Dark Lord: The Teenage Years

by Jamie Thomson | Children's Books |
ISBN: 1408315114 Global Overview for this book
Registered by TempleCloud of Radstock, Somerset United Kingdom on 2/17/2024
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Journal Entry 1 by TempleCloud from Radstock, Somerset United Kingdom on Saturday, February 17, 2024
Fun story about a villain from a magical world who finds himself thrown into our world (or one very like it) and trapped in the body of a 13-year-old boy. Nobody believes that he really is the Dark Lord, and, renamed Dirk Lloyd, he has to submit to the indignity of being placed with a foster family, and expected to go to school and to therapy sessions. Nothing is like home - except that there are tantalising reminders everywhere. His foster-brother's poster of Darth Vader looks strikingly like Dirk's most brilliant (if untrustworthy) officer, the Black Slayer, and the lead singer of the band that his Goth friend takes him to see looks just like Dirk's faithful bodyguard Gargon - but, tragically, turns out to be just a human in a rubber mask. He is desperate to get home and reclaim power - but at the same time, the experience of being human and, for the first time in his life, having actual friends instead of just minions, is changing him.

I would have liked to read the sequels to this, and learn more about Gargon and the Black Slayer as people, rather than just seen from Dirk's self-centred point of view. What is their motivation? Does the Black Slayer, rather than simply being 'ambitious and untrustworthy', perhaps have a justified grievance against the Dark Lord, or family on the other side of the conflict? Is Gargon 'blindly loyal' because he is psychologically damaged or lacking in confidence - and if so, might being befriended by Dirk's Goth friend Sooz help him to grow beyond this?

Sadly, I haven't managed to find copies of the sequels, though I know they exist. I hope you enjoy this one, at any rate, and that you either find the sequels or enjoy making up your own story of what happens next.

That this story is about a genuine Dark Lord who is renamed Dirk Lloyd may be a reference to The Dark Lord of Derkholm by Diana Wynne Jones, also a comic novel making fun of fantasy tropes, in which a gentle country wizard named Dirk is forced to play the Dark Lord for the benefit of tourists from our world who want to have an adventure holiday defeating him. This one isn't as brilliantly funny as Jones' novel (and its sequel, Year of the Griffin, which parodies the tropes of magical school stories like Harry Potter), but it's still entertaining.

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On the shelves. Thanks, Temple.

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