--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 the good old days, magic was indispensable; it could both save a kingdom and clear a clogged drain. But now magic is fading. Drain cleaner is cheaper than a spell, and magic carpets have been reduced to pizza delivery. Fifteen-year-old foundling Jennifer Strange runs Kazam Mystical Arts Management, an employment agency for magicians but it s hard to stay in business when magic is drying up. And then the visions start, predicting the death of the world s last dragon at the hands of an unnamed Dragonslayer. If that s true, everything will change for Kazam and for Jennifer. Because something is coming. Something known as . . . Big Magic."