Wednesday, May 17, 2017
The Eye of Zoltar by Jasper Fforde book review
This is the 3rd book in the Chronicles of Kazam series. I recommend reading the books in order as these are not really stand alone books. We’re back with Jennifer Strange, a 16 year old orphan who is the manager of Kazam Mystical Arts and Court Mystician for the Kingdom of Snodd. Jennifer is in high demand - from the Queen to Once Mangificent Boo to the Mighty Shandar. She is about to go on an adventure (because Quests need to be approved). In this story we meet Addie and lose a few characters along the way. Jennifer has been sent to find the Eye of Zoltar in the Cambrian Empire. She doesn’t have much to go on, but she does think it will save the dragons. The land they travel to is very dangerous. People go there as “jeopardy tourists” and sometimes they do not make it back. There are many perils along the way and they are not all solved because the story ends with a major cliffhanger...with a promise from the author that there is more to come.
I have been enjoying this series and I highly recommend it to fans of Harry Potter. The setting is sort of an alternate reality of Great Britain and magic is not kept secret. If readers like magical fantasy, dragons and epic journeys, this book is for them. I think it would be a good purchase for a middle school or high school library. This particular book is a little bit darker than the first two. There is violence during the scenes with the Hollow Men, but nothing out of the ordinary for a fantasy novel. Some of the dialogue is quite entertaining when the characters are being light-hearted. There are many quirky personalities and Jennifer embraces them all. Readers will learn quite a bit about economics from the princess. Some readers may decide that economics is cool ;) Overall, this is a great series and I am always recommending the books.