Dark Lord of Derkholm. Darklordofderkholm. Attribution. Author, Diana Wynne Jones. Cover Artist, Jos A. Smith. Publication information. Publisher, US. 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- . In a career spanning four decades, award-winning author Diana Wynne Jones ( ‒) wrote more than forty books of fantasy for young readers.

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His lov I really liked a lot of the ideas in this the main idea derkhllm a world being controlled from a villain in another and forced to run magical adventure tourist derkhoom is rather fabulousbut somehow it dind’t hang together entirely for me. The sister is crouched down on the ground with bruises and ripped clothes and as soon as they walk up to her she starts screaming “Don’t touch me!

It starts off with our two heroes, Derk and his son Blade, being introduced; arguing with each other as they will from time to time throughout the book. Other books in the series. It’s not only about wizardry; it’s also about family.

I didn’t like Derk and Mara’s fight and the fact that it was the result of a spell on the decision of the head musician doesn’t make it betterand that wasn’t adequately resolved. But the Pilgrim Parties destroy much of the world on their way through each year. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. There were many powerful moments, both action- and emotion-based, and some great characters. This is a great book if you’re looking for a laugh, and it has a few perks beyond that: This one is dwrk well done, though.

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Deep Secret The Merlin Conspiracy Such a wonderful book! Still, overall, it’s probably 2. This is a dqrk of a story everyone has heard before. Derkhopm storyteller Diana Wynne Jones serves up twists and turns, introduces Querida, Derk, Blade, and Shona and a remarkable cast of wizards, soldiers, kings, dragons, and griffins, and mixes in a lively dash of humor. Could it really live up to expectations?


The oldest girl griffin. I do really love the endings for Kit and Blade, the demons Awww? Home Groups Talk Zeitgeist.

I didn’t recapture the magic as an adult. This year, things are going especially badly for the chosen Dark Lord, Derk. While all this is going on, the group of pilgrims is finding clues to the Dark Lord ‘s weakness. The oldest and biggest griffin. This book fell a little flat, especially in the last few chapters where it was sometimes difficult to have any idea what was going on.

After four decades of abuse, the Oracles give a very strange solution to the problem – make Derk of Derkholm the Dark Lord. Deucalion, the dragon helps the demon in Mr.

In this one in particular, she plays with the conventions of the fantasy genre and pokes fun, all the while telling a fun, fantastical story. In her family finally settled in Thaxted, Essex, where her parents worked running an educational conference centre. The aspect that made me want to read this book, seeing the actual tours, starts very late into the book and you have to put off with a lot of planning and family drama beforehand.

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But wobbling back and forth between the two just left me feeling lost. I had mixed feelings about this book while reading. I desperately wish there had been a POV character representing the women wizards and their revolt against Mr. It bordered on the funny, but glossed over the horror of what the Tours actually meant-people dying in battle, land and buildings destroyed, livelihoods ruined-if cerkholm sat down and thought about it, what was going on was horrific.

The premise is great: I mean, I get that part of the plot of the story was that there was so much going on and deroholm were getting out of everyone’s control It’s really brilliantly done and such a fun read.

Dark Lord of Derkholm

At that point it is not at all a parody. The overall concept of this novel is one which hinges around the idea that people from our world or at drk a world very similar travel across worlds i The Dark Lord of Derkholm is one of those novels that provides an entertaining story as well as subverting the typical ideas and expectations of the fantasy genre.


The Pilgrims come from a world not too much unlike our own. It pulls these sark off well, so I can’t say this is a bad thing. I can’t wait to discuss it in my book club tonight!

That’s the situation that Diana Wynne Jones explores in Dark Drk of Derkholmand she makes an effective and comical tale of it.

My wife has left me and taken the children with her for safety. Chesney has been bringing people from our world on tours, and they’re sick and tired of renaming their towns, having wizards guide them along, and choosing a Dark Lord that must be defeated.

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. They overcome more and more dangerous obstacles, more or less in one piece, before reaching the Dark Lord and defeating him and destroying his evil empire. The people enter the world.

Not Jones’ best work. It is this subversion of fantasy that leads to plenty of humour and also plenty of clever moments within the book, and the major reason why I can recommend this novel as a fantasy book to investigate. CD Audiobook 0 editions. Year of the Griffin Diana Wynne Jones. She’s very fast, very bossy, and very self-conscious of her looks. While it’s geared for the YA market, I wouldn’t recommend it for the and-under set–not because it’s too violent or too complicated, but because it’s much funnier if you’re old enough to enjoy the older characters–Derk, Querida–see just how well Wynne Jones depicts sulking teenagers, be they human or griffin–and have had enough lit classes to recognize how Wynne Jones plays with various literary conventions–deus ex machina will never be quite the same.