The Dark Lord of Derkholm by Diana Wynne Jones

The Dark Lord of Derkholm

byDiana Wynne Jones

Kobo ebook | August 29, 2013

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A hilarious adventure about a fantasy world in danger of destruction from that most vile of threats… tourism .Winner of the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children’s Literature in 1999. A humorous fantasy from Diana Wynne Jones. In a world next door to ours, the tourist industry is devastating the population by its desire to experience all the fantasy clichés - Dark Lords, impoverished villages, dragons etc. The Head of the University resolves to shut the tours down; the only problem being the ruthless tour-master - and his all-powerful demons. To save them all, the incompetent wizard Derk is appointed as Dark Lord in the hope that he will ruin the tours, and sure enough proceeds to fail at everything due to his general uselessness. But can failing at everything lead to a win this time?

Title:The Dark Lord of DerkholmFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:August 29, 2013Publisher:HarperCollins PublishersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0007507593

ISBN - 13:9780007507597

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12


Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Masterful Work of Fantasy Satire Diana Wynne Jones has written an irreverent, exciting and hilarious fantasy adventure story that takes a look at a magical world besieged by tourism, where an entire society has been skewed by the exploitative service industry that has been installed to cater to the off-world tourists. The story is quite mature and serious at times, but never loses Diana Wynne Jones's usual wit and compassion for her characters.
Date published: 2017-06-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from DWJ writes kids and teenagers just right. and the adults, as usual, are great.
Date published: 2017-01-26