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Product details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Orchard Books (9 Feb. 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408315122
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408315125
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.4 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 205,120 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An hilarious read. (Carmarthen Journal)

Lots of fun... enjoyable and very inventive. (Books For Keeps)

Combining hilarious humour with great suspense and an action-packed narrative. Will be a hit with its readers. (School Librarian)

Boys of 11+ love Jamie Thomson's second laugh-aloud page-turner. (The Times)

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Dirk Lloyd, the Dark Lord trapped in the body of a weedy schoolboy, returns in another darkly hilarious adventure... Brilliantly funny and subversive, this is the Funny Prize-winning Jamie Thomson at his best.

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I hugely enjoyed the first book in this series (The Teenage Years (Dark Lord)), but this one is better. In the first novel, which is enormous fun, much of the humour is derived from the development of the story idea - that the demonic Dark Lord of a fantasy land has been banished to Earth in the form of a teenage boy. In this new book, Jamie Thomson gives the characters a freer rein to take the story over, with startling results. The first book was largely driven by the needs of the plot, and sometimes felt a little constrained by it, although this was largely redeemed by the strength of the characters; but in the second you are more completely involved with them. In the earlier book, you see how the characters react to the bizarre sequence of events they find themselves in; in this one, it's the way they deal with events that drives and shapes how those events develop. In other words, if the first book was more plot-driven, this new one is much more character-driven. It's a measure of Jamie Thomson's skill that Dirk and his friends Sooz and Chris (especially Sooz!) engage your emotional sympathies so strongly, and that no matter how bizarre the situation they remain utterly credible and compelling. And it's no mean feat that even the most fantastical situations are somehow completely convincing. An unputdownable page-turner - at least as much fun as the first novel, and with a more involving story that leaves you clinging to the lip of an obsidian cliff. Highly recommended, whatever your age!
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This is the sequel to the Book: Dark Lord, The Teenage Years, although you do not have to have read the first book to make sense of what is happening in the second. Dirk is not your typical teenage boy. He is the Dark Lord of The Dark Lands, who has been trapped in the body of a mortal, teenage boy by his arch enemy, the white wizard, Hasdruban. In the first book we see Dirk struggling to come to terms with our world and the limitations of his puny, human body, with the help of his friends Christopher and Sooz. In this sequel, Sooz has accidentally been sent back to the Dark Lands instead of Dirk, and Dirk and Christopher are left trying to figure out how to rescue her, while Sooz is called upon to keep herself safe in the Dark Lands, surrounded by goblins and paladins who are out to destroy her. This is a funny and page turning book. It has a lot of traditional elements of a fantasy novel but which are turned on their heads because of the element of time travel, and also the fresh approach the author brings to the characters and their personalities. It has elements of a typical teen novel which you don't usually find in a fantasy book. Sooz is a goth chick with more than a passing interest in Dirk. Dirk struggles between wanting to sever heads and enslave mortals, and his new, human personality, and Christopher tries not to be jealous of Dirk's relationship with Sooz whilst shucking off his inner wimp. This book has a lot to recommend it and is perfect for eight years and upwards.
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Dear Dirk,

I fear that your second tome has somehow ensorcelled my son. Since acquiring it for his birthday yesterday, he's spent almost all his free time reading it, neglecting several previously favoured Xbox games. This behaviour seems quite unnatural for a 12-year-old, especially an obsessive gamer.

Concerned of Wrexham

P. S. He says "If _Dirk Lloyd: The Teenage Years_ was the best book humanly possible, then _Dirk Lloyd: A Fiend In Need_ is the best book inhumanly possible."
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My 11 year old is really enjoying this second book in the series, he tells me it's quite funny and he regularly makes reference to 'dirk lloyd'. In fact he likes it so much do that I keep finding this book in his bed with a torch next to it!
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A Fantastic book , so funny. My ten year old loves these books. if you like Tom Gates and Timmy Failure books you will love these. A bit more of a story line with these ones. Would highly recommend them.
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I bought these two books for my son who devours books and he loved them so much he has been bugging me to buy more (I don't think there are any more) and was so enthusiastic he has passed them on to his younger brother so I'd say an excellent buy!
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I am an adult who loved the first book and the sequel is just as good, not always easy to achieve. This one contained more jeopardy for the characters, held my interest, a lot of fun, especially Dirk, the flawed anti-hero. I look forward to reading more. One for kids and adults.
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This book is a great sequel to the first book. I finished in a day. I was so gripped by the way that the characters are so loveable an funny! Read this book or you shall be sentenced to work in the pits of never ending toil! Mwa ha hah
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