Thursday, May 22, 2014

The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde

Magic used to be everywhere and it was powerful.  Nowadays magicians are hired to do jobs such as rewiring a house.  Jennifer is in charge of Kazam Mystical Arts Management and arranges for the jobs.  Jennifer begins having visions about the death of the last dragon and word soon spreads that the dragon is expected to die.  This is big news because due to an ancient pact dragons were given huge tracts of land in exchange for not burning and eating all the people around them.  But when a dragon dies, his land is now up for grabs so people begin gathering on the edge of the dragonlands waiting for the land rush to begin.  When Jennifer goes to visit the dragonslayer she learns that SHE has been chosen to be his replacement.  Now, she is tasked with fighting and killing the dragon who actually seems to be a pretty nice fellow once she gets to know him.  Jennifer is under immense pressure from some big corporations to speed up the dragon's death so they can get first dibs on the land for development.  What is the last dragonslayer to do?  I was not expecting much from this book as I had read one of Fforde's adult books which I didn't enjoy.  However, this one had me chuckling and the final solution was a surprise.  And I loved the quarkbeast, Jennifer's pet and companion.