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Dark Lord by Jamie Thomson
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Oct 02, 2012

it was ok
bookshelves: 2013, characterize-please, decent-enough, fantasy-adventure, magic-and-other-magical-substances, middle-grade, images-involved-in-review
Read on January 29, 2013 , read count: 1

I went into this with virtually no expectations so there wasn't much room for disappointment. But even so...

To start; Dark/Dirk was supposed to be this age-old, evil overlord which he most definitely was not. His narrative voice was that of a 10-year-old, attempting to be the evil genius/mad scientist. He was almost cute. And that fit the atmosphere of the book but not what the book kept saying he was supposed to be....

A blooming crush/love triangle among 3 KIDS??!!


Christopher: Eh. Jealous of Dirk and Sooz. Skeptical of Dirk's "world". Nothing special.

Sooz: The Goth child. Teeny-bopper love interest. Again, nothing special.

I liked Dirk but he didn't fit (as stated previously) with what the book kept telling you he was. And not only that, but he goes through the first half of the book being absolutely positive that he is the Dark Lord and that magic is real and he must get back to his land and then, flip of a coin, he starts doubting that. He begins to think that maybe he is a poor deluded little boy. Which is all fine and good, except it was out of character and happened much too suddenly.

I was confused sometimes. Why did the "real world" tie in with Dirk's world?

The ending was (view spoiler)

But it was sorta cute with decent writing style.


Who knows if I'll get around to the rest of the series?
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