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Diana Wynne Jones
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29 Aug 2013

A hilarious adventure about a fantasy world in danger of destruction from that most vile of threats… tourism .Winner of the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children’s Literature in 1999.

A humorous fantasy from Diana Wynne Jones. In a world next door to ours, the tourist industry is devastating the population by its desire to experience all the fantasy clichés - Dark Lords, impoverished villages, dragons etc.

The Head of the University resolves to shut the tours down; the only problem being the ruthless tour-master - and his all-powerful demons. To save them all, the incompetent wizard Derk is appointed as Dark Lord in the hope that he will ruin the tours, and sure enough proceeds to fail at everything due to his general uselessness. But can failing at everything lead to a win this time?

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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks (29 Aug 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007507577
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007507573
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 12.8 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 226,617 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Diana Wynne Jones is recognised internationally as a major writer of fantasy and in 2007 received a LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD at the World Fantasy Convention. She has also won the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award (twice) and the Guardian Award for CHARMED LIFE. Her books have been translated into more than eighteen languages, and her novel HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE was made into an animated film by Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki. Diana lives in Bristol with her husband, a professor of Early English literature.

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For Diana Wynne Jones:
“…Her hallmarks include laugh-aloud humour, plenty of magic and imaginative array of alternate worlds. Yet, at the same time, a great seriousness is present in all of her novels, a sense of urgency that links Jones’s most outrageous plots to her readers’ hopes and fears…”
Publishers Weekly

“Truly magical – guaranteed to leave you gasping – even hotter than Potter”
The Bookseller

For The Merlin Conspiracy:
“The characterisation is first rate, the ideas are fabulous … This is fantasy at its most inventive – canny, funny and far-reaching.” The Telegraph

“A curiosity shop of a book … a pleasure to lose yourself in.” The Sunday Times

“The Merlin Conspiracy is Wynne Jones on top form … [her] powerful narrative and her ability to create extraordinary charachers with real emotions make her more than a worthy rival to J K Rowling.” Financial Times

“A must for all Wynne Jones fans, past, present and future.” Limited Edition

About the Author

Diana Wynne Jones (1934–2011) spent her childhood in Essex and began writing fantasy novels for children in the 1970s. With her unique combination of magic, humour and imagination, she enthralled generations of children and adults with her work. She won the Guardian Award in 1977 with Charmed Life, was runner-up for the Children's Book Award in 1981 and was twice runner-up for the Carnegie Medal.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, moving and original 20 Sep 2013
By Cathy
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As with all Diana's book - you are guaranteed a wonderful story with spell-binding characters. I'd forgotten that this one has a bit that makes me cry (don't worry - it's all okay in the end). Since Harry Potter, we have all gone a bit ga-ga for wizards and the like, but this is something different - truly unique. I recommend this book for anyone; any age, any gender, any species.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Found it again! 28 Sep 2013
By Emily
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Found this several years ago at the local library and loved it. Couldn't find my own copy for love nor money so hugely pleased it's now available on kindle!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it. 26 Feb 2014
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Fantastic book. Typical Diana Wynne Jones style with a broad span of main characters and plot, and somehow a really endearing story.
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2.0 out of 5 stars GM oK? 5 Jun 2014
By Tana W
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Granted I am very against gene manipulation in any form, plants, animals or people, I was very taken aback by the casual acceptance of the concept in this book. However wonderful ,sweet and clever these mutants are, there is a very real debate to be had on mankind's / enchanter's right to mess with nature which this novel ignores. I've enjoyed most of the author's books I've read. This one I did not and I must admit it has put me off reading any more of her catalogue..
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4.0 out of 5 stars A delightful riff on fantasy stereotypes 24 Oct 2013
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TDLoD is delightful, though not as hilarious as the book that spawned it: the same author's "Tough Guide to Fantasyland". That was a comprehensive skewering of fantasy tropes in the form of a combination encyclopedia and travel guide. This book does the same job through the story of a fantasy world distorted by the demands and expectations of tourists from something like our own world.
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun & Funny Poke at the Fantasy Genre 1 Oct 2013
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Dark Lord of Derkholm takes place in a magical world somewhere in the vicinity of our own. A ruthless tour promoter, Roland Chesney, has turned this magical world into a kind of real-life Dungeons & Dragons theme park with all that that denotes: raging battles, enchantresses, pirates, dragons, etc. Every year, a new Dark Lord is chosen to oversee these tours and ensure that all works smoothly according to Chesney's plans including the occasional 'pilgrim' marked down as expendable. Thing is, though, when the world is not being forced to host these 'pilgrim parties', it's a pretty quiet place, teenaged angst seemingly the biggest problem they normally face, and the magical denizens of this land like it like that. So, this year they decide to do something. They pay a visit to the Oracle who tells them to make wizard Derk their next Dark Lord. At first, this seems like the perfect choice since most other wizards consider Derk incompetent. Turns out, though, he isn't; he just prefers his own uses of magic which include creating interesting new animals like carnivorous sheep, talking horses, delinquent geese, and flying pigs. He has also created five griffins who he considers his children along with his two human kids.

This unfortunate lack of incompetence presents a problem for the people planning Chesney's overthrow and so they make new plans. Unfortunately, poor Derk and his kids are never informed of these plans to sabotage the tours and, as a result, all kinds of mayhem ensues.

In this novel author Diana Wynne Jones takes a humourous but gentle and fond poke at the themes of Tolkienesque fantasy, its tropes and themes as well as at RPGs like Dungeons & Dragons. In its parody of many of the common fantasy images and characters, it is frequently laugh-out-loud funny and a great tongue-in-cheek romp through what is a familiar landscape to fans of the genre. It's great fun for an adult audience but, despite some death and destruction, it's not too violent for even a younger YA reader.
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