Dark Lord: School's Out

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After acclimating to the inane customs of the blathering human fools, Dirk Lloyd has managed to make contact with his home in the Darklands. Unfortunately, his powers have betrayed him yet again. His new, and dare he say it, good friend Sooz has been transported to his Iron Tower of Despair, where she awaits what is sure to be a slow and painful end. Little does Dirk know that Sooz has formed her own alliances as the new Dark Mistress of his former kingdom. Dirk must find a way to get Sooz home, especially ...
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Overview


After acclimating to the inane customs of the blathering human fools, Dirk Lloyd has managed to make contact with his home in the Darklands. Unfortunately, his powers have betrayed him yet again. His new, and dare he say it, good friend Sooz has been transported to his Iron Tower of Despair, where she awaits what is sure to be a slow and painful end. Little does Dirk know that Sooz has formed her own alliances as the new Dark Mistress of his former kingdom. Dirk must find a way to get Sooz home, especially before his arch-nemesis Lord Hasdruban vanquishes Dirk once and for all. In this equally hilarious and clever sequel, Dirk attempts to regain his evil stranglehold on the Darklands and survive another year in school.
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Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Reviews
2013-11-20
While the Dark Lord's away, everyone begins living in peace and harmony, much to the chagrin of the White Wizard, Hasdruban. Dirk Lloyd, or the Dark Lord, the Nameless One, the World Burner, the Sorcerer Supreme, etc., is still in exile on Earth in the body of a 12-year-old boy who lives with Christopher and his parents. Their friend Sooz (short for Susan) was accidentally sent to the Dark Lands, Dirk's world of origin, when the trio attempted to magically send Dirk home. Now the boys have the added task of rescuing Sooz and a new impediment, in the form of a nanny who has a secret identity and is likely trying to kill Dirk. Since he's no longer evil incarnate, her attempts fail miserably. Meanwhile, goth girl Sooz has befriended the Dark Lord's minions (all that black!) and brought peace to his lands, much to the disbelief of Hasdruban (who's probably actually more evil than the Dark Lord). Can Dirk and Christopher save Sooz? Does she want to be saved? Would Dirk really sacrifice his friends to become Dark Lord once more? Here's hoping Thomson's second Dark Lord title is not the last given the open ending. It is sarcastic British fantasy in the Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams vein; it is a bit long and can tend toward silly, but it will satisfy fans of tongue-in-cheek. Best read with its companion tome…let's just say best read; wouldn't want to anger the Dark Lord. (Humorous fantasy. 10-14)
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"Here’s hoping Thomson’s second Dark Lord title is not the last . . . It is sarcastic British fantasy in the Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams vein." —Kirkus Reviews

"Reminiscent of the zany, action-packed adventures in Artemis Fowl (Hyperion), served up with sly commentary on the powerlessness of being a child. Packed with tween-appeal." —School Library Journal

"Awe-inspiring episode . . . the threat in the author’s blurb to consign wrongheaded reviewers to the Slave Pits of Never-Ending Toil are entirely superfluous, oh yes, for this humble lickspittle." —Booklist, starred review, on Dark Lord: The Early Years

"Dark Lord: The Early Years is more aptly described as a cross between Emily the Strange and Vordak. The sarcastic humor will resonate with young teens and remind them of Gru from Despicable Me." —VOYA on Dark Lord: The Early Years

"It’s Lord Sauron, powerless and back in middle school . . . fun in many ways." —Kirkus Reviews on Dark Lord: The Early Years

Children's Literature - Keri Collins Lewis
When the White Wizard, Lord Hasdruban, banished the Dark Lord to a most terrible fate—being trapped on Earth in the body of a thirteen-year-old boy—he could not have imagined his wily nemesis would send a queen back to the Darklands to rule in his place. Not that Dirk Lloyd planned for Sooz, the Goth girl who had befriended him, to be transported back to his empire with the Great Ring that signified his power. But when a spell he intended to use to transport himself mistakenly sends Sooz instead, he and his human foster brother Chris must figure out a way to save her from the perils of the Darklands. Little did they know that while they were attempting to outwit the White Witch of Holy Vengeance, Sooz was deftly reigning as the Moon Queen, creating peace treaties, establishing justice and order, and generally rocking the Darklands as a benevolent and fair ruler. Dirk Lloyd, the Dark Lord, is back with a vengeance and a temporarily modified conscience in the “Dark Lord” series’ second installment. A Monty Python-esque send-up of a fantasy realm’s evil dictator with a bit of modern psychology and slang thrown in for good measure, this tongue-in-cheek adventure will have middle schoolers laughing out loud, rooting for the bad guy, and wishing they knew the incantations for the Charm of Sudden Baldness and the Cantrip of Uncontrollable Flatulence. Plenty of plot twists, inventive worlds and characters, and witty dialogue will keep readers of all ages spellbound. This fantastic tale would be a fun example of writing from a different point of view, as well as an epic read aloud for teachers with a flair for the dramatic. Reviewer: Keri Collins Lewis; Ages 10 to 14.
School Library Journal
02/01/2014
Gr 4–8—This humorous fantasy is the second entry in a series about an evil Dark Lord who finds himself trapped in the body of a human boy, "Dirk Lloyd." Beginning with the embarrassing derivative of his real name, the Dark Lord suffers the humiliations of being treated like a mere boy and determinedly discovers a way back to his world. The experiment goes awry and his friend, Sooz, is transported to Darklands instead of Dirk. While Dirk plots her rescue and his return, Sooz manages to befriend snot-dripping orcs and warty goblins and establish herself as the new Dark Queen. The narrative alternates between Sooz's adventures in Darklands and Dirk's return to power, with occasional first-person commentary from Dirk, printed as if handwritten. These diarylike entries and the Dahlesque illustrations add to the fast-moving fun. Sooz's plight and march to power show her mettle, and when Dirk's not being impossibly fiendish, there's a little chemistry between the two. Like any good villain, Dirk has two sides and when Chris, his "brother" from home, gives up on him, Sooz continues to appeal to his humanity. Dirk Lloyd and his pals' story is reminiscent of the zany, action-packed adventures in "Artemis Fowl" (Hyperion), served up with sly commentary on the powerlessness of being a child. Packed with tween-appeal.—Martha Baden, Prescott Public Library, AZ
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802735225
  • Publisher: Walker & Company
  • Publication date: 2/4/2014
  • Series: Dark Lord Series , #2
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 260,740
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: 710L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author


Originally from a world beyond our own, DIRK LLOYD lives in the town of Whiteshields, England, where he spends most of his time trying to get back home to his Iron Tower in the Darklands. Some of his achievements include: building the Iron Tower of Despair, raising vast armies of Orcs and Goblins, and the casting of mighty spells and enchantments, including the spell that forced JAMIE THOMSON to submit to his will and record his life story in its first volume Dark Lord: The Early Years, which receive a starred review and was the winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize.

www.facebook.com/TheDarkLordAndHisMinionJamieThomson

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2014

    Shadow club

    Bios. Shadow club is for wolves and cats (tigers, lions, cougars, foxes, and leapoards alowwed). Rules: follow leader instructions. No godmodding. Leader: Shade. Type: black jaguar/panther. Gender: female. Ok. Ranks: kit/pup/cubs; they will begin training at three moons, no exceptions. Their training starts as tips from the leader and groups to watch hunting parties. Mids; mids are four moons to six moons. The training they go through it stradedgy planning and daily excersize. Aprentices: six moons to ten moons is aprentice training. Aprentices go on hunting and fighting parties. Gaurds: gaurds still have fighting training, but instead of having one mentor the whole colony helps to train. Fighters/warriors: they go to patrol the borders and must fight when attacked. Gaurds are allowed to hide, but they must attack any who tell them to let them in. You must be at least four-teen moons to get this rank. Strongholders: this rank is allowed to have a mate. They must protect eachother as well as the colony. Lifeholders: this rank is allowed to have young. There is a chance you will never get to the next rank if you choose to have young. Assasins: this rank must follow orders closely. You must be at least twenty moons to access it. Their job is to keep numbers low on wolf packs and cat clans and lion prides. Medicine: this rank heals others. Co-deputy: there will be two of these at a time. They will become deputy when they die... if they die. Deputy/co-leader: they decide hunting routines and where hunting parties will go as well as who is in each one. This is the only rank that may challenge the leader. Leader's mate: this rank is the highest you can get without challenging the leader. They decide territory boundaries and manage assasins. Leader: this is the highest rank. You obey the leader's orders at all costs. You must start as an aprentice or a child.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2014

    keshan

    Looked around

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2014

    Shayla

    Thank you *she smiles soft*

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    Posted February 19, 2014

    Ghost

    "Greetings, children."

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    Posted February 20, 2014

    Scourge

    Kept kissing (gtgtb bbt)

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    Posted February 21, 2014

    Juniper

    She dances around listening to country.

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    Posted February 18, 2014

    Hey guys,

    Theres already a pumpin high schoo rp at 'night' res 2, join there... its about as hoppin as naplo

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2014

    Felicia

    Looks around

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    Posted February 19, 2014

    Casey

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    Posted February 18, 2014

    Mark and Sarah

    They walk in " hi"

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    Posted February 18, 2014

    Raven

    Im just gonna join.

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    Posted February 18, 2014

    Skylar

    The thin middle aged girl walked in "hia may i join im skylar by the way"

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