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My Sparkling Misfortune

(The Lakeland Knight #1)

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Lord Arkus of Blackriver Castle readily admits that he is a villain and sees no reason why it should stop him from being the protagonist of this book. After all, Prince Kellemar, an aspiring hero, has defeated him in a rather questionable way.

Bent on revenge, Arkus attempts to capture a powerful evil spirit who would make him nearly invincible, but a last-minute mistake l
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Paperback, 164 pages
Published April 28th 2010 by Dream Books LLC
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Gavin
Sep 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This was a fun book with an interesting twist on the fantasy genre. The story was told from the POV of the self confessed villain Lord Arkus of Blackriver Castle. After being outwitted by an aspiring hero, the neighboring Prince Kellemar, by less than heroic means, Lord Arkus decides he needs some help to gain revenge. He aims to do this by capturing an evil spirit and bending it to his will. Unfortunately his plan goes awry and he captures a Sparkling instead. The Sparkling is a goody-goody spi ...more
Misty
3.75-ish

This is...going to be a bit of a weird, catch-all review, because the fact is, I have never listened to an entire audiobook.  I've tried, I really have, but generally the reader gets about 3 sentences out before I say, Um, no.  The farthest I've ever gotten in an audio was about 1/4 of the way through The Forest of Hands and Teeth - and though I really actually did like the narration, the only reason I even picked it up was to refresh my memory on the story and style.  So agreeing to rev
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Desinka
Sep 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This has turned out into a slightly spoilerish mini review. I didn't know what to expect of the book at all and was extremely surprised in a very pleasant way. For a kids' fantasy book, this was much better than a lot of adult ones!

The story was extremely entertaining. It was told from the POV of a self-professed villain, who miserably failed at being one. His interactions with his sidekick (who was supposed to be an evil spirit but turned out to be an extremely benevolent one) were hilarious.
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Katy
Nov 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who enjoy a fun, light-hearted story where you can root for the villain
Recommended to Katy by: Lord Arkus
Shelves: ebook
Book Info: Genre: Fantasy/Villain as Hero Reading Level: Any age

Disclosure: I picked up a copy while it was free on Kindle last fall; in exchange, I’m happy to provide an honest review.

Synopsis: Lord Arkus of Blackriver Castle readily admits that he is a villain and sees no reason why it should stop him from being the protagonist of this book. After all, Prince Kellemar, an aspiring hero, has defeated him in a rather questionable way. 

Bent on revenge, Arkus attempts to capture a powerful evil s
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Audrey
Jan 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Ohman!!!! Gush, gush, gush, gush, gush! I absolutely ADORED this book! And I mean ADORED! It is the cutest book I have read since, well, since I read The Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia C. Wrede. And that's appropriate because, with a debut like My Sparkling Misfortune, Laura Lond really might just be the next Patricia C. Wrede. If you've read them, think of Princess Cimorene's quirky primness coming from a bad guy who is actually good but would never want to admit it and replace the dra ...more
Ashley - Book Labyrinth
3.5 stars

‘My Sparkling Misfortune’ is a super cute story that takes place in a fairy-tale like kingdom. It involves a fairy realm, the place where Sparklings (good fairies) and Gormacks (bad fairies) come from. Arkus is our main character and he thinks himself a villain, yet his actions and words prove that he’s quite heroic. Arkus basically spends his life running from a beast who has been tasked with killing him, and he ends up with a new identity in a kingdom where people think he is their he
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Kimberly
Jan 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
I absolutely LOVED this book. It was fun, endearing, and exciting, and even made me tear up a few times. What a neat little story about friendship and loyalty! My only complaint is that, while very well written, it would greatly benefit from better editing: commas were sometimes used incorrectly (which really confuses me as a reader), and I felt the last paragraph was rushed and weak and should completely be done away with, especially considering the story resumes in the next book. I can't wait ...more
Darlene
May 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Yvensong, Cher-lynn Maynard, Xurox
Recommended to Darlene by: Kimberly Boehm
What a fun little story, and clever! How cool to read a story from the bad-guy's point of view. Villain's have feelings, too! They have their pride and want to feel good about themselves. Well, here we crawl into said villain's head as he faces his demons.

Thanks, Kimberly Boehm, for suggesting this read. I look forward to the next book!
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Ria Bridges
Jun 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was hoping for some lighthearted jokes at Edward Cullen’s expense with a title like that. It just seemed like such a brilliant setup for one!

I don’t normally read mid-grade books, but when someone from Dream Books approached me and asked me if I’d like to review this one, it seemed intriguing enough that I thought I’d give it a try. As you can see from the 5-teacup rating, I have no regrets in doing so!

My Sparkling Misfortune is told from the viewpoint of Arkus, the self-proclaimed villain wit
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J.A. Fleming
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love Lond's writing style and the way she develops both the setting and her characters. Her plotting is good too. Can't say enough good about her books. ...more
Randy Brown
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Entertaining. A quick, amusing story that captures your attention. Very well written. I look forward to the next episode.
E T
Apr 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Charming, laugh out loud, children's book. ...more
Glen Giles
Kids book but odd

My son suggested this book to me. He's 22. I think he forgot he was probably in middle school when he read it. :) It is original but quirky to the point I'm not moving on to book 2. If I was reading this with a child I probably would.
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Majanka
Oct 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Read the review on my website.

My Sparkling Misfortune is the hilarious fantasy tale of the evil Lord Arkus of Blackriver Castle. Being a villain, and pretty good at that, Lord Arkus is well on his way to becoming the most notorious villain in the entire kingdom. However, when a deal with Prince Kellemar – the supposedly good guy of the story and hero-in-the-making – goes horribly wrong for poor Arkus, involving a raging animal and the destroying of several protective white towers, Arkus is forc
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Maxine Mathew
My Sparkling Misfortune is a story spinning around the self-proclaimed villain, Lord Arkus of Blackriver Castle. After being backstabbed by the not-so-honorable wannabe hero, Prince Kellemar, Lord Arkus is now putting his villainous mind to work to think about a deserving revenge for Prince Kellemar. But the first and the most crucial step of the plan goes disastrously wrong as he captures a Sparkling (a good spirit) instead of a Gormack (an evil spirit). For Arkus, the only good in having a spa ...more
Misha Mathew
Mar 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
*Maxine's review*

My Sparkling Misfortune is a story spinning around the self-proclaimed villain, Lord Arkus of Blackriver Castle. After being backstabbed by the not-so-honorable wannabe hero, Prince Kellemar, Lord Arkus is now putting his villainous mind to work to think about a deserving revenge for Prince Kellemar. But the first and the most crucial step of the plan goes disastrously wrong as he captures a Sparkling (a good spirit) instead of a Gormack (an evil spirit). For Arkus, the only goo
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Gina (My Precious Blog)
Apr 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Summary

When Evil Lord Arkus of Black River Castle, self proclaimed villian, is double crossed by Lord Kellemar, an aspiring hero, he can think of nothing else but avenging his name. So, he concocts a dangerous and diabolical plan (as any villain in this position would do) involving the capture of an evil spirit, a gormack, to assist him with his sinister plight. When he accidentally indentures a "goody-goody" spirit, a sparkling, by mistake, everything he stands for is being threatened. Now Lord
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OpenBookSociety.com
Mar 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Review brought to you by OBS staff member Annabell

I was first introduced to author Laura Lond through her novella, A Merman’s Kiss which I very much enjoyed so I was happy to have a chance to dive into another one of her books. My Sparkling Misfortune was such a fun and humorous read!

The story revolves around Lord Arkus of Black River Castle, who is determined to make sure the reader sees him as nothing less than a villain mastermind. Lord Arkus is visited by Prince Kellemar who wants to strike
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Annabell
Aug 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I was first introduced to author Laura Lond through her novella, A Merman’s Kiss which I very much enjoyed so I was happy to have a chance to dive into another one of her books. My Sparkling Misfortune was such a fun and humorous read!

The story revolves around Lord Arkus of Black River Castle, who is determined to make sure the reader sees him as nothing less than a villain mastermind. Lord Arkus is visited by Prince Kellemar who wants to strike up a truce with Lord Arkus in order to come off a
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Emi
Mar 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My Sparkling Misfortune offers a twist on the traditional fantasy fairy tale stories that lovers of the movie Megamind will enjoy. I can’t help but make that comparison, since both stories feature bad guys who want nothing more than to be known as the most devious and evil person on the planet. Lord Arkus begins his tale by bragging about how evil he is. But when the pompous Prince Kellemar tricks him into running from the kingdom, he goes hunting for a Gormak, an evil spirit to help with his ev ...more
Conan Tigard
Nov 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My Sparkling Misfortune is a fun and interesting tale about a villain whose finds himself stuck in the role of the hero all because he captured a sparkling instead of a gormack. The sparkling has his own agenda, which is vastly different from Arkus', and he uses his magic to turn events to his favor. Arkus sees it happening, but doesn't realize what is going on until it is too late and he has been branded a hero by the people of Ulkaria. So, a man who strived to be the worst villain in the land ...more
Briana
Sep 14, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
I have seen a number of glowing reviews of this book, so I was very surprised when I began reading it at how bad I thought the writing style was; not a single review had mentioned it. Of course one might expect a chidren’s book to be written in a simpler style, but a lot of the phrasing seemed very awkward to me and there were poor transitions between ideas and events. It is easy for me to imagine that if I had pulled this book from a shelf in the store, unaware of said gushing reviews, and glan ...more
Nina
May 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Are you a hero or a villain? Answer carefully, or you might find you have misjudged yourself. Take Lord Arkus, lord of Blackriver Castle, one of the most feared villains of his time - he himself has said so. He had no illusions about being a hero, he was a villain through and through. So how did he end up with such a kind, tender-hearted and powerful sparkling named Tulip, a.k.a. Jarvi? If that is not an enough reason yet to read My Sparkling Misfortune, a book written by Laura Lond and exquisit ...more
Kristi Bernard
Black River Castle resides in Arkusville. This domain is filled with goblins, robbers and various outlaws. It's dreary, dangerous and the home of a villain who is known as Lord Arkus of Black River Castle or Arkus the Fearsome or the Dreaded Lord. Take your pick. Either way the name is a good indicator he is no good. When the evil doer Arkus is visited by Prince Kellemar of Dalvanna, asking for a favor, starts this particular adventure.

The Prince wants Arkus to wipe out the Dolmanians completely
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D.L. Morrese
Feb 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
He says he’s a villain, and he considers himself a good one — or would that a bad one? But he’s not. Not really. Not at heart. At his core, it seems that the Dark Lord Arkus (AKA the Lakeland Knight) is a hero in denial. In the course of this story, circumstances, and his reactions to them, make it increasingly difficult for him to ignore this.

To avoid spoilers, I’ll say little more about the plot.

The setting is a traditional fantasy world with kings, princes, knights, an evil necromancer with s
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Debbie
Nov 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
What goes around, comes around. For the villain Lord Arkus of Blackriver Castle that may have been what brought on the beast that had been trying to get him for so long. Only living near and hiding in the great white towers that he had built in secret around his own castle had saved him from death so many times. Finding that someone had been destroying those safety towers left Arkus with few options, he could not defeat the beast, but the fairy realms Gormacks (evil by nature) might be able to. ...more
Ambur
Apr 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While lots of books focus on telling the story of a hero, My Sparkling Misfortune is the story of a villain, or at least he wants everyone to think he's a villain. I, along with Tulip or as Arkus calls him Jarvi, have my suspicions that he's not nearly as evil as he claims or tries to be. Deep down he's most definitely a hero at heart. :)

This book was hilarious. From Tulip/Jarvi's crazy shenanigans to try and make Arkus realize that he was a hero and not a villain, to Arkus' thoughts and comment
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Marty Shaw
Sep 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was asked to review this and almost turned it down because it's aimed towards middle grade readers, but I was intrigued by the idea of a villain being 'assisted' by a spirit that can do only good. Knowing that I can be a kid at heart, I decided I was up to the task... and I'm glad I did.

Children (and kids at heart) will enjoy this tale of a villain who isn't nearly as villainous as he thinks he is. Lord Arkus starts off as the typical fairy tale bad guy, spending his time thinking of dastardly
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Sher A. Hart
Feb 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-reviews
Long ago, I picked up this book even though I didn’t have time to read it because the concept of a villain main character intrigued me. My Sparking Misfortune called me through months of editing jobs and a huge TBR pile until I found myself on a plane without access to my laptop. Right away, the witty dialog and humor made me smile. What a fun read! When the plane landed, I got aggravated that I had to get back to work. Not to say I rushed through my paying jobs, but I might have cut my workdays ...more
Susan
Dec 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The entire story is told in Arkus’s voice and Laura Lond had me laughing out loud from the start with Arkus’s snide comments on life and his high opinion of himself. Having his clever plans turned on him again and again was also amusing to listen to. Once he has his hands on a Sparkling, his evil attempts often then mysteriously turn into good deeds. Laura Lond often put me in giggles with Arkus’s near-constant frustration with his red-haired servant . This was a clever story from beginning to e ...more
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Laura Lond is an internationally published author of several novels and a collection of short stories. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in history. Having worked for 2 years at a literary museum, Laura entered the world of business, working for large international corporations like Xerox Ltd. and Fluor Daniel. After moving from Europe to the United States, she has been self-employed as a freelanc ...more

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