I had read a couple of books by Fforde a little while ago and I like him. I read this one for a book group. It is aimed at young adults, so is certainly a very easy and speedy read but it is quite good fun. I did not enjoy it as much as the Thursday Next series, because they have lots of clever literary references, jokes and puns to keep a book nerd happy.
This is the first in a series of books set in an alternative reality Great Britain, or the “Ununited Kingdoms” as it is called in this reality. This is a land of magic, and Wales is still a land of dragons. Our protagonist, Jennifer, works for a sort of rent-a-wizard agency but then she gets involved in the impending death of the very last dragon.
There are a few nice running gags, lots of illustrations on how human nature is the same in all alternate realities, and plenty of lovable characters. This is a fun young adult book, a nice diversion for anyone who wants to give their brain a rest for a few days.