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The Last Dragonslayer: The Chronicles of Kazam, Book 1 (edition 2013)

by Jasper Fforde

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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. Big Magic . . .… (more)
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Title:The Last Dragonslayer: The Chronicles of Kazam, Book 1
Authors:Jasper Fforde
Info:HMH Books for Young Readers (2013), Paperback, 306 pages
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Jennifer Strange is a booking agent for misfit magicians, when she inherits the role of dragonslayer. Magic is waning, and the last dragon is in mortal peril as a series of fake attacks is used to force Jennifer into action. Not close to the humor and fantasy of Terry Pratchett. 2.5 stars at best. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
Entirely too much fun, and an excellent shift in style from the Thursday Next series. ( )
  wetdryvac | Mar 2, 2021 |
Why has this book been in my shelf for this long and I haven't read it before?!?!? Remembered again how much I LOVE Jasper Fforde. Would recommend to anyone who liked Harry Potter :) ( )
  RankkaApina | Feb 22, 2021 |
Jennifer is 15 (16 in two weeks) and an indentured servant, running an agency for wizards in the kingdom of Hereford, near the Welsh border. Magic is building up, strange things are happening, and a premonition about the death of the last dragon comes through. Suddenly, Jennifer finds herself in situations she doesn't want to be in, and expected to do things she doesnt want to.

Not the strongest Jasper Fforde book - some things are a little too easy (e.g. Jennifer finds the last dragonslayer and becomes the next one in a matter of chapters with a simple get out of jail free trick). However this is a strongly built alternative world and ripe for the books that follow ( )
  nordie | Jan 30, 2021 |
Fine, but just the silly of the Thursday Next books, without broader conceit. ( )
  Loryndalar | Mar 19, 2020 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Fforde, Jasperprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bogdan, IsabelÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Janson, AlexCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kettner, ChristineCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Robinson, Nicola L.Cover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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For Stella Morrel
1897-1933
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"Quark," said the Quarkbeast.

"Did we really have to bring the beast?" Full Price asked me.

"It jumped in the car when I opened the door."

The Quarkbeast yawned, revealing several rows of razor-sharp fangs. Despite his placid nature, the beast's ferocious appearance almost guaranteed that no one ever completely shrugged off the possibility that he might try to take a chunk out of them when they weren't looking. If the Quarkbeast was aware of this, it didn't show. Indeed, he might have been so unaware that he wondered why people always ran away screaming.

"Quark," said the Quarkbeast.

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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. Big Magic . . .

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