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The Dark Lord

(Mysterium #1)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  74 ratings  ·  10 reviews
In this hilarious parody of epic fantasy, a young man travels into a dark and magical world, where dwarves, elves, and sorcerers dwell, to restore the balance between good and evil After spending years as an undercover, evil wizard in the enchanted world of Trelari, Avery hangs up the cloak he wore as the Dark Lord and returns to his studies at Mysterium University. On the ...more
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Published November 1st 2016 by Harper Voyager Impulse
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Nov 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-epic, humour
The Dark Lord by Jack Heckel is what I would call conceptual humor. There's some very funny turns-of-phrase and some laugh-out-loud dialogue throughout, but the humor here is more in the idea of it all than in the telling itself. What Heckel has constructed here is actually a very clever premise that's surprisingly complicated and deep for such a humorous novel.

Basically, the story is set in a world where both magic and science are real, and where it is possible to shape the very reality of
William Bentrim
Nov 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Dark Lord by Jack Heckel

This is a very creative fantasy. The author and I have read many of the same books and seen many of the same movies and it appears we share a quirky sense of humor. I know this due to his frequent references to obscure events in other books. The protagonist is a graduate student working on his dissertation through a practicum where he is the "Dark Lord" an evil ruler. Avery, the Dark Lord graduate student's premise is that the forces of good need to be united by their
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
'The Dark Lord' is a fantasy parody; in a world where the great magi reflect through the multiverse as popular fantasy authors, a graduate student meddling with a distant world gets trapped in his own schemes. Unfortunately, this was published in 2016, but seems to have completely missed anything that happened after the 90s. No disrespect to Tolkien, Le Guin, and Pratchett, but when your canon is missing Martin, Gaiman, and Rothfuss, it's hard to take you seriously as any sort of contemporary ...more
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JoAnn Meaker
Dec 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A delightful tale

For anyone who enjoys the magic of Harry Potter, with a bit of Dungeons and Dragons, the Wizard of Oz and other fantasy writer's tossed together, this is the tale for you. What a fun read. I love the humor and wit of the main character. The book evoked the memories of months sitting at a table with only sheets of paper and a handful of dice as we struggled through the imaginative world of Dungeons created my our DM.
Oct 30, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
Very interesting story. Has mild to heavy references from many popular stories, partly because they were true in this story's reality. It was kind of a slow read with technical mumble jumble, and it did get boring, but over all it was good story.
Lisa Mertens
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Really funny and a great premise behind the plot.
Nov 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love this author (these authors). They are hysterically funny and tell a great story. My goal is to get this book into a great many of my friends hands.

Had to re-read before starting The Darker Lord. Loved it all over again b
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Shelves: e-book
The premise of this book is excellent, and I loved the literary and pop culture references. It would have been a solid 4 stars, but it needed a good grammar/spell-check (at least the e-book version I read). With each incorrect word form or typo, I thought, thats it. Im putting this down. Then I couldnt because the story was so interesting and I wanted to know what would happen. Im still torn about whether to read the sequel - excellent story and answers to questions balanced against more ...more
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Fun parody with a lot of references to other fantasy works and authors, but other than that it's nothing special.
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Jack Heckel's life is an open book, actually, the book you are in all hope holding right now (and if you are not holding it, he would like to tell you it can be purchased from any of your finest purveyors of the written word). Beyond that, Jack aspires to be either a witty, urbane, world-traveller who lives on his vintage yacht, The Clever Double Entendre, or a geographically illiterate professor


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