The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde

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Pages: 296
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9780547738475
Genre: Fantasy Adventure

Review by Phil

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 received this book as a gift from by friend Ke-sha, so Ke-sha if you are reading this...thanks lol.I wanted to read this book a while ago when the YT book club read it, but I found out too late and had no money to buy it. Over time I kind of forgot about it. but at BEA I got an ARC of the second book in the series, The Song of the Quarkbeast, so I really wanted to read this one again, and I am really glas I did.
For some reason this book hasn't gotten as good reviews as it did overseas, and I really don't understand why. I thought the plot line was really good, not totally predictable, and I loved the characters, it was very reminiscent of The Mysterious Benedict Society, or even Harry Potter (it wasn't by any means as good as HP, but it was the same kind of light read).
One of my favorite parts about this book too, was that there was absolutely no romance, something rarely seen in YA. The book was purely plot driven, and I appreciated that a lot.
The idea of a world where magic exists, but is slowly dying out, was really cool. The witches and wizards of Kazam all had really distinct personalities, and I look forward to reading more about them in the next two books.
Overall I gave The Last Dragonslayer 4/5 stars, and I hope to read the sequel soon!


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