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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on October 10, 2012
Dark Lord was, I believe, written for children between the ages of 8 and 12. However I decided to read it anyways and I am glad I did. I found this book compelling as I was thrown into a Dark Lord's worst nightmare. The author's writing drew me in and I loved feeling like I was part of the action.

The Dark Lord was thrown from his plane of existence by the White Wizard and deposited on Earth, either by accident or as a punishment. On Earth his soul was incarnated in the form of a young boy and deposited in a parking lot. When found by Law Enforcement he was assumed to be an orphan with a severe mental defect and deposited at a foster home.

The Dark Lord, referred to on Earth as Dirk Lloyd, was placed with Chris and his family and sent to school to live the life of a normal child. Dirk, however, was far from a normal child. He quickly befriends Sooz, a Gothic girl who likes Dirk just because he is a little strange, sort of like her.

For months Dirk tries to convince the boys and girls his age he really is a Dark Lord from another plane. No one believes him, however his millennia of experience with strategy and battle techniques quickly earns the friendship of Sal, the school sports hero. With these three, he has his inner circle of minions complete.

Dirk spends his time trying to find a way back to his plane, but he is plagued by nightmares of a hideous monster chasing him down. After a failed attempt to create a doorway, he burns his cloak in anger and opens a window home. From the window pops the King of the Goblins and after a conversation and a bargain, Dirk finds out that the monster from his dreams is real and hunting him down.

Is Dirk really a Dark Lord of Evil from another plane? Will he have enough time to convince his friends... sorry, minions... that he really is a Dark Lord before this hideous monster finds him and finishes him off? Will he be able to create a portal home in this world without the magic he is accustomed to using? I couldn't put the book down until I found the answers to these questions, and I am glad I didn't. The ending was completely unexpected and left this reader wanting more. So, Dirk Lloyd, I hope your Nightgaunt did not indeed kill off your slave editor and that your minions quickly produce your next book.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on February 11, 2013
A few weeks back I won a copy of Dark Lord: The Early Years. I finally got a chance to read it this past month, and I LOVED it.

A boy is found in the parking lot of the local superstore. When police officers come over to help, the boy insists that he is the Dark Lord, ruler of his realm, ruthless and cruel. The police officers assume the boy has had a psychotic break and take him to the station to try to locate his family.

But no family can be found. The Dark Lord (now called Dirk Lloyd) is placed with a foster family and forced to go to school like a normal 12/13 year old. But Dirk won't be foiled so easily. He is determined to find a way to get back to his realm and reclaim his throne of darkness. Dirk just never planned on making... friends ... along the way.

What I liked about this book:
This book takes gamer and goth culture and turns it on his head. What if one of the gamers really was a Dark Lord? What would he be like? How would he interact with others? At first Dirk tries to use his evil powers on the people around him, but when he finds his powers useless in this realm, he discovers other ways to get people to do his bidding.

Dirk is a delightful character. As a Dark Lord, I expected him to be aloof, cold, and domineering. Dirk is initially all of these things, but as he spends more time among the weak and feeble humans, he discovers how powerful friendship can be. He also discovers that his strengths aren't defined by magic or rings of power. Dirk is intelligent, conniving, and methodical, but ultimately loyal to his group of friends.

What I didn't like about this book:
Honestly, I loved pretty much everything about the story. The only thing that bothered me a bit was the way adults were portrayed in the story (which happens a lot in YA). They were either pompous and pedantic, like Dirk's school principal, or completely incompetent, like his counselors.

I also would have liked to see Dirk acknowledge his own growth in the story. It's clear to the reader how being with humans has changed him, but Dirk resists those changes, even though he begins to act sentimentally/protectively.

Final Verdict:
I absolutely loved this book (a full 5 stars from me!). Dirk's report cards and journal entries had me howling with laughter. The supporting characters, like Goth girl Sooz, really round out the story. If you enjoyed Neil Gaiman and Terry Prachett's Good Omens, give this one a try.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 19, 2013
I didn't get this book on the kindle, rather in paperback actually, but i still LOVED this book. It's funny, witty, and just a quick easy read that leaves you hanging. This book is imaginative, and makes you look at bad guys differently. I would definently read this book again, and I recommend it to all fans of book! I can't wait to get my hands on the sequel!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
What if a Dark Lord (think Morgoth, Sauron or Palpatine) were to be expelled from his universe into another? What if he were transmogrified into the body of a 12-year old boy in the process? Would anyone believe him?
Abundant fun & hilarity ensues...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 2, 2013
This was an "evilly" inventive read. I loved it. The Dark Lord, "Dirk" from another Plane, after being defeated in battle against Hashdruban, is stuck here on the planet called Earth and wow DOES he have ALOT to learn. Now he is stuck in a 12 year old boy's body. Nobody takes him seriously when he explains to them who he is. In fact, they take it for a serious case of trauma, or a bad upbringing.

So Dirk finds himself in foster care with the Purejoie family, until he can devise a way to get back to his Dark World, and rule from the Iron Tower. However, he learns that he may have to dumb it down a bit and fit in with these "stupid" humans even if it kills him because right now they might just be a stepping stone in helping him open up a portal so that he can return home.

As quirky as Dirk is, he manages to make some friends and use them to his benefit. His close "lackeys" are: Chris, Sooz, and Sal. Each of them are also given "Dark" titles. Although they think they are playing along with Dirk's game, in the end, Chris sees the big picture when he is tasked to save him from meeting his fate.

This book is not only a dark, evil, mysterious adventure. However, there are sections throughout the story that the author likes to play with the words and challenge readers. I suggest this book for young adults, and you scholastic book fair junkies in schools across America. It IS a page turner. I was NOT disappointed. In my opinion, I don't think you will be either.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 11, 2013
Good, easy read and funny to boot. Even slow readers can get through it pretty quickly. The book came in great condition too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 20, 2013
This was a really good book I'm really hoping to read the rest of the series in the future. Awesome!!!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 6, 2013
love the story i can relate so well with it but i can't wait for the second one i hope it comes out soon
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 6, 2013
The point of view is that of a worlds-conquering warlord -- whose mind has somehow been transported into the body of a small Earth boy. It takes him a while to get any sense of what has happened, and even then he still plots to conquer the world. Despite this, the character is surprisingly likeable. It's very funny.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 29, 2012
funny, interesting idea-can evil change thru environment? friends? Nice satire and amusing read, I look forward to the next book.
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