I’m not sure if a YA book can be eloquently written but that’s the word that comes to mind when I think of this book. I absolutely LOVED the 1st book in this series, The Last Dragon Slayer, and I could no longer take the wait for the 2nd book to come out in the U.S. So, I ordered it from the U.K. Best $28 I’ve spent on a paperback.
Fforde has invented a world that is 100% fantasy and 10000% believable. While both The Last Dragon Slayer and The Song of the Quarkbeast are ‘simple’ stories they are so eloquently written and so laugh out loud funny, that for me, they have become the standard of which I judge other books by.
The Song of the Quarkbeast picks ups 2 months after the end of The Last Dragon Slayer. Jennifer Strange is a sixteen-year-old foundling and acting manager of Kazam, the employment agency for sorcerers and soothsayers. For the past two months “it was very much business as usual: hiring out sorcerers to conduct low-level, mundane and very practical magic. You know the sort of thing: plumbing and rewiring, wallpapering and loft conversions.” But things are about to change. Magical power is on the rise and the king wants control, for he who controls magic controls everything.