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The Song of the Quarkbeast by Jasper Fforde

Posted by Caitie F on September 3, 2013

Title: The Song of the QuarkbeastSong of Quarkbeast
Author: Jasper Fforde
Hardcover: 304 pages
Pub Date: Sept 3, 2013
Rating: ++++

Summary from pub:

Magic has been in a sad state in the Ununited Kingdom for years, but now it’s finally on the rise, and boneheaded King Snodd IV knows it. If he succeeds at his plot, the very future of magic will be at risk! Sensible sixteen-year-old Jennifer Strange, acting manager of Kazam Mystical Arts Management and its unpredictable crew of sorcerers, has little chance against the king and his cronies—but there’s no way Kazam will let go of the noble powers of magic without a fight. A suspenseful, satirical story of Quarkbeasts, trolls, and wizidrical crackle!


The Last Dragonslayer was one of my favorite books of 2012 and I have been eagerly waiting to read the next book in the series. I knew going into it that it probably wouldn’t be able to match the first one in creativity and enjoyability, but was hopeful that it would still be a fun read.

I was completely right. It was still a very good book, it just didn’t blow me away like the first one and it is hard to not compare them. This book is still full of creativity in a way that is not matched by many other authors though. It is very hard to be unimpressed by some of the creatures and ideas of magic.

Jennifer Strange is still smart, brave, and awesome. The sorcerers still had me laughing at their outrageousness. It just wasn’t quite as funny as the first, but you will still be laughing.

If you are looking for some fun middle grade fantasy, you will enjoy this book. And, like the first, it is middle grade, so expect some silliness.


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