• The Great Troll War

  • The Last Dragonslayer Chronicles, Book 4
  • By: Jasper Fforde
  • Narrated by: Jane Collingwood
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (71 ratings)

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By: Jasper Fforde
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The final instalment of the Last Dragonslayer Chronicles, demonstrating that with a small band of committed followers, a large tin of resolve and steely determination, almost anything can be achieved....

Sixteen-year-old Jennifer Strange and her sidekick and fellow orphan Tiger Prawns have been driven to the tip of the UnUnited Kingdoms - Cornwall - by the invasion of the Trolls. Their one defence is a six-foot-wide trench full of buttons, something which the Trolls find unaccountably terrifying (it's their clickiness). 

Worse than being eaten by Trolls is the prospect of the Mighty Shandar requisitioning the Quarkbeast and using him to achieve supreme power and domination - an ambition that has been 400 years in the planning and which will ultimately leave the Earth a cold cinder, devoid of all life.

Nothing has ever looked so bleak, but Jennifer, assisted by a renegade vegan Troll, a bunch of misfit sorcerers, the Princess (or is she now the ruler?) of the UnUnited (or are they now United?) Kingdoms, and Tiger, must find a way to vanquish the most powerful wizard the world has ever seen, and along the way discover the truth about her parents, herself, and what is in the locked glovebox of her VW Beetle....

©2021 Jasper Fforde (P)2021 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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Fantastic!

Great story, clever, witty and well told. Excellent conclusion to the series by a fantastic writer. I highly recommend everything by Jasper Fforde!

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Another Jasper Gem

I thoroughly enjoyed this reading oh The Great Troll War. I know it was good when I’m sad it’s over.

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Finally! An audio version worthy of the Jennifer Strange series!

This was extremely enjoyable; what a great wrapup to an amazing series. The narrator finally got it right! No screeching feminine voices or ridiculous masculine interpretations, I was gratified to note that reviews are noticed and taken into account.
Compared to the former books in the series, this one it hits the mark 100%, not only in story and overall writing, but performance as well.

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The Mighty Fforde & His Science Fantasy

I listened to this in one day and just love how Jasper Fforde ties things together, whether it's how Jane Eyre got it's ending or making himself a character - making impossible (rather than improbable) stories.

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  • Tess
  • 12-21-21

Fun but some elements really niggle

I love so much of Jasper Fforde’s work and the quartet is a lot of fun, but occasionally the editing lets the story down and some of the more obvious plot holes are really annoying. There’s quite a few inconsistencies between the books and overall the plot feels a little bit like someone making it up as they go along. The big reveals don’t seem to be consistent with what’s gone before, for example Jenny’s beserker ancestry seems to have been entirely forgotten (except for one mention which appears to be an attempt to mask the plot hole). Fforde is clearly aware of his plot holes - see the the hole-smith in the Thursday Next series - but I’m clearly more bothered by them than he is!
I always enjoy his work but sometimes end up going away with a slightly frustrated feeling, as if I were a teacher reading a C standard essay from an A standard student who couldn’t be bothered with the extra effort. For me, his novel Shades of Grey with a more limited but fully realised world view is vastly superior.
If you’re a Fforde fan this is definitely worth a listen but don’t expect a polished quartet.

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  • Sarah
  • 09-14-21

Fantastic

A brilliant last instalment of the last dragon slayer chronicles. Tissues at the ready though xxx

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-11-21

'Don't you start'

Epic end to a fabulous series with Ffordeian quirks and twists aplenty. But is it really the end?

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  • Chrissie Ann
  • 04-07-22

Fantastic, brilliant.

I absolutely loved this book. So we'll written, such wonderful loveable characters, a superb story and a fabulous narration. It made me laugh and it made me cry. What a fabulous series!

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  • 01-28-22

I'd Love to Give This Five Stars, but...

Jasper Fford's book have long held a firm affection in our family, The Last Dragon Slayer series being a standout as we shared them with our two daughters over the years. Fforde weaves his tale of flawed magic into an irresistible finale with all the wonder, love, oddities, mystery and palatable complexity contained in the previous three Jennifer Strange books. As always, he's written Jennifer with that magnetic combination of curiosity, resilience and strength. The world of the Un-United Kingdoms, and its motley characters, charm, amuse and infuriate us no less in this, the final installment in the series. And I would love to rave about it, but... BUT. Fforde, I assume unwittingly, severely undermines his heroine as a role model for his female-identifying readers in a baffling fashion. Perhaps he never set out to write a feminist main character at all. But I for one reveled in joy that my daughters had such a wonderful female role model in Jennifer Strange. The books drew them and me in for this very reason. Therefore imagine my disappointment when, after detailed description of the Hollow Men as Shandar's leathal guards, Fforde reveals the Hollow Women in Shandar's inner sanctum who function solely as ...domestic maids. Hollow Women, made of magic, given female designation across the board, who do nothing but sweep, washing up, serving food, etc. The sexism, again, probably unconscious on the author's part, sticks out like a lasagne at a cake stall. The inequity in designations and designated jobs pretty much sends the message that this what women usually do unless you are magical like Jennifer or Once Magnificent Boo. Yes, The Princess and Molly are wonderful characters. But to bring these pointlessly gendered magical beings in right towards the end really let us down. Finally, though honestly appropriate, the change in voices at the end threw me to the point of losing focus on the book itself. TLDR: Great book if you can overlook the pointlessly gendered beings and the narrator voice switch.