The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde

The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde

My first impression of this book was strange. It does not fit into realistic fiction or fantasy because it is both. So towards the beginning I had a hard time accepting this book until I could figure out the world it was set in. It took place in the 20th century with cars and telephones, but it also has magic and indentured orphans. Magic is just a common thing that is starting to fade and Jennifer Strange is foundling. She is an orphan who works and manages Kazam until she comes of age at 18. When there is a premonition that the last Dragon is going to die, things start to change. Magic is becoming more powerful and soon Jennifer is in the middle of it. I liked this book, at first I had a hard time getting into it, but once I understood the world all of it was taking place in, it got really good and interesting. I was able to read it in big chunks without getting bored. The thing was, I was curious and interested in it once I picked up the book to read, but it did not pull me in to make me want to pick it up. The ending was good. It sets it up for the next one, which I am curious about, but it does not make me feel like I have to find out what happens next. One reason that I picked this book up was because it reminded me of Seraphina by Rachel Hartman, which if you liked you would like this. It does not have a whole bunch in common, but they just remind me of each other.

 

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