How to become the Dark Lord (and die trying)

Django Wexler


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Davi has somehow managed to get herself trapped in a fantasy world – and not one full of rainbows and unicorns, but one packed with all manner of terrifying monsters and deadly magic. Proper ‘Lord of the Rings’ stuff. And, for reasons unknown, the humans of the Kingdom look to her for protection against the Dark Lord. To make matters worse, Davi’s stuck in a time loop. So every time she fails to defeat the Dark Lord (which is every time) she has to start over. But Davi has a plan. What if instead of trying to defeat the Dark Lord – she becomes the Dark Lord instead? What could possibly go wrong?

ISBN: 9780356518985 Category:


A hilarious fantasy adventure in which a young woman, who is stuck in a time loop, decides the best way to defend the kingdom from the Dark Lord is to become the Dark Lord herself.

Davi has done this all before. She’s tried to be the hero and take down the all-powerful Dark Lord. A hundred times she’s rallied humanity and made the final charge. But the time loop always gets her in the end. Sometimes she’s killed quickly. Sometimes it takes a while. But she’s been defeated every time.

This time? She’s done being the hero and done being stuck in this endless time loop. If the Dark Lord always wins, then maybe that’s who she needs to be. It’s Davi’s turn to play on the winning side.

‘A darkly comic delight of a novel’ Anthony Ryan

‘Twisty, pacey and full of reverent irreverence for fantasy. I can’t get enough’ Max Gladstone

‘A brash swords-and-satire romp that draws you into its rollicking adventure even as it pokes fun at the whole genre. Gamers in particular will appreciate the irreverent upending of classic roleplaying tropes’ James L. Sutter

Takes the old saying ‘If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em,’ to the next level. A sarcastic, action-packed, intrigue-filled (mis)adventure. One of the funniest books I’ve read in a long time’ Matt Dinniman

‘Lord of the Rings crossed with Groundhog Day, narrated by a gender-flipped Deadpool’ Mike Brooks

Additional information

Weight 0.3 kg
Dimensions 19.6 × 12.6 × 3 cm










Paperback original


813.6 (edition:23)


General – Trade / Code: K

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