The Last Dragonslayer, Paperback

The Last Dragonslayer Paperback

Part of the Last Dragonslayer series

3.5 out of 5 (3 ratings)


In the good old days, magic was powerful, unregulated by government, and even the largest spell could be woven without filling in magic release form B1-7g. Then the magic started fading away. Fifteen-year-old Jennifer Strange runs Kazam, an employment agency for soothsayers and sorcerers.

But work is drying up. Drain cleaner is cheaper than a spell, and even magic carpets are reduced to pizza delivery. So it's a surprise when the visions start. Not only do they predict the death of the Last Dragon at the hands of a dragonslayer, they also point to Jennifer, and say something is coming.

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Fantasy
  • ISBN: 9781444707205



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Jennifer Strange is a foundling and the acting manager of Kazam, one of the few remaining Houses of Enchantment in the UnUnited Kingdoms. But magic is not what is was, the powers of wizards and soothsayers are fading, and the House of Kazam is reduced to the provision of mundane services such as organ delivery by magic carpet or the magical rewiring of houses. But then a soothsayer has a premonition that the last dragon will be killed by a Dragonslayer on the following Sunday, which means that the dragonlands, protected for centuries, can be claimed by whoever gets there first after the dragon's death. Followed by the fearsome but loyal quarkbeast, nine-tents velociraptor and one tenth Labrador, Jennifer's life gets very complicated.It's not a great book but it was good fun. I think that this is the first book that Jasper Fforde has written for a YA audience. I've tried some of his stuff for adults before - well when I say I've tried it I've picked up a book, read the first few pages and put it down again - but they haven't really appealed. But based on this I might give him another go.

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Jennifer Strange runs one of the last remaining wizidrical agencies, trying to hold things together until her boss returns. After a premonition about the death of the last dragon she finds herself at the centre of events. A very good fantasy, and great to see a strong female lead for a change. I look forward to the next book in the series.

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A good, fun read, with Fforde's trademark blend of silliness and seriousness. If you know Fforde's other series, I'd say this feels more in the Nursery Crimes style than Thursday Next. Like Terry Pratchett's Tiffany Aching books, this is a much lite-er read, and is easy to devour in one or two sittings. But also like Pratchett's Tiffany books, it's something I imagine adults enjoying every bit as much as children. The plot is fairly straightforward (although there are twists, and some satirical points being made about geopolitical and social tendencies), and leaves the potential for many more books to come. I look forward to reading the next one!

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