Fiction – YA – Urban Fantasy
Age Level: 10 - 14 | Grade Level: 5 - 9
Publication Date: 2013 (in the US)
The Last Dragonslayer #2
Two months after the initial magic power surge magic is slowly rising and Jennifer Strange is trying stave off a takeover of Kazam Mystical Arts Management from a rival magic company. A contest between the two rivals is set to take place, but with the other side cheating and backed by King Snodd IV the chances of Kazam winning is looking iffy at best.
This story is a quick, nontaxing read with a high level of silliness. Again Mr. Fforde proves himself a master wordsmith with colorful writing and an imagination that knows no bounds. He weaves his stories together so they are never straight forward or entirely predictable, keeping the attention of his readers. I particularly liked his bit about some wizards having the ability to make remote suggestion or sending ideas and that it was banned once it was found out they used it to promote talentless boy bands. As usual, his characters are well rounded, the world is fleshed out and quirky and everything is up to the high level I have come to expect from Mr. Fforde.