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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As always, I love her ideas, I derkholj them so wonderful, but I always feel like they a go on too long and b are underdeveloped oddly given the length and confusing. She set out to mock gothic literature, which she did beautifully, but what impresses me so much about that story is that she managed to craft a near-perfect gothic novel as the vehicle for her parody.

I love that she’s not afraid to make good characters feel jealous of other good characters who are stronger, smarter, etc.

I also never saw Barnabas’ betrayal coming. The novel is a parodyfor its setting is a mock high fantasy world, similar to that Jones covered in The Tough Guide to Fantasyland U.

Original review can be found at Booknest. The other great skill displayed is that of world building without info dumps, the information is provided in short bursts as it naturally comes up in each chapter, sometimes only obliquely referenced and other times actually experienced by a character, in direct contrast to one of the major issues I have with most other books in the fantasy genre, “epic” books that take six pages to discuss the history of a valley that you’ll never come across again in an entire sixteen novel sequence type of thing.

Apparently the first two choices are already lent to a friend of ours and so I was provided with a well loved copy derkhokm this Derkholm book. Derk is a nice, mild-mannered man who just wants to be left in peace and make weird animals, such as pigs and horses with wings, griffins that behave like members of the family, geese that are out for blood, carnivorous sheep, and friendly cows.


This was a book that I loved so much growing up that I was actually quite nervous to re-read it as an adult.

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Published August by Gollancz first published View all 5 comments. These tourists from another world wanted to be involved in a fanta What I love about Diana Wynne Jones is how she can present a fantasy novel with a different angle than other fantasy novels with a standard plot – a boy or a girl, fated for something big, learning through ordeals, obtaining greatness.

He was lousy at inspiration, but great at implementation and thus his famous dictum, which while pithy, turns out to be most meaningful for Edison himself and primary thieves everywhere those who steal ideas. Lately I’ve not been reading reviews or even blurbs before starting a book because I want to go into it with a completely open mind.

Dark Lord of Derkholm

I didn’t like Derk and Mara’s fight and the fact that it was the result of a spell on the decision of the head musician doesn’t make it betterand that wasn’t adequately resolved. Fantasyland is overrun by tourists expecting to go on quests and slay this year’s Dark Lord: He’s a mild mannered wizard who only wants to develop new forms of animals, but finds his life turned into an increasing spiral of trying to overcome chaos.

Oct 15, Marisa rated it it was amazing Shelves: Not for me one of her best. Hundreds of people die every year in the battles and fights put on for the pilgrims benefits.

They go on a adventure where they meet enemies who llrd to get in their way and a prophecy that determines their destiny.

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Be the first to ask a question about Dark Lord of Derkholm. I would have liked to have seen more of Mara and Shona. How the hell did she come up with this stuff?

The overall concept of this novel is one which hinges around the idea that people from our world or at least a lors very similar travel across worlds into a fantasy land populated by peaceful groups of elves, wizards, dragons and so forth. Maybe it’s just because when I think of parody I think of “lovingly tongue-in-cheek” but this book took itself far too seriously, in my opinion, to really be a funny send-up.


I can still admire what it does right, creating a great world with depth and stakes and more real characters and relationships than most non-fantasy books. What I love about Diana Wynne Jones is how she can present a fantasy novel with a different angle than other fantasy novels with a standard plot – a boy or a girl, fated for something big, learning through ordeals, obtaining greatness.

The grittiness, too, is staggeringly well-done – I really get the exhaustion of the characters during the long marches. I think Querida’s new job, fixing their world, could be made to sound like just a little bit more of a punishment – after all, it’s going to be a lot of work and trouble – but in a sense, they almost make it o like a reward, what with her extended life and apparent new strength.

Apart from requiring me to shift my preconceptions out this book was really enjoyable and I can see why Diana Wynne Jones was such an acclaimed author.

There, Jones and her two younger sisters Isobel later Professor Isobel Armstrong, the literary critic and Ursula later an actress and a children’s writer spent a childhood left chiefly to their own devices. After a brief period in London, in the couple returned to Oxford, where they stayed until moving to Bristol in Quotes from Dark Lord of Derk This is a great book if you’re looki Dark Lord of Derkholm is a comical parody of epic fantasy: The year in which the story begins features the Wizard Derk having been chosen to become this year’s archetypal Dark Lord.

Chesney charges a lot of money for these tours. Because really, this book is often funny, wonderfully inventive, and features characters I came to care about a great deal.

This page was last edited on 20 Marchat I really liked the Derkholm family, though the four griffins took a while to differentiate. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.