Year of the Griffin by Diana Wynne Jones

It hasn’t been that long since I read The Dark Lord of Derkholm (just a few months, in fact), but by the time I read The Year of the Griffin I’d nearly forgotten who was who. Derk has got a LOT OF KIDS, okay, and it’s hard keeping them straight sometimes! It didn’t help that Griffin focuses on a different set of characters than Dark Lord did; Blade and Kit and almost the whole of Read More …

The Dark Lord of Derkholm by Diana Wynne Jones

I think my favorite Diana Wynne Jones books are when she mixes humor with more serious stuff. The Dark Lord of Derkholm is a great example of that: it’s scary because it dips into the more depressing aspects of humanity, but it’s also really funny because it’s a spoof on swords and sorcery stories. The world of The Dark Lord of Derkholm is one where an entire planet has been turned into an amusement park Read More …