A new year has arrived and with it the beginning of the final chapter in The Dark Lord’s Handbook trilogy. My working title, Rise and Fall is not so much a spoiler as a statement of inevitability. From the outset this has been the telling of a well-worn path, albeit from a different angle, and it behooves me to be true to the genre.
As for Morden, it’s all very well and good to have conquered all, but it’s still not that easy being a Dark Lord. Rule has its own challenges and pitfalls. Morden, loveable as he is, has a destiny that is not one of happy ever after. He is a Dark Lord, and eventually they always screw up. Don’t they?