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The Eye of Zoltar (Last Dragonslayer #3)

4.14  ·  Rating Details ·  3,550 Ratings  ·  508 Reviews
Orphans Jennifer Strange 16, manager of Kazam mages, and apprentice Tiger Prawns 12, stand in the way of The Mighty Shandar. Shandar must kill last two dragons for King of Snodd in Ununited Kingdoms. Jen needs legendary jewel The Eye of Zoltar, last seen on pirate, and to tutor spoiled Princess Shazzarine. Perilous journey has 50% Fatality Index.
Hardcover, 401 pages
Published April 10th 2014 by Hodder & Stoughton (first published 2014)
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Tim Poston Some: but Jennifer's dates with Perkins keep turning into battles with monsters. And he is a 'burner' -- every spell he does ages him, some by a lot.

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Nov 19, 2015 Patrick rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
I've been listening to this on Audio for the last couple days when I do stuff around the house, sign books for our online store, and (to be honest) when I spend time crafting and building stuff in Fallout 4.

First off, the narrator is a good fit. That's something I notice more and more as I listen to audiobooks. The narrator can really make or break the whole experience.

I read the first two of these a while back, but I was able to pick the story back up without too much trouble. Jasper Fforde h
Alissa Bach

p.s. (view spoiler)

p.p.s. I still want a pet Quarkbeast

UPDATE 10/8/2014: Finally, finally, FINALLY!! The book is in my hands! Tonight, I begin reading!!

I am BEYOND excited for this one! I'd even go as far as to say my excitement for it is reaching such a pitch it near matches that which I felt while anticipating the 7th Harry Po
Sep 28, 2014 Marianne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Eye Of Zoltar is the third book in the Chronicles of Kazam series by Welsh author Jasper Fforde. Aimed at the Young Adult reader, the heroine is a 16-year-old foundling raised by the Blessed Ladies of the Lobster, Jennifer Strange. This book is set some weeks after the events of The Song of the Quarkbeast, and while it is not essential to have read that book, it does help with understanding this one, and it, too, is a brilliant read. Jennifer is summoned by the Mighty Shandar, who is annoyed ...more
Jun 23, 2014 Phrynne rated it really liked it
Typical Jasper Fforde fare - quirky, funny and lighthearted. Not quite as brilliant as the Thursday Next series, but close. I thought this was going to be the last book in this particular series but it did seem to end very much in the air with the opportunity for much more to come. I hope so!
Daniel Shellenbarger
I gave this book three stars, even though I really wanted to give it 4 (or 5), as (well, there's no easy way to put this) the book is a severe downer. Don't get me wrong, Fforde's writing is as funny and satirical as in the previous two books in the series, but whereas in those books he balances his morbid humor with a generally up-beat ending, in this book at the end several major characters die and the entire UnUK goes through a sudden dramatic (and brutal) regime change, essentially wiping ...more
Feb 09, 2015 Skip rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I received an advanced readers copy (after publication) as my first Goodreads giveaway. YAY!!

Jennifer Strange, now Court Mystician to the King, is summoned to the palace and asked to help the rude and spoiled princess become a humble ruler. Then, the Mighty Shandar threatens to kill the two remaining dragons (Feldspar and Colin) that Jennifer has spared from extinction (in an earlier book) unless Jennifer finds the mysterious Eye of Zoltar. She and her assembled team, including the princess, hav
Oct 15, 2014 Jaylia3 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Oct 12, 2015 Neil rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another fun and light hearted read in the Chronicles of Kazam series, and to my mind the best so far. This one is set a couple of weeks after the 2nd book, 'The Song of the Quarkbeast'. In this tale Jennifer Strange actually has an audience with the 'Mighty Shandar', the greatest sorcerer who ever lived. Once upon a time he was paid 18 dray-weights of gold to rid the world of Dragons, Jennifer rather spoilt that plan, and he doesn't give refunds.
In a twenty-four hour period, Jennifer Strange has
Aug 05, 2016 Penny rated it really liked it
Loved it more than book 2. Avery is off on a mission (don't call it a quest because there is too much paperwork) in a neighboring kingdom to rescue one of her magicians and find a magical item. What could go wrong? Everything. The action is face paced and well written. These books are a great way to introduce teens to the joys of off beat sci-fi.
Sarah (Workaday Reads)
Oct 24, 2014 Sarah (Workaday Reads) rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
Before I wrote this review, I looked up what I said for book #2 in the series, and realized most of my thoughts for this book are the same. This is a super fun, very entertaining read.

Picking up not long after the end of book 2, this story sees Jennifer headed to another country on a quest, but don’t call it a quest because that would involve paperwork. She’s accompanied by an eclectic cast of characters, which shrinks and grows as the story progresses. She encounters one adventure after another
Jul 13, 2014 Lisa rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Brilliant series!
Aug 29, 2015 Kaethe rated it it was amazing
library copy
Apr 28, 2014 Hyzenthlay rated it it was amazing
And now the wait ffor more Fforde begins. :(
Ms. Yingling
Sep 28, 2014 Ms. Yingling rated it liked it
The Eye of ZoltarFforde, Jasper. The Eye of Zoltar.
7 October 2014, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Copy from Barbara Fisch of Blue Slip Media

The third book in The Last Dragonslayer series finds Jennifer Strange in charge of Kazam Mystical Arts Management, and still very concerned with the health of the last two dragons in existence. When Shandar requests an audience with her, she is a bit alarmed. It turns out that Shandar had a contract to kill all of the dragons, and he will lose a great deal of mone
Apr 13, 2015 Rachel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sf, ya-children
In the genre of orphan left to find her own way in a world of magic, other than Harry Potter, I can't think of an equal to this series. And Jennifer Strange is a LOT funnier than Harry Potter. Jasper Fforde is amazingly witty, with zingers on just about every page. I kept finding passages I had to read aloud, like the one near the beginning where the young dragons, who've just read everything in the Library of Congress, deconstruct human history in a casually scathing manner.

"Were you impressed
Feb 18, 2015 Yvette rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wizards, waning magic, spoiled Princess Shazza, sky pirates, dragons, other magical beasties, and jeopardy tourism. All in a day's work for 16 year old Jennifer Strange, manager of Kazam - a wizidrical employment agency.

It is mere hours since the conclusion of the adventures in The Song of the Quarkbeast, Jennifer and Perkins are supposed to be going on their first date, but then this thing happens and off they go. No, they aren't on a quest (that would mean bureaucracy, a party of unnecessary b
Feb 13, 2015 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Jasper Fforde! He's wacky. He can write first person narrative of women so well, it's scary. He plays amazing well with words, both in names and ideas. If I thought about it enough, I would probably say his plot twists are predictable, but honestly, I'm laughing too hard to care. He always brings things around to the beginning, connecting to some small comment made at the start, much as a good comedian ends with an allusion to her opening joke. Personally, I love figuring out how all of ...more
Oct 13, 2015 Sandi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sff, want-to-buy
I really like this series and Fforde does write with humor but I felt like this episode tried a little too hard. A few of the scenes were too contrived to really be considered clever. In this story, the people were a lot less charming, not well developed and not compelling. In fact, they all felt like paper-doll cutouts serving as place holders for the story. The princess was cute in her predictable, snotty obliviousness at first then she had some off-the-screen epiphany and almost immediately ...more
Kate Russell
Oct 08, 2015 Kate Russell rated it it was amazing
I love this series, and this just might be the best one yet. Laugh out loud funny in places, poignant and touching in others, it's a rollicking adventure filled with magic, strange beasts, pirates, Hollow Men (they're nasty), a pair of intelligent Dragons, a spoilt Princess and of course, our heroine, Jennifer Strange.

Forced by the Mighty Shandar, the most powerful and evil wizard in the Ununited Kingdoms, to search for the legendary Eye of Zoltar, Jennifer embarks on a dangerous journey into Ca
Nov 18, 2014 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I started this book with some trepidation because Tim really disliked it after loving the first two in the series. I couldn’t figure out why, as I was quickly absorbed by the story, which again follows Jennifer Strange in an adventure so convoluted and silly that it’s all but impossible to summarize. She must enter a neighboring kingdom in search of the Eye of Zoltar, a magical gem that will buy her (and her colleagues at Kazam) freedom from the great magician Shandar. Chaos ensues. By the end, ...more
Feb 18, 2015 Camille rated it liked it
Well damn, and here I thought this was going to be the last one. Not as such, it seems. The story's gearing up and heading in a whole different direction.

As always, Fforde is clever and his insidious social commentary is riveting. There are also moments of great metaphysical insight. This book, however, is not as funny or fun or cute as the prior two but it's still a good read in and of itself. I hope the next one bears all the trademarks of the first. Either way though, I'll be tuned in. The pl
Jul 06, 2014 Drew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bea14
I do, I'll admit, miss the adult humor of Fforde's other novels - his wit, while still completely applicable to the younger set, is too good to get full enjoyment from seeing it with a tip on the blade. But he is perhaps the most consistently dazzling writer of intelligent humorous metanarrative fiction - a rapidly growing subset of authors, I assure you. More than anything, he brings heart to his stories and the Chronicles of Kazam, while they don't have the brio of the Thursday Next books, ...more
Feb 27, 2015 Kate rated it it was ok
Shelves: library, 2014
I've been enjoying the Chronicles of Kazam series, but The Eye of Zoltar didn't work for me. The light, breezy tone didn't seem to mesh well with the seriousness of various events, particularly (view spoiler) I found the mismatch between tone and events to be jarring. Even if we ...more
Greg McClay
I've enjoyed this series a lot, its almost the magic version of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy but maybe a shade less over the top. Its bittersweet at times and on the one hand I wish British writers weren't so willing to kill off characters I do sometimes think we're a little too clingy. In this case though it really didn't seem to help the story. There are definite moments of tension, also both sadness and fear which highlights Jennifer Strange as an enjoyable lead. In any case this is the ...more
Jul 31, 2015 Autumn rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
This book was beautifully clever and wacky like all of the other books in the series. I like how everything is explained logically even though there is magic. Which, when I say it, doesn't make much sense, but, when you read it in the book, it does. For example, angel feathers make carpets fly. I also like the characters introduced into this book. Addie, their tour guide in the Cambrain Empire is strange, yet brave and honest. I loved the strangeness, mystery and adventure in this book.
Feb 21, 2015 Dawn rated it really liked it
Written with Fforde's usual slightly off the wall humour, where will it all go from here? Hope I'm not giving too much away , it's a shame about Perkins but what about the heroic spell induced snails. Above and beyond the call of duty that's what I think and Colin what can I say , except they're all in trouble . What happens next? Guess I'll have to wait for the next book :)
Shannon Brown
Jun 06, 2016 Shannon Brown rated it really liked it
This is the third in what I hope is still an ongoing series (because what a cliffhanger!) and it was by far my favorite. The new characters were excellent additions all around, and the hints of seriousness and melancholy grounded things without ever bogging down the absurdity and the fun of the trek - er, quest.

Seriously, though, that cliffhanger. When is the next book coming?
Jul 19, 2015 Rileyrugrat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fforde did it again! I chuckled my way right through this mean, not QUEST, as of course the characters would need permission from the questing Yes, I chuckled my way right through this search. Jennifer Strange is the most pragmatic, yet plucky, YA heroine yet. I can't wait for the next book.
Jul 13, 2014 Rachael rated it really liked it
Love this series of books. Sometimes you get to read the first in a series and worry that the rest won't live up to it but each of these 3 are as inventive and funny as each other. Left with the anticipation of the next book ... but he has the third in another series (Nursery Crimes) to release in 2015 so it may be a while. I will just have to read that (also funny) and be (try to be) patient.
May 23, 2015 Qing rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
Another fun and action packed instalment of The Chronicles of Kazam.

Fforde is so good at world building - it seems so real, as if I could just step through the pages and be there too.

Also, I love the characters' development throughout this series... Can't wait for the next book!

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Jasper Fforde is a novelist living in Wales. He is the son of John Standish Fforde, the 24th Chief Cashier for the Bank of England, whose signature used to appear on sterling banknotes, and is cousin of Desmond Fforde, married to author Katie Fforde. His early career was spent as a focus puller in the film industry, where he worked on a number of films including Quills, GoldenEye, and Entrapment.

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Other Books in the Series

Last Dragonslayer (4 books)
  • The Last Dragonslayer (The Chronicles of Kazam, #1)
  • The Song of the Quarkbeast (The Chronicles of Kazam, #2)
  • Humans v Trolls (The Chronicles of Kazam, #4)

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“Are all our dates going to be like that?" said Perkins.
"I hope not", I replied with a smile, "but it was quite fun, wasn't it? I mean, it's not like we were killed or eaten or anything, right?"
"If your idea of a good date is not being killed and eaten, you'll never be disappointed.”
“Said by Colin the dragon:
"It's somewhat bizarre to learn that many of you (humans)think that other humans are somehow different enough to be hated and killed, when in reality you're all all tiresomely similiar in outlook, needs and motivation, and differ only by peculiar habits, generally shaped by geographical circumstance.”
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