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The Eye of Zoltar: Last Dragonslayer Book 3 [Format Kindle]

Jasper Fforde

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Descriptions du produit

Revue de presse

"Well-plotted, intelligent hilarity."


"Fans of strong, brave, intelligent females will root for Jennifer and her gang, and wait impatiently for the next book."
School Library Journal

"Fans will laugh all the way to the last page and will be happy to hear there is more absurdity to come."

The Last Dragonslayer:

A New York Times Best-seller

A New York Times Notable Children’s Book of 2012

#3 on the Kids' Indie Next List

An E.B.White Read-Aloud Award Honor Book

A Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year

A Junior Library Guild Selection

An NCIBA Best-seller

"Fans of Jasper Fforde’s best-selling ‘Thursday Next’ and ‘Nursery Crime’ series will be delighted that Fforde’s talent for world-building, his skewed sense of humor and his searing satire come through full force. . . . Delicious and satisfying."—The New York Times

"Humor abounds, but so does heart, as readers are introduced to a heroine who is practical, smart, and true."—School Library Journal, starred review

" Adult author Fforde's foray into children's books will delight readers who like their fantasy with a dash of silliness." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Readers yearning for more of Terry Pratchett’s brand of smart silliness need look no further than bestselling author Fforde’s first book for teens." —Booklist

"Fforde keeps readers guessing to the final page. Readers will be eager to return to this magical world that shares much in comon with our own." —Shelf Awareness, starred review

" Full of "wizidrical" and literary energy, Fforde’s fantasy is smart, funny, and abundantly imaginative in its critique of commercial culture. Jennifer is an endless, zesty font of wit and comic analogies; the brisk, businesslike rhythm of her account deepens the comedy and gives the story irresistible momentum. Reminiscent of Pratchett in tone, this is nevertheless Fforde’s own creature entirely—and entirely satisfying." —Horn Book

"If you’ve not yet discovered this incredibly entertaining and imaginative author, The Last Dragonslayer is a great introduction."—Nicole Porter, Mysterious Galaxy Books, San Diego and Redondo Beach, CA

"I seriously cannot say enough great things about this book! If you are a fan of any of Jasper’s series, or need one to cut your teeth on, I would recommend this book for you!"—Amber at Seattle Mystery Bookshop, Seattle, WA

The Song of the Quarkbeast:

#10 on the Kids’ Indie Next List

A Junior Library Guild Selection

"It’s not essential to have read the first book to enjoy this one, but those who enjoyed the witty wordplay and whacked-out humor of The Last Dragonslayer will find the same delights in this sequel." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

" Imaginatively energetic and made more so by a gloriously formidable female protagonist." —Horn Book

"This second entry is just as quirky and wry as the first, with a focused, fast-paced plot that will have readers on tenterhooks. Fforde is a master of the strange and wonderful." —Shelf Awareness

Présentation de l'éditeur

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 return his fee: eighteen dray-weights of gold.

But the Mighty Shandar doesn't do refunds, and vows to eliminate the dragons - 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 Cadair Idris mountain. And it's a quest that sees Jennifer fighting not just for her life, but for everything she knows and loves . . .

Détails sur le produit

  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 876 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 417 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 1444707272
  • Editeur : Hodder & Stoughton (10 avril 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00GIUGA82
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Third among sequels ... 17 mai 2014
Par Nils Gustaf Lindgren - Publié sur
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Sorry about that, I quite like the Thursday Next books and am a huge fan of Fforde. This said, EoZ is the third in a series of books aimed at youngsters in early teens I'd guess - the Harry Potter bracket, right, and I m definitely not there, age-wise, having decades of experience inbeing young. This book, well, this book appears to be written a bit in a hurry, and contains a McGuffin, and a terrible loss (no spoilers) to one of the persons, which appear to completely pass over the head of said person in a manner that is to me incomprehensible. If you have read #1 and #2, you will be required to read this one, but, apart from some nice banter and cliffhangers, it is so far the weakest link in the chain.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Great new book in a series which is definitively NOT a trilogy 20 octobre 2014
Par Andrew C Wheeler - Publié sur
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It's a real treat to watch a skilled writer flash his cards once and then pocket them: he's secure in the knowledge that you saw and noticed them, and you know that those few specific and casually-dropped references will pay off in the end. And seeing a writer do it in a book for young adults is doubly nice, since it shows that writer has faith in his young readers; even if they haven't read as many books yet as their grizzled elders, they can pick up the hints and piece it all together.

The third book in Jasper Fforde's "Chronicles of Kazam" series, THE EYE OF ZOLTAR, has those pleasures and more. It follows The Last Dragonslayer and The Song of the Quarkbeast and will have at least one more book to complete the series -- not to put too fine a point on it, but ZOLTAR has more of a stopping point than an ending. It's not a cliffhanger -- anyone near a precipice is either safely away or assuredly fallen to their doom -- but it clearly calls for another book.

Things seem to be relatively normal as this book opens: Kazam Mystical Arts Management is left as the only magical company in the Ununited Kingdoms, after the failed schemes of their rival, the Amazing Blix, in the previous books. Sure, Kazam's interim manager, Jennifer Strange, has to quickly organize an expedition to capture a dangerous Tralfamosaur and send it off to the wild neighboring Cambrian Empire, but that goes off relatively smoothly. She does have to sacrifice her beloved Volkswagen Beetle as the bait that lured the Tralfamosaur, but Kazam's headquarters Zambini Towers has dozens of working vehicles in its basement that she can use instead.

Unfortunately, the Cambrian Empire has a thriving business in ransom -- practically the only thriving business in the Cambrian Empire, besides danger tourism -- and the Once Magnificent Boo (in her youth, one of the great wizards of the world; since the theft of her wizidrical index fingers, a misanthropic expert on nasty beasts) has been kidnapped while trying to settle the Tralfamosaur.

Even worse, the greatest wizard of all time, the Mighty Shandar, is unhappy with Jennifer, because she upset one of his greatest achievements. Centuries before -- Shandar spends most of his time in stone, to prolong his life, and only emerges to work -- he took a very lucrative job to rid the world of all dragons. Jennifer foiled that plan in the first book; there are now two young dragons, who will grow and eventually reproduce. But Shandar has a proposal: if Jennifer finds the Eye of Zoltar for him -- a powerful dark magical talisman lost for ages -- he'll forgive the transgression. If not, he'll have to attack the dragons, and anyone who tries to stand in his way -- such as Jennifer and the entire staff of Kazam -- will be destroyed along the way.

By an amazing coincidence, the only clue to the Eye's location is also deep in the Cambrian Empire. So Jennifer sets off in an old tanklike Bugatti Royale, armed with a letter of credit and everything everyone knows about the Eye, which is practically nothing. With her are Perkins, a wizard who's just passed his exams and who might be her boyfriend if things ever settle down, and Laura Scrubb, the brain of the spoiled Princess Shazza placed into the body of her handmaiden for a while so she can learn a little humility and useful skills.

The Cambrian Empire is a dangerous wilderness, populated primarily by squabbling ransom-happy tribes and a wide variety of extremely deadly fauna. It's also cut off almost entirely from the outside world: all air traffic (including birds) is shot down at the border on orders of the Emperor, and no news from beyond the borders is allowed in. But Jennifer's hard-bitten and experienced guide -- who is approximately twelve -- declares that she can give their team 50% odds of survival: a good half of them will make it out alive.

And then things get really hairy....

THE EYE OF ZOLTAR is a slight departure in style for this series: the first two book were each like an escalating juggling act, with complications piling on top of each other until a final crisis threatened everything. This time out, Fforde uses a more linear one-damn-thing-after-another plot, as Jennifer's expedition gains and loses members and fights through more travails and dangers than can be described here. But all along, there are those little hints -- a close reader will be able to guess what else is going on at the same time, and how it all fits together. I wouldn't recommend any reader start the series with this book, since it depends heavily on the earlier ones -- and the impatient should probably wait until the next volume is out as well. But it's a heartfelt, funny fantasy novel for teens with a great main character, a quirky world, and a deep sense of how the world isn't fair but can be made better by hard work and clear sight. And, as usual, I mean "for teens" to mean anyone who ever was one, or is close enough to being one.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 High adventure, witty absurdities 15 octobre 2014
Par Jaylia3 - Publié sur
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This is the third in Jasper Fforde’s YA series featuring Jennifer Strange, the competent 16-year-old running an agency of magicians in the Ununited Kingdom, a highly skewed alternate world UK. Jennifer’s the kind of girl who takes disasters in stride, which is fortunate because just as she is about to have her first date she and her young man have to alter their plans to act as bait for a crazed dinosaur-sized magical creature on a rampage, and almost immediately after they must embark on a quest across the border with a petulant self-absorbed princess in tow to find the Eye of Zoltar, though they’re be careful to not refer to their expedition as a quest because that would bring on reams of paperwork and substantial fees.

Romance is not Fforde’s strong suit, but brilliant not quite absurd absurdities with frequent enough wisps of truth to make them irresistibly funny are, and that’s on full display here. I’ve been missing the Neanderthals from the early books of Fforde’s wonderful Thursday Next series (a favorite of mine because it’s full of literary references) so I was thrilled to find a new Australopithecus character here. There’s a satisfying ending to Eye of Zoltar, but the good news is it’s a to-be-continued story so there will be at least one more of these books packed with nonstop action, strong female characters, unrelenting wit.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Wacky and Entertaining 18 septembre 2014
Par prisrob - Publié sur
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Jasper Fforde, I know, his series with Thursday, I am familiar. I did however, come into this third book, cold. Have not read the first two books of this series, so it took me awhile to figure the who's who of the business.

It seems, Jennifer Strange, the protagonist is wanted by many. At this time she is in charge of Kazam, a Mystical Arts Management company. The Mighty Shandar, not really a friend, tells Jennifer that if she finds a jewel named The Eye of Zoltar, he will not kill the rest of her dragons. At the same time, the Royal King and Queen of Snodd have a problem child. Princess Shazzine has had everything her little heart desired, and, she has become the pest and pestilence if their empire. They have heard Jennifer might be able to tame her.

Jennifer reluctantly agrees with Perkins and the princess, and off they go on their course to find the treasure. Many continents away, and with several dark deeds when hilarity ensues, they may or may not find their treasure.

This was not my favorite Jason Fforde books, but I did find it wacky and entertaining. I think the younger crowd will latch onto this series with a great deal of gratitude.

Recommended. prisrob 09-18-14
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Hideously funny as ever 16 avril 2014
Par hase4711 - Publié sur
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And while the story seems to be predictable at times, it isn't.

Wonderful fun, pointy irony, and Fforde makes the surreal appear so completely normal.
Which in turn makes reality look surreal - which it is, when you think about it.

I love it and recommend the paperbak edition: this will have one goof in the plot corrected.
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