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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After 40 years of devastation and slavery to Mr Chesney’s moneymaking, the leaders of the world decided that they had had enough and went to the Oracles to consult for a way to end it all.

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Basically, the idea is given in the synopsis. Derk backed away from the roar with his hands over his ears, surrounded in wet brown smoke.

I just wish there were more in the series! Original review can be found at Booknest. Also, just because it is all staged does not mean that anyone is actually safe.

Smith Publication information Publisher Der,holm Among other things, they must deal with their own attractions to tourists, and with unwanted affections, and with tourists helplessly in love with each other. Wizards must have long beards well, we think of wizards as having a bushy appearance round the chin, eh? Return to Book Page. It took me some time to get into this book, which is likely my fault. Chesney’s pocket escape and return to its mate, the one that Wizard Derk summoned.

Derk was no ordinary wizard Citizens of a fantasy alt world rebel against the Trump-esque fat-cat tycoon who has exploited them for decades with Westworld-style tourist quests.

This is a retelling of a story everyone has heard before. Somehow he finds the world of these books and makes a deal with or demon. Some of them we hardly saw at all.


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 lordd of a valley that you’ll never come across again in an entire sixteen novel sequence type of thing.

Eventually I managed to get my mindset in the right place and realise that this book was intended I’ve only read a couple Diana Wynne Jones books before so I wasn’t too sure what to expect.

This time, however, it is told from the point of view of the Dark Lorda pacifist who loves creating new living things and giving life, and his family. And Derk has built for himself a wonderfully supportive and capable family, including five griffins, and they are determined to help him succeed.

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.

View all 5 comments. Parts of this book are straight up comedy the introduction of this world’s elves comes to mindbut other parts get quite dark. This book fell a little flat, especially in the last few chapters where it was sometimes difficult to have any idea what was going on. She thinks she’s fat, and can hardly get off the ground to fly. The premise is great: After the first couple of chapters, I stopped thinking of this as a parody and started thinking about it as a legitimate fantasy novel in its own right.

The arrival of the Final Pilgrim Party precipitates a showdown and the successful consummation of Querida’s plan. Fantasy fans of all sorts — this is one of the classics that will last for many years to come! I love constructed families in my fiction, but I can also really get behind a loving biological family, too.


Dark Lord of Derkholm (Derkholm, #1) by Diana Wynne Jones

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 seem like a reward, what with her extended life and apparent new strength. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Chesney, a business mogul from a magic-free planet that must be ours, has basically enslaved this lovely world to his Pilgrim Tours, a way for people from our world to experience a fantasy adventure. The crazy crusty magical old bat bespells Mara into leaving her husband, tries to kidnap Callette, and mercilessly dooms Derk to fail in every way.

Dark Lord of Derkholm

Refresh and try again. What’s worse is that I wasn’t satisfied once I did have it, thanks to the anti- climactic drawing room scene where the characters finally expose all the secrets they’d kept from me over the course of the book.

Chesney’s Pilgrim Parties come on tour wanting to enjoy a classic fantasy adventure.

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.