There and Never, Ever, Back Again: A Dark Lord’s Diary: (A Memoir and Manifesto For Villains and Monsters)
Jeff MachPosted 5 August 2020 by the-librarian
There and Never, Ever, Back Again: A Dark Lord’s Diary: (A Memoir and Manifesto For Villains and Monsters) is a witty, clever, very fun read. I love fantasy and this book perfectly combines what is interesting about fantasy with a compelling, humorous, thoughtful story in the form of a fictional memoir of a villain.
In what is a surprisingly rare reversal, the tale is told through the eyes of the villain instead of the hero. That alone would not make this book necessarily clever. The brilliant writing, the biting wit, the astute observations, and the tropes that are constantly turned upside down make for a very entertaining and engaging read that is as hard to put down as it is to describe without giving away all the fun in reading it for yourself.
A Dark Lord is amassing an army to face off against the prophesied Chosen One in an epic fantasy battle. The author describes this as a slow burn but it does not feel like one to me. It is a perfectly and brilliantly crafted story that makes for a quick but very satisfying read.
If you enjoy fantasy, this is a must-read. It is not traditional fantasy but is all the better for it. The writing is excellent, the characters interesting and not one-dimensional. The plot is not too thin and doesn’t trail off into the weeds like some fantasy novels like to delve in to. This is a perfect read that I would recommend to anyone who enjoys a good story.
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