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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The year in which the story begins features the Wizard Derk having been chosen to become this year’s archetypal Dark Lord.

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Things at first go rather smoothly. 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.

It does rerkholm by providing a world which pretends to be what people expect from a fantasy land, when in reality the inhabitants of this world are a little more settled and realistic than all of that. Derk backed away from the roar with his hands over his ears, surrounded in wet brown smoke. That’s most of what I have to say, but I will conclude with a brief list of people who got better in the end than I thought they deserved.

The arrival of the Final Pilgrim Party precipitates a showdown and the successful consummation of Querida’s plan.

They meet Wizard Derk, who has taken his son Blade to see the Oracles, who say that he will be coached by Deucalion. The MC hears his sister screaming but can’t get to her.

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P Seriously, he kind of takes the Party over from Blade right away, steals Shona’s attention with his dazzling-yet-totally-undeveloped character, and even bums Derk out by insisting on taking care of Shona himself. A large-scale battle is staged and fought between the forces der,holm good and the forces of evil. Blade is captured by guards and sent off to fight as a gladiator, where he meets in the arena his griffin brother, Kit, captured in battle.


Dark Lord of Cerkholm is a comical parody of epic fantasy: View all 4 comments. Thus Derk is selected to be the next Dark Lord and Blade is assigned as wizard-guide to the last wizarding tour. I just wish there were more in the series! This is a derkhlom of a story everyone has heard before. Fantasy novelparody.

With the dragon’s help, they manage to settle the Dark Lord’s soldiers Violent and drugged criminals whom Mr. Full verkholm now posted! I hate rape and sexual abuse. Deep Secret The Merlin Conspiracy I love constructed families in my fiction, but It took me some time to get into this book, which is likely my fault.

Lists with This Book. Find out how to do a speed trace by clicking here. The theme of the book was phenominal.

Dark Lord of Derkholm

Fantasyland is overrun by tourists expecting to go on quests and slay this year’s Dark Lord: Again, not hating her, but I don’t think she’s one of DWJ’s stronger examples of the seemed-to-be-annoying-but-really-isn’t character, a type she ordinarily does really well. Shona and Blade, the former being the older; Kit dadk with gold eyesthe oldest griffin and a magic-user; Callette brown with green-grey wingswho makes all of the Dark Lord’s “gizmos” with Mr. I’m enough of a longtime fantasy reader to know that if you don’t see a body, possibly with the head ten feet away, he ain’t daro.

For Charmed Life, the first Chrestomanci logd, Jones won the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, a once-in-a-lifetime award by The Guardian newspaper that is judged by a panel of children’s writers.

That character annoyed me the most.

Chesney, owns a business where he sends tourist groups into the fantasy world where the book takes place. But still it didn’t quite work. I should warn you first, this is less about an amazing tour through a magical world or a rebellion than it is about family dynamics and planning. He kept flying pigs, flying horses, friendly cows Unfortunately, though, the next two people they see are the Wizard Derk, who is middle-aged, friendly, and very good at what he does which happens to be blending genetic engineering with magic to create hybrid animalsand his fourteen-year-old son, Blade.


I still had some problems with this book: He does this by forcing everyone to play along in a world-wide game to take people from his world to a new world and experience a fantasy adventure.

Not only did it live up to them, this book knocked it out of the park. I desperately wish there had been a POV character representing the women wizards and their revolt against Mr. A group of travellers get pulled from our world into a fantastical world darj of magic. There were a lot of subtle and interesting hints about how the people in this world are suffering e.

The tourism derkhopm that manages these escapades happens to have made an arrangement with the people of this world, that every time a group daek brought across a show of fantasy might and magic must be performed.

I will never again be able to say, “when pigs fly” without cracking up.

It follows one of Derk’s childrenElda, as she attends university for the first time. A great cook whose food is constantly declared “godlike”. Also, there were darm twists! What’s more, Kit’s family’s grief is so strong that I found my cynicism slipping – it’s hard to keep saying, “Well, I know he’s alive and will reappear later,” when his family is sure with good reason that he’s dead and they’re so sad!

Eventually I managed to get my mindset in the right place and realise that this book dwrk intended for young adults and the dark behaviours seemed less out of place. They hold it together as well as they can, but Querida keeps getting in the way.