Nov 262012
Review: The Song of the QuarkbeastThe Song of the Quarkbeast (The Last Dragonslayer #2) by Jasper Fforde
Published by Hodder & Stoughton on Aug 30, 2012
Genres: Fantasy, Humour, YA
Format: Paperback from Giveaway Prize
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

As the background Wizidrical Power slowly builds after the Big Magic, King Snodd IV of Hereford realises the man who controls Magic controls almost anything.

But one person stands between him and his plans for power and riches: Jennifer Strange, sixteen-year-old acting manager of Kazam.

It may involve a trip on a magic carpet at the speed of sound to the Troll Wall, it may involve a second Quarkbeast sniffing around town. It might also involve the mysterious Transient Moose, and a powerless sorceress named Once Magnificent Boo. But one thing is certain: Jennifer Strange and her faithful assistant Tiger Prawns will not relinquish the noble powers of magic to big business and commerce without a fight.

This was a pure entertainment read. Jasper Fforde’s novels are highly imaginative, full of humourous “don’t take me serious” magical adventures. This is the type of book you devour quickly, without paying attention to the review you plan to write.

This series is fun, and yet has very involved plots and themes regarding the evils of greed, and the power of teamwork. This story focused on teamwork and resourcefulness. There was certainly magic and adventure, but it was less present than in the first book. The Quarkbeast was back, albeit in a less visible although still very important way.

I love how the characters are very human. They may be very powerful wizards, but they don’t have all the answers, and they certainly aren’t above making mistakes. Most of Jennifer’s role is helping clean up the aftermath of these mistakes, some of which are quite funny to readers.

Overall, this was a great enjoyment story. It was a great addition to the series, and could almost stand alone, although would definitely be more enjoyable with the background presented in the first book. I can’t wait for the next addition to come out, and hope it continues and light, fun adventures that have happened so far.

  One Response to “Review: The Song of the Quarkbeast”

  1. Can I just say how jealous I am that you’re able to read this now while i have to wait until well into next year to get the US version? (Well, I suppose I could pay to ship internationally, but why do that when I can whine about it?)

    Thanks for the review–you’ve gotten me very excited about this one!

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