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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (30 Aug 2012)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1444707256
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444707250
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,398 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jasper Fforde is the critically acclaimed author of The Last Dragonslayer series: THE LAST DRAGONSLAYER, THE SONG OF THE QUARKBEAST and THE EYE OF ZOLTAR, SHADES OF GREY, the Nursery Crime books: THE BIG OVER EASY and THE FOURTH BEAR and the Thursday Next novels: THE EYRE AFFAIR, LOST IN A GOOD BOOK, THE WELL OF LOST PLOTS, SOMETHING ROTTEN, FIRST AMONG SEQUELS, ONE OF OUR THURSDAYS IS MISSING and THE WOMAN WHO DIED A LOT.

After giving up a varied career in the film world, he now lives and writes in Wales, and has a passion for aviation.

To find out more visit Jasper's website www.jasperfforde.com, Facebook page www.facebook.com/jasperffordebooks or follow him on Twitter @jasperfforde.

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'Highly recommended. Very funny' (Independent on THE LAST DRAGONSLAYER)

'[Fforde's] ripping yarn of magic in decline mashes up the usual spells-and-beasts motif with a satire on corporate cash and tabloid values.' (i on THE LAST DRAGONSLAYER)

'This year's grown-up JK Rowling' (Sunday Times)

'True literary comic genius' (Sunday Express)

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The second in Jasper Fforde's Dragonslayer trilogy for younger readers, this is magical, hilarious and irreverent writing.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jim J-R on 7 Nov 2011
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The sequel to The Last Dragonslayer just lives up to the promise of its predecessor. Jennifer Strange, acting manager of Kazaam - a magic company - is getting ready to rebuild Hereford's history bridge, but iMagic, their closest competitor, have something different planned.

The book had, I felt, a relatively weak opening. Fforde's recent works, particularly Shades of Grey and The Last Dragonslayer, have been masterpieces, and to be honest this felt like a bit of a let down after those. However once some of the set up had been passed, the pace picked up and Fforde's unique surrealism began to show itself again and for the second half the novel was easily the equal of its predecessor.

The nature of the story though does make it feel more of a children's novel, though perhaps that is by design. The first book in this series appealed to me as an adult reader, in that it dealt with some weightier themes which this book barely brushes against.

Overall though certainly another good book from Fforde and I will continue to look forward to his works with a sense of glee. His mastery of the English language has to be up there with the greats of surreal and humorous writing.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Alec Cawley on 2 Nov 2011
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Vintage fforde. Witty, unexpected, sometimes a bit silly. An easy romp of book to read.In the lighter vein of his, allegedly, younger readers books. Good enough for this adult.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Vikki on 28 Oct 2013
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I know that the Dragonslayer books are for children, but I had to read this, because I love all of Jasper's other works. This is fantastic fun, would recommend for anyone over the age of 10
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DKB on 30 Mar 2012
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I've been a fan of Jasper Fforde, for many a year now, and enjoy all his books. This is part of his "YA" range, and is the follow-up to Dragonslayer. As all the ends were nicely tied up in the previous book, I did question hooooow it could be continued, and to be honest the series should be "Jennifer Strange", rather than "Last Dragonslayer".

It's not his best, and the ending is a tad rushed, but Fforde is consistently entertaining
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Beryl on 18 Mar 2012
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Jasper FForde has done it again,mystery,magic,mayhem and mirth.Jenny is so grown up for her age (16) and drives a camper van,keeps the sorcerors under control whilst running Kazam,the magic agency.I think this might be a childrens story but well worth the read,I couldn't put it down.
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Beautifully written, continuing the career of Jennifer Strange, as she guides magicians, royalty and everyone else through a whirlwind adventure.
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