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The Dark Lord's Handbook (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Paul Dale
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To become a Dark Lord is no easy thing. The simple ambition to hold dominion over the world and bend all to your will sounds straightforward but it's not. There are armies to raise, fortresses to build, heroes to defeat, battles to be fought, hours of endless soliloquy in front of the mirror–it's a never-ending job. Not to mention deciding what to wear. (After hours, days, even weeks of consideration, it will be black.)

After many spectacular failures, Evil decided to lend more than inspiration to these would be tyrants. He wrote an easy to follow Dark Lord's Handbook. And yet the next Dark Lord that came along screwed up like all the others.

It had been hundreds of years, and the Handbook was lost in the annals of time, along with all that was mythic and exciting in the world. Then one day, a randy dragon had a chance encounter. Nine months later a Dark Lord was born.

In time, the Handbook found its way to this new contender, Morden.

To become a Dark Lord is no easy thing. Morden had better be a quick study.

Volume 1 110,000 words

The Dark Lord's Handbook: Conquest coming summer 2014.

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

I live in Bath, England. When I’m not writing, I’m cycling, which means I don’t get much writing done. My other interests include film, baking, physics, sport, Buddhism and playing all types of games. I have a BSc Degree in Physics from Bath University and a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 529 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 328 Seiten
  • Gleichzeitige Verwendung von Geräten: Keine Einschränkung
  • Verlag: Paul Dale; Auflage: 4 (2. Februar 2012)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00756ZO4Y
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Word Wise: Nicht aktiviert
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Sorta fun to read... 17. Dezember 2014
Von Mr.DAG
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
Maybe it's just me, but I could't shake the feeling that this is an attempt to start filling Terry Pratchett's shoes that (again, sadly) has not been successful. All the elements are there, Characters, general irreverence while still trying to tell a coherent, enteresting story. Still for me it just didn't come together. I found the main characters overwrought while still bland and not fleshed out at the same time. Shame about the fact that I like the premise and the theme of the "Dark Lord" was ripe for spoofing. It was enough to get me started on the second volume, but - spoilers - that doesn't improve things a lot for me.
Maybe somebody else will find more redeeming value and think of this as a short, fun, read - but from me it's a resounding "meh".
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Hilarious High- Fantasy Parody 5. März 2012
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The Dark Lord's Handbook

In the never-ending warfare between Good and Evil, there needs always be-a Hero-and a Dark Lord. The problem on Evil's side is that Dark Lord candidates seem few and far between; and when one is killed by the Hero, then Evil simply must wait until the next one is born, which could be centuries. But Evil had a clever idea: it wrote a Manual, a Handbook for the Dark Lord. Problem is, in addition to a candidate being born in the first place, it really helps if said potential Dark Lord can even read the Handbook-and then manage not to forget its stipulations.

"The Dark Lord's Handbook" is a subtly hilarious tale penned in the mode of a medieval-style high-fantasy. The characters are delightful, caricatures come to life and given some spin to make them individuals, not stereotypes. The background description, locales, and settings are excellently done. I wouldn't recommend this for YA or younger readers, due to some terminology and situations. However, adult readers will definitely find their fancies tickled as they follow the exploits of young Mordred, the newest Dark Lord, and his evolution into world despot. The journey will take him from the humble village inn of his birth, into an altered reality few could have imagined, as he discovers his true heritage and his purpose in life. Author Paul Dales manages to suspend our disbelief and make the story seem natural, even realistic, thus keeping reader's interest (whilst we are laughing along the way). The novel works both as a light-hearted epic fantasy, and as a parody of the more laborious works in that sub-genre.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great book by a first time author 13. Februar 2012
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It's always enjoyable to read the first book an author writes. Just like any first time author the book maybe not be as polished as some but it more than makes up for it in originality. "The Dark lords handbook" has that freshness to it and has a Terry Pratchett-esque feel to it that will appeal to those who enjoy a fantasy book with a level of comedy to it.
Now looking forward to a sequel.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen I opened the book. Hilarity ensued. 11. Dezember 2012
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Imagine for a moment you're at the pub with the lads. One of the boys mentions that TNT (or the British equivalent, what have you) is showing the Lord of the Rings trilogy start to finish this weekend. The conversation progresses and leads the group to wonder how two hobbits from the Shire could possibly have overcome the powerful Dark Lord Sauron. Theories abound, namely that he put the bulk of his power over the world into one ring. Which he then lost.

How could he have made such a catastrophic strategic mistake?

And isn't literature and film just riddled with other examples of Dark Lords making similar errors?

Then one of your mates, the one who is, by all accounts, regarded as the smartest of the group, suggests that these could all be avoided if there were only a handbook for the Dark Lord to refer to in times of trial.

Enter the genius plot of the Dark Lord's Handbook.

I had a fantastic time reading this book. My particular favorite chapter was the monologue instruction, closely followed by the handbook's suggestion that the Dark Lord should try to, if not in actual fact but in appearance, be the Hero's father.

Even though you think the story within will be predictable, much like the formula most fantasy follows, it's not. I love how the Hero in this novel believes he is noble, but in fact is anything but and the Dark Lord really isn't all that committed to the handbook's evil machinations.

Who is really running things, you ask? Ah, well, you'll have to read the book to find out, but suffice it to say, it was a brilliant bit of satire of our own present-day society.

I've heard that Paul Dale intends to pen a sequel, and if that's the case, hooray! I'm sure I'll enjoy it every bit as much as this.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen An interesting twist on the genre 17. Juli 2014
Von Luke At Me - Veröffentlicht auf
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After I got through my initial disappointment of this not actually being the handbook itself but rather a story about someone else reading the handbook, I was along for the ride. It tells the tale of a fledgling dark lord, Morden, who receives the titular handbook and uses its lessons to Rise and begin to take over the world.

This is a clever premise and the author turns many common fantasy tropes on their heads, which I appreciate, telling a fairly compelling story along the way. I liked (or at least was interested in) almost all of the characters and was surprised by a few twists the story took. In fact, for most of my reading session, I wasn't sure exactly where everything was headed, which for the fantasy genre, is always a good thing.

There were a few grammatical quibbles that another pass by an editor could fix, but nothing that detracted too much from the experience. The main problem I had was with a few of the jokes that fell flat for me. One that stands out in particular is (minor spoiler ahead) when the orcs sack a town, they hang the guards up by their underwear, using a technique that the orcs referred to as "the wedgie". I know this is supposed to be comedic, but the best comedy in the book is the jokes that arise from the situation, not anachronistic humor. There are a few other examples throughout (the subject of "lawyers" was a bit nonsensical to me as well) and in some places, the book delves into other subjects (mortgage backed securities) that don't really mesh well with the setting (I had braced myself for a tirade about sub-prime lending that, thankfully, never appeared). It could have worked if the author was a bit sneakier about it, but it felt heavy handed to me, along with some of the other talk about the middle class. That being said, I still was able to read through the book quickly and was anxious to find out what happened to the main characters.

Short version: Do you have $3? Do you want to read an enjoyable fantasy novel? This one will fit the bill. The negatives I listed are far outweighed by the positives. I would recommend it if you are at all intrigued by the premise. As of this writing, this is the author's only novel. I hope it isn't his last. I'd like to hear what happens next to all these characters.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Too campy for me. 1. Juli 2014
Von Paul Greene - Veröffentlicht auf
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Honestly, just not my cup of tea. I am more of a serious fantasy fan, but I like to pick up something different from time to time. I can see where this type of story would appeal to some, especially parts such as Good calling Evil a loser, but it just wasn't for me.
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