Friday, November 30, 2012

The Last Dragonslayer: The Chronicles of Kazam (The Last Dragonslayer #1) by Jasper Fforde

Book Summery (Via 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.

Book Review:
I had just finished reading Days of Blood and Starlight and needed a lighter read. That's what I found in this little beauty. I was initially piqued with interest when I saw an ad for it on goodreads. I was also captivated by the cover. C'mon, you have to admit this cover is just adorable! It took a little bit to get into the story, but once I got the flow of things I found myself in a world a magic and whimsy. The quirky characters are the best part. Jennifer makes for a fantastic narrator. I also found myself quite taken with the quarkbeast. I was sad to see this story end. Those of you in the UK are lucky because the whole series has been released. Those of us in the US must wait indefinitely to tag along on Jennifer's next adventure.

Favorite Quote:
“Don't let anyone tell you the future is already written. The best any prophet can do is to give you the most likely version of future events. It is up to us to accept the future for what it is, or change it. It is easy to go with the flow; it takes a person of singular courage to go against it.” 

Cover Art Commentary:
This cover initially caught my eye when I first saw an add for it on Goodreads. When I found a physical copy at my local bookstore, I loved it even more. Fun, colorful, and whimsical...a perfect cover for this story!



  1. Have you read any of Fforde's Thursday Next series? I only discovered his work this year after a friend's recommendation and have really enjoyed the first two books in that series so may have to start looking out for some of his other books as this also sounds good!

    1. I haven't read any of his other books, but after reading this one, I would definitely be interested in doing so!

  2. I have been meaning to try this author for ages. I love the quote. Sounds good.