My Sparkling Misfortune

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***1st place Reader Views Literary Award 2010 winner in the Young Reader category***

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 leaves him with a Sparkling instead-"a goody-goody spirit ...

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Overview

***1st place Reader Views Literary Award 2010 winner in the Young Reader category***

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 leaves him with a Sparkling instead-"a goody-goody spirit that helps heroes, watches over little children, and messes up villains' plans." Bound to Lord Arkus for five years of service and sworn to act in his best interests, the Sparkling is not easy to get rid of, and of course his understanding of "best interests" is quite different from what Lord Arkus has in mind.

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Marty Dark Wyrm Reads
I was surprised at how much I enjoyed reading this story. Even though it's aimed at a younger audience, the interesting characters and unique twists in the traditional hero/villain stereotypes made for an entertaining reading experience, and (like all good fairy tales) there's a moral to the story - For various reasons, people are put into tidy, labeled boxes, and we expect certain people to act a certain way based on the labels they wear. Why is a villain expected to act a certain way, but that
The Feathered Quill - Ellen Feld
What a nasty, dreadful, and cruel villain Arkus is. Oh, and don’t forget funny. Yes, I said funny! With author Laura Lond’s crisp, wry sense of humor, you’ll be laughing right along with the scoundrel on almost every page.
Dark Wyrm Reads - Marty Shaw
Interesting characters and unique twists in the traditional hero/villain stereotypes made for an entertaining reading experience.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781460922361
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 3/1/2011
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,049,950
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.27 (d)

Meet the Author

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 freelancer.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2014

    Surprising

    This was a quick amusing story. I would absolutely read another book set in this world! Worth the read!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2013

    Read below

    WELCOME TO STANDING UP SCHOOL*GUY FALLS OVER* AND U FAILED! ; )

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  • Posted March 19, 2013

    Very amusing and different.

    Give it a read. You won't be disappointed. Keeping my eye out for more!

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  • Posted June 3, 2012

    Book 1 of The Lakeland Knight series Castles, knights, kings, v

    Book 1 of The Lakeland Knight series

    Castles, knights, kings, villains and heros - and humor?

    Lord Arkus of Blackriver Castle is a known villain, his respected enemy is King Ramian and his son, Prince Kellemar of Dalvanna. Lord Arkus wants to capture a gormack to serve him. Instead he captures a sparkling, Tulip, who he renames Jarvi. Jarvi must serve his new master for a period of 5 years.

    Lord Arkus has only one fear - The Beast. His only safe spot is a white tower, the beast cannot harm him when he is near the white tower. Lord Arkus travels with Jarvi and comes upon a new land with a new king, his beatiful daughter and his son, Phillip. These people have no army, as they had not been attacked for many years. Lord Arkus somehow saves the princess (although his original plan was to capture her) and becomes their hero. No matter what he does, he continues to appear as a hero, not a villain as he truly is, even when all is revealed.

    Comical cast of characters, heros, villains, royalty, etc. Very entertaining reading, not the serious type of works usually written. Short time frame, easy to see how book 2 could be very popular to continue the story. A few spelling errors that could have easily been corrected, but overall a very good read.

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  • Posted May 13, 2012

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    FOR THE MIDDLE SCHOOLER IN YOUR LIFE!! Review brought to you by

    FOR THE MIDDLE SCHOOLER IN YOUR LIFE!!

    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 up a truce with Lord Arkus in order to come off as a hero without actually having to defeat the villain. Lord Arkus agrees but secretly plans to take down Prince Kellemar. But Lord Arkus plans don’t go as planned. He is forced to leave his own kingdom when he chased down by a beast that is determined to kill him even it takes till the end of time. Lord Arkus comes up with a plan to get rid of the beast by catching a Morgon but instead winds up with a Sparkling, a magical creature who helps heroes. Lord Arkus wants to get rid of Jarvi, the Sparkling, but Jarvi made a promise and he intends to keep it. Lord Arkus and Jarvi set out on a crazy adventure which may end up proving that Lord Arkus is more hero than villain—much to his horror.

    Even though My Sparkling Misfortune is geared toward middle grade age, I think many who love the Young Adult genre will have a fabulous time reading it. Lord Arkus is the oddest and hilarious villain I have ever read. Lord Arkus is definitely a villain enjoying backstabbing other villains (who have betrayed him first) and double-crossing princes. But he also has manners and a certain sense of nobility and elegance to his character. I love the way he describes everything around him and the characters he interacts with! He is sarcastic and amusing, offering many laugh out loud moments. Jarvi is just as fun. He knows how to push the right buttons to drive Lord Arkus crazy. Jarvi is also kind-hearted, caring and even-tempered. I love the relationship between Jarvi and Lord Arkus.

    The story is filled with great action and absolutely amusing characters. The pacing and writing are both fairly well done. The dialogue offers many amusing quips as does the plot but there were moments the writing could have flowed better, seeming a bit choppy. I also wanted more of a backstory to Lord Arkus past and why he chose to become a villain. I was also disappointed in the fact that story was novella length once again. Author Laura Lond has great ideas but she continues to create stories so short in length, which in reality is a hindrance to her, since it limits what she can do with a story and becomes frustrating for those who do enjoy her books.

    My Sparkling Misfortune is filled with great moments filled with laughter and moments that will touch your heart. The story and writing is suited for a much younger audience but that shouldn’t stop older fans of the young adult genre from enjoying this novella. A story told from a very witty and well-mannered villain, an original concept you won’t want to miss out on!

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  • Posted April 27, 2012

    “My Sparking Misfortune” by Laura Lond is a fun acti

    “My Sparking Misfortune” by Laura Lond is a fun action-packed book for kids where the main character (and narrator) is a villain! Lord Arkus of Blackriver Castle (aka Arkus the Fearsome and the Dreaded Lord) is the narrator of this story. He tries to pass himself off as a meanie, but is he really? In order to defeat his arch enemy, Prince Kellemar of Dalvanna, Lord Arkus decides to capture a gormark, which is an evil spirit. Once captured, Lord Arkus would bound the gormack to five years of service. But, Lord Arkus actually captures a sparkling which is a spirit that “helps heroes, watches over little children, and messes up villains’ plans.” And thus we are off on an adventure where we try to find out if villains can actually have a heart.

    This book would definitely appeal to boys, but has plenty that would keep girls interested as well. I like Ms. Lond’s version of a villain. Lord Arkus is very humorous with a multi-faceted personality. This book shows that not everything is black and white, good or evil. Villains can actually be more sincere and honest than heroes and sometimes heroes aren’t all that they seem. There are lessons to be learned in the story about looking beyond the exterior and seeing what a person is really like on the inside. You may be surprised!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2012

    A great little story

    I liked this enough to pay for the second story in the series. It's very unique in the genre but I won't say how or I will spoil the surprise. Some lovely twists and turns and all around, a very entertaining tale. Thanks!

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  • Posted March 25, 2012

    Both me and my 13 year old daughter loved this book...we liked i

    Both me and my 13 year old daughter loved this book...we liked it so much that we bought the second one and also loved that one. My daughter loved the fact that this was written from the point of view of a villain and also loved the humor.

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  • Posted January 11, 2012

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    A fun fantasy read!

    My Sparkling Misfortune is the first in the Lakeland Knight series, and is a refreshing take on the fantasy and magic genre. Instead of being told as a hero's tale, it is the tale of a would-be villain. Despite his "villain" status, Lord Arkus is a likeable character around whom the story is told. Without those villains, there would be no heroes and villains have stories, too. There are always two sides to a story, and this is the villain's.

    There was a great deal of humor in this story, along with mystery, magic, intrigue, danger, and action. The humor came in unexpected places, and it often served to change the reader's perception of the characters and their roles within the "hero/villain" framework. I will be definitely be picking up the next in the series, My Royal Pain Quest, due out in November.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2011

    Wonderful!

    Kept a smile on my face through the whole story!

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  • Posted June 25, 2011

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    Very cool but way too short

    I liked the characters and the story, but it seems like an intro. But i did stay up until two to finish it....

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  • Posted May 18, 2011

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    Hilarious, Touching, and Fast-Paced - A Highly Recommended Read!

    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 exquisitely illustrated by Alla Alekseyeva, then maybe this would change your mind:

    Imagine a black-hearted (if he indeed has a heart) villain - cold, calculating, and fiercely stylish (have you ever encountered a frumpy bad guy?), only interested in causing havoc, conquering lands, plundering wealth, and has no second thoughts about hitting his servants. Can you picture that on your mind? Probably thinking about Voldemort or a famous super model? Now, visualize an angelic being whose intentions are pure as a baby's cheek, whose sole purpose of existence is to do good. These two people are certainly on opposite poles, and when put together, they would certainly repel. But what really happens is so hilarious, so heart-wrenching, and a little bit insane you would only believe it if you have read the book yourself.

    My Sparkling Misfortune is definitely anything but a misfortune. But its prose does sparkle, the writing humorous and assertive, Lord Arkus' voice genuine and believable. The characters were vividly drawn, as clear as if seeing them in person while reading about them in the book. The pace is quick and to the point, and the tone - though it may sometimes sound dire through the characters' points of view - comes off as hilarious, which reminds the reader to be optimistic and find joy in everything, as Tulip-Jarvi does.

    The story is uncomplicated and very light, ideal for young readers yet packs quite a punch during intense moments and at every turn, a lesson is unconsciously taught and learned, and every reader would find themselves changed, though they might not immediately notice it.

    I am so glad to have met Arkus and Tulip-Jarvi, and I am sure that a lot of readers would also agree once they have finished reading this book, and has gone to witness these two hilariously different creatures' adventures as villains and heroes.

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  • Posted May 18, 2011

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    Hilarious, Touching, and Fast-Paced - A Highly Recommended Read!

    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 exquisitely illustrated by Alla Alekseyeva, then maybe this would change your mind:

    Imagine a black-hearted (if he indeed has a heart) villain - cold, calculating, and fiercely stylish (have you ever encountered a frumpy bad guy?), only interested in causing havoc, conquering lands, plundering wealth, and has no second thoughts about hitting his servants. Can you picture that on your mind? Probably thinking about Voldemort or a famous super model? Now, visualize an angelic being whose intentions are pure as a baby's cheek, whose sole purpose of existence is to do good. These two people are certainly on opposite poles, and when put together, they would certainly repel. But what really happens is so hilarious, so heart-wrenching, and a little bit insane you would only believe it if you have read the book yourself.

    My Sparkling Misfortune is definitely anything but a misfortune. But its prose does sparkle, the writing humorous and assertive, Lord Arkus' voice genuine and believable. The characters were vividly drawn, as clear as if seeing them in person while reading about them in the book. The pace is quick and to the point, and the tone - though it may sometimes sound dire through the characters' points of view - comes off as hilarious, which reminds the reader to be optimistic and find joy in everything, as Tulip-Jarvi does.

    The story is uncomplicated and very light, ideal for young readers yet packs quite a punch during intense moments and at every turn, a lesson is unconsciously taught and learned, and every reader would find themselves changed, though they might not immediately notice it.

    I am so glad to have met Arkus and Tulip-Jarvi, and I am sure that a lot of readers would also agree once they have finished reading this book, and has gone to witness these two hilariously different creatures' adventures as villains and heroes.

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