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The Dark Lord's Daughter

The Dark Lord's Daughter

Current price: $17.99
Publication Date: September 5th, 2023
Random House Books for Young Readers
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(Children's Juvenile Fiction (7-11))
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Staff Reviews

Wrede is back at it, twisting tropes and toppling tradition in favor of common sense. Kayla was having… a time at the Minnesota State Fair, balancing her adoptive mother’s stress and her little brother’s excitement, when a dark figure appeared and whisked all three of them into another realm. Kayla is the Dark Lords daughter and is the Traditional next in line to rule the Dark Empire. With the aid of her family, her familiar, and a heaping dose of brains, Kayla tosses Tradition right out the crumbling castle windows and makes her own sort of Dark Lady.

— Izzy M.

When Kayla is pulled from a state fair into a magical world, she wants nothing to do with becoming the next Dark Lady and even less to do with the terrible Traditions. She proves that it doesn’t matter if your power is Dark or Light, it’s how you use it.

Jordan Zwick, The Book Seller, Grass Valley, CA
September/October 2023 Kids Indie Next List


From the New York Times bestselling author of Dealing with Dragons comes this timeless fantasy, about an ordinary girl who discovers she's the heir to a dark throne, and must find her place between her life on Earth and her magical inheritance.

"A heart-stopping, unique adventure for all!" —Tamora Pierce, #1 New York Times bestselling author

Kayla is just an ordinary girl . . . or so she thinks. When a day at the state fair is interrupted by the news that she’s the daughter of a “Dark Lord,” she and her family are quickly whisked to another world—one that’s chock-full of magic but lacking in technology!

As her family encounters fantastical creatures in place of their Earthly gadgets, Kayla must prepare for the unpreparable: meeting her father, the Dark Lord himself, for the very first time. All Kayla wants is to go home, but she must learn magic to do so. The catch? For the Dark Lord’s daughter, the road to mastering magic is filled with evil traditions.

As she ventures closer to her father, Kayla must decide whether to accept her birthright. Is she destined for darkness? Or can she become a new kind of Dark Lady?

About the Author

Patricia C. Wrede is a #1 New York Times bestselling author. She wrote the beloved Enchanted Forest Chronicles, as well as the Mairelon series, the Frontier Magic series, and, with Caroline Stevermer, the Cecelia and Kate novels. She lives near Minneapolis. Find her online at

Praise for The Dark Lord's Daughter

"An amusing story of finding one’s place amid the unfamiliar. Its fantasy-world-incompatible technology-turned-familiars are particularly memorable." —Publishers Weekly

"A fresh, engaging fantasy." —Booklist