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My Sparkling Misfortune (The Lakeland Knight series, #1) [Kindle Edition]

Laura Lond , Alla Alekseyeva
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)

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***1st place winner of the Reader Views Literary Award 2010 in the Young Reader category***

Lord Arkus of Blackriver Castle readily admits that he is a villain and sees no reason why it should stop him from being the protagonist of this book. After all, Prince Kellemar, an aspiring hero, has defeated him in a rather questionable way. Bent on revenge, Arkus attempts to capture a powerful evil spirit who would make him nearly invincible, but a last-minute mistake leaves him with a Sparkling instead—“a goody-goody spirit that helps heroes, watches over little children, and messes up villains’ plans.” Bound to Lord Arkus for five years of service and sworn to act in his best interests, the Sparkling is not easy to get rid of, and of course his understanding of “best interests” is quite different from what Lord Arkus has in mind.

My Sparkling Misfortune is Book 1 of The Lakeland Knight series. It is approximately 33,000 words (126 pages in the printed edition). Includes 10 black-and-white illustrations. It it also available as an audiobook.


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An incredibly fun and funny story.
--Tea and Tomes

One of the reasons the book is so enjoyable is because you never quite know where the plot is going. You are continually surprised. --The Literary Lioness

What a nasty, dreadful, and cruel villain Arkus is. Oh, and don't forget funny. Yes, I said funny! With author Laura Lond's crisp, wry sense of humor, you'll be laughing right along with the scoundrel on almost every page. --The Feathered Quill

Interesting characters and unique twists in the traditional hero/villain stereotypes made for an entertaining reading experience."  --Dark Wyrm Reads

The author manages to pack in an epic's worth of action, adventure, and humor. ... It is one of those rare, great stories when you find yourself rooting wholeheartedly for the villain of the piece. --A Myriad of Books

About the Author

Laura Lond is an internationally published author of several novels and a collection of short stories. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in history. Having worked for 2 years at a literary museum, Laura entered the world of business, working for large international corporations like Xerox Ltd. and Fluor Daniel. After moving from Europe to the United States, she has been self-employed as a freelancer.

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  • File Size: 551 KB
  • Print Length: 127 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B003Y5H8AS
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004JXVYR2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #317,314 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reviews from Brizmus Blogs Books January 27, 2011
Format:Paperback
Ohman!!!! Gush, gush, gush, gush, gush! I absolutely ADORED this book! And I mean ADORED! It is the cutest book I have read since, well, since I read The Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia C. Wrede. And that's appropriate because, with a debut like My Sparkling Misfortune, Laura Lond really might just be the next Patricia C. Wrede. If you've read them, think of Princess Cimorene's quirky primness coming from a bad guy who is actually good but would never want to admit it and replace the dragons with sparklings, and you've got My Sparkling Mifortune.
If you've never read those books, well, what are you waiting for? Pick them up, but only after you've read My Sparkling Misfortune. You won't be disappointed!

The story starts off when evil Lord Arkus of Black River Castle, who is forever chased by a horrible otherworldy beast and can only take refuge in white towers (which are a good guy thing) is tricked and deceived by a prince. In order to redeem his evil name, he somehow finds himself being aided by a Sparkling, a magical creature from another world that can only do good and only help the good guys.

What then ensues is snarky hilariousness, magical wondrousness, and nonstop intrigue. I am not the kind of person who can normally read a book in one sitting, but this one I absolutely did. It's short (because it's aimed at middle grade readers) and every single word was necessary and wonderful. More than that, it's also one of those books with a message. Don't judge people - labeling is just confusing, and there is always more to any given person than a label could ever tell.

Don't be deterred that this was written for younger readers. IT IS FABULOUS (and that's coming from a 28 year old). It is perfect for middle grade readers, of course, but I think it can be enjoyed by adults of all ages, and I do hope you'll give this book a chance!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful Story for all ages January 26, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I needed a light fantasy after reading a horribly depressing book with a wimpy heroine. This book fit the bill. It is a delightful story I thoroughly enjoyed. It is not a childish story. I would read a sequel in a heartbeat and I do think Lord Arkus' story should continue. Very well written and is very imaginative. I highly recommend.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great little read January 6, 2011
A Kid's Review
Format:Paperback
This was a very cute little read. My main complaint is that it's too short! It was a great story about an evil lord who seeks to capture an evil spirit to do his bidding, but ends up capturing a good spirit instead, inadvertantly forming himself into a hero. I thought the main characters were great, but could have used a little more substance. I would have liked to see a little more back story too, as well as some more descriptions of Lord Arkus' adventures. But other than wanting more, this book was an enjoyable, quick read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, light-hearted, highly recommended July 14, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Book Info: Genre: Fantasy/Villain as Hero Reading Level: Any age

Disclosure: I picked up a copy while it was free on Kindle last fall; in exchange, I'm happy to provide an honest review.

Synopsis: Lord Arkus of Blackriver Castle readily admits that he is a villain and sees no reason why it should stop him from being the protagonist of this book. After all, Prince Kellemar, an aspiring hero, has defeated him in a rather questionable way.

Bent on revenge, Arkus attempts to capture a powerful evil spirit who would make him nearly invincible, but a last-minute mistake leaves him with a Sparkling instead -- "a goody-goody spirit that helps heroes, watches over little children, and messes up villains' plans."

Bound to Lord Arkus for five years of service and sworn to act in his best interests, the Sparkling is not easy to get rid of, and of course his understanding of "best interests" is quite different from what Lord Arkus has in mind.

My Thoughts: Shortly after I discovered this book, I also discovered Lord Arkus on Facebook. You should definitely track "him" down, he's a hoot.

I really enjoyed this book - it was a lot of fun! Lord Arkus may be a villain, but he's a villain with a heart of gold (he probably stole it from the next kingdom over), and, of course, he believes in having manners, so sometimes people might get the wrong impression about him just because he's trying to be polite. Tulip the sparkling - whom Arkus calls Jarvis - is a wonderful friend to Arkus, full of fun and teasing. I also enjoyed Prince Philip's character. I will definitely be looking to acquire the next book, "My Royal Pain Quest", just as soon as I can come up with the funds. It's been on my wishlist for awhile now, but now I want it even more than before!

At any rate, if you like to root for the villain, if you like a light-hearted and fast read, be sure to check out "My Sparkling Misfortune". Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Read!! December 29, 2011
By fireink
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Lord Arkus, the evil villain, seethes with rage when he is double crossed by the "heroic" Prince Kellemar. Vowing revenge, he seeks out an evil gormack, intending to make it his slave for five years. There's only a few problems with this plan: he is perpetually hunted by a monster, which he can only avoid by skulking near white towers; and the spirit he finds isn't a gormack. Rather it's something rather more benevolent, a sparkling named Tulip whom he quickly decides to call Jarvi instead, to lessen the embarrassment of having caught the wrong spirit. Sparklings are best known for helping heroes, protecting little children, and messing up villains' plans. And now he's stuck with one for five years. From this point on, nothing seems to go right for him. When he wants to capture a princess for ransom, he accidentally rescues her from bandits instead, convincing the entire kingdom that he's the heroic "Lakeland Knight". From one hilarious misadventure to another, Arkus takes on the role of the reluctant hero.

I'm picky about my books. But this one definitely deserves full stars. I got it for free, so I wasn't expecting much, but I was very surprised to find the best read I've read in a long time. It's a steal at the price of the Kindle edition. The book starts slowly, but takes off very quickly, and it's worth sticking with. The quirky humor reminded me of Patricia C Wrede's style, and although it is written for children and teens, it's definitely enjoyable for any age group. I'm also very stingy with my money when it comes to buying books, but immediately after reading this, I sought out and bought the sequel, My Royal Pain Quest, making it my first non-free ebook to date. I highly recommend both books, and would happily buy another if the series is continued!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars AudioBook Review: Stars: Overall 4 Narration 4 Story 4
In what has to be the most unique and clever middle grade fantasy that I have encountered in a long while, Lond’s first installment in her Lakeland Knights series is told from the... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Gaele
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
When the book first started, I thought the dialogue was too cutesy, but as it progressed, it was more than that. Read more
Published 3 months ago by amcReader
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay
this was a clean book to read. it's a cute book and funny in parts. it's told by the villains side, which is interesting in itself.
Published 5 months ago by cheryl
5.0 out of 5 stars a fantastic funny adventure.
It's really funny, it's well written. The story is about a delightful anti-hero who is a fantastic guy to follow. He's really unique and interesting. Read more
Published 7 months ago by florescent_verde
5.0 out of 5 stars wish it was longer
very cute story - perfect for kids and young (at heart) adults. my boy doesn't really like reading, but even he wanted more of this story!
Published 8 months ago by S. Shipp
3.0 out of 5 stars Cute
This was a cute fairy tale about a super bad guy who tries to capture a Demon, but ends up with a Sparkling, a good and kindly spirit. Read more
Published 9 months ago by S. Kreed
5.0 out of 5 stars great book for fantasy readers
This is a good book for fantasy readers. It kept me interested and I will search out books by this author. Definitely worth the price.
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars References to an annual Villains Conference - Haha!
The entire story is told in Arkus's voice and Laura Lond had me laughing out loud from the start with Arkus's snide comments on life and his high opinion of himself. Read more
Published 10 months ago by S
4.0 out of 5 stars It made me smile as I read
This book was so much fun! Every time I sat down to read My Sparkling Misfortune, I had an anticipatory smile on my face. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Kelli of I'd So Rather Be Reading
5.0 out of 5 stars review of My Sparkling Misfortune by Laura Lond
It was better than I expected. I highly recommend it. I put it right up there with The Adventures of Jecosan Tarres.
Published 12 months ago by F. Holmes
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Laura Lond is an internationally published author of several novels and a collection of short stories. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in history. Having worked for 2 years at a literary museum, Laura entered the world of business, working for large international corporations like Xerox Ltd. and Fluor Daniel. After moving from Europe to the United States, she has been self-employed as a freelancer.


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