Dark Lord of Derkholm by Diana Wynne Jones
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Derk is a mild-mannered wizard with a sprawling country estate, a lovely wizard wife, two human children, four griffin children and a menagerie of strange animals. Everything seems to be going well in his family until he is chosen by the Oracle to play the role of the Dark Lord as part of Mr Chesney's Pilgrim Parties.
High Chancellor Querida, the most powerful wizard in the world, is looking for a way to stop these Pilgrim Parties - packaged excursions for tourists from another world that has been slowly destroying their world over the last forty years.
Needless to say, the two don't quite get along, even though they have the same goal in mind.
I am a fan of Diana Wynne Jones' Howl series, and the Dark Lord of Derkholm didn't let me down. I loved the light and witty writing, wrapped around what is really quite a complex web of deceit and magic. The book is not dark as the title suggests (it's marketed as a children's book after all) and is actually quite funny.
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