Highfire (Signed Book)

Highfire (Signed Book)

by Eoin Colfer

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Overview

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Artemis Fowl series comes a hilarious and high-octane adult novel about a vodka-drinking, Flashdance-loving dragon who lives an isolated life in the bayous of Louisiana—and the raucous adventures that ensue when he crosses paths with a fifteen-year-old troublemaker on the run from a crooked sheriff.

In the days of yore, he flew the skies and scorched angry mobs—now he hides from swamp tour boats and rises only with the greatest reluctance from his Laz-Z-Boy recliner. Laying low in the bayou, this once-magnificent fire breather has been reduced to lighting Marlboros with nose sparks, swilling Absolut in a Flashdance T-shirt, and binging Netflix in a fishing shack. For centuries, he struck fear in hearts far and wide as Wyvern, Lord Highfire of the Highfire Eyrie—now he goes by Vern. However...he has survived, unlike the rest. He is the last of his kind, the last dragon. Still, no amount of vodka can drown the loneliness in his molten core. Vern’s glory days are long gone. Or are they?

A canny Cajun swamp rat, young Everett “Squib” Moreau does what he can to survive, trying not to break the heart of his saintly single mother. He’s finally decided to work for a shady smuggler—but on his first night, he witnesses his boss murdered by a crooked constable.

Regence Hooke is not just a dirty cop, he’s a despicable human being—who happens to want Squib’s momma in the worst way. When Hooke goes after his hidden witness with a grenade launcher, Squib finds himself airlifted from certain death by…a dragon?

The swamp can make strange bedfellows, and rather than be fried alive so the dragon can keep his secret, Squib strikes a deal with the scaly apex predator. He can act as his go-between (aka familiar)—fetch his vodka, keep him company, etc.—in exchange for protection from Hooke. Soon the three of them are careening headlong toward a combustible confrontation. There’s about to be a fiery reckoning, in which either dragons finally go extinct—or Vern’s glory days are back.

A triumphant return to the genre-bending fantasy that Eoin Colfer is so well known for, Highfire is an effortlessly clever and relentlessly funny tour-de-force of comedy and action.

 

 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780063000575
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/28/2020
Edition description: Signed Edition
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 912
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Eoin Colfer is the internationally bestselling author of the Artemis Fowl series, as well as several standalone novels, including the highly acclaimed Airman. His newest series is W.A.R.P. Eoin was born and raised in Ireland, where he was appointed Children's Laureate. Eoin has two imaginary friends who are hilarious because they insist they are his actual sons and need stuff like food and clothing.

Hometown:

Wexford Town, County Wexford, Republic of Ireland

Date of Birth:

May 14, 1965

Place of Birth:

Waterford City, County Waterford, Republic of Ireland

Education:

Bachelor of Education, 1986; Education Diploma, 1987

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Highfire: A Novel 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
TheBakersBooks 19 hours ago
4.5/5 stars — Perfect for adults who loved Artemis Fowl, Highfire will also appeal to fans of Carl Hiaasen, Delilah S. Dawson, and Kevin Hearne as it spans everything from dragon body humor to mental illness and discrimination. This is the story of a fifteen-year-old kid caught in a murdery triangle with a corrupt cop and a world-weary dragon. There are lots of swears and body humor; there are also insightful points about prejudice, depression, and what actually makes a monster. Basically, if you’ve enjoyed Colfer’s work before, this is what you’re used to but for an older audience. If you’re new to the author, this is a good starting point if the above sounds like your cup of tea! Personally, I thought it was delightful. If a sequel (Highfire and Moreau Part 2: The Burn is Back, to quote the book itself) is in the cards, I’ll be all over it like Vern on a bottle of mid-range vodka.
AMGiacomasso 13 days ago
I don't think I'm ready to let the characters in this story go. I think I need more Vern, Squibb and all the cast of this story. I had a lot of fun, I rooted for them, laughed at their antics and enjoyed this excellent story. Mr Colfer is a master storyteller and this book is continuous rollercoaster of ideas, action and twists. I fell in in love with the story at the first chapter and couldn't stop laughing at idea of a dragon who watches Netflix and like Flashdance t-shirts. Vern is a great characters and I liked how he evolved in the book, going from hating mens to being friends with some of them. Squibb is also having a great character development and he could have been written by Mark Twain if he was living today. Hooke is the arch villain that makes you laugh and reminded me of Wile Coyote with his complex plans and the unpredictable results. The story is not always fast paced, the first part is a long introduction to the characters and to build the relationships and the basis for the action. The second one is a fast paced and a firework of actions. Even if the first one is slower is nonetheless very enjoyable. The world building is amazing and I appreciated the dragon lore and how the bayou setting was perfect for the plot. It was an excellent read, engrossing and entertaining: highly recommended. Many thanks to the publisher for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
Anonymous 16 days ago
I received this copy from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review. I've read every book written by Eoin Colfer and I'm an huge Artemis Fowl fan, so I was very interested in reading his new adult book. I basically jumped out of my skin when Netgalley accept my request! The story is very peculiar, since the main characters are a grumpy dragon, Vern, (who thinks to be the last of his species) and a boy called Squib, a rebellious teenager who finds himself witnessing an homicide and has to fight against a corrupt policeman, a psycopath who is harassing Squib's mother. Vern wants to be left alone, to live a peaceful life, hiding in his swamp, eating keto, watching TV (Flashdance is his favourite movie and he has its t-shirt) and drinking Absolut vodka, talking with his friend Waxman (we get to know more about him and I absolutely loved his story), but his life changes when he meets Squib. I love their relationship, so unique, a gust of fresh air. A weird relationship since the beginning (since Vern asked Waxman to kill the boy, protecting the secret of his existence), but I adore how they mature, their conversations and confessions and how they learn to care for each other, how they are so protective for each other. I loved Elodie, Squib's mum, so strong and indipendent, Bodi, another Squib's boss, who is a real genuine person and Waxman, who is amazing (and my heart is still broken, tbh). It was interesting reading about Hooke, the corrupt policeman, who does everything in his power to win Elodie over and harassing his son, hurting him and trying to kill him and Vern (I wanted to kill him so many times reading the book. He was like a cockroach...he never died). Though reading about his life and past was really intesting. I really enjoyed the book. I adored everything about it. It was intesting, funny, exciting and in many occasion I was out of breath, like after a scare or a run. It was a wild ride. And I absolute loved everything. The relationships between the characters (Squib and Vern above all, but I loved Vern's interactions with Waxman, Elodie and Bodi), the pacing, the plot, the realism, even with a mythological creature as one of the main characters. Vern's depressions, his thoughts were really realistic and raw. I've never felt so close to a dragon before. I'm really hoping in a sequel, because I need more of Vern and Squib.
bamcooks 19 days ago
For those who like their fantasy stories filled with humor, here is a new adult fantasy series from the author of Artemis Fowl. Set in the bayous of Louisiana, a young fatherless teen named Everett 'Squib' Moreau tries to stay out of trouble and earn some money to help out his mama while protecting her virtue from a psychopathic constable named Regence Hooke who is hot for her body. That story would be interesting enough, right? But Eoin Colfer has thrown in a 7-foot tall dragon named Lord Highfire, better known as Vern, the last of his species, who hiding in the swamps. There is another creature living there too--a mogwai named Waxman who is the result of interbreeding between humans and dragons at some point centuries ago. What will happen when humans meet creatures? Lots of adventure, danger, horror and excitement mixed with a great deal of humor. I have to admit that I didn't think this was a book for me at first--I was put off by a lot of gratuitous swearing, for one thing. But I hung in there and found that became less of an issue as I came to appreciate the wit and humor with which Colfer writes his novel. I was in fact quite entertained by these two unlikely friends--Vern and Squib. I'll look forward to more in this series to come. I received an arc of this new fantasy novel from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinions expressed in this review. Many thanks!
metalheadreader 19 days ago
4.5! This is not your average dragon story. This is the story of a vodka drinking, Flashddance loving, cargo short wearing dragon hiding out in the Louisiana bayou; and the raucous adventures that occur when he crosses paths with 15 year old juvenile delinquent Everet "Squib" Moreau. Long ago, the fearsome Wyvern, Lord Highfire of the Highfire Eyrie, roamed the earth scorching his enemies. Now he's going by Vern, hiding out and drowning his sorrows in vodka from the comfort of his lazy boy chair. Squib is a clever Cajun swamp rat trying his best to provide for his saint of a single mom. But on his first night running for a shady smuggler, he witnesses his boss murdered by crooked constable Regence Hooke. Hooke isn't just a terrible cop, he's a downright garbage person, using his position to torment Squib and hit on his mother. When Hooke goes after Squib with a grenade, he's saved by Vern. In exchange for his life and keeping Vern a secret, Squib convinces Vern to let him be his go between (familiar) and fetch his vodka, groceries, and keep him company. But Regence Hooke isn't the type of man to let something go, and soon man, boy, and dragon are headed for what will certainly be a fiery collision. Guys, this might be one of the funniest books I've ever read. It makes me want to read more from this author. I really wanna know how he came up with the idea because it's so out there. This definitely won't be everyone's cup of tea, but it was certainly mine. It was so close to being a five star read for me. There were some times I was a bit confused because it switches POV between Squib, Vern, and Hooke without really saying so. But as I went on, I got used to the style. If you like wit, humor, and dragons, this is totally the book for you!
BobbieLCLA 19 days ago
I received a free copy of HIGHFIRE by Eoin Colfer in exchange for an honest review. In the days of yore, the Wyvern Lord Highfire raged against humans as humans warred against dragonkind. Alas, the humans won, and Lord Highfire, as the last survivor, went into hiding to nurse his bitterness. Currently, Lord Highfire is living in the middle of a Louisiana swamp, going by the name “Vern,” lazing around in a recliner, watching Netflix on television, scaring away the local residents, and killing anyone who actually sees him. The youngish son of a single mother, Everett “Squib” Moreau, used to be a troublemaker, but he’s changed his ways and trying to make his mother proud. Part of that is making sure the romantic advances of Regence Hooke, the local crooked cop, aren’t successful. In furtherance of his quest, Squib follows Constable Hooke into the swamp to film the unlawful shenanigans. Expecting to record just some run of the mill smuggling, Squib actually video-records the man committing murder. Hooke almost immediately realizes he’s been seen, so he tries to flush the spy out of hiding using a rocket propelled grenade or two. The ruckus attracts Vern’s attention. Soon, Vern’s been seen, and he has to clean up the mess. However, plans rarely go as intended, even the plans of dragons in a centuries-long sulk. This was an interesting concept. I was amused about how much of this book was, basically, bro-dudes in the swamp. The villain of the piece was nasty enough, but he exhibited little urgency in executing his nefarious intentions until the end of the book. This gave enough time for bro-bonding, which was what left me with the “dudes in the swamp” vibe. I hope you like it. #Highfire #NetGalley
Noire 19 days ago
I received an ARC of this book to read through NetGalley in exchange for a fair review. Highfire set in the Louisiana Bayou is Eoin Colfer's first fantasy novel for adults, and it is just as captivating as the ones he has written for young people. Everett (Squib) Moreau is pretty sure his life would improve significantly if he could convince Constable Regence Hook to stop sniffing around his Mama. In hopes of catching him at something to use against him, he follows Hooke into the swamp one evening and gets a whole lot more than he was planning on. Not only does he almost get caught filming Hooke committing murder, but while attempting to escape undetected, he makes the acquaintance of a dragon. Lord Highfire of Highfire Eyrie is the last wyvern in the world. He goes by the name Vern and is a Flashdance loving, vodka swilling, fire breathing holy terror. Vern didn’t get to be the last wyvern by trusting humans and now not only does Squib have Hooke on his trail, but he has a dragon that doesn’t intend to leave any witnesses to his presence. What ensues is a roller coaster ride of adventure with evil drug lords, things blowing up, pirate gold and at its heart true friendship. I enjoyed this book immensely and would be delighted if future books continued the adventures of Squib and Vern. Publishing Date January 28, 2020. #NetGalley #Highfire #EoinColfer #QuercusBooks #JoFletcherBooks #bookstagram #DragonTales #FantasyNovels
jjthor 20 days ago
Love this book very well written and funny it’s set in the Louisiana bayou‘s with an old dragon that really doesn’t like humans very much coming into contact with a young boy that’s gotten involved in the shady side of the bayous Getting involved in the boys life trying to keep them safe leads to some funny situations great character and storyline looking forward to more in the series
Marta Cox 20 days ago
So of course I’ve heard of this author but I’ve never read anything written by him because he usually writes children’s books and sadly my childhood is far behind. Yet when I spotted this being marketed as an adult story I was beyond curious and happily can state that this was absolutely fabulous ! This was a riveting read that meandered along and just gradually built up the pace. We meet Vern who believes he is sadly the last Dragon around but he’s far from what you would expect a Dragon to be. Vern is grumpy, snarky and obsessed with vodka, keto and Flashdance ! His only friend is Waxman but even he is anything but ordinary although sadly my lips are sealed. Into Verns quiet , hard drinking, cable watching life comes crashing a young boy known as Squib . Squib adores his mama, is wily enough not to get caught too often when not exactly being an upstanding young man oh and has just landed himself in a really precarious position ! Why ? Well that’s all because of a vile, murdering cop who is pretty certain that if anyone has evidence on him then they definitely need to leave the land of the living ! This started so quietly really and felt character driven as the author introduced his characters and all their idiosyncrasies . We learn that Vern is still caught up in his past and cantankerous as only a lonely thousands of years old Dragon can be. We understand that Squib is bright yet not focused but most of all it’s obvious that he’s still looking for a father figure. Plus there are passages that get inside Hookes head that really help make him feel both real and yet psychotic at the same time. Then boom the pace slowly increases and it begins hurtling along until it truly is an edge of the seat read that was impossible to put down. This book with its Godzilla looking hero ( just don’t call him a Gargoyle ! ) is poignant, exciting, funny and is a huge recommendation from me. This voluntary take is of a copy I requested from Netgalley and my thoughts and comments are honest and I believe fair