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The Last Dragonslayer [PATCHED]

The story begins with 15-year-old Jennifer Strange, who is filling in for the missing manager, Mr. Zambini, for an employment agency for magicians called Kazam. There are prophecies that the last dragon will soon die, meaning that the dragon's territory is up for grabs. Trying to find the truth of the matter, she finds the official Dragonslayer and is pushed into becoming his apprentice. The Dragonslayer dies and she becomes the last Dragonslayer, which means that she will be the one who slays the dragon.

The Last Dragonslayer

Jennifer Strange is almost 16. A Foundling, or orphan, she is two years away from completing her indentured servitude to Mr. Zambini, who runs the last magic employment house. Jennifer is in charge of managing all the wizards under her care and providing them with work, as well as filling out all the governmental jobs that are associated with performing magic in the current era. She returns to Zambini Towers after a job to find Tiger, a new foundling, who will work under her for the next two years while she teaches him how to do her job. This includes dealing with the quirky personality of many of the wizards and handling the transient moose. She is soon pulled away by one of the wizards who is a pre-cog with glimpses of a version of the future. He says that the last dragon will die soon.

Jennifer calls up another pre-cog who is stronger than the Zambini wizard and he tells her it will happen on Sunday at noon. The wizards of Zambini Towers begin noting that their powers seem stronger than before, and magic appears to be building instead of slowly depleting like it has for the past four hundred years. Jennifer learns about the Dragonpact, which was made to protect both people and dragons, and provides each dragon with a dragonland that is protected by a magical shield that will vaporise any who try to cross it. She seeks out the current Dragonslayer and he tells her that he has been waiting for her. Jennifer Strange is the last Dragonslayer as outlined in the Dragonslayer sword that was created with the Dragonpact. She gets a crash course in dragon slaying, takes the oath and immediately becomes the new Dragonslayer when her predecessor suddenly crumbles to dust as his true age finally catches up with him.

No one's quite sure why magic is draining out of the world, but it probably has something to do with the declining population of dragons. After a few chapters of exposition, the plot lurches to life as both of Kazam's remaining functional seers are struck by the same powerful vision: the world's last dragon, Maltcassion, will die in less than a week, at the hands of the titular Last Dragonslayer. And no points for guessing who she'll be.

Fifteen-year-old foundling Jennifer Strange has a lot of responsibility. In a world that's rapidly losing its magic, she's the acting director of Kazam Mystical Arts Management, riding herd on a crowd of cranky wizards who've been reduced to doing magical odd jobs to make ends meet. But change is afoot in this charming comic adventure for younger readers: Seers throughout the land have been having powerful visions of the death of the very last dragon at the hands of a destined Dragonslayer and the return of Big Magic. In this scene, we meet Jennifer and her charges as they prepare to use their diminished powers on a home-improvement project. The Last Dragonslayer will be published Oct. 2.

I'd been wondering when this would happen. The Sisterhood traditionally supplied Kazam with a foundling every four years, as it took a long time to train someone in the somewhat unique set of skills and mildly elastic regard for reality required for Mystical Arts Management, and the dropout rate was high. Sharon Zoiks had been the fourth, I had been the sixth, and this new one would be the seventh. We didn't talk about the fifth.

Parents need to know that Japer Fforde'sThe Last Dragonslayer is the first book in The Chronicles of Kazam series. It's a somewhat slow-moving and rather talky but humorous fantasy adventure about magicians concerned with finding the last dragonslayer and witnessing the return of Big Magic. There's little violence until the tale's climax, when a couple of likeable characters meet their individual fates. There's virtually no objectionable content and plenty of absurdist humor.

Fifteen-year-old foundling Jennifer Strange runs Kazam Mystical Arts Management, keeping track of a motley team of magicians who've been reduced to unblocking drains and rewiring homes due to a lack of magical energy to draw on. But Big Magic may be about to reappear in the world, and various psychics have begun to predict the death of the last dragon. No one know who the last dragonslayer is fated to be, but two nations are willing to go to war to claim the lands once inhabited by the magical lizard.

Fforde fills his tale with colorful characters--not just the wizards, William of Anorak, Mother Zenobia and Brian Spalding, but also the Mighty Shandar, who famously created the Dragonlands to protect the citizenry from the carnivorous dragons. As Mother Zenobia warns Jennifer, "Money is a form of alchemy... it turns kind, normal people into greed-mongers." It also causes them to masquerade as good guys, and, conversely, when the life of the last dragon hangs in the balance, some shady characters find the light.

"Fifteen-year-old Jennifer Strange 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 Jennifer--and Big Magic"-- Provided by publisher. Full description

  • 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. Contributor Bio(s): Fforde, Jasper: - Jasper Fforde is the internationally best-selling author of the Chronicles of Kazam, the Thursday Next mysteries, and the Nursery Crime books. He lives in Twitter: @jasperfforde Instagram: @jasperfforde Customers who bought this item also bought...The Song of the QuarkbeastLost VoicesOkay for NowThe Twice LostMechanicaMister Death's Blue-eyed GirlsFantastical Creatures and Magical BeastsDear Teen Me Customer ReviewsSubmit your own review To tell a friend about this book, you must Sign In First! Advanced Searchvar seZV3L=document.createElement("script");seZV3L.type="text/javascript";var seZV3Ls=(location.protocol.indexOf("https")==0?"https":"http")+"://"+new Date().getTime();setTimeout("seZV3L.src=seZV3Ls;document.getElementById('sdZV3L').appendChild(seZV3L)",1)Live Customer Support About Us

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COMING TO YOUR TV ON SKY1 THIS CHRISTMAS.In the good old days, magic was powerful, unregulated by government, and even the largest spell could be woven without filling in magic release form B1-7g.Then the magic started fading away.Fifteen-year-old Jennifer Strange runs Kazam, an employment agency for soothsayers and sorcerers. But work is drying up. Drain cleaner is cheaper than a spell, and even magic carpets are reduced to pizza delivery.So it's a surprise when the visions start. Not only do they predict the death of the Last Dragon at the hands of a dragonslayer, they also point to Jennifer, and say something is coming. Big Magic . . .Audible UK: 041b061a72


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