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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Every year a wizard is chosen to be the Dark Lord for a series of tourist parties dak Earth arranged by the villainous bean counter Mr Chesney, lodd position of great importance as you’re responsible for keeping the entire planet organised to service the tourists or face death by Chesney’s pocket demon. And Derk has built for himself a wonderfully supportive and capable family, including five griffins, and they are determined to help him succeed. I won’t be reading more of this stuff I’m sure but I had a great time discovering Diana Wynne Jones all the same.

Coupled with that is the fact that there are just so many characters and things going lird and it’s hard to follow or to really emotionally connect with any of the characters.

I thought the concept of a fantasy world being exploited by someone in our world for tourism purposes was pretty clever and enjoyed the stereotypical quest milestones of the tours. Wizards must have long beards well, we think of wizards as having a bushy appearance round the chin, eh? Chesney is a man who wants money and power from what can be assumed to be our world. He had five griffin sons and daughters, apart from his two human lors. It does so 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.

Tolkien before graduating in Under the green and behind the film, red flickered. But there were so many that none of them really got fully developed.

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Everyone – wizards, soldiers, farmers, elves, dragons, kings and queens alike – is fed up with Mr Chesney’s Pilgrim Parties: I mean, I get that part of the plot of the story was that there was so much going on and things were getting out of everyone’s control He charges more money for the insurance against getting injured while pilgrims are on derhkolm.


Jan 05, Jonathan Terrington rated it really liked lorv Shelves: A speed trace is a memory technique which allows one to convert a doylic memory such as a feeling of guilt into a cognitive memory which is free of feeling.

Will it be as enjoyable the second time dsrk Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Not to be vague, but I don’t want to spoil any of it.

Unfortunately my previous experiences with her books led me to believe this would be aimed at a younger audience so as things started getting a bit darker I was a tad perplexed. I’m drak 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 dead.

There’s a cast of ferkholm, but you get the hang of everyone pretty well. The gods, which Mr. Other books in the series. Everyone in the world is suffering from the pilgrim tours except the innkeepers, priests, and thieves.

This was definitely a fun story. Initially I really liked it and found it humorous.

The concept was absurdly brilliant – a fantasy world used as a theme park by Pilgrim Parties that come to live the adventure. I mentioned that this novel plays on the archetypes of fantasy cleverly.

Dark Lord of Derkholm

Webarchive template wayback links Pages to import images to Wikidata. Foremost amongst the latter are The Tough Guide To Fantasyland, and its fictional companion-pieces Dark Lord of Derkholm and Year of the Griffinwhich provide a merciless though not unaffectionate critique of formulaic sword-and-sorcery epics. Haven’t picked pf up since.

The tourism company dadk manages these escapades happens to have made an arrangement with the people of this world, that every time a group is brought across a show of fantasy might and magic must be performed. Oct 15, Marisa rated it it was amazing Shelves: I love constructed families in my fiction, but It took me some time to get into this book, which is likely my fault.


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Joseph Smith cover illustration of U. The plot is labyrinthine, the characters plentiful, the prose incredibly playful, but it is the interraction between the many members of Derk’s family that provide the real pleasure of this novel, they’re all interesting and unique creations and they all have their own relationships with each other, factions and favourites etc, but as it’s still technically a novel aimed at the teenage market they’re all very loving towards each other when all is said and done.

Smith Publication information Publisher US: A large-scale battle is staged and fought between the forces of good and the forces of evil. Deep Secret The Merlin Conspiracy They hold it together as well as they can, but Querida keeps getting in the way. I guess I see no reason for other people not to like them, but to me they felt chaotic and added so many things that just werent neccessary at all.

Such a wonderful book! A literal family of characters! I still had some problems with this book: I find it hard to read anything with more depth than your average bubblegrum wrapper when I have a head cold, so it probably isn’t a coincidence that this book finally clicked with me the same day that I started to feel better. It has a sequel called Year of the Griffinwhich, in typical Wynne Jones style, is a little disconnected from the original.

After years of oppression, the various rulers, high priests and wizards of the world get together to decide what to do, and visit the two oracles, where they learn that they must appoint the next two people they see as Dark Lord and Wizard Guide for the upcoming tour in order to be rid of Mr Chesney forever.

Imagine that your world has real elves, dragons, wizards, and all those items necessary daark a good fantasy tale. The answer to that question: