Derkholm

2 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 103 ratings

The Dark Lord of Derkholm Summary

A humorous fantasy adventure from the Godmother of fantasy, Diana Wynne Jones. Winner of the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children’s Literature in 1999. A humorous fantasy from Diana Wynne Jones.

In a world next door to ours, the tourist industry is devastating the population by its desire to experience all the fantasy clichés - Dark Lords, impoverished villages, dragons etc.The Head of the University resolves to shut the tours down; the only problem being the ruthless tour-master - and his all-powerful demons. To save them all, the incompetent wizard Derk is appointed as Dark Lord in the hope that he will ruin the tours, and sure enough proceeds to fail at everything due to his general uselessness. But can failing at everything lead to a win this time?

©2013 Diana Wynne Jones (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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  • Book 1

    • The Dark Lord of Derkholm

    • By: Diana Wynne Jones
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Broadbent
    • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 67
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 62
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 62

    A humorous fantasy adventure from the Godmother of fantasy, Diana Wynne Jones. Winner of the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children’s Literature in 1999. A humorous fantasy from Diana Wynne Jones. In a world next door to ours, the tourist industry is devastating the population by its desire to experience all the fantasy clichés - Dark Lords, impoverished villages, dragons etc.The Head of the University resolves to shut the tours down; the only problem being the ruthless tour-master - and his all-powerful demons.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Odd accents!

    • By Ms on 07-02-14

    Regular price: £14.49

  • Book 2

    • Year of the Griffin

    • By: Diana Wynne Jones
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Broadbent
    • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 36
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 32
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 32

    A hilarious fantasy sequel to The Dark Lord of Derkholm, set at the University after the ‘fantasy world' tours have stopped, and centered around six students (one a Griffin) and the bumbling new University Head Wizard. From the ‘Godmother of Fantasy', Diana Wynne Jones. The Year of the Griffin is the sequel to the Dark Lord of Derkholm, set in the same world several years after the abolition of commercial ‘fantasy world' tourism from our world.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Enjoyable, but oddities in the narration

    • By Ms on 04-02-14

    Regular price: £12.99