. In total, Shan's books have sold close to 15 million copies worldwide!!!!

The movie rights to Cirque Du Freak were bought by Universal, and the first movie (which combines elements from the first three books in the series) was released on October 23rd, 2009, starring newcomer Chris Massoglia as Darren Shan, along with a wide array of established stars such as Josh Hutcherson, John C Reilly, Salma Hayek, Willem Defoe and Ken Watanabe. The movie was called Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant. It was released on DVD and Blu-Ray in February 2010.

A big film buff, with a collection of more than four thousand movies at home, Shan also reads lots of comics and books, and likes to study and collect original artwork, especially comic art and impressionist and post-impressionist art. He has recently started adding sculptures to his collection, making use of the large, empty field outside his back door. Other interests include long walks, watching football (he's a Tottenham Hotspur and Ireland fan), listening to pop and rock music, theatre, worldwide travel, sampling the delights of both gourmet cuisine and finger-licking junk food, and dreaming up new ways to terrify his readers!!!

Shan spends most of his time in Limerick, Ireland, with his girlfriend Bas. He has no pets, but a neighbourhood dog called Goldie joins him on his walks most days. He also feeds a variety of wild birds, and spots the occasional hare and pheasant strolling through his back yard. In addition to his main home in Ireland, Shan has an apartment in London, to which he escapes for a burst of high-speed living every so often, when he feels the need to get his juices flowing!! Shan rarely writes when in London or on the road, preferring to tie himself to his computer when at home in Limerick, where he can work away solidly without any distractions in the peace and quiet of the Irish countryside.

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Cirque Du Freak
“…fast-paced and compelling book which leaves the reader hungry for more.”
JK Rowling

‘Brilliant, macabre tale.’

"I read Cirque Du Freak last week. I loved it. I love the way you manage to juggle the funny with the unpleasant, the affection with the hurt. It's
great story-telling."
Roddy Doyle

The Vampire’s Assistant
“The Vampire’s Assistant blazes a thrilling, gruesome trail through a fascinating plot.”
The Good Book Guide

Vampire Mountain
“Get your teeth into it!”
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The Saga of Darren Shan book 10: The Lake of Souls.
If you step through after Harkat, you might never come back. Is your friend worth such an enormous risk?
A terrifying new world, a deadly new challenge for Darren Shan, the Vampire Prince.
Darren and Harkat face monstrous obstacles on their desperate quest to the Lake of Souls. Will they survive their savage journey? And what awaits them in the murky waters of the dead? Be careful what you fish for...

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Lake of Souls 21 Oct 2003
By A Customer
I thought that this was one of Darren's best books ( my favourite being Trials of death). I liked the way it explained Harkat's life, gave you a twist with how Harkat was and the cliff hanger ending. I thought though that the story kind of went off the main focus of the saga with Steve and the Vampaneze. I thought however it was a good book and well worth all other Darren Shan fans.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very different 5 Sep 2006
By slick
This book was very different from the other Darren Shan books I have read, but I think that it had something to do with the fact that this book was set in another relm. In this book I found alot more about Mr Tiny that I never knew before and it surprised me just how powerful he acturly is.

The great thing about this book was the place that it was set and the discription of the relm that darren was put in. Most aurthors when writting about different relmes tend to go OTT with there discriptions and make it seem really unrelistic. But Darren Shan got it just right and made the relm both scary and relistic at the same time. Finally the twist at the end really was surprising, completely unexpected and finished the book perfectly.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING! 2 Jan 2004
By adam
itz gr8!this book is slightly differnet than the other book it doesnt really talk abiut darren's vampire life, this book takes us to a journey through our imagination, as darren and harkat search for harkats soul it is a daring adventure which darren has to figure out whats more important to him his friendship with the little person or the war of the scars. Darren makes his decision. in this book the dead traitor and darren reunite, somehow, now this is the decision darren has to make the traitor of the vampire clan or his old mate harkat ! read it, it is absolute class. 5 stars
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly one of the best books by Darren Shan! 30 Mar 2004
This book is a thrilling tale of death and dragons. The whole series is about the young Darren Shan being plunged into the world of evil in the age of his teens!
Darren Shan is sent to the other realm to save one of his best friends called Harkat. They have to find the Lake of Souls to find who Harkat was before they died. Will they find his soul in this dangerous world or will they meet some obstacles and die on the way there? Read the book and find out!
I recommend you read the other books before you read this as there is important information in the other books!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best book yet!! 30 Dec 2003
By Ryan
I think this book was excellent and was a true masterpiece by Darren Shan, and cleared up the mystery of Harkat's true identity. Now that whole thing has been cleared up, Darren Shan can now focus and go into more detail about 'The War Of Scars' and the vampaneze war in future books. It was a really good read and left me hungry for more!!
A must for all Shan fans! Read it now!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Lake of Souls 7 Jan 2004
Coming late to children's/teenage books I have found that Waterstones have a range to suit all. I started with Darren Shan, as a trilogy, to take on holiday, I have since bought all the books including the latest Lake of Souls. Considering I am in my late fifties, these books have keep me on the edge of my seat. Book 10 has been the most revealing of all as to where where Darren is going but I do hope that he won't stop at book 12. I have never been so rivited by any book for such a long time. I have read Buchan, Christie, (Manga and watched Anime, to those who know the genre). This is the most unbelievable series that I have read in my lifetime. I have recommended these to my son (who reads Terry Prichard). I would certainly recommend this series to all who enjoy fantasy. I eagerly await the following volimes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Series Takes a Creative Turn 26 Jan 2005
The expertly written Saga of Darren Shan continues to make the reader want more in The Lake of Souls. Once again there are big surprises and explanations of the mysterious little people, specifically Harkat Mulds, in a little more detail here.
Darren embarks on a journey that is seemingly not related to his quest to defeat the Vampaneze Lord...ahh, but all parts of Shan's books are related in some way. With a major character dead, the series had to turn toward explaining some of the elements of plot that had been introduced, but not completely explained.
At this point in the series, it has to be hard to decide where to take the plot, but Shan is genius in his decisions. The author keeps the reader wnating more, more, more.
In my reviews of the books in this series I try to say as little about plot as possible because I don't want to ruin anything for Shan fans.
For those who claim the author is without skill, I say Charna's guts! You just don't get it. This series continues to be all readers can think about until. . . the next installment--Lord of the Shadows
I read all 12 books in this series and actually ordered the last 4 from England because I couldn't wait to see what would happen next.
Shan's unique perspective on vampires makes this series fun for those who like vampire stories and those who do not. Shan is truly talented.
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5.0 out of 5 stars makes you need more. 29 July 2004
this book is great. needs more than just five stars!!!
i found this book in a bargin bucket in a shop in town, the cover design and the title drew me to buy it and it is well worth it!!
i had never heard of any of darren shan's work before and i didnt know what it was on aboout at first but it tells you most of it, if youve never read any of his books dont worry, it doesnt matter.
darren acompanies a friend into a strange world to help find out who he once was, the face scorching desserts, horrible creatures and drastic enviormental changes. the monsters includes panthers, giant toads, dragons, and some deformed snake.
i would reccomend this book to anyone!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The lake of souls
Darren and harkat face another immense adventure to find out who harkat used to be. But will they like the answer?
Published 10 days ago by Melissa Anneke Lock
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing again
An amazing book by Darren Shan!! Keeps you hooked and has a clear story all the way through!! It is an amazing read for anyone who likes a page turner!!!!
Published 6 months ago by twotone55
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
I think it was interesting and weird good twists there was a lot of uniqueness in the book I liked it.
Published 8 months ago by Isaac Green
4.0 out of 5 stars Different
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... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Barmy_Bex
4.0 out of 5 stars not bad...
I read this in a day and it was a thrill ride from start 2 finish. But,despite this, this wasn't my favourite and sometimes it became difficult 2 concentrate. A GOOD BOOK! Read more
Published 13 months ago by Sam The Man
5.0 out of 5 stars The lake of souls
Very very good book i could not believe how good it was. I can not wait to read the next one!!!!
Published 15 months ago by Oliver Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Shan any teenagers hero
I bought this book for my boyfriends 12 year old son and he hasn't put it down. Darren Shan is a fantastic author and I would recommend these books for any young teens. Read more
Published 17 months ago by CiaraDub9
5.0 out of 5 stars Potatoes
There is a microwave POTATO very tasty I like jaffa cakes and book was good too for my kindle fire I bought
Published 19 months ago by XxUkRedbullocksxX
4.0 out of 5 stars More adventurous and a greater sense of humanity
Wanting to escape reality and the War of the Scars, Darren heads on a journey with Harket into a magical land to try and find out Harket's true identity. Read more
Published on 31 Oct 2008 by Stampy
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite good, different from usual
This book is very different from the previous entries in the Saga of Darren Shan as it takes place in another world wheer Darren and Harkat have gone to discover who Harkat is. Read more
Published on 2 Jan 2008 by marky77
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