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|Confessions of a Dork Lord|
Author: Johnston, Michael
Twelve-year-old Wick, a warlock-in-training with allergies, sets out to prove that he is ready for his great and terrible destiny--to fill the shoes of his late father, the Dark Lord.
Kirkus Reviews (-) (11/01/19)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (A) (00/01/20)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 12/01/2019 The coauthor (with Melissa de la Cruz) of the Heart of Dread series aims at a younger (or, at least, less sophisticated) audience with this tale of a dread sorcerer’s 12-year-old orphaned son who can’t even cast the ultra-simple “Fart Revealer” spell. More than half convinced that he’s regarded as a laughingstock for his lack of magic and leadership ability, Azrael Bal Gorath the Wicked—aka Wick—latches onto the theft of his 10-years-vanished dad’s obsidian scepter as a chance to prove himself to the orcs, goblins, and other folk of Grimhold. As he tracks down the culprit, Wick not only has adventures (that range from wading through the Gurgling Lake of Sulfur to being sent to a school for ice giants where even pop quizzes last entire days) but also learns how to organize a wayward crew of allies. Johnston leaves his young warlock looking forward to future challenges—and better equipped to handle them—while wreathing his tale in crowd-pleasing clouds of alimentary humor. Spot art frequent, but some finished versions not seen. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.