Dark Lord of Derkholm. Darklordofderkholm. Attribution. Author, Diana Wynne Jones. Cover Artist, Jos A. Smith. Publication information. Publisher, US. A description of tropes appearing in Dark Lord of Derkholm. A Young Adult fantasy novel by Diana Wynne Jones, set in the world described in her meta- . In a career spanning four decades, award-winning author Diana Wynne Jones ( ‒) wrote more than forty books of fantasy for young readers.

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Dark Lord of Derkholm

Everyone in the world is suffering from the pilgrim tours except the innkeepers, priests, and thieves. Chesney could at least have been eaten by something. Derk is an outcast in the wizard community, a man who prefers to invent interesting new creatures rather than focus on more every day spells such as conjuring feasts and enchantment.

Every year a wizard is chosen to be the Dark Lord for a series of tourist parties from Earth arranged by the villainous bean counter Mr Chesney, verkholm position of great importance as you’re responsible for keeping the entire planet organised to service the tourists or face death by Chesney’s pocket demon. The novel was based on Diana Wynne Jones’ Tough Guide to Fantasy Lor — an encyclopedia-style collection of all the cliches of fantasy writing.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. A show that leads the tourists to believe that this world is one of magical battles and dark, evil lords. She’s very fast, very bossy, and very self-conscious of her looks.

Anyway, this was an enjoyable read and I’m interested enough to consider the sequel. Forced to entertain tourists for the dreaded Mr. Tolkien before graduating in Chesney operates Pilgrim Parties, a tour group that takes paying participants into an outer realm where the inhabitants play frightening and foreboding roles.

Blade and Shona, Derk’s human son and daughter, take charge of the Pilgrim Party that Blade was assigned to as the wizard guide. I especially loved the griffins. We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. The time has come to end the staged madness.


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I mean, I get that part of the plot of the story was that there was so much going on and things were getting out of everyone’s control I Agree This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and if not signed in for advertising.

Back at Derkholm, father Derk is darkk depressed by the apparent death of Kit, and does not carry out any of the Dark Lord’s duties, nor eat, sleep, or wash. It follows one of Derk’s childrenElda, as she attends university for the first time. That would explain a lot. Although not as tightly focused as some of her earlier novels, the galloping pace makes Dark Lord of Derkholm a quick, fun read for her numerous fans.

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Books with Noble Titles deerkholm What an excellent book! The jumping not-quite-omniscient point of view, while sometimes frustrating to me, shows this pretty well. I can’t wait to discuss it in my book club tonight!

This is a fun story about a world of people who have been made to turn their country into a theme park for the tourists from another world. Then imagine that an enterprising person lordd an “otherworld” much like ours stumbled through a portal and discovered this real “fantasy” world. Start reading Dark Lord of Derkholm on your Kindle in under a minute.

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Poole, Inland Revenue officer. Status Diana Wynne Jones — primary author all editions calculated Campion, Paul Cover artist secondary author some editions confirmed Lorv, Susanna Translator secondary author some editions confirmed Smith,Jos.

Greenwillow Books; 1st edition April 10, Language: So, Querida decides to ask the oracles how to stop the tours.

I love constructed families in my fiction, but I can also really get behind a loving biological family, too. They hold it together as well as they can, but Querida keeps getting in the way. Shona and Blade, the former being the older; Kit black with gold eyesthe oldest griffin and a magic-user; Callette brown with green-grey wingswho makes all of the Dark Lord’s “gizmos” with Mr. The Dark Lord of Derkholm is one of those novels that provides an entertaining story as well as subverting the typical ideas and expectations of the fantasy genre.


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She set out to mock gothic drak, which she did beautifully, but what impresses me so much about that story is Full review now posted! They overcome more and more dangerous obstacles, more or less in one piece, before reaching the Dark Lord and defeating him and destroying his evil empire.

Basically, the idea is given in the synopsis. This is a great book if you’re looking for a laugh, and it has a few perks beyond that: Her retirement from the University sets the stage for a sequel, Year of the Griffinwhen Derk’s youngest daughter goes for training in magic. What I love about Diana Wynne Jones is how she can present a fantasy novel with a different angle than other fantasy novels with a standard plot – a boy or a girl, fated for something big, learning through ordeals, obtaining greatness.

The magic system and the politics are kinda fun, and Derk’s magic is great. Chesney’s pocket escape and return to its mate, the one that Wizard Derk summoned. Derk has a little bit of a Dr Moreau meets Dr Doolittle feel about him. So this year, the rulers of this world decide that they have to put a stop to it This story is for funsies. Chesney’s Pilgrim Parties come on tour wanting to enjoy a classic fantasy adventure. It does so by providing a world which pretends to be what people expect from a fantasy land, when in reality the inhabitants of this world are a little more settled and realistic than all of that.

Dark Lord of Derkholm. They experience many adventures starting with an easy attack by leathery-winged avians. Works by Diana Wynne Jones. I’m actually giving extra props for Jones being able to make me take this story seriously enough to question that ending.