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Dark Lord, the Early Years

Thomson, Jamie (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Dark Lord, the Early Years
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Evil Dark Lord tries to recover his dignity, his power, and his lands when an arch-foe transports him to a small town, into the body of a thirteen-year-old boy.
Authors: Thomson, Jamie, 1958-
Title: Dark Lord, the early years
Publisher: New York : Walker & Co., 2012.
Characteristics: 290 p. :,ill., map ;,21 cm.
Notes: "First published in Great Britain in 2011 by Orchard Books"--T.p. verso.
Summary: Evil Dark Lord tries to recover his dignity, his power, and his lands when an arch-foe transports him to a small town, into the body of a thirteen-year-old boy.
Additional Contributors: Hartas, Freya
ISBN: 0802728499
9780802728494
Statement of Responsibility: Jamie Thomson ; [illustrations by Freya Hartas]
Subject Headings: Magic Fiction. Identity Fiction. Magic Juvenile fiction. Identity Juvenile fiction.
Genre/Form: Humorous stories.
Fantasy fiction.
Topical Term: Magic
Identity
Magic
Identity
LCCN: 2012007152
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Comment by: crankylibrarian Jan 21, 2013

Bit of a disappointment. There are some funny lines, but the high concept gets repetitive, and the humor does not sustain. It did leave me eager to find out what happens to Sooz in the sequel though!


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Oct 24, 2013
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Perhaps I am overgeneralizing my experience a bit much with this claim, but I think it unlikely: What thirteen-year-old boy doesn't dream of secretly being a dark lord, fearsome and mighty, wielder of great magics, ruler of a vast realm, feared by all, and able to squash his enemies (plus anyone else who annoys him in the least) with a simple thought? And not just *a* dark lord, but *the* Dark Lord, at that. Thousands of years old and twelve feet tall with yellow tusks, massive horns, and skull and bone showing all over the place.
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Such is the case for this book's protagonist. Except he doesn't just dream of being the Dark Lord, he remembers it. He *is* the Dark Lord, or at least he *was* until the White Wizard Hasdruban trapped him in a non-magical realm inside the puny body of a human child. Now he is weak and nearly helpless, forced by the authorities to live with parents, attend school, and follow the rules, and everyone else believes he is suffering from an all-consuming psychotic delusion. They don't even get his name right, calling him Dirk Lloyd instead of Dark Lord. All he has to work with is his evil genius. That will have to be enough for him to manipulate and dominate those around him until he can return to his proper world, body, and position.
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I love the concept and was regularly amused and entertained by the book. I also, however, felt that it didn't quite live up to its potential. Too frequently I felt it read just a bit too much as though it had actually been written by a thirteen-year-old, and could have used more finesse and development. Overall, though, a very fun book. I've already requested the sequel.

Jan 21, 2013
  • crankylibrarian rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

Bit of a disappointment. There are some funny lines, but the high concept gets repetitive, and the humor does not sustain. It did leave me eager to find out what happens to Sooz in the sequel though!

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Jul 07, 2014
  • green_dog_2821 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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May 31, 2013
  • LibraryK8 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

After a battle with his arch nemesis, The Dark Lord is thrown into the Pit of Despair (aka Earth). Awakening in the body of a 13 year old boy, The Dark Lord has lost his evil minions, his Gauntlets of Ineluctable Destruction and his Cloak of Endless Night with the Glyph of Domination. Left with only the cracking voice of an adolescent boy and the pudgy fingers of someone who hasn’t yet hit their growth spurt, The Dark Lord (aka Dirk Lloyd) is thrown into the menial and monotonous life of an American Teenager until he can discover a spell to regain his power and destroy this pitiful planet.

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