The Last Dragonslayer

Fforde, Jasper

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Last Dragonslayer
"Fifteen-year-old Jennifer Strange runs an agency for underemployed magicians in a world where magic is fading away, but when visions of the death of the world's last dragon begin, all signs point to Jennifer--and Big Magic"--

Publisher: Boston ;, New York :, Harcourt, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,, 2012
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9780547738475
Branch Call Number: FIC F
Characteristics: 287 pages ; 22 cm.


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Aug 30, 2014
  • rslade rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I still like this book, quite a lot, but Fforde does seem to be getting formulaic ...

Jul 22, 2014
  • JCLAmyF rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This unique heroine is business-minded and well-spoken. The world is inventive, pun-tastic and amusing. The other characters are diverse and strangely compelling. A very unique read for tweens and teens who like fantasy.

Apr 24, 2014
  • CRRL_CraigGraziano rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Jennifer Strange is The Last Dragonslayer, but just yesterday she was your ordinary foundling girl, helping to run a magical business in which wizards specialize in plumbing, speedy organ delivery, and getting cats down from trees. As you can see, magic is no longer held in as high regard as it used to be. Oh, and they just lost the organ delivery contract.

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Jul 31, 2013
  • tocch101 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A really fun read, as per usual. The characters are fun and quirky, while the world makes you feel like you know it really well, but not well enough to figure out every thing. Looking forward to the next one.

Jul 16, 2013
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I think I need to read more Jasper Fforde, who in this book read to me like a cross between J. K. Rowling and Terry Pratchett. Funny, witty, and wise all at the same time; entertainment, silliness, and social critique wrapped in a fun fantasy package.
The title and cover had me expecting knights and swords and battles, when instead we get wizards and government bureaucracy at the start that only gradually develops into something involving a dragon and a sword. Jennifer Strange's most important skills are diplomacy and insight. Though those are far from her only talents; she has a quick mind good in a crisis, good business sense, and strong moral values: "Business, Miss Strange--nothing personal. You have many fine qualities that I admire. You should have been born a century ago, when values such as yours meant something." The story, in brief is about Jennifer going from a teen manager of an employment agency for magicians to a celebrity involved in the predicted slaying of the last dragon. But it's much more complicated than that.
Perhaps the best thing to do might be to give you a sample of Fford's writing from the first chapter:
"We had lots to talk about--the job we were driving to, the weather, experimental spells, King Snodd's sometimes eccentric ways. But we didn't. Price, Moobin, and Mawgon, despite being our best sorcerers, didn't really get along. It wasn't anything personal; sorcerers are just like that--temperamental, and apt to break out into petulant posturing that takes time and energy to smooth over. My job of running Kazam Mystical Arts Management was less about spells and enchantments, diplomacy and bureaucracy, than about babysitting. Working with those versed in the Mystical Arts was sometimes like trying to knit with wet spaghetti: just when you thought you'd gotten somewhere, it all came to pieces in your hands. But I didn't really mind. Were they frustrating? Frequently. Were they boring? Never. . . . "
"Of the forty-five sorcerers, movers, soothsayers, shifters, weather-mongers, carpeteers, and other assorted mystical artisans at Kazam, most were fully retired due to infirmity, insanity, or damage to the vital index fingers, either through accident or rheumatoid arthritis. Of these forty-five, thirteen were potentially capable of working, but only nine had current licenses--two carpeteers, a pair of pre-cogs, and most important, five sorcerers legally empowered to carry out Acts of Enchantment. Lady Mawgon was certainly the crabbiest and probably the most skilled. As with everyone else at Kazam, her powers had faded dramatically over the past three decades or so, but unlike everyone else, she'd not really come to terms with it. In her defense, she'd had farther to fall than the rest of them, but this wasn't really an excuse. The Sisters Karamazov could also claim once-royal patronage, and they were nice as apricot pie. Mad as a knapsack of onions, but pleasant nonetheless."

Jul 07, 2013
  • hania4987 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

love Jennifer Strange!!!

Jun 25, 2013
  • JCLBrownM rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

What a hoot! But, with plenty of relevant social commentary. I loved it!

Jun 15, 2013
  • icepanther517 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I love this book. It is great for fans of magic.

Mar 28, 2013
  • branch_reviews rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

It is the 21st century and magic has started to fade away. Fifteen year old Jennifer Strange runs Kazam, an employment agency for soothsayers and sorcerers. They are being hired to unplug drains, rewire houses and deliver pizza but even that work has been drying up. Then visions start predicting the death of the Last Dragon at the hands of a dragonslayer. The visions also suggest that Jennifer Strange will be involved and something big is about to happen – maybe Big Magic. Fforde’s book, the first in a series, is fast paced, interesting and humorous. It is a fun read and I would recommend it to readers who enjoy fantasy. Reviewed by KH

Jan 18, 2013
  • theorbys rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

In all fariness, I am NOT a teen, but I have read a fair share of teen books over the decades.. Fforde's brilliant literary wit is lacking here even though it is clever and witty at times, just not brilliantly so. The main character is likeable enough, but not enough happens through the first 240 pages or so to make it very interesting. However the finale was pretty good, good enough that I may try the next in the series, hoping for better. The Thursday Next stories, all of them good, did get better, so there is hope here.

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