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Dark Lord of Derkholm Library Binding – 4 Oct 2008

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Product details

  • Library Binding: 517 pages
  • Publisher: Paw Prints; Reprint edition (4 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439557233
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439557235
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 10.4 x 4.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,811,517 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Can the Wizard Derk and his family of human and griffin children save the world from the depradations of the evil Mr Chesney? --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Diana Wynne Jones is Britain's foremost writer of children's fantasy, including the World Fantasy Award-nominated Archer's Goon, which was made into a six-part BBC TV series, and the Guardian Award-winning Charmed Life. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Paperback
I actually read "Year of the Griffin" first and although I still enjoyed it, I did get a bit confused! So when I found out it was actually a sequal I jumped at the first opportunity to buy the "Dark Lord of Derkholm". After reading the second book, I had very high expectations - and not only where they met, they were surpassed! This is a marvellous take on a fantasy novel, with many twists and turns and a truly original story line. You never know where it is going and some characters just make you want to kill them!
One of the things I like most about Dianne Wynne Jones is how she always manages to put a little bit of the 'real' world into all her stories, no matter the situation. I think this story comicly parodies our own typical expectations of what we assume about a fantasy novel and clearly shows that's not always the case. The characters are funny, well thought through and a delight to read it.
What? You're still here? READ IT ALREADY!
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This is, in many ways an appropriate sequel to the "Tough Guide to Fantasyland", but as a proper narrative it is much more satisfying. Once again we see DWJ's interest in parallel worlds and universes, and the dangers of interference by the self-centred. Again, personal responsibility and growth are at the centre of her stories - and it isn't only the children in the story who learn! I did slightly feel the appearance of the gods at the end was too literally a deus (or dei?) ex machina - but no more so than the appearances of Chrestomanci in other books. Indeed, I was rather hoping he would be the one to give Mr Chesney his well-deserved reard. Perhaps one day....
I had to agree to read the book within 48 hours (even though *I* bought and paid for it!) as I had an eager 11-year-old desperate to read a new DWJ book. And her response (she read it in rather less than 48 hours) - "It's even better than "Charmed Life"! " Now if that isn't praise.....
This is by one of the best writers for young people currently working. It is up to her usual standard. What more need be said?
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Format: Paperback
Sits in the 'cheerful' camp with the Chrestomanci stories (as opposed to Time of the Ghost, Fire & Hemlock, etc). It does start a bit slowly, but builds up to an impressive climax. The central concept is very funny, with a whole world full of people having to organise 'fantasy tours' for offworld tourists, and is cleverly put together. I really enjoyed it, and Year of the Griffin which follows on from it is also very good.
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Diana Wynne Jones is my favorite author, and Dark Lord of Derkholm is one of my favorite books.
Addressing Dark Lord, I would have to say that it is enjoyable because of how well Jones manages to take all of the subplots, which are interesting on their own, and explain how they're related to the whole.
I'd also like to mention, as a major fantasy fan(atic), that an aspect of this book that appeals to me is also that Jones is, in some aspects, commenting on her craft. Especially relevant with the dragons, you can see some of the 'rules' that she has set up for her magical world. Any budding teenage authors should find this, and the continuance of it in Deep Secret, amazingly interesting.
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The Tough Guide To Fantasyland was created when Diana, confined to hospital, read an outline for The Encyclopedia of Fantasy and decided that a satire was in order. That worked well; making a novel out of its running gags was brave, but succeeds brilliantly, with some fine charcterisation and a wicked willingness to send up the authorial ham-fistedness that marks so much modern fantasy. Comparable to Pratchett at his best.
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She's done it again. DWJ has created another world that is vividly alive, a reworking of our own ideas of medieval life and fiction with cunning and hilarious twists, from the thieves guild to the nature of demons and elves. There are wondrous things like pocket universes and the griffens themselves. There are evil things. DWJ does not spare us on suffering and despair, but her humour and right thinking overcome all. As the child heroes mature physically and morally, so does their world win its independence. Witty and spellbinding - DWJ's hallmarks.
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Diana Wynne Jones really deserves to be better known, considering the success of authors like Terry Pratchett. Not that they are that similar - this book (and her others) take themselves a bit less seriously than Terry Pratchett tends to. If you loved her books when you were younger, as I did, then keep reading! This one is particularly good, a wonderful inventive plot fulll of fantastic creatures and very funny details. Really worth a read.
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In a magical world the citizens are being used by a person with a demon to run an amusement park. The peope of this town have to work for months every year just to have their homes destroyed once again. Know they are going to fight back and the one person that doesn't know it is Derk, the unlucky man chosen to be the Dark Lord this year.If you think of everything that can go wrong in this hilarious story add about another 5 to that list and it still won't be complete. Once I picked up this book I couldn't put it down and was very put-down when the book was finished. If you thing Harry Potter is good try this book and then thing again.
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