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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No wizard wants to be chosen as the year’s Dark Lord, because Mr. Not Jones’ best work. Deep Secret The Merlin Conspiracy It’s clearly an attack, but it’s also clear that things were stopped. A fantasy world is dominated by its destructive tourist industry.

Not only we observe how the whole world trying to organize the tours while trying to finish it at the same time, we also observe how Derk and his wife, Mara, and also their human-children and griffin-children, tried to stay together as a family.

Books Read in Picturing this world as an allegory for a war-plagued country or a dictatorship in general worked really well.

They ran, some of them with charming little white sheep attached to their legs or backsides and the lprd shouting about monsters. I find them beautifully written, easy to lose ones self in and a downright pleasure to read.

Dark Lord of Derkholm

Thus his children are left in charge of everything. I thought the concept of a fantasy world being exploited by someone in our world for tourism purposes was pretty clever and enjoyed the stereotypical quest milestones of the tours. Very well written, great action! Story is great – book is awful. This was a fun read, but it was not quite as good as some of her other books there were too many characters to keep track of, and thus only cursory understanding of each character’s personality.


A large-scale battle is staged and fought between the forces of good and the forces of evil.

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The crazy crusty magical old bat bespells Mara into leaving her husband, tries to kidnap Callette, and mercilessly dooms Derk to fail in every way. Dec 02, Elliott rated it really liked it.

The Best Books of Anyway, dfrkholm was an enjoyable read and I’m interested enough to consider the sequel. Chesney’s Pilgrim Parties come on tour wanting to enjoy a classic fantasy adventure. The characters in this book were amazing. A sci-fi vibe in this book, with Pilgrim Tours to re-enact magical adventures for the tourists from other worlds.

A whole cast characters who frustrate, endear and amuse. I don’t actually have problems with Big G; I just don’t see much reason to like him other than his making Shona happy. Chesney sets the rules, such as that all wizard guides must have long white beards–even year-old Blade–and every Party gets to “slay” the Dark Lord. Wizard Derk of Derkholm. There were a lot of subtle and interesting hints about how the people in this world are suffering e.


I love how this book started off in the action and I will definitely continue on with this series and I will read more of Diana Wynne Jones’ books. The Dark Lord of Derkholm. And I didn’t grow particularly fond of any of the characters; my favorite character is my favorite due more to how other characters reacted to him than his own merit.

Still, I’d recommend this one for comic relief and a few heartwarming moments. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Derkhoml. Derk undertakes to “evil-fy” his home, Derkholm, for its role as the Dark Lord’s capital.

She was olrd with both McKinley and Gaiman, and Jones and Gaiman are fans of each other’s work; she dedicated her novel Hexwood to him after something he said in conversation inspired a key part of the plot. A great cook whose food is constantly declared “godlike”. Jones is a master of weaving in basic truths during absurd circumstances tempered with British practical responses that creates a hilarious and fantastic story.

Dark Lord of Derkholm. He’s also kind of a magic user.