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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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Another fun read that I couldn't put down! Even the smallish dash of love interests didn't detract from this great story. I can't wait to get the third book. ( )
  yonitdm | Jan 18, 2017 |
The second in THE LAST DRAGONSLAYER series, it starts with a very linear storyline, takes a few odd ball knocks around and then settles into a satisfying ending. However, the epilogue that wraps the story up sort of negates the upcoming third book in the series. Whether it was deliberate or not, seems out of place. As per Ffordian form, puns abound, the clever poking a stick at the big government, and well, throw in some magic and you have a fairly fine novel. Not the best of Fforde's, for sure, but as with his novels, he tends to start out strong, the middle is a bit weak, and then it ramps up again. ( )
  byshieldmaiden | Jan 17, 2017 |
Jennifer Strange, teenaged interim manager of Kazam Magic would like to just keep her crew of wizards safe and gainfully employed until the Great Zambini returns. But, a mysterious clients who hires them to find a ring that "doesn't want to be found," the clear signs that Quark beast is back in town and trouble from a rival all threaten not only Jennifer's business model but the very existence of magic as a force for good. Will Jennifer and the eccentric wizards of Kazam keep the kingdoms safe? Funny, clever and thoughtful. ( )
  kaitanya64 | Jan 3, 2017 |
Synopsis: Jenny Strange, acting manager of Kazam Mystical Arts Management, is still struggling to keep the business going despite her successes in The Last Dragonslayer (2012). There are not enough moolahs to fix up the once-glorious headquarters; Jenny's boss, the Great Zambini, is still only sighted at unpredictable intervals; and some of Jenny's best sorcerers have turned to stone. Worse yet, King Snodd IV of the Ununited Kingdoms is conniving to give Kazam's rival firm, iMagic, a monopoly. Jenny has to come up with a plan while racing to prevent twinned Quarkbeasts from annihilating the kingdom. No wonder she doesn't have time to date Wizard Perkins!
Review: This book left me wanting to know what was going to happen next! ( )
  DrLed | Nov 7, 2016 |
Simple, fun, a light evening's read. ( )
  DLMorrese | Oct 14, 2016 |
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Kettner, ChristineCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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