In a career spanning four decades, award-winning author Diana Wynne Jones ( ‒) wrote more than forty books of fantasy for young readers. Mr. Chesney operates Pilgrim Parties, a tour group that takes paying participants into an outer realm where the inhabitants play frightening and foreboding r. 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- .

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When the Oracles suggest that the mild-mannered wizard Derk, whose skills are mostly in agriculture and breeding magical creatures and who just wants to be left in peace with his family and his garden, should be appointed as Dark Lord for the year, things don’t quite go according to plan. 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.

Red in the eyes of a dragon, he remembered learning as a student, meant that it was angry. This is a great book if you’re looking for a laugh, and it has a few perks beyond that: Not only did it live up to them, this book knocked it out of the park.

When we finally get to the tour let my one of our main characters, it was slightly frustrating, especially since the athor felt the need to implement even derholm characters to our already big cast of protagonists spanning a whole big family.


How the hell did she come up with this stuff? Querida overcomes objections all around and the plan is underway.

Deep Secret The Merlin Conspiracy There was something even wronger with this dragon than he had thought. I liked his character and looked forward to getting to know him.

She’s very fast, very bossy, and very self-conscious of her looks. They got relegated to the sidelines for the most part. 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.

November than in the U. Apr 03, Sesana rated it really liked it Shelves: I guess I see no reason for other people not to like them, but to me they felt chaotic and added so many things that just werent neccessary at all. Refresh and try again. A fantasy world is dominated by its destructive tourist industry. Chesney, owns a business where he sends tourist groups into the fantasy world where the book takes place.

The smoke was making his lungs sore. He also forces every dwarf tribe to give a large amount of tribute in gold by styling himself as “Dark Lord of the World. Lists with This Book. Her first book was a novel for adults published by Macmillan inentitled Changeover.


We may even stop reading it at some point. I felt very entertained by this novel.

After 40 years of devastation and slavery to Mr Chesney’s moneymaking, the leaders of the world decided that they had had enough and went to the Oracles to consult for a way ov end it all. The jumping not-quite-omniscient point of view, while sometimes frustrating to me, shows this pretty well. I also never saw Barnabas’ betrayal coming.

Dark Lord of Derkholm

Every group is to believe that their tour is unique, while actually they are the exact same thing. According to her autobiography, Jones decided she was an atheist when she was a child. Thus far, it remains my favorite example of a gothic novel, even though the entire book was written as darj way to poke fun of the genre.

I won’t be reading more of this stuff I’m sure but I had a great time discovering Diana Wynne Jones all the same. This was definitely dwrkholm fun story. 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! The light tone though darker subject matter at times and satirical approach loed have played into that, but it certainly wasn’t childish.