Dark Lord Clementine Review

About the Book

DLCTitleDark Lord Clementine
Author: Sarah Jean Horowitz
Publisher: Algonquin
Release Date: October 1, 2019
Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy

The new face of big evil is a little . . . small.

Dastardly deeds aren’t exactly the first things that come to mind when one hears the name “Clementine,” but as the sole heir of the infamous Dark Lord Elithor, twelve-year-old Clementine Morcerous has been groomed since birth to be the best (worst?) Evil Overlord she can be. But everything changes the day the Dark Lord Elithor is cursed by a mysterious rival.

Now, Clementine must not only search for a way to break the curse, but also take on the full responsibilities of the Dark Lord. As Clementine forms her first friendships, discovers more about her own magic than she ever dared to explore, and is called upon to break her father’s code of good and evil, she starts to question the very life she’s been fighting for. What if the Dark Lord Clementine doesn’t want to be dark after all?

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4 Stars

This adorable Middle Grade was so much fun to read. It’s filled with Witches and Dark Lords, Unicorns, and boys turned into sheep. It was such a neat world to be a part of while reading.

I loved Clementine. She was such a fun character and her struggle between light and dark, good and evil, really made the story. When her father gets cursed she realizes she’s going to have to start her training as a the next Dark Lord sooner than expected. The things that dark lords are supposed to do were so fun and definitely dark.

She also makes some unusual friends with a unicorn hunter and a boy who has been turned into a sheep. Together they try to build a dark army to protect the castle while trying to break the curse. Eventually the secrets come out and leave Clementine wondering what she’s going to do next. It was fun seeing the relationships she built with the other characters.

If you’re looking for a fun middle grade than I think you’ll enjoy this adorable book about good vs. evil.

About the Author

DLC Author

Sarah Jean Horwitz is the author of the middle grade fantasy series CARMER AND GRIT and the upcoming THE DARK LORD CLEMENTINE. Sarah grew up next door to a cemetery and down the street from an abandoned fairytale theme park, which probably explains a lot. She currently lives near Boston, MA.

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