The Last Dragonslayer

The Last Dragonslayer

Book - 2010
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In the good old days, magic was powerful and unregulated by the government, but now it's fading away. 15-year-old Jennifer Strange runs an employment agency for soothsayers and sorcerers, but work is drying up. But then the visions start, not only predicting the death of the Last Dragon, but also to the return of Big Magic.
Publisher: Toronto, Ont. : HarperCollins, c2010.
Edition: First Canadian edition
ISBN: 9781443407489
Characteristics: 289 pages :,illustrations ;,23 cm.


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Nov 03, 2016

Another fun book by Jasper Fforde in his life after Tuesday Next

Apr 28, 2016

I absolutely adored this book. Its fun. Its quirky.

rachael21509 Dec 23, 2015

I very much enjoyed this book, as it has all of the elements I look for - a strong female lead, adventure/fantasy, and humor!

violet_porcupine_28 Jul 05, 2015

this is such a good book! I can't wait to read the next one.

CRRL_CraigG Jun 26, 2015

Jennifer Strange was just your ordinary foundling girl, helping to run a magical business in which wizards specialize in plumbing, speedy organ delivery, and getting cats down from trees. As you can see, magic is no longer held in as high regard as it used to be. Oh, and they just lost the organ delivery contract.

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Aug 30, 2014

I still like this book, quite a lot, but Fforde does seem to be getting formulaic ...

JCLAmyF Jul 22, 2014

This unique heroine is business-minded and well-spoken. The world is inventive, pun-tastic and amusing. The other characters are diverse and strangely compelling. A very unique read for tweens and teens who like fantasy.

Jul 31, 2013

A really fun read, as per usual. The characters are fun and quirky, while the world makes you feel like you know it really well, but not well enough to figure out every thing. Looking forward to the next one.

JCLChrisK Jul 16, 2013

I think I need to read more Jasper Fforde, who in this book read to me like a cross between J. K. Rowling and Terry Pratchett. Funny, witty, and wise all at the same time; entertainment, silliness, and social critique wrapped in a fun fantasy package.
The title and cover had me expecting knights and swords and battles, when instead we get wizards and government bureaucracy at the start that only gradually develops into something involving a dragon and a sword. Jennifer Strange's most important skills are diplomacy and insight. Though those are far from her only talents; she has a quick mind good in a crisis, good business sense, and strong moral values: "Business, Miss Strange--nothing personal. You have many fine qualities that I admire. You should have been born a century ago, when values such as yours meant something." The story, in brief is about Jennifer going from a teen manager of an employment agency for magicians to a celebrity involved in the predicted slaying of the last dragon. But it's much more complicated than that.
Perhaps the best thing to do might be to give you a sample of Fford's writing from the first chapter:
"We had lots to talk about--the job we were driving to, the weather, experimental spells, King Snodd's sometimes eccentric ways. But we didn't. Price, Moobin, and Mawgon, despite being our best sorcerers, didn't really get along. It wasn't anything personal; sorcerers are just like that--temperamental, and apt to break out into petulant posturing that takes time and energy to smooth over. My job of running Kazam Mystical Arts Management was less about spells and enchantments, diplomacy and bureaucracy, than about babysitting. Working with those versed in the Mystical Arts was sometimes like trying to knit with wet spaghetti: just when you thought you'd gotten somewhere, it all came to pieces in your hands. But I didn't really mind. Were they frustrating? Frequently. Were they boring? Never. . . . "
"Of the forty-five sorcerers, movers, soothsayers, shifters, weather-mongers, carpeteers, and other assorted mystical artisans at Kazam, most were fully retired due to infirmity, insanity, or damage to the vital index fingers, either through accident or rheumatoid arthritis. Of these forty-five, thirteen were potentially capable of working, but only nine had current licenses--two carpeteers, a pair of pre-cogs, and most important, five sorcerers legally empowered to carry out Acts of Enchantment. Lady Mawgon was certainly the crabbiest and probably the most skilled. As with everyone else at Kazam, her powers had faded dramatically over the past three decades or so, but unlike everyone else, she'd not really come to terms with it. In her defense, she'd had farther to fall than the rest of them, but this wasn't really an excuse. The Sisters Karamazov could also claim once-royal patronage, and they were nice as apricot pie. Mad as a knapsack of onions, but pleasant nonetheless."

hania4987 Jul 07, 2013

love Jennifer Strange!!!

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