Wednesday, March 28, 2012
DWJ March: Dark Lord of Derkholm
Despite being made fun of for a few days for reading a book with such a high fantasy cover on it, I had a wonderful time with my reread of Dark Lord of Derkholm. This was one that I enjoyed but didn't love the first time through. It had a complex and quick-moving plot and a lot of characters and creatures in it. I think I was overwhelmed a lot of the time. And yet, as I thought about it over the past 3 1/2 years, I started appreciating it more and more and finally got excited for the time when I would be able to reread it. Well, now I have and I can honestly say that I was completely satisfied this time through.
Yes, this is pretty much a high fantasy novel but the main point of it is the family relationship between Derk, his wife Mara, and their children -- both human and griffin. Derk's special talent is the ability to make things grow, things being both plant and animal. He has many experimental animals in the yard--horses with wings, invisible cats (that might not be in the yard anymore), flying pigs and more--but only one of his creations was given human DNA and those are the griffins. When the world is threatened by a ruthless man from a parallel universe and his "Pilgrim Parties" into the realm, the entire family will have to come together to make things right. And they're not perfect--sometimes far from it--but even in the darkest times they can count on each other. And this is what I loved.
This book absolutely qualified for the Once Upon a Time Challenge and hopefully it will just be the start of a wonderful set of reads!
Taking the high (fantasy) road,