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The Last Dragonslayer (The Chronicles of Kazam Series #1)

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2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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I loved this story! The way the author incorporated modern-day technology into the world of magic is just mistifying. Five stars for this! Hint: This is only for those who truly think that fantasy is not always bad, and who love a good story. SPOILER ALERT: Quarky dies ...
I loved this story! The way the author incorporated modern-day technology into the world of magic is just mistifying. Five stars for this! Hint: This is only for those who truly think that fantasy is not always bad, and who love a good story. SPOILER ALERT: Quarky dies ):

posted by Anonymous on December 22, 2013

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Jennifer Strange, who will be 16 years old in two weeks, is an


Jennifer Strange, who will be 16 years old in two weeks, is an indentured servant till 18 and, as such, runs Kazam Mystical Arts Management. Jennifer has a knack for handling fractious practitioners of magic and is always accompanied by a loveable critter, Quarkbeast. ...

Jennifer Strange, who will be 16 years old in two weeks, is an indentured servant till 18 and, as such, runs Kazam Mystical Arts Management. Jennifer has a knack for handling fractious practitioners of magic and is always accompanied by a loveable critter, Quarkbeast. Quark is 1/10 Labrador and 9/10 velociraptor and kitchen blender and absolutely adores Jennifer for taking him home when she found him at Starbucks.

Then, one day, Jennifer meets a fellow named Brian Spalding who lives at the Dragonstation and drives an armored Rolls-Royce he calls the Slayermobile. Brian is the outgoing dragonslayer and he is intent upon making Jennifer his apprentice. Apprentice for what? Well, it seems an old dragon, Maltcassion, lives in a sanctuary/wilderness known as the Dragonlands and he is supposed to die next Sunday at noon at the hands of a Dragonslayer wielding a sword named Exhorbitus. Unfortunately, Brian disappears rather precipitously before Jennifer feels quite prepared so she hires her own apprentice Dragonslayer, Gordon van Gordon Gordonson ap Gordon-Gordon of Gordon.

So why does Maltcassion have to die next Sunday at noon? Come to find out there have been three Dragonattacks and that voids the Dragonpact that has protected him. One minor detail—by ancient decree, a dragon’s land belongs to whoever claims it when he dies and that brings out the worst of greed in an awful lot of people. In this world, commerce is mightier than kings and celebrities and The Consolidated Useful Stuff Land Development Corporation is ready to take advantage of the decree.

Jasper Fforde is one of my favorite authors and I so wanted to love this book but I just can’t quite say that I do. There’s not much joy in this story even though there is a lot of humor. Heavyhanded agendas like greed, environmentalism, trashy media and product endorsements got in the way of the pure enjoyment I usually get when reading a Fforde tale and I also felt there were far too many characters, making it difficult to care a lot about most of them. Have I been permanently turned off? Of course not—the author may not have been at the top of his game with this one, his first young adult novel, but it’s just as possible that I read it in the wrong mood. The second in the series, The Song of the Quarkbeast, is already out in the UK so it should be showing up here in the US next fall and I’ll definitely be reading it.

posted by BuriedUnderBooks on February 20, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2013

    Outstanding

    I loved this story! The way the author incorporated modern-day technology into the world of magic is just mistifying. Five stars for this! Hint: This is only for those who truly think that fantasy is not always bad, and who love a good story. SPOILER ALERT: Quarky dies ):

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 12, 2012

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    Quark! Firstly I will admit to buying this book because A) I lik

    Quark!
    Firstly I will admit to buying this book because A) I like dragons and B) the cover art was just fantastic.
    I absolutely adored this book from beginning to end. It's a quirky, whimsical and exceptionally silly. I could not put it down. I'm highly anticipating the sequel. This book was the perfect thing to read to break up the dark and heavy themes of the books I've been reading.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2014

    Natsu

    I love this story!! It reminds me of Fary Tail in a way!

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  • Posted October 29, 2013

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    Jennifer Strange isn¿t really a female Harry Potter¿she can¿t



    Jennifer Strange isn’t really a female Harry Potter—she can’t do magic for a start. But Jasper Fforde’s The Last Dragonslayer could be the beginning of similarly enticing series. The story’s set in a slightly alternate world, where magic is dying in the Ununited Kingdom, and magicians are reduced to rewiring houses and unstopping drains. Jennifer’s a foundling office girl, but her boss seems to have gone astray, and now the dreamers and foreseers of the world are claiming the world’s last dragon is about to die. This event could have enormous political consequences as the dragonlands become available for development, and Welsh and English counties threaten war. But the magical ramifications might be even worse—what if dragons are the source of magic? What if magic dies with the last of the breed?

    Author Jasper Fforde creates a great cast of characters, combining the sublime and the ridiculous, adding convincing tones of voice, and giving Jennifer just the right amount of teen awkwardness and subservient common sense. The magic of this alternate world is just close enough to our own—“If you’re thinking of somebody and the phone rings and it’s them, that’s magic,” says Jennifer to Tiger at one point—and just far enough away to keep readers, young and old, entranced. Magical history is given very naturally in conversation, with details that reappear in the plot, lending a nice sense of depth and conviction. And there’s that delightfully English feel of forms filled in triplicate, rules and regulations, and a right way for everything, plus the odd cup of tea.

    And there’s a dragon! What more could you want? Funny, absurd, and delightfully daft, with a clever plot, enjoyable protagonist, and plenty of depth for a series, this is a really enjoyable middle-grade book for readers of all ages.



    Disclosure: The lady in the shop recommended it. Thank you!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2013

    Loved it!

    I'm looking forward to the 2nd installment! Great humor and cool way to combine a bit of fantasy with the familiarity of life as we know it. Fun read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2013

    Two words

    Awesome

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