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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Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Everyone – wizards, soldiers, farmers, elves, dragons, kings and queens alike – is fed up with Mr Chesney’s Pilgrim Parties: What they expect are all the trappings of a grand fantasy adventure, including the Evil Enchantress, Wizard 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: What they expect are all the trappings of a grand fantasy adventure, including the Evil Datk, Wizard Guides, the Dark Lord, Winged Minions, and all.
And every year different people are chosen to olrd these parts. But now they’ve had enough: Mr Chesney may be backed by a very powerful demon, but the Oracles have spoken.
Now it’s up to the Wizard Derk and his son Blade, this year’s Dark Lord and Wizard Guide, not to mention Blade’s griffin brothers and sisters, to save the world from Mr Chesney’s depredations. Paperbackpages. Published August by Gollancz first published Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children’s Dafk To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
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Lists with This Book. Aug 23, Celeste rated it really liked it Shelves: Full review now posted! Original review can be found at Booknest. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen is a perfect example of this. She set out to mock gothic literature, which she did beautifully, but what impresses me so much about that story is Full review now posted!
She set out to mock gothic literature, which she did beautifully, but what impresses me so much about that story is der,holm she managed to craft a near-perfect gothic novel as the vehicle for her parody. Thus far, it remains my favorite example of a gothic novel, even though the entire book was written as a way to poke fun of the genre. In Dark Lord of Derkholm, Jones accomplishes the same for classic fantasy, particularly the subgenre of portal fantasy. Here, we have a beautifully crafted fantasy world that basks in its own cliches.
Chesney, a business mogul from a magic-free planet that must be ours, has basically enslaved this lovely world to his Pilgrim Tours, a way for people from our world to experience a fantasy adventure. While the residents derkhilm this fantasy world are supposedly reimbursed from their troubles, everyone is miserable and just wants out of the contract binding them to Mr.
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Chesney will give up and go home. But Chesney has more invested in this world than they know. And Derk has built derkholmm himself a wonderfully supportive and capable family, including five griffins, and they are determined to help him succeed. This was such a funny book. I loved watching Jones take cherished cliches and turn them on their heads.
The cast of characters she built were incredibly varied, and the vast majority of them were very likable and sympathetic.
Dari premise of the book was very tongue-in-cheek, but Jones managed to insert an impressive eerkholm of drama into such a short little book. So much was happening, and there derkhopm very few dull moments. Also, there were plot twists! After the first couple of chapters, I stopped thinking of this as a parody and started thinking about it as a legitimate fantasy novel in its own right. View all 11 comments. Apr 27, Toby rated it really liked it Shelves: Just over six years ago I met the person I want to spend my entire life with, in that time I was very quickly made aware of her affection towards the fantasy author Diana Wynne Jones and regularly told to give her a try.
Being such a considerate husband I finally relented on the proviso that she choose me one that wasn’t for kids, wasn’t too massive and was one of her better novels. Apparently the first two choices are already lent lird a friend of ours and so I was derkhollm with a well loved copy Just over six years ago I met the person I want to spend my entire life with, in that time I was very quickly made aware of her affection towards the fantasy author Diana Wynne Jones and regularly told to give her a try.
Apparently the first two choices are already lent to a friend of ours and so I was provided with a well loved copy of this Derkholm book. I quite enjoyed it, not that I’m surprised by this fact, she’s a highly awarded and regarded author in the genre by all those in the know, and those that don’t know are quite probably the type to gush over something interminably “epic”.
The Dark Lord of Derkholm is actually just the wizard Derk, prophesied by an oracle to be the chosen one, the wizard who would finally bring the world peace and free it from an evil overlord who holds the world in his vice-like grip via a portal from Earth.
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, 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 demon. How the hell did she come up with this stuff? Derk has help from his loving family of wizards in training and magical creatures adopted as children, even the genetically altered flying pigs are dragged in to things despite their only real desire in life to nuzzle their father, Derk.
The plot is labyrinthine, the characters plentiful, the prose incredibly playful, but it is the interraction between the many members of Derk’s family that provide the real pleasure of this novel, they’re all interesting and unique creations and they all have their own relationships with each other, factions and favourites etc, but as it’s still technically a novel aimed at the teenage market they’re all very loving towards each other when all is said and done.
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The other great skill displayed is that of world building without info dumps, the information is provided in short bursts as it naturally comes up in each chapter, sometimes only obliquely referenced and other times actually experienced by a character, in direct contrast to one of the major issues I have with most other books in the fantasy genre, “epic” books that take six pages to discuss the history of a valley that you’ll never come across again in an entire sixteen novel sequence type of thing.
I won’t be derkhklm more of this stuff I’m sure but I had a great time discovering Diana Wynne Jones all the same. View all 5 comments. Initially I really liked it and found it humorous. It reminded me of Pratchett’s DiscWorld a bit in its humor only. So color me shocked when I ran into a xerkholm worded but pretty obvious gang sexual assault. There was no need for it but it still happened. I was shocked to find something so The MC hears his sister screaming but can’t get to her.
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Shortly after darj good guy stops the criminals and re-cages them. The sister is crouched down on the ground with bruises and ripped clothes and as soon as they walk up to her she starts screaming “Don’t touch me! Haven’t picked it up since.
It’s now December I hate rape and sexual abuse. View all 12 comments. Imagine that your world has real elves, dakr, wizards, and all those items necessary for a good fantasy tale.
Then imagine that an enterprising person from an “otherworld” much like ours stumbled through a portal derrkholm discovered this real “fantasy” world. Forty years later you might have a problem much like that in this book where Mr.
Chesney’s Pilgrim Parties come on tour wanting to enjoy a classic fantasy adventure. The only problem is dak Mr. Chesney’s contract is so airtight that it devas Imagine that your world has real elves, dragons, wizards, and all those items necessary for a good fantasy tale. Chesney’s contract is so airtight that it devastates the fantasy world and everyone is at their wits’ end trying to fulfill their obligations. So when the Light Oracle and the Dark Oracle tell the ruling council what to do to end this devastation, no one asks questions.
Except, that is, for Wizard Derk since part of the requirement is that he becomes this year’s Dark Wizard. He’s a mild mannered wizard who only wants to develop new forms of animals, but finds his life turned into an increasing spiral of trying to overcome chaos.
This is a unique concept for a story that hooked me from the beginning. When derkolm add in Diana Wynne Jones’ brand of humor you will understand why I read this book in a dead heat in one day, occasionally cackling with derkolm I will never again be able to say, “when dsrk fly” without cracking up. Get this book and read it. Will it be as enjoyable the second time around?
The answer to that question: I liked it better than Howl’s Moving Castlewhich I’d read earlier in There was a nice mixture of wit and magic, and some characters I could really get behind. The concept was absurdly brilliant – a fantasy world used as a theme park by Pilgrim Parties that come to live the adventure.
Derk is chosen to be this year’s Darklord and must go out of his way to give the tourists the xerkholm possible ep 3. Derk is chosen to be this year’s Darklord and must go out of his way to give the tourists the best sark epic thrillride. Execution was nice too. Jones had a way of smooth prose and timing. This book was actually much darker than I’d expected despite the title and I’m not really sure I’d call it “YA”, as the marketing has it.
The light tone though darker subject matter at times and satirical approach might have played into that, but it certainly wasn’t childish. There was a moment or two near the end that almost ruined the story somewhat, but things worked out fairly well by the end.
The ending almost disappointed me too, but then I put into perspective the type of book I was reading. I’m actually giving extra props for Jones being able to make me take this story seriously enough ferkholm question that ending.
Not to be vague, but I don’t want to spoil any of it.