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....
©2011 Jasper Fforde (P)2011 Hodder & Stoughton Audiobooks
I'm a Jasper Fforde fan (so slightly biased) but a fantastic book. Although written with young teenagers in mind, I'm in my thirty's and loved it. Clever storyline and nice friendly reading by Collingwood.
Fforde is a master at creating believable and interesting fantasy worlds, which are based on our own reality but with significant differences. The worlds are well thought through and contain all the complex relationships, politics, geographical locations, and tedious paperwork of our world, but with magic, dragons and alternative histories which give a rich background. Unlike with some fantasy books, where the background story overloads you information, Fforde writes in an intelligent and humorous way which conveys just the right amount of information for the story and leaves your mind to fill in any details. The characters are likeable, and as with Fforde’s other works, it’s refreshing to read the adventures of capable female leads with real emotions.
This audiobook is very enjoyable and I am excited to listen to more in this series.
this is the perfect book for adults to listen to with the children. just long enough
This is the start of a wonderful series of audio books. Thought they are you young adults, I have enjoyed the whole series as a slightly older adult. In fact I would recommend anything written by this author. He is a fantastic author and imparts a wonderful sense of the ridiculous to all his novels. I hope you enjoy these novels as much as I have if you choose to purchase them.
If I start by saying it's the story of an orphan girl enslaved by a company of magicians you will end up with completely the wrong idea! This is a quirky tale of magic, dragons and the perils of mixing politics with either of them. Highly recommended, as is the sequel, "The Song of the Quarkbeast".
"Good Light hearted fun in the vein of Pratchett"
Yes most definitely!Forget the Young Adult Fantasy handle this book is hidden under. It's a book for anyone who wants a good read (listen) that never takes it's self too seriously and has more twists and turns than a Möbius strip, with some weighty moral concepts to keep you involved in Jasper Fforde alternate world.I found this book quite by accident but now can't wait for the next book in this series.A well defined alternate contemporary (sort of) Fantasy world
If you're a fan of Terry Pratchett you will likely enjoy this book.
Her characters are well defined and her English accented characters bring this story to life. This book is perfect for her voice.
Forget the Young Adult Fantasy handle of this book, don't let it turn you off as it nearly did for me.
"Good kids' story"
My 10 year old grandson has listened to this at least 3 times and chortles with laughter all the way through it. I found it rather hard going.
"relaxing entertainment, beautifully read"
The quirky charakters. collingwoods interpretation fits the storry very good.
The setting: it's a modern ferrytale land.
no. it is light entertainment.
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