Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The Last Dragonslayer

The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde

For many years, the power of magic has been waning in the Ununited Kingdom. In times past, sorcerers were esteemed and even feared. Nowadays, they're contracted to rewire homes with outdated electrical systems, and unclog drains without the normal mess and detritus associated with such tasks.

Dragons, which some claim once terrorized citizens of the UK by burning their homes and feeding on their livestock and the occasional farmer's family, now exist primarily in the stories and legends of a prior age. Now, there is only one left.

Jennifer Strange is 14 years old, an orphan, and currently an indentured servant working as an assistant at the House of Enchantment where she handles all of the necessary paperwork for the pipe-clearing and home-rewiring wizards and sorcerers employed there. But things are about to change for Jennifer as she becomes the last Dragonslayer and faces a challenge that will not only change her life, but ultimately the life of everyone on earth.

Jasper Fforde is a fantastic author. I've read all of his books written for adults and there's not one of them that I wouldn't eagerly recommend to anyone who enjoys reading. He's nearly impossible to describe succinctly, so I won't try. Start with The Eyre Affair and prove me wrong if you can.

★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

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