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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, and battles to be fought. 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.
©2008 Paul Dale (P)2014 Tantor
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By Sean on 07-31-15

"Beware the monologue!"


Every hero has a beginning, but what about the villians? If it weren't for villains there would be no heroes, and that's where this story begins. Dale was able to craft a humorous novel about becoming a Dark Lord that made sense. The handbook spoke to the Dark Lord in-training of getting caught up in monologue while a hero is present, or putting all your power and energy into a single magical item just to lose it (as if it personally knew Sauron itself).

Most of the advice given by the handbook are phrases you may already be familiar with, but with a twist.
Ex: "Absolute power corrupts absolutely, but isn't that the point?"

This novel is certainly not for everyone, but if you play Dungeons & Dragons and looking for a guide to creating your next star villain then this is not a bad choice.

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By Kulain on 01-12-15

Started out good but turned into a drag

Would you try another book from Paul Dale and/or Gildart Jackson?

No, this felt like a cringe worthy attempt at a disc world novel.

What could Paul Dale have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Learn to actually develop characters instead of just talking about how they are suppose to be, and possible add some women who are annoying as hell and actually have more than 1 dimension of being evil/contrary/hot. Also... maybe come up with a more original name for the dragon than the one right out of World of Warcraft? Come on! He even mentions the Black Dragonflight WTF?

What didn’t you like about Gildart Jackson’s performance?

Spoke way too slowly and the voice acting as lady deathwing was unbearable, also the accents changed randomly so you can't tell who he is suppose to be.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Dark Lord's Handbook?

The entire middle section about a pointless voyage and a ridiculous war.

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10 of 12 people found this review helpful

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By Owen on 12-22-14

An unexpectedly good read

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

The book grows from the same ground as Terry Pratchett, Tom Holt and Robert Asprin and balances dry humour with a solid story.

What does Gildart Jackson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The reading is superlative and complements the text well.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful


By C. Ferguson on 10-18-15

Really rather boring...

Very disappointing
It sets itself up as a tongue in cheek look at the whole fantasy 'hero vs villain' thing, but quicky loses the plot.

The titular Dark Lord in training doesnt have much of the charisma or eccentricities you'd expect of someone going into the world domination buisiness. In fact he doesnt seem to make very many decisions on his own at all, spending most of his time being pushed around by plot devices rather than any motivation of his own.
The bloodthirsty hero is a joke that sorely needed a punchline
Much of the supporting cast seem to be irrelevant to the plot completely, Chancellor Penbury in particular didnt seem to do much of anything for the amount of time the story wastes on him.

Also, they travel east to discover "yellow orcs with slanty eyes"
Really? For shame Paul Dale


Though this is far from the worst Fantasy I've ever read (Talking to you Ben Hale), I would not suggest this book to others. Instead, try Pratchett and Gaiman's "Good Omens"

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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By Mitchell on 01-13-17

SH1T ENDING

I think I have said enough. Your don't need to know much more then that.

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