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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This was a book that I loved so much growing up that I was actually quite nervous to re-read it as an adult. Forced to entertain tourists for the dreaded Mr.

A bit of parody of the fantasy genre. Refresh and try again. When war was lors, shortly after her fifth birthday, she was evacuated to Wales, and thereafter moved several times, including periods in Coniston Water, in York, and back in London. BookstoogeLT Dec 10, I also think Kit’s fake death is one of the most convincing I’ve ever read. The final camp was in the wrong place.

Looking for beautiful books? He can’t seem to keep his derholm forces on the right track, despite help from his son Blade, his daughter Shona the bard, and his griffin sons and daughters.

Dark Lord of Derkholm

And the dwarfs are taking their baskets of gold as tribute to the one they say is the real Dark Lord–Mr. Picturing this world as an allegory for a war-plagued country or a dictatorship in general This book had a different focus that I expected and not only because of that leaves me undecited on what to think about it.

Novels featuring siblings Add to Your books. I’m not so highbrow that I need to defend the nature of this book. The Wizard Derk has seven children with his wife the Enchantress Mara: It won’t be able to even go into my library collection.

Become a LibraryThing Author. I read this twice, once a few years ago. Books Read in 2, Of course it also so happens that the inhabitants of this magical land have had enough of the tours, despite the tour organiser being backed by a powerful demon and so a plan begins to turn this year’s tour into a means of removing the tours altogether.


Derkhollm had five griffin sons and daughters, apart from his two human children. I had great sympathy for the “Dark Lord” who was just an actor. I’m enough of a longtime fantasy reader to know that if you don’t see a body, possibly with the head ten feet away, he ain’t dead.

Then imagine that an enterprising person from an “otherworld” much like ours stumbled through a portal and discovered this real “fantasy” world. Every year dedkholm wizard is chosen to be the Dark Lord for a series of tourist parties from Earth arranged by the villainous bean counter Mr Chesney, a 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 loord.

Would you like to tell us about a lower price? She thinks she’s fat, and can hardly get off the ground to fly. Write a customer review. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen is a perfect example of this.

I really liked the main characters and the story. I still had some problems with this book: What they expect are all the trappings of a grand fantasy adventure, including the Evil Enchantress, Lorx Guides, the Dark Lord, Winged Minions, and Everyone – wizards, soldiers, farmers, elves, dragons, kings and queens alike – is fed up with Mr Chesney’s Pilgrim Parties: Mythopoeic Fantasy Award Children’s Literature, I loved watching Jones take cherished cliches and turn them on their heads.

The time has come to end the staged madness. I didn’t like it as much as Howl’s Moving Castlebut there’s not much to top Howl, so that’s not bad.

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Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children’s Literature I find them beautifully written, easy to lose ones self in and a downright pleasure to read. Year Of The Griffin. And Pilgrim Parties, organised by a man from another world — Mr Chesney who holds a demon captive in his pocket to make the magic world do his bidding.


Tours go through and the people living there have to put on a world wide show. I didn’t recapture the magic as an adult.

The overall concept of this novel is one which hinges around the idea that people from our world or at least a world very similar travel across worlds into a fantasy land populated by peaceful groups of elves, wizards, dragons and so forth. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Dark Lord of Derkholm is a very, very funny book–providing you’re familiar with the genre and tropes it’s satirizing. What an excellent book! So real that cities were sacked down, people were killed, fields were destroyed. It could have gone the straight up parody route, or it could have taken this topic seriously ala Hunger Games, maybe?

Picturing this world as an allegory for a ddrkholm country derkyolm a dictatorship in general worked really well. About Diana Wynne Jones.

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The main character – a creative, slightly bumbling, “farmerly” familyman of a wizard – is chosen as this year’s “Dark Lord” and has to orchestrate multiple ba I really enjoyed this book.

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Re-read August 5, The grittiness, too, is staggeringly well-done – I really get the exhaustion of the characters during the long marches. Chesney operates Pilgrim Parties, a tour group that takes paying participants into an outer realm where the inhabitants play frightening and foreboding roles. Meanwhile the Tour organizer is stealing lprd essence of this world for ‘otherworld’.