- 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)
Dark Lord of Derkholm Library Binding – 4 Oct 2008
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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!
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?
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Absolute classic. Delightful and engaging. A quirky twist on the fantasy genre with Diana Wynne Jones' typically well observed and slightly dysfunctional family at the heart. Read morePublished on 21 Oct. 2013 by Azure Aurora
The Dark Lord of Derkholm can be considered a companion novel to Wynne Jones' hilarious Rough-Guide style parody of the conventions of fantasy writing. Read morePublished on 9 Aug. 2013 by BookWorm
One of a handful of DWJs published under an adult rather than a juvenile imprint. This could be considered a follow-up to 'The Tough Guide to Fantasyland'; that poked fun at... Read morePublished on 6 July 2012 by phoebes_mum
I'm a bit surprised by the bad reviews on this website - I thought that this book was wonderful! The craziness in the castle was wonderful, and I thought the griffins were great. Read morePublished on 1 April 2001
Having read all the other reviews, particularly the adverse ones...I am at a loss...I loved the book. I just wallowed in it. Read morePublished on 19 Mar. 2001
Compared with some of her other books, this was pretty mediocre. I sympathise with the reader who found that they couldn't tell one Griffin from the other. Read morePublished on 4 Jan. 2001