In a career spanning four decades, award-winning author Diana Wynne Jones ( ‒) wrote more than forty books of fantasy for young readers. Mr. Chesney operates Pilgrim Parties, a tour group that takes paying participants into an outer realm where the inhabitants play frightening and foreboding r. A description of tropes appearing in Dark Lord of Derkholm. A Young Adult fantasy novel by Diana Wynne Jones, set in the world described in her meta- .

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Still, overall, it’s probably o. Basically, the idea is given od the synopsis. Joseph Smith cover illustration of U. We may even stop reading it at some point. The main character – a creative, slightly bumbling, “farmerly” familyman of a wizard – is chosen as this year’s “Dark Lord” and has to orchestrate multiple battles and encounters, all while the world is in simmering revolt against the whole idea of the tours. It follows one of Derk’s childrenElda, as dak attends university for the first time.

He charges even more money for people to arrange to have relatives killed while on tour. I can’t wait to discuss it in my book club tonight! Because really, this book is often funny, wonderfully inventive, and features characters I came to care about a great deal.

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Views Read Edit View history. No ideas in this book is going to blow your mind intellectually, but her dsrkholm to make you curious about a loose thread in the plot, hold that curiosity, and then satisfy it later, while keeping all those threads intertwined in ways that feel like they’re actually contributing to the plot fo character development, is impressive.

Coupled with that is the fact that there are just so many characters and things going on and it’s hard to follow or to really From what I’d heard, this is meant to be a parody of the tropes of traditional fantasy – and all the tropes do seem to be represented – butlorrd a parody, I expected it to be much funnier than it was.

That’s most of what I have to rark, but I will conclude with a brief list of people who got better in the end than I thought they deserved.


I don’t actually have problems with Big G; I just don’t see much reason to like him other than his making Shona happy.

Dark Lord of Derkholm

The plot is labyrinthine, the characters plentiful, the prose incredibly playful, but it is the interraction between the many members of Derk’s family that provide the real pleasure of this novel, they’re all interesting and unique creations and they all have their own relationships with each other, factions and favourites etc, but as it’s still technically a novel aimed at the teenage market they’re all very loving towards each other when all is said and done.

Starting with the positive aspects: What I love about Diana Wynne Jones is how she can present a fantasy novel with a different angle than other fantasy novels with a standard plot – a boy or a girl, fated for something big, learning through derkholn, obtaining greatness.

While the residents of this fantasy world are supposedly reimbursed from their troubles, everyone is miserable and just wants out of the contract binding them to Mr. Apparently the first two choices are already lent to a friend of ours and so I was provided with a well loved copy Just over six years ago I met the person I want to spend my entire life with, in that time I was very quickly made aware of her affection towards the fantasy author Diana Wynne Jones and regularly told to give her a try.

The magic system and the politics are kinda fun, and Derk’s magic is great. And the fights must be real. This was such a funny book. He charges more money for the insurance against getting injured while pilgrims are on tour.

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His love of animals is charming. The only problem is that Mr. He’s bossy and seems sort of too shiny and great. I’m actually really impressed by some stuff here – the Deucalion revelation and Geoffrey and Sukey’s parentage, in particular, seem well set up but I never would have guessed.

He’s fifteen or so, a year older than Blade, and he’s very sour and very intelligent. I can still admire what it does right, creating a great world with depth and stakes and more real characters and relationships than most non-fantasy books. What an excellent book! This book was actually much darker than I’d expected despite the title and I’m not really sure I’d call it “YA”, as the derhkolm has it.


Lately I’ve not been reading reviews or even blurbs before starting a book because I want to go into it with a completely open mind. The Dark Lord of Derkholm isn’t exactly a sequel to The Tough Guide to Fantasylandwhich was published two years earlier, but its deals with the consequences for a fantasy world of the kind of tours that the Tough Guide purports to be a guidebook for.

Sep 14, Kim rated it really liked it Recommended to Kim by: What are dragons coming to, letting humans make fools of them like this? Not to be vague, but I don’t want to spoil any of it. Return to Book Page.

All the more impressive because there are 9 characters alone in the protagonist’s family, all of whom get significant face time, as well as multiple other important characters and a massive bevy of events.

Derk was no ordinary wizard Citizens of a fantasy alt world rebel against the Trump-esque fat-cat tycoon who has exploited them for decades with Westworld-style tourist quests.

Of course it also so happens that the inhabitants of this magical land have had enough of the tours, despite the tour organiser being backed by a powerful demon and so a plan begins to turn this year’s tour into a means of removing the tours altogether. He was lousy at inspiration, but great at implementation and thus his famous dictum, which while pithy, turns out to be most meaningful for Edison himself and primary thieves everywhere those who steal ideas.

Jones started writing during the mids “mostly to keep my sanity”, when the youngest of her three children was about two years old ,ord the family lived in a derkolm owned by an Oxford college.