The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde

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Title: The Last Dragonslayer (The Chronicles of Kazam)

Author: Jasper Fforde

Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

Pages: 287 (Hardcover), 287 (Paperback), 296 (Ebook)

Release Date: October 2, 2012

Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars

Synopsis from Goodreads:

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 are used for pizza delivery. Fifteen-year-old foundling Jennifer Strange runs Kazam, 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 the visions are true, everything will change for Kazam—and for Jennifer. Because something is coming. Something known as . . . Big Magic.

My Thoughts:

I have to be honest, I picked up this book because of the beautiful shiny cover with the VBug. It was also on sale for 90% off at my local bookstore. This took me awhile to read; I felt it was a slow in the beginning. It eventually picked up for me.

Pros:

Eccentric : I love out-there fantasy stories and this was one of them. There is little logic to the magic system and the world but it was a light, comedic read. If you take this book took serious, you wouldn’t enjoy the nonsense magic.

Strong Female Lead: Jennifer was a great MC. A lot of YA/MG books, the female characters are kinda useless (there are exceptions to that of course). Jennifer was great leader with a good head on her shoulders.

Quarkbeast: The.Greatest.Sidekick.EVER. That’s all I need to say.

Cons:

Little Action: This is the first in a series so there was a build up going on in this. Then again, it started off slow for me. Since it is a fantasy book, I stuck with it and I am glad I did.

Ya? : This book is marketed as YA (by Goodreads and my local bookstore). I feel like it reads more as a middle-grade read. I feel like that might have been the reason why it took my awhile to read this. It’s not like I don’t like MG books but it wasn’t what I was expecting.

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