Book Review: The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde

dragonslayerThe Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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

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

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