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Dark Lord: The Early Years Hardcover – 2 Oct 2012

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  • Hardcover: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Walker & Company (2 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780802728494
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802728494
  • ASIN: 0802728499
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.8 x 20.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 882,757 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Winner of the Roald Dahl 2012 Funny Prize!

Here's the little author biography for my latest series, Dark Lord: the Teenage Years, and Dark Lord: A Fiend in Need:

'Jamie Thomson is the minion and slave of the Dark Lord, Dirk Lloyd. Jamie has been writing books, comics and computer games for his Dark Master for many years now. He lives in the dungeons below his Master's Iron Tower, chained to a desk, where he spends every day writing for his overlord. Or else.'

The Dark Lord series is a comedic fantasy about a Dark Lord trapped in the body of a human boy here in modern day earth. Bit like my own life, really. The first book, Dark Lord: the Teenage Years has won the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2012, which is awesomely cool!

If you want to know more about me, you can check out my Wikipedia entry:

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Dark Lord The Dark Lord is confounded when he awakens in the middle of a small town on a planet he's never seen before. What is this strange place, why do they keep calling him Dirk Lloyd, and why is he powerless against these earthlings who insist on finding his parents? Full description

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By dolf on 29 Oct. 2012
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Ordered this for my son as he loved the first two - teenage years and a fiend in need. only to discover it was not a new book, but rather the teenage years with a new title and cover! disappointed does not cover it ! be aware if you think this is a third book!
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Louise English on 25 Oct. 2012
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My son relished the books "The Teenage Years" and "A Fiend in Need" by Jamie Thompson. So when this was came up on Amazon, I advanced ordered. It was therefore very disappointing to find that it was in fact the same book as "The Teenage Years" with a new cover and a new title. Who would have anticipated that and what a con!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By EVIL ONE on 17 Jan. 2013
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Actually, this is `not the same book with a different cover' at all, it is the hardback American version, set in the states. The point is not that the author or the publisher are trying to con you, it's that it shouldn't really be on sale in the UK, but only in the States. Or, if Amazon are going to sell it, then they need to state quite clearly somewhere that this is the American version, set in California and not in Surrey etc. It's what they'd do if it was a DVD for instance. It's still a great read though, (and works in all regions, but no subtitles )so I'm giving it 5 stars to balance the rather unfair one star it's got so far.
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By Stig_of_the_dump on 14 Feb. 2014
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Definitely a good buy, and a great book. My son loves it. Go for it, it's really funny and well written.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
The ending was completely unexpected and left this reader wanting more. 10 Oct. 2012
By Kendell K. Jordan - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Dark Lord was, I believe, written for children between the ages of 8 and 12. However I decided to read it anyways and I am glad I did. I found this book compelling as I was thrown into a Dark Lord's worst nightmare. The author's writing drew me in and I loved feeling like I was part of the action.

The Dark Lord was thrown from his plane of existence by the White Wizard and deposited on Earth, either by accident or as a punishment. On Earth his soul was incarnated in the form of a young boy and deposited in a parking lot. When found by Law Enforcement he was assumed to be an orphan with a severe mental defect and deposited at a foster home.

The Dark Lord, referred to on Earth as Dirk Lloyd, was placed with Chris and his family and sent to school to live the life of a normal child. Dirk, however, was far from a normal child. He quickly befriends Sooz, a Gothic girl who likes Dirk just because he is a little strange, sort of like her.

For months Dirk tries to convince the boys and girls his age he really is a Dark Lord from another plane. No one believes him, however his millennia of experience with strategy and battle techniques quickly earns the friendship of Sal, the school sports hero. With these three, he has his inner circle of minions complete.

Dirk spends his time trying to find a way back to his plane, but he is plagued by nightmares of a hideous monster chasing him down. After a failed attempt to create a doorway, he burns his cloak in anger and opens a window home. From the window pops the King of the Goblins and after a conversation and a bargain, Dirk finds out that the monster from his dreams is real and hunting him down.

Is Dirk really a Dark Lord of Evil from another plane? Will he have enough time to convince his friends... sorry, minions... that he really is a Dark Lord before this hideous monster finds him and finishes him off? Will he be able to create a portal home in this world without the magic he is accustomed to using? I couldn't put the book down until I found the answers to these questions, and I am glad I didn't. The ending was completely unexpected and left this reader wanting more. So, Dirk Lloyd, I hope your Nightgaunt did not indeed kill off your slave editor and that your minions quickly produce your next book.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Had me cackling with glee. Mwahahaha! 11 Feb. 2013
By A. McCall - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
A few weeks back I won a copy of Dark Lord: The Early Years. I finally got a chance to read it this past month, and I LOVED it.

A boy is found in the parking lot of the local superstore. When police officers come over to help, the boy insists that he is the Dark Lord, ruler of his realm, ruthless and cruel. The police officers assume the boy has had a psychotic break and take him to the station to try to locate his family.

But no family can be found. The Dark Lord (now called Dirk Lloyd) is placed with a foster family and forced to go to school like a normal 12/13 year old. But Dirk won't be foiled so easily. He is determined to find a way to get back to his realm and reclaim his throne of darkness. Dirk just never planned on making... friends ... along the way.

What I liked about this book:
This book takes gamer and goth culture and turns it on his head. What if one of the gamers really was a Dark Lord? What would he be like? How would he interact with others? At first Dirk tries to use his evil powers on the people around him, but when he finds his powers useless in this realm, he discovers other ways to get people to do his bidding.

Dirk is a delightful character. As a Dark Lord, I expected him to be aloof, cold, and domineering. Dirk is initially all of these things, but as he spends more time among the weak and feeble humans, he discovers how powerful friendship can be. He also discovers that his strengths aren't defined by magic or rings of power. Dirk is intelligent, conniving, and methodical, but ultimately loyal to his group of friends.

What I didn't like about this book:
Honestly, I loved pretty much everything about the story. The only thing that bothered me a bit was the way adults were portrayed in the story (which happens a lot in YA). They were either pompous and pedantic, like Dirk's school principal, or completely incompetent, like his counselors.

I also would have liked to see Dirk acknowledge his own growth in the story. It's clear to the reader how being with humans has changed him, but Dirk resists those changes, even though he begins to act sentimentally/protectively.

Final Verdict:
I absolutely loved this book (a full 5 stars from me!). Dirk's report cards and journal entries had me howling with laughter. The supporting characters, like Goth girl Sooz, really round out the story. If you enjoyed Neil Gaiman and Terry Prachett's Good Omens, give this one a try.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
VERY glad I read this book 19 May 2013
A Kid's Review - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I didn't get this book on the kindle, rather in paperback actually, but i still LOVED this book. It's funny, witty, and just a quick easy read that leaves you hanging. This book is imaginative, and makes you look at bad guys differently. I would definently read this book again, and I recommend it to all fans of book! I can't wait to get my hands on the sequel!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Excellent premise! 4 Aug. 2013
By H. Slusanschi - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
What if a Dark Lord (think Morgoth, Sauron or Palpatine) were to be expelled from his universe into another? What if he were transmogrified into the body of a 12-year old boy in the process? Would anyone believe him?
Abundant fun & hilarity ensues...
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
"Evil" Genius 3 Sept. 2013
By NICOLE S - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This was an "evilly" inventive read. I loved it. The Dark Lord, "Dirk" from another Plane, after being defeated in battle against Hashdruban, is stuck here on the planet called Earth and wow DOES he have ALOT to learn. Now he is stuck in a 12 year old boy's body. Nobody takes him seriously when he explains to them who he is. In fact, they take it for a serious case of trauma, or a bad upbringing.

So Dirk finds himself in foster care with the Purejoie family, until he can devise a way to get back to his Dark World, and rule from the Iron Tower. However, he learns that he may have to dumb it down a bit and fit in with these "stupid" humans even if it kills him because right now they might just be a stepping stone in helping him open up a portal so that he can return home.

As quirky as Dirk is, he manages to make some friends and use them to his benefit. His close "lackeys" are: Chris, Sooz, and Sal. Each of them are also given "Dark" titles. Although they think they are playing along with Dirk's game, in the end, Chris sees the big picture when he is tasked to save him from meeting his fate.

This book is not only a dark, evil, mysterious adventure. However, there are sections throughout the story that the author likes to play with the words and challenge readers. I suggest this book for young adults, and you scholastic book fair junkies in schools across America. It IS a page turner. I was NOT disappointed. In my opinion, I don't think you will be either.
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