Ahoy there me mateys! In the past two days I shared me second reflections of the last dragonslayer and the song of the quarkbeast. So here are me musings about readin’ book three for the first time . . .
the eye of zoltar – Jasper Fforde
Well I can say this novel certainly upped the ante! In this one Jennifer is sent on a quest in the neighboring Cambrian Empire to look for an artifact that everyone else believes is a legend. If she doesn’t find it the dragons are doomed. The Cambrian Empire prides itself on being dangerous and sells adventure packages for adrenaline seekers. Ye buy packages based on the Fatality Index – the likely number of people in yer party who are going to die. Arrr!
Scary things in the Cambrian Empire include Tralfamosaur, slugs, a war between railroad companies, and market economics. But luckily Addie Powell is their awesome tour guide. Seriously I love her and think she is one of the best parts about the novel. No major spoilers but this book was a pure whimsical delight. I want book four!
Goodreads has this to say about the novel:
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 . . .
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