Submitted by Lucas, teen reviewer:
I very much enjoyed reading The Last Dragonslayer by New York Times bestselling author Jasper Fford. It is a light and humorous book featuring Quarkbeasts, wizards, dragons, and magic in a modern setting. The main character, Jennifer Strange, is a sixteen-year-old indentured female who is forced into running a somewhat crazy magic business (charming away groundhogs, rewiring houses, and unclogging drains). Sadly, in the past few decades, magical power has declined dramatically, and sorcerers are not nearly as strong as they were. However, Big Magic is stirring, and with it a chance to either destroy magic forever, or provide a much needed boost in magical power.
If you are the kind of person who loves dark and serious books about magic, such as The Lord of the Rings or The Mortal Instruments series, don't read this book. This book almost never takes itself seriously, with funny but unlikely conversations taking place in a seemingly crazy world with the only sane person being the main character (it resembles A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy in this aspect). Overall, if you are looking for a laugh and don't take magic too seriously, grab this book before it gets checked out!
The Last Dragonslayer is scheduled to be released in October, 2012.