The Last Dragonslayer: The Chronicles of Kazam, Book 1

by Jasper Fforde

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | July 2, 2013 | Trade Paperback

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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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 306 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.81 in

Published: July 2, 2013

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0544104714

ISBN - 13: 9780544104716

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The Last Dragonslayer: The Chronicles of Kazam, Book 1

The Last Dragonslayer: The Chronicles of Kazam, Book 1

by Jasper Fforde

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 306 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.81 in

Published: July 2, 2013

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0544104714

ISBN - 13: 9780544104716

About the Book

In his witty first novel for young readers, "New York Times"-bestselling author Fforde introduces 15-year-old Jennifer Strange, who runs an agency for underemployed magicians in a world where magic is fading away. But when visions of the death of the world's last dragon begin, all signs point to JenniferNand Big Magic.

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ONE Practical Magic It looked set to become even hotter by the afternoon, just when the job was becoming more fiddly and needed extra concentration. But the fair weather brought at least one advantage: dry air makes magic work better and fly farther. Moisture has a moderating effect on the mystical arts. No sorcerer worth their sparkle ever did productive work in the rain-which probably accounts for why getting showers to start was once considered easy, but getting them to stop was nearly impossible.   We hadn't been able to afford a company car for years, so the three sorcerers, the beast, and I were packed into my rust-and-orange-but-mostly-rust Volkswagen for the short journey from Hereford to Dinmore. Lady Mawgon had insisted on sitting in the passenger seat because "that's how it will be," which meant that Wizard Moobin and the well-proportioned Full Price were in the back seat, with the Quarkbeast sitting between the two of them and panting in the heat. I was driving, which might have been unusual anywhere but here in the Kingdom of Hereford, which was unique in the Ununited Kingdoms for having driving tests based on maturity, not age. That explained why I'd had a license since I was thirteen, while some were still failing to make the grade at forty. It was lucky I could. Sorcerers are easily distracted, and letting them drive is about as safe as waving around a chain saw at full throttle in a crowded nightclub.   We had lots to talk about-the job we were driving to,
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From the Publisher

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.

About the Author

Jasper Ffordeis the internationally best-selling author of the Chronicles of Kazam, the Thursday Next mysteries, and the Nursery Crime books. He lives in Wales. Visit his website atwww.jasperfforde.com.

Editorial Reviews

"With 'The Last Dragonslayer' fans of Jasper Fforde's best-selling 'Thursday Next' and 'Nursery Crime' series will be delighted that Fforde's talent for world-building, his skewed sense of humor and his searing satire come through full force."
-New York Times Book Review

"Features the same delightful mix of magic and everyday absurdity that characterizes [Fforde's] other books. . . . Readers both young and adult will get hours of pleasure visiting these Ununited Kingdoms."
-NPR Books, online review

"Fforde's foray into children's books will delight readers who like their fantasy with a dash of silliness."
-Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Humor abounds, but so does heart, as readers are introduced to a heroine who is practical, smart, and true."
-School Library Journal, starred review

"Fforde's fantasy is smart, funny, and abundantly imaginative in its critique of commercial culture. . . . Reminiscent of Pratchett in tone, this is nevertheless Fforde's own creature entirely-and entirely satisfying."
-Horn Book

"Fantasy readers with a taste for the silly should appreciate the subverted tropes."
-Kirkus

"Thoroughly entertaining . . . readers will easily sit back and enjoy the fun."
-Booklist