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The Song of the Quarkbeast: A Last Dragonslayer Novel (Dragonslayer… (edition 2012)

by Jasper Fforde

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Title:The Song of the Quarkbeast: A Last Dragonslayer Novel (Dragonslayer Trilogy)
Authors:Jasper Fforde
Info:Hodder & Stoughton (2012), Paperback, 320 pages
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Rating:***1/2
Tags:borrowed, fantasy, young adult, UK, magic, magicians, orphans

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Originally published in Great Britain by Hodder & Stoughton, 2011.
  Bookman1954 | Feb 17, 2015 |
Description: Magic has been in a sad state in the Ununited Kingdom for years, but now it’s finally on the rise, and boneheaded King Snodd IV knows it. If he succeeds at his plot, the very future of magic will be at risk! Sensible sixteen-year-old Jennifer Strange, acting manager of Kazam Mystical Arts Management and its unpredictable crew of sorcerers, has little chance against the king and his cronies—but there’s no way Kazam will let go of the noble powers of magic without a fight. A suspenseful, satirical story of Quarkbeasts, trolls, and wizidrical crackle!

Thoughts: I don't LOVE this series like I do others by Jasper Fforde, but I can pretty much completely chalk that up to the fact that this one if YA and therefore just a little bit less fleshed than his others. The characters are great, the world is interesting, there's lots of weird and wonderful Ffordeiness throughout, but it just needs a little bit more oomph to push it solidly into great.

I found several of the major plot lines in this one pretty easily predictable but that didn't rob the story of too much. All in all, quite enjoyable.

Rating: 3.6

Liked: 3.5
Plot: 3.5
Characterization: 4
Writing: 3.5

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  leahbird | Jan 18, 2015 |
The second book in the Kazam series returns to Hereford where dictatorial King Snodd IV is looking to corner the market on magic. The only person who can stop him appears to be Jennifer Strange, the orphan teenager who manages employment for a house of sorcerers. In typical Fforde fashion, humorous and quirky events intertwine to bring this story to an entertaining resolution. I look forward to reading more about Jennifer and her companions in future installments. ( )
  Othemts | Jan 7, 2015 |
Although it's a little sillier than the first book, this sequel to The Last Dragonslayer actually has a better, more cohesive plot. The editing/proofing is a little slipshod, and I noticed some continuity errors between this book and both the first and third volumes. For example, at the end of Quarkbeast, the residents spruce up the old hotel with magic, returning it to its former glory. But at the beginning of The Eye of Zoltar, the hotel is shabby once more, the residents having decided not to fix it up because it would ruin the unique character of the place. ( )
  MadameWho | Dec 11, 2014 |
I reviewed the audio book version of The Song of the Quarkbeast.

I am smitten with the unflappable Jennifer Strange, protagonist of Jasper Fforde's Chronicles of Kazam - a quirky, funny, and smartly-written fantasy series. Read my complete AudioFile Magazine review of The Song of the Quarkbeast here: http://www.audiofilemagazine.com/reviews/read/86152/

Publisher suggests ages 10-14. I think older readers may enjoy it as well.

http://shelf-employed.blogspot.com ( )
  shelf-employed | Nov 15, 2014 |
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'For every Quarkbeast there is an equal and opposite Quarkbeast.'

Miss Boolean Smith, Sorcerer (Rtd)
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For Margie and Stu
With grateful thanks
for kindnesses too numerous to mention
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I work in the magic industry.
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A long time ago Magic faded away, leaving behind only yo-yos, the extremely useful compass-pointing-to-North enchantment and the spell that keeps bicycles from falling over.

Things are about to change. Magical power is on the rise and King Snodd IV of Hereford has realised that he who controls Magic controls almost anything. Only one person stands between Snodd and his plans for unimaginable power and riches.

Meet Jennifer Strange, sixteen-year-old acting manager of Kazam, the employment agency for sorcerers and soothsayers. She may only have one functioning Wizard and her faithful assistant 'Tiger' Prawns to help her. But one thing is certain: she will not relinquish the noble powers of Magic to big business and commerce without a fight.
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In an alternate United Kingdom, King Snodd aims to control the world by controlling magic, and only sixteen-year-old Jennifer Strange, acting manager of an employment agency for sorcerers, stands between Snodd and his plans.

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