|| From the author of the Thursday Next mysteries comes this off-beat fantasy, the first in a new series for young readers. In the good old days, magic was powerful and unregulated by government, and sorcerers were highly respected. Then the magic started to fade away. Fifteen-year-old Jennifer Strange runs Kazam, a magic employment agency. Work is hard to come by, and unexciting: These days, sorcerers find work unblocking drains, and even magic carpets have been 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. Something is coming. Something known as?Big Magic.
||English author Jasper Fforde, a bestselling author of adult books (THE EYRE AFFAIR), brings his satirical eye and penchant for humor into the YA world with his story of 15-year-old orphan and wizard's apprentice Jennifer Strange. In the Kingdom of Hereford, magicians are having a rough time--their skills diminishing, their spells fading, their leader in limbo. Jennifer, as manager and headhunter for the aging, unruly and sidelined magicians, finds them jobs delivering pizza by magic carpet and sundry other unglamorous work. Life quickly turns more serious, however, when a prophesy brings unwanted fame to Jennifer: she is to be the Last Dragonslayer. She finds herself at the center of a war for land and power, on a mission to kill a dragon that she doesn't want to kill. THE LAST DRAGONSLAYER is the first book in the series Chronicles of Kazam.