The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde
Posted by Caitie F on December 18, 2012
Title: The Last Dragonslayer
Author: Jasper Fforde
Hardcover: 296 pages
Pub Date: Oct 2, 2012
Publisher: Harcourt Children’s Books
Summary from 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
I am always looking for great middle grade books. My husband wanted to read it because he was a fan of Fforde’s other books. When he finished this one a couple weeks ago, he knew I would like it.
He was right! This book is incredible! Jennifer Strange is likable, brave, and best of all, smart. She makes smart decisions and puts thought into everything, which is far too rare in middle grade and young adult books. She is the reason I read this book in only two sittings.
She isn’t the only great thing about the book though – it is just so creative! There is something new on every page. It isn’t the same tropes and ideas, which seems so rare in fantasy now, especially for books for younger readers. The writing is also spectacular. I reread some sentences more than once because they were just so wonderful!
It wasn’t perfect. I think some characters could have been more developed. But it is a series, so there could be more time.
Though it may be part of a series, this was a complete story in the first book, which is always a huge plus! If you are looking for a mddle grade book to read, or for a book to give your middle grade or young adult reader for the holidays, this is a fantastic choice!