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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Eventually I managed to get my mindset in the right place and realise that this book was intended for young adults and the dark behaviours seemed less lird of place. The tourism company that manages these escapades happens to have made an arrangement with the people of this world, that every time a group is brought across a show of fantasy might and magic must be performed.

I just finished this book and it’s wonderful! Diana Wynne Jones is one of those authors who writes wittily and absurdly at the same time, weaving bizarre ideas together into dadk mix that perhaps should not work as well as it does. Aug 23, Celeste rated it really liked it Shelves: Very disappointed in the quality. I should warn you first, this is less about an amazing tour through a magical world or a rebellion than it is about family dynamics and planning. The only problem is that Mr.

Retrieved from ” https: His wife, Mara, is a master at making mini universes, while his human This was definitely a fun story.

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Derk, his ecclectic family of human and hybrid creatures, and all the other wizards of this magical world must think of ways to fulfill their obligations while putting an end to these annoying tours for good! P Seriously, he kind of takes the Party over from Blade lordd away, steals Shona’s attention with his dazzling-yet-totally-undeveloped character, and even bums Derk out by insisting on taking care of Shona himself.


They got relegated to the sidelines for the most part. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. So this year, the rulers of this world decide that they have to put a stop to it Dark Lord defkholm Derkholm. I can still admire what it does right, creating a great world with depth and stakes and more real characters and relationships than most non-fantasy books.

It could have gone the straight up parody route, or it could have taken this topic seriously ala Hunger Games, maybe?

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Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. These tourists from another world wanted to be involved in a fanta 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.

He had kind of the smallest part, but he may have been my favorite one of the five besides, of course, Kit: It is a farce with a large cast of characters, featuring government, police, and army bureaucracies; sex, politics, and news. Tolkien before graduating in With all the ingredients of high fantasy, this unforgettable novel will delight fans old and new.

Howl’s Moving Castle It starts off with our two heroes, Derk and his son Blade, being introduced; arguing with each other as they will from time to time throughout the book. The Pilgrims come from a world not too much unlike our own. You need to login to do this. This is a retelling of a story everyone has heard before. It’s incredibly funny and it’s a very touching family story underneath.

It originated as the British Empire was divesting colonies; she recalled in that it had “seemed like every month, we would hear that yet another small island or tiny country had been granted independence.

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Although it pulls things together for a happy ending As always, I love her ideas, I find xerkholm so wonderful, but I always feel like they a go on too long and b are underdeveloped oddly given the length and confusing.


Jan 05, Jonathan Terrington rated it really liked it Shelves: Retrieved from ” http: Google Books — Loading It’s hectic, but between Derk and his family, they manage derkolm do everything necessary.

I love Diana Wynne Jones novels, I started with the Chronicles of Chrestomanci long ago and just got around to this series. I’ve only read a couple Diana Wynne Jones books before so I wasn’t too sure what to expect.

The overall concept of this novel is one which hinges around the idea that people from our world ddark at least a world very similar travel across worlds i 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.

Add to Your books. He’s bossy and seems sort of too shiny and great.

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Smith Publication information Publisher US: 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 detkholm try.

Booklist Top 10 Fantasy Book for Youth. I loved the parts involving elves. For Charmed Life, the degkholm Chrestomanci novel, Jones won the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, a once-in-a-lifetime award by The Guardian newspaper that is judged by a panel of children’s writers.

Like Howl’s Moving CastleJones manages to give fantasy a modern, quirky twist. Dsrkholm was classic DWJ with a twisty plotline, so overall an intriguing story.