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The Eye of Zoltar by Jasper Fforde

Posted by Caitie F on October 6, 2014

Title: The Eye of Zoltar
Author: Jasper Fforde
Hardcover: 416 pages
Pub Date: Oct 7, 2014
Publisher: Harcourt Children’s
Rating: ++++

Summary from pub:

Although she’s an orphan in indentured servitude, sixteen-year-old Jennifer Strange is pretty good at her job of managing the unpredictable crew at Kazam Mystical Arts Management. She already solved the Dragon Problem, avoided mass destruction by Quarkbeast, and helped save magic in the Ununited Kingdoms. Yet even Jennifer may be defeated when the long-absent Mighty Shandar makes an astonishing appearance and commands her to find the Eye of Zoltar—proclaiming that if she fails, he will eliminate the only two dragons left on earth.

How can a teenage non-magician outdo the greatest sorcerer the world has ever known? But failure is unacceptable, so Jennifer must set off for the mysterious Cadir Idris in the deadly Cambrian Empire—a destination with a fatality index of fifty percent. With the odds against them, will Jennifer and her traveling companions ever return to the Kingdom of Snodd?


This series continues to be one of my favorites. I always worry that a great series will go downhill, especially when it starts as well as this one did!

Jennifer Strange continues to be a fantastic character. She is smart, funny, and adventurous. She looks at the world differently than most other people. She cares about all of those around her and always thinks of others.

My second favorite character in this book was the princess who has to deal with being…not a princess for a little while. She starts off as such a spoiled little brat, which is really fun to read. Sure, she is annoying, but understanding how ridiculous she is just makes her funny! She is also really smart when it comes to very specific areas.It is nice that she isn’t a complete stereotype.

This book had a lot of action and imagination in it. I don’t know how Fforde thinks of so many of the beast and rules of the world, but they are all great. If you want to flex your imagination a little, you need to read this series.

My one complaint is a couple of the side characters felt a little flat. I get that part of it was just who they are, but I would have liked to see a little more.

This continues to be one of my favorite series and I will be so excited to read the next book!

Have you read any of Fforde’s books?


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