Dark Lord of Derkholm by Diana Wynne Jones
Series: Derkholm #1
Published by Greenwillow Books on November 5, 1998
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Everyone - wizards, soldiers, farmers, elves, dragons, kings and queens alike - is fed up with Mr. Chesney's Pilgrim Parties: groups of tourists from the world next door who descend en masse every year to take the Grand Tour.
What they expect are all the trappings of a grand fantasy adventure, including the Evil Enchantress, Wizard Guides, the Dark Lord, Winged Minions, and all. And every year different people are chosen to play these parts.
But now they've had enough: Mr. Chesney may be backed by a very powerful demon, but the Oracles have spoken. Now it's up to the Wizard Derk and his son Blade, this year's Dark Lord and Wizard Guide, not to mention Blade's griffin brothers and sisters, to save the world from Mr. Chesney's depredations.
DNF at 45%
I’ve been sitting on Dark Lord of Derkholm for a while now. Initially I really liked it and found it humorous. It reminded me of Pratchett’s DiscWorld a bit (in its humor only).
So color me shocked when I ran into a vaguely worded but pretty obvious gang sexual assault. There was no need for it but it still happened. I was shocked to find something so…dark in a humorous book.
The gang (rape?)/sexual assault just…threw me out of the book and I put it down.View Spoiler »So, the MC and his sister are ushering a huge group of criminals to a fight via a magical moving “prison.” The criminals find a way out of their moving “prison” and attack everyone. The MC hears his sister screaming but can’t get to her. Shortly after a good guy stops the criminals and re-cages them. The sister is crouched down on the ground with bruises and ripped clothes and as soon as they walk up to her she starts screaming “Don’t touch me! Don’t touch me!” She then gets hypnotized by a dragon and then “everything is ok.” WTF??! Haven’t picked it up since. « Hide Spoiler
That was in Jan 2015.
It’s now December 2016…and I decided to call it quits. I hate rape and sexual abuse.