Big Magic is afoot within the pages of The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde, but Big Magic must have also been afoot in his imagination when he wrote his first ever novel for young adults. The Last Dragonslayer is a tribute to Fforde’s masterful storytelling and wordsmith wizardry.
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 known as . . . Big Magic.
Fans of Fforde’s work, especially the Thursday Next books, will easily find themselves comfortably at home in the world of The Last Dragonslayer.But the book will certainly draw new readers into Fforde’s imagination (and likely get them reading his other books, if they’re new to his work).
Fforde has crafted another brilliant world, one so much like our own, yet just a teensy bit off. He’s brought television and fizzi-pop sodas together with dragons and magicians. He’s wedded contemporary politics, real estate disputes and tricked out cars with magical swords, prophetic visions, and a disturbingly lovable creature known as the Quarkbeast.
Anyone longing to return to Hogwarts, who laments the lack of magic-meeting-reality stories, will find a comforting hug within the pages of The Last Dragonslayer, in stores now.