Groups of tourists, called Pilgrim Parties and organized by the cold-hearted profiteer Mr. Chesney, take a portal to the magical realm, where they are shepherded about the countryside by a wizard guide. Mr. Chesney sets the rules, such as that all wizard guides must have long white beards--even 14-year-old Blade--and every Party gets to "slay" the Dark Lord. No wizard wants to be chosen as the year's Dark Lord, because Mr. Chesney demands large battles that cause great devastation in the local villages and farms, and he doesn't pay very well, but he does have a captive demon to enforce his will. This year, things are going especially badly for the chosen Dark Lord, Derk. He can't seem to keep his evil forces on the right track, despite help from his son Blade, his daughter Shona the bard, and his griffin sons and daughters. His chief aide, Barnabas, is drinking heavily and muddling his spells. And the dwarfs are taking their baskets of gold as tribute to the one they say is the real Dark Lord--Mr. Chesney.
Jones spoofs many of the trappings of fantasy epics, while at the same time portraying a family, with its surface squabbles and underlying love, through a rollicking and somewhat unwieldy story. Her messages about exploitation and responsibility come through clearly. Although not as tightly focused as some of her earlier novels, the galloping pace makes Dark Lord of Derkholm a quick, fun read for her numerous fans. --Blaise Selby --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This was a fun book for us to read at night with the family (boys 10 and 12). It had an interesting new story line and fun, unexpected twists. Worth the read.Published 8 days ago by Kindle Customer
Only thing wrong with it was some of the pages were a bit dirty. Nothing too much though. As far as the actual book goes, I liked it. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Matthew Clang
The basic plot of this book was very entertaining: every year a magical world is forced to enact every fantasy trope imaginable for the benefit of touristic "pilgrim parties" from... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Joel E. Mitchell
the first half is a little slow, but the second half is all but perfection. This is because world of this book is so vast, it takes you at least the first third to wrap your head... Read morePublished 10 months ago by jonathan buchalter
In the dark ages (aka life before blogging), I was still an inveterate bookworm, still a book collector, and I was less afraid of Friends of the Library book sales. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Cecelia Larsen
This book talks about how an individual, considered a loser by his peers, transforms an oppressed society. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book is a very good read. Has a good description and story line. I love how detaled and fast this read is. I read this once in school. I had to read it againPublished 18 months ago by cory micheal yothers
I read all Harry potter books, The Chronicles of Chrestomanci, Howl's Moving castle, Dalemark Quartet, The Power of Three, Eragon, Eldest, The Secret Country, The Sacred Sacrament... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Hiba
Jones is usually little lighter than this, but her premise that one magical world has been contracted to provide harrowing tours to off worlders year after year and is rebelling... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Katherine G. Wilkins