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.
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A friend loaned me this book for a road trip, thinking I would enjoy it. Man, did she think right!
Jasper Fforde’s writing is a glorious mix of moral messages and delightful humor. While we were driving, I would spontaneously burst into laughter and my brother would stare at me like I was nuts.
The plot twisted and turned like a roller coaster. I was never really sure where it was going, but it was moving so fast and so well, that didn’t matter! I kept my eyes on the pages as we barreled along miles and highway and lost track of time!
Jennifer Strange is sixteen, but has more responsibilities than many adults. She runs what is basically a group home for magicians, sorceresses, apparitions, ghosts, and things that no one’s really sure what they are. I adored her dry wit, her affable nature, her dedication to do the right thing no matter what, and her quarkbeast.
Quark, or simply “the quarkbeast,” is like a little shaggy terrier with razor-sharp spikes instead of fur, that eats metal as a main food group. He was an adorable, faithful, lovable addition to the scene and now I want a quarkbeast!
Tiger, who is more or less in training to take over Jennifer’s job in two years, is another cute addition to the cast.
There were plenty of other faces, King Snod, Magawon, Arthur the moose apparition, Maltcassion the Dragon…each brought something special to the story and each was enjoyable in his/her own way.
This was a great book! I was impressed with how the clean the ending was and I do hope you go look into it!