Tuesday, August 06, 2013

The Song of the Quarkbeast Review

Title:  The Song of the Quarkbeast
Author:  Jasper Fforde
Expected publication: September 3rd 2013 by HMH Books for Young Readers

Magic has been in a sad state in the Ununited Kingdom for years, but now it's finally on the rise and boneheaded King Snodd IV knows it.  If he succeeds at his plot, the future of magic will be at risk!  Sensible sixteen-year-old Jennifer Strange, acting manager of Kazam Mystical Arts Management and its hapless crew of sorcerers, has little chance against the king and his cronies--but there's no way Kazam will let go of the noble powers of magic without a fight.  A suspenseful, satirical story of Quarkbeasts, trolls, and wizidrical crackle!

Warning!  This book review contains spoilers if you haven't read the first book in this series, The Last Dragonslayer.  If that doesn't bother you, then read on.  If it does, then go check out Jasper Fforde's The Last Dragonslayer, then come back and read this review for book two, The Song of the Quarkbeast.  Book one is an awesome read!  You won't be disappointed!

As acting manager of Kazam Mystical Arts Management, Jennifer Strange has dealt with some unusual and unexpected occurrences concerning magic.  Most recently she herself was named the last dragonslayer and dealt quite well in that situation.  Jennifer is only sixteen years old, but is very capable when it comes to running Kazam.  She has no choice really because the Great Zambini disappeared, leaving her in charge.  Still, Jennifer knows all the rules and regulations.  She knows what forms to fill out for magic usage and how to deal with just about any situation, including apparently dragon slaying.  Due to her dealings with dragons there are now two dragons instead of one left in the world.  This is good for magic as dragons are somehow tied to the forces of magic. 

Since this happening, magical power, known as crackle, has been on the rise.  Jennifer and everyone at Kazam knows this, but the horrible King Snodd IV knows it as well.  He will stop at nothing to control magic for his own profit, and Jennifer will stop at nothing to stop him.  With all her friends, magical and foundling alike, Jennifer will try to win a contest, stop the efforts of a rival magical management company, find the Great Zambini to ask his advice before he disappears again, and maybe even find a Quarkbeast that's recently appeared in the area.  Could this Quarkbeast be the twin of Jennifer's beloved Quarkbeast who died?  To find out the answer to this question and whether Jennifer will accomplish all the tasks set before her, read Jasper Fforde's The Song of the Quarkbeast.  A definite must-read!

*reviewed by Casie, YA @ Cpl. J. R. Searcy Memorial Library

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