The Dark Lord of Derkholm

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Gollancz, 1998 - Fantasy fiction - 328 pages
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Mr. Chesney operates Pilgrim Parties, a tour group that takes paying participants into an outer realm where the inhabitants play frightening and foreboding roles. The time has come to end the staged madness . . . but can it really be stopped? Master storyteller Diana Wynne Jones serves up twists and turns, introduces Querida, Derk, Blade, and Shona and a remarkable cast of wizards, soldiers, kings, dragons, and griffins, and mixes in a lively dash of humor. With all the ingredients of high fantasy, this unforgettable novel will delight fans old and new.

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User Review  - jennorthcoast - LibraryThing

One of the review snippets on the cover of this book states “A tour-de-force.” They got it right. Having read DWJ’s The Tough Guide to Fantasyland, I knew that Derkholm would be a send-off, spoofing ... Read full review

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User Review  - lostinalibrary - LibraryThing

Dark Lord of Derkholm takes place in a magical world somewhere in the vicinity of our own. A ruthless tour promoter, Roland Chesney, has turned this magical world into a kind of real-life Dungeons ... Read full review

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About the author (1998)

Diana Wynne Jones was born in London on August 16, 1934. In 1953, she began school at St. Anne's College Oxford and attended lectures by J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis. After graduation, she created plays for children that were performed at the London Arts Theatre. Her first book was published in 1973. She wrote over 40 books during her lifetime including Dark Lord of Derkholm, Earwig and the Witch, and the Chrestomanci series. She won numerous awards including the Guardian Award for Children's Books in 1977 for Charmed Life, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award in 1984 for Archer's Goon, the Mythopeic Award in 1999, the Karl Edward Wagner Award in 1999, and the Life Achievement Award from the World Fantasy Organization in 2007. Her book Howl's Moving Castle was adapted into an animated film by director Hayao Miyazaki, and the film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. She died from lung cancer on March 26, 2011 at the age of 76.

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