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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Orchard Books (6 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408315114
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408315118
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.6 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,324 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:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jamie_Thomson_(author)

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A parody of fantasy media that will appeal to anyone who likes a laugh. (The Sunday Times' 100 Best Children's Books) (The Sunday Times)

Dark Lord is a wonderfully absurd take on beings from another planet (Michael Rosen, Roald Dahl Funny Prize judge)

Very funny, very silly... brilliant concept. (Bookseller)

One of the most original children's books of the year. (Daily Express)

"CHILDREN'S BOOK OF THE WEEK" This funny book in the Fabled Lands series is based on an ingenious idea. (Sunday Times)

Funny, utterly silly and enjoyable book, which lots of young readers will love. (Bookbag)

Wonderfully original, completely mad. (Lovereading)

It's funny-clever as well as funny-silly (Mel Giedroyc, Roald Dahl Funny Prize Judge 2012)

A perfect novel for computer games-obsessed boys. (Sunday Telegraph)

Laugh-out-loud funny and often touching. (Queens Park Books)

Amazing, fantastic... great to read. (Skye Turnbull- 9 year old reviewer)

Hilarious. (Chicklish)

This is hilarious, and is set to have us inferior puny humans laughing out loud... It really is a work of 'evil genius'. (LiteraryLoves.com)

Perfect deadpan humor... wickedly funny, brilliantly told stuff, and you'll never have more fun cheering for evil. (BoingBoing.net)

Comic fantasy which won this year's Roald Dahl Funny Prize. (Sunday Express)

There are lashings of fantasy and adventure but what makes Dark Lord tick is the humour. * * * * (Daily Telegraph)

A funny, whacky, page-turning tale. (Good Book Guide)

Laugh out loud funny and entertaining, with a surprisingly endearing central character: great fun. (East Anglian Daily Times)

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Winner of the 2012 Roald Dahl Funny Prize!

"I will tell you all my secrets. But then of course I'm going to have to kill you..."


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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Pollo on 28 Oct 2011
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I enjoyed this book more than most novels I've read for ages (apart from Thomson's Corvus: Oath of Vengeance (Fury of the Vikings), that is). It's fantastic fun for teenagers, goths, vampires and orcs of all ages. I literally couldn't put it down. (I mean, I tried, but it wouldn't let me.) How do you create a convincing character out of an evil fantasy warlord trapped in the body of a teenage boy? No idea, but in Jamie Thomson's dextrous hands this impossible concept springs to life (and how!). Dirk, his friends Christopher, Sooz and Sal, the rival psychotherapists Randle and Wings and the tyrannical headmaster Grousammer (from the German "grausamer", meaning "cruel", "brutal", "barbarous" - cf. English "gruesome"?) - are unique and compelling creations. You really want to spend your time in their company. In fact, I want to spend more time in their company, NOW. WHY do I have to wait until next March for Volume 2 (the brilliantly-titled A Fiend in Need (Dark Lord))? It's just NOT FAIR...
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By D. Morris on 27 Sep 2011
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High concept novels are ten a penny these days, but it's extremely rare to find one as brilliantly written as this. In the hands of a lesser author this would still be an amusing fish-out-of-water yarn, but Jamie Thomson makes it crackle with mad energy, bags of personality, and such a bravura onslaught of laugh-out-loud humour that readers will be gasping for breath. You'll root for the Lord of All Evil as he suffers the indignity of being trapped in our world without his powers (well, without most of his powers) as a 13-year-old schoolboy. By the end of the book you'll be longing for further adventures of Dirk and his friends (sorry, lackeys) Sooz and Christopher - and we don't have long to wait as the next book is due in March. Dark Lord cries out to be a TV show or movie, so it comes as no surprise that the series has already been optioned by NBC Universal. All hail the Great Dirk!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By i love books on 1 Nov 2011
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Loved fantasy when I was a kid so was interested in this book for my teenage daughter when it was the Sunday Times Children's book of the week. I flicked through and started reading. Loved the concept, the characters and the humour. Though it is set in modern days it took me back to the fantasy books that got me hooked. Daughter half way through and wants book 2 & 3. It must be good , she's put Gossip Girl down.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. Fletcher on 20 Dec 2011
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Very few books manage to successfully transcend the gulf between generations, to be enjoyed by young and old alike. However the sharp humour that underpins this story, most of it centred around the main character trying to cope without his magical abilities whilst dealing with newly forming emotions, makes this a cut above most of its ilk. Dirk dismissively formulating cricket stratagems in particular had me sniggering to myself. The book deserves to reach a wide audience and I look forward to reading the sequel. They will make excellent presents indeed for the goblin spawn of my comrades and cronies.

I only stumbled across The Dark Lord book on a nostalgic internet browse. The more wizened amongst you may remember the Way Of The Tiger and Falcon Gamebook series that the author co-wrote in the mid 80's. They still have pride of place in my book collection, being more tightly written and interestingly themed than the better known Fighting Fantasy and Lone Wolf series of the time. Whilst they were a different writing style to the Dark Lord book, aimed more at young adults than older children, I cannot recommend these enough to anyone wanting to explore the authors older works.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael Thomson on 15 Oct 2011
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I bought this to read with my class - I am a teacher. In the end I read it myself in one day and a night it was so much fun and engrossing. This will be a great teen book and appeal to kids with a sense of humour as well as reflecting aspects of school life. However I urge you to keep the book for yourself as it is so much fun - ironic, dark and amusingly written - despite the evilness of Dirk you can't help but like him. Roll on the next book which I'll keep for myself - don't let the kids have it!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By lackey of the highest order on 12 Oct 2011
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Hellishly funny and rocks on many levels. Kicks Wimpy Kid bottom with a great story, squealing dark humour and, at heart, a really quite lovely, if unlikely, hero in Dirk lloyd.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By T1G on 1 Nov 2011
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This is such a neat idea - an evil dark lord is exiled to earth in the body of a 13 year old kid. I bought it for my daughter, thought I'd better check it out by reading a few chapters myself, and then got hooked! I read the whole thing myself in a day. The basic premise is just such a great setting for loads of madcap adventure and whacky laughs and it works for adults just as much as it does for kids. Anyway, reluctantly, I've had to pass it on to my daughter. She's enjoying it too! We can't wait for the sequel. Well done the author, or should I say his dark master, Dirk Lloyd?
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By EVIL ONE on 30 Sep 2011
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I bought this for my nephew, but couldn't help myself and ended up reading it first. I really enjoyed it, it was laugh out loud funny in places and really worked for me - and I'm an adult. Well, mostly :-). It's a kind of gentle lampooning of the high fantasy genre, but set in modern day England. It doesn't really take the mickey so much as give it a comedic twist, if you get my meaning. Anyway, couldn't recommend it enough. Might have to buy another copy for my nephew though.
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