"The Last Dragonslayer,"by Jasper Fforde, introduces Jennifer Strange, a 15-year-old foundling who is indentured (until the age of 18) at Kazam, an employment agency for sorcerors, wizards and other magical types such as carpeteers (those who operate flying carpets); she also lives with said magical folk at Zambini Towers, a large house named for the currently missing proprietor of Kazam. Magic has been slowly draining out of the world and the best these magical people can do is find employment rewiring houses and unclogging drains cheaper and faster than electricians and plumbers (and the carpeteers are reduced to, essentially, pizza delivery flyers), and in the meantime ConStuff, the gigantic megacorporation, is busy consolidating its power over, well, everything. When a premonition arrives declaring that the last living Dragon will be killed by a Dragonslayer in a few days, Jennifer must gather up her new 12-year-old foundling apprentice Tiger Prawns and her faithful Quarkbeast to try to determine her place in the unfolding situation, to understand the Big Magic and, oh yes, to stay alive herself *and* to save the world.... I love Jasper Fforde for his humour and inventiveness, but perhaps I've read a little too much of his work, because this YA novel, first in a series, seemed a bit too familiar to me. The feisty female heroine? Check. The evil megacorporation with its glamourous posterboy? Check. A confluence of events such that only the heroine can save the world from utter decay? You got it! That said, I *did* enjoy the book, particularly some of the rationale that Fforde uses to explain his world, and I will read more in the series, and I would recommend it particularly to those who like YA fantasy and perhaps have not yet tasted Fforde's remarkable servings (though if you know nothing at all about his work, "The Eyre Affair" is where to begin, really). So, a relatively lukewarm, if warm-hearted, review this time out.