--Heather is our Tattered Cover Director of Marketing & the No.1 Fforde fan"While I wish Jasper Fforde would get on with it and write the sequel to Shades of Grey, I'll take what I can get when it comes to one of my favorite authors! I've loved everything Fforde has every written, Thursday Next being one of the best characters out there, and I can now add The Last Dragonslayer to the list. Once again Fforde has created an alternate Great Britain, and this time it's magic (and comic mayhem) that differentiates it from the Britain we know. Jennifer Strange, a 15-year-old foundling raised by the convent of the sacred order of the Blessed Lady of the Lobster, and now in charge of an employment agency for magicians (she only has two years left of her servitude, but her master The Great Zambini has disappeared, so she's covering for him), is just about in over her head. But of course, foundlings are a resilient lot, and Jennifer is no exception. As prophecies of the impending death of the last living dragon begin to multiply, Jennifer and her loyal companion the Quarkbeast set out on a mission to save the day, and the agency, and possibly the world as they know it!" ~Heather
In his witty first novel for young readers, New York Times best-selling author Jasper Fforde introduces fifteen-year-old Jennifer Strange, who runs an agency for underemployed magicians in a world where magic is fading away. But when visions of the death of the world's last dragon begin, all signs point to Jennifer--and Big Magic.
About the Author
Jasper Fforde is the internationally best-selling author of the Chronicles of Kazam, the Thursday Next mysteries, and the Nursery Crime books. He lives in Wales. Visit his website at www.jasperfforde.com.
Praise for The Last Dragonslayer: The Chronicles of Kazam, Book 1…
"With 'The Last Dragonslayer' fans of Jasper Fforde's best-selling 'Thursday Next' and 'Nursery Crime' series will be delighted that Fforde's talent for world-building, his skewed sense of humor and his searing satire come through full force."
—New York Times Book Review
“Features the same delightful mix of magic and everyday absurdity that characterizes [Fforde’s] other books. . . . Readers both young and adult will get hours of pleasure visiting these Ununited Kingdoms.”
—NPR Books, online review
"Fforde's foray into children's books will delight readers who like their fantasy with a dash of silliness.”
—Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Humor abounds, but so does heart, as readers are introduced to a heroine who is practical, smart, and true."
—School Library Journal, starred review
"Fforde's fantasy is smart, funny, and abundantly imaginative in its critique of commercial culture. . . . Reminiscent of Pratchett in tone, this is nevertheless Fforde’s own creature entirely—and entirely satisfying.”
“Fantasy readers with a taste for the silly should appreciate the subverted tropes.”
"Thoroughly entertaining . . . readers will easily sit back and enjoy the fun.”