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Dark Lord of Derkholm (Derkholm #1)

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Release Date
October 29, 1998
ISBN
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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.

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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?
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a reader Reviewed by a reader February 18, 2006
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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?

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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.
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a reader Reviewed by a reader January 08, 2006
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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.

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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.
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a reader Reviewed by a reader February 23, 2002
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Tour Another World

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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.

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