Books Young Adult Fiction Dark Lord of Derkholm (Derkholm #1)

Dark Lord of Derkholm (Derkholm #1)

http://www.yabookscentral.com/media/reviews/photos/thumbnail/200x275s/ae/83/ca/105_836267-1349281655.jpg
 
0.0
 
4.7 (3)
356   0
Genre(s)
Age Range
12+
Release Date
October 29, 1998
ISBN
0688160042
Buy This Book
      
Everyone - wizards, soldiers, farmers, elves, dragons, kings and queens alike - is fed up with Mr Chesney's Pilgrim Parties: groups of tourists from the world next door who descend en masse every year to take the Grand Tour. What they expect are all the trappings of a grand fantasy adventure, including the Evil Enchantress, Wizard Guides, the Dark Lord, Winged Minions, and all. And every year different people are chosen to play these parts. But now they've had enough: Mr Chesney may be backed by a very powerful demon, but the Oracles have spoken. Now it's up to the Wizard Derk and his son Blade, this year's Dark Lord and Wizard Guide, not to mention Blade's griffin brothers and sisters, to save the world from Mr Chesney's depredations.

User reviews

Average user rating from: 3 user(s)

Already have an account? or Create an account
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
4.7  (3)
Characters 
 
0.0  (0)
Writing Style 
 
0.0  (0)
Reader reviewed by Katya

This book is brilliant. If you've not read it yet, why not? Go do it!

If you've ever read any fantasy novels - or even if you haven't, you'll find it very funny. But the novel has an excellent plot, too; it's typical of Diana Wynne Jones in that you sit wondering what's going on until right at the very end, when everything suddenly comes together, and you realise that the solutions to all the mishaps and problems the characters suffer have been there, staring them in the face, all along.

It is, in essence, the story of Blade and his siblings - Shona, Kit, Calette, Lydda et al. But it's much more than that. It's about how Derk, their father, surpasses all expectations in his role as Dark Lord; it's about love, and how teenagers react to it; it's about opression and how people will, eventually, rise up and stand up for themselves.

But most of all, it's a novel about magic - and a brilliant one at that. How can you fail to like a book with invisible cats, sarcastic geese and flying pigs?
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
0.0
Writing Style 
 
0.0
a reader Reviewed by a reader February 18, 2006
#1 Reviewer  -   View all my reviews (20052)

Superbly funny and brilliantly written.

Reader reviewed by Katya

This book is brilliant. If you've not read it yet, why not? Go do it!

If you've ever read any fantasy novels - or even if you haven't, you'll find it very funny. But the novel has an excellent plot, too; it's typical of Diana Wynne Jones in that you sit wondering what's going on until right at the very end, when everything suddenly comes together, and you realise that the solutions to all the mishaps and problems the characters suffer have been there, staring them in the face, all along.

It is, in essence, the story of Blade and his siblings - Shona, Kit, Calette, Lydda et al. But it's much more than that. It's about how Derk, their father, surpasses all expectations in his role as Dark Lord; it's about love, and how teenagers react to it; it's about opression and how people will, eventually, rise up and stand up for themselves.

But most of all, it's a novel about magic - and a brilliant one at that. How can you fail to like a book with invisible cats, sarcastic geese and flying pigs?

Was this review helpful to you? 
Reader reviewed by Tif

Derk, a wizard, is chosen as Dark Lord for this year's Pilgrim Party tours of his world, run by Mr. Chesney. Derk, with Mara, has two children, Shona and Blade, and several griffin children. Derk creates new creatures like Flying Pigs. He has to get a lot of help running the Tours and being Dark Lord. Others are attempting to stop the Tours from continuing to exploit their world.

This is a good book. It is witty and takes a thought-provoking look at the international tourism industry. It dragged a bit at the beginning, with too many names and characters. Fans should also read the author's Tough Guide to Fantasy Land.
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
0.0
Writing Style 
 
0.0
a reader Reviewed by a reader January 08, 2006
#1 Reviewer  -   View all my reviews (20052)

A new look at tourism

Reader reviewed by Tif

Derk, a wizard, is chosen as Dark Lord for this year's Pilgrim Party tours of his world, run by Mr. Chesney. Derk, with Mara, has two children, Shona and Blade, and several griffin children. Derk creates new creatures like Flying Pigs. He has to get a lot of help running the Tours and being Dark Lord. Others are attempting to stop the Tours from continuing to exploit their world.

This is a good book. It is witty and takes a thought-provoking look at the international tourism industry. It dragged a bit at the beginning, with too many names and characters. Fans should also read the author's Tough Guide to Fantasy Land.

Was this review helpful to you? 
Reader reviewed by Katie

The world this book is about has been taken over by a tour company, one man actually, Mr. Chesney to be exact. The whole world caters to his Pilgrim Parties, groups of off-world tourists that come expecting to see battles between good and evil, wizards with long white beards, and enticing enchantresses.

And if Mr.Chesney has anything to do with it, they will get what they expect, no matter what he has to do. Querida, who is the head wizard around, has started a resistance to the tours, because she knows that what is going on is wrong. But Mr. Chesney is hard to break down. He has plans- and nothing is going to stop him.

Diana Wynne Jones also includes quite a bit of wry humor that got me LOL. To find out what happens, read this great book! I hope that you like it as much as I did.
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
0.0
Writing Style 
 
0.0
a reader Reviewed by a reader February 23, 2002
#1 Reviewer  -   View all my reviews (20052)

Tour Another World

Reader reviewed by Katie

The world this book is about has been taken over by a tour company, one man actually, Mr. Chesney to be exact. The whole world caters to his Pilgrim Parties, groups of off-world tourists that come expecting to see battles between good and evil, wizards with long white beards, and enticing enchantresses.

And if Mr.Chesney has anything to do with it, they will get what they expect, no matter what he has to do. Querida, who is the head wizard around, has started a resistance to the tours, because she knows that what is going on is wrong. But Mr. Chesney is hard to break down. He has plans- and nothing is going to stop him.

Diana Wynne Jones also includes quite a bit of wry humor that got me LOL. To find out what happens, read this great book! I hope that you like it as much as I did.

Was this review helpful to you? 
 
Powered by JReviews

LATEST YABC BLOG POSTS - BLOG TOURS, ANNOUNCEMENTS, AND GIVEAWAYS

  • #ReadISLA Flashback: Lola And The Boy Next Door

      Hey guys, today we're hanging out with Lola and Cricket!   Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn’t believe in fashion...she believes in costume. The more expressive the outfit--more sparkly, more fun, more wild--the better. But even though Lola’s style is ...

  • YA Authors as YAs: The Megan Whitmer Edition + Giveaway (US/Canada)

      Welcome to the latest YA Authors as YAs interview! Our goal? To prove that your favorite authors — no matter how AWESOME and COOL you think they are — were once awkward, weird, and they geeked out about fandoms and guilty-pleasure music JUST LIKE YOU when they were teens. ...

  • Check out the trailer for PADDINGTON!

      PADDINGTON   We're so happy to bring you the trailer for PADDINGTON, based on the beloved children's book by Michael Bond, arriving this Christmas!   You know you need a good dose of *bathroom* humor this morning, right? Enjoy! And keep your eyes peeled for PA ...

  • It's live!! Cover Reveal: Charmed by Michelle Krys + Giveaway (International)

      Welcome to this week's cover reveal! Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for CHARMED by Michelle Krys, releasing May 26, 2015 from Delacorte Press/Random House Children's Books. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Michelle:   ...

  • #ReadISLA Flashback: Anna And The French Kiss

    Bonjour ami! Je suis heureux que vous soyez ici, j'aime votre visage!   Okay, so, my French is a little rusty, but fingers crossed that I just said,     Hello friends! I'm glad you're here, I like your face!   Today, w ...

  • #ReadISLA

      Hello YABC! I had a BLAST hanging out with Isla and Josh this weekend! See? They said to say, Bonjour! My initial thoughts? ISLA is intense, heart-wrenching romantic perfection! Have you checked out the ISLA chapter sample? If not, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?! ...

  • It's live! Cover Reveal: Soulprint by Megan Miranda (US only)

      Happy Almost 4th of July, YABCers! Today we're super excited to reveal the cover for SOULPRINT by Megan Miranda releasing February 3, 2015 from Bloomsbury. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Megan:   Hi there, YABC readers! I’m so excite ...

  • Giveaway: The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare Prize Pack Giveaway (International)

      Today we have a guest post giveaway by M.G. Buehrlen, author of THE 57 LIVES OF ALEX WAYFARE. Go forth and enter and win! Hey YABCers! Today feels like a pretty fine day to have a giveaway. And who better to give awesome things away to than the awesome reviewers who help spread ...

  • Excerpt Reveal: Fog of Forgetting by G.A. Morgan

      Hey YABCers! Today we bring you a special treat – a chapter excerpt from THE FOG OF FORGETTING by G.A. Morgan! So grab a cup of your favorite caffeinated beverage, sit back, and enjoy a few pages of 100% totally free fantasy reading.  Before we get to the excerpt, here's a bit ...

  • #ReadISLA Campaign

    Hello Fellow YABCers! I am BEYOND excited that YABC was asked to participate in the #ReadISLA campaign as we eagerly await, ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER, the third companion novel in Stephanie Perkins' ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS series!   From the glittering streets of Manh ...

  • It's live!! Cover Reveal: Color Song by Victoria Strauss + Giveaway (US/Canada)

      Happy July, YABCers! Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for COLOR SONG by Victoria Strauss, releasing September 16, 2014 from Skyscape. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Victoria:   Hello, YABC! I’m thrilled to be sharin ...

  • Giveaway: One Death, Nine Stories by Marc Aronson & Charles R. Smith Jr. (US & Canada Only)

    One Death, Nine Stories by Marc Aronson & Charles R. Smith Jr. (editors) Release Date: 8/26/14   About the Book How could one teenage boy’s life elicit other kids’ first experiences — even after he dies? Nine interconnected stories from nine top YA writers. Kev’s t ...

View more blog entries

Latest Book Listings Added

Category: Young Adult Indie
Shardheld, the third and final book in the great Shardheld Saga, epic fantasy for both Y.A. and Adults. Muus’...
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
Lauren has a secret. Colby has a problem. But when they find each other, everything falls into place. In alternating...
 
4.0
 
0.0 (0)
Wish You Weren't
Category: Kids Indie
Marten doesn't believe in the power of wishes. None of his have ever come true. So when he makes an...
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
From the bestselling author of Catching Jordan comes a brand new contemporary YA you won't forget. The finish line is...
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
From debut author Amanda Maciel comes a provocative and unforgettable novel, inspired by real-life incidents, about a teenage girl who...
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Category: Young Adult Indie
Will Moore has been Missy Jamison’s best friend for years, and until recently, she hadn’t considered going "there" with him...
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
From the remarkable imagination of acclaimed artist Jim Di Bartolo and the exquisite pen of bestselling author Kiersten White comes...
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
In this astonishing memoir, Paige tells a story that is both deeply personal and completely universal—one that will resonate deeply...
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Category: Kids Fiction
When Penelope the Fox drops her heart into the sea, she’s swept off on a perilous journey, dodging sharks and...
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
Sixteen year old Emma Cartwright leaves her family's rice plantation after a slave is beaten to death. Determined to help...
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
Fans of Sarah Dessen will love this heartbreaking story about family, loss, and the joys and disappointments of first...
 
4.0
 
0.0 (0)
In a parallel universe, the classic bad boy falls for the class science geek. One minute Danny was running from...
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
Sixteen-year-old Selena Fallon is a dreamer. Not a daydreamer, but an I-see-the-future kind of dreamer. Normally, this is not a...
 
3.7
 
0.0 (0)
Category: Kids Fiction
Ruff Ruffman is having a bad day. First, his fancy pants get stolen, then he gets a message from his...
 
3.0
 
0.0 (0)
Category: Kids Fiction
Monkey and Elephant are very good friends, very good friends with nothing on the agenda. So they decide to go...
 
3.0
 
0.0 (0)
Transformation, empowerment, love and music come together in the book, Beautiful One. Elizabeth Ryan is a beautiful, shy, naïve high...
 
0.0
 
5.0 (2)
Category: Young Adult Indie
Landry gets pushed into trying out for the American Ingénue reality show modeling competition with her two best friends. She...
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
Amberlin.DDestiny.jpg
Category: Young Adult Indie
"Of all bad men religious bad men are the worst." C. S. Lewis Amberlin Gentry doesn’t feel all...
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
The dead walked. The world fell apart. But what happened after? Jenna Deluise is just trying to survive in this...
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
You take it for granted. Waking up. Going to school, talking to your friends. Watching a show on television or...
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)