The Dark Lord of Derkholm – Diana Wynne Jones

Welcome to a world that has been transformed into a tourist attraction Dungeon and Dragons adventure against its population’s wishes. Enter the scattered brained wizard, Derk, who has been chosen to play this year’s “Dark Lord” with the secret hope that he can, somehow, free his people. Certainly, there is a lot to enjoy in this story: adventure, treachery, bizarre individuals, romance, mythical creatures, and plenty of idiot tourists, yet not one of the plethora of characters truly comes alive to me.