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Publisher's Summary

The Mighty Shandar, the most powerful wizard the world has ever seen, returns to the Ununited Kingdoms. Clearly, he didn't solve the Dragon Problem, and must hand over his fee: Eighteen dray-weights of gold. But the Mighty Shandar doesn't do refunds, and vows to eliminate the dragons once and for all - unless sixteen-year-old Jennifer Strange and her sidekicks from the Kazam house of enchantment can bring him the legendary jewel, The Eye of Zoltar.

The only thing that stands in their way is a perilous journey with a 50% Fatality Index - through the Cambrian Empire to the Leviathan Graveyard, at the top of the deadly Cadir Idris mountain. It's a quest like never before, and Jennifer soon finds herself fighting not just for her life, but for everything she knows and loves...

©2014 Jasper Fforde (P)2014 Hodder & Stoughton

Critic Reviews

Praise for Jasper Fforde and The Last Dragonslayer books:

"Highly recommended. Very funny" (Independent)
"[Fforde's] ripping yarn of magic in decline mashes up the usual spells-and-beasts motif with a satire on corporate cash and tabloid values." (i)
"This year's grown-up JK Rowling" (Sunday Times)
"True literary comic genius" (Sunday Express)

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Another gem from the quirky mind of Jasper Fforde

As others have said, whilst The Last Dragonslayer series might be marketed as young adult fiction, there is plenty to keep the adults smiling, laughing and glued to this book.

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  • tim
  • 05-07-2014

Jasper Fforde, endlessly inventive, always fun.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Definitely, but it is not a stand alone, you do have tk read them all. Each story builds wonderfully on the last.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Eye of Zoltar?

It has to be the ending, read it and see if you saw that one coming? The last book in the series is going to be very interesting.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

saying what happens to stuffed tourists, well you would won't you

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Again the ending and the realization, of what is actually going on. And the did they didn't they survive moment.

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  • John
  • 30-05-2020

So you want to write book 4

Still hilarious but it felt like it should have been longer and instead it was chopped in favour of another book!

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  • Cherry Rogers
  • 18-08-2019

Great book with strong characters

The book was well read by Jane Collingwood. I very much enjoyed this book, although I would have liked the story to carry on instead of ending where it did.

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  • jane
  • 06-01-2018

Mostly splendid

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This narrator and these books are a brilliant match. I didn't enjoy this one quite as much as the first two because I found one or two of the accent choices rather odd, but mostly, brilliant.

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  • Renate
  • 19-11-2017

Amazing

Brilliant story, brilliantly read. Totally exciting and with more twists and turns than a twisty-turny thing.

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  • Lissa F
  • 06-05-2017

Good, but but Fforde's usual standard

performance was great as always!
story was good, emotionally captivating as usual, but I just found the end was a bit too much of a set up for another book. will just have to be patient!

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  • Apple Scruff
  • 31-01-2017

Loved it!

This series is easy to listen to again and again . It's entertaining and intriguing. I can't wait for the next installment!

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  • Lindzl00
  • 07-01-2016

need book 4 now

another great story, fast pace, giggling when you really shouldn't and a very soothing voice from the narrator.

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  • kazza
  • 01-12-2015

Love this

I recommend reading all three books in the series in order (I hope there will be more). If you enjoy Jasper Fforde's other books, these will not disappoint. If you haven't read Jasper Fforde and you like slightly wacky fantasy, read these.
Jane Collingwood's narration is brilliant, she has such a mix of voices that she brings the characters to live.

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  • PFK
  • 07-07-2014

Such fun!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Such an entertaining story, well read. I would suggest listening to the earlier books in the series first as they build on each other.

What did you like best about this story?

It is unusual and the world is fully realized.

What does Jane Collingwood bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The reader gets it just right.

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