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Highfire From The New York Times Bestselling Author Of The Artemis Fowl Series Comes A Hilarious And High Octane Adult Novel About A Vodka Drinking, Flashdance Loving Dragon Who Lives An Isolated Life In The Bayous Of Louisiana And The Raucous Adventures That Ensue When He Crosses Paths With A Fifteen Year Old Troublemaker On The Run From A Crooked SheriffIn The Days Of Yore, He Flew The Skies And Scorched Angry Mobs Now He Hides From Swamp Tour Boats And Rises Only With The Greatest Reluctance From His Laz Z Boy Recliner Laying Low In The Bayou, This Once Magnificent Fire Breather Has Been Reduced To Lighting Marlboros With Nose Sparks, Swilling Absolut In A Flashdance T Shirt, And Binging Netflix In A Fishing Shack For Centuries, He Struck Fear In Hearts Far And Wide As Wyvern, Lord Highfire Of The Highfire Eyrie Now He Goes By Vern Howeverhe Has Survived, Unlike The Rest He Is The Last Of His Kind, The Last Dragon Still, No Amount Of Vodka Can Drown The Loneliness In His Molten Core Vern S Glory Days Are Long Gone Or Are They A Canny Cajun Swamp Rat, Young Everett Squib Moreau Does What He Can To Survive, Trying Not To Break The Heart Of His Saintly Single Mother He S Finally Decided To Work For A Shady Smuggler But On His First Night, He Witnesses His Boss Murdered By A Crooked ConstableRegence Hooke Is Not Just A Dirty Cop, He S A Despicable Human Being Who Happens To Want Squib S Momma In The Worst Way When Hooke Goes After His Hidden Witness With A Grenade Launcher, Squib Finds Himself Airlifted From Certain Death By A Dragon The Swamp Can Make Strange Bedfellows, And Rather Than Be Fried Alive So The Dragon Can Keep His Secret, Squib Strikes A Deal With The Scaly Apex Predator He Can Act As His Go Between Aka Familiar Fetch His Vodka, Keep Him Company, Etc In Exchange For Protection From Hooke Soon The Three Of Them Are Careening Headlong Toward A Combustible Confrontation There S About To Be A Fiery Reckoning, In Which Either Dragons Finally Go Extinct Or Vern S Glory Days Are BackA Triumphant Return To The Genre Bending Fantasy That Eoin Colfer Is So Well Known For, Highfire Is An Effortlessly Clever And Relentlessly Funny Tour De Force Of Comedy And Action Have you ever read a book about a dragon One who flashdances And likes vodka and lives in Louisiana Sounds fun, right But evenfun ensues when he meets a teenage troublemaker on the lam.Highfire is quite the different read for me, but I m so grateful I picked it up It would make the perfect movie, but who needs that when you have written imagery like this I know you are thinking this is a fantasy book, and while it has a dragon and other fantasy elements, it s so muchMost of al Have you ever read a book about a dragon One who flashdances And likes vodka and lives in Louisiana Sounds fun, right But evenfun ensues when he meets a teenage troublemaker on the lam.Highfire is quite the different read for me, but I m so grateful I picked it up It would make the perfect movie, but who needs that when you have written imagery like this I know you are thinking this is a fantasy book, and while it has a dragon and other fantasy elements, it s so muchMost of all, it s entertaining, at times funny, and quite the adventure.I received a complimentary copy from the publisher Many of my reviews can also be found on my blog www.jennifertarheelreader.com and instagram www.instagram.com tarheelreader Vern was a dragon, arguably, the last of his kind Once upon a time, he had been Wyvern, Lord Highfire of the Highfire Eyrienowhe spent his days in the bayou blending in with the locals, staying down wind of the swamp tours Seven foot tall Vern, watched Netflix and reality shows from the comfort of his La Z Boy recliner His beverage of choice was Absolut Vodka His wardrobe Flashdance T shirts.Vern mistrusted humans, the exception being Waxman, a mogwai Mogwais half human bein Vern was a dragon, arguably, the last of his kind Once upon a time, he had been Wyvern, Lord Highfire of the Highfire Eyrienowhe spent his days in the bayou blending in with the locals, staying down wind of the swamp tours Seven foot tall Vern, watched Netflix and reality shows from the comfort of his La Z Boy recliner His beverage of choice was Absolut Vodka His wardrobe Flashdance T shirts.Vern mistrusted humans, the exception being Waxman, a mogwai Mogwais half human beings and dragons often buddied up to avoid death by whatever elaborate method the crusading mob favored at the time Waxman lived on a houseboat on the Pearl River Waxman had set up a supply line to the outside world for Vern How else was a dragon to quench his thirst for Absolut Vodka Constable Regence Hooke was a bent cop There was hardly a crime he hadn t participated in or turned a blind eye to at one point or another Regence had set his sights on Elodie Moreau, a nurse working at the Petit Bateau Clinic he craved what he couldn t get his mitts on.Everett Squib Moreau, Elodie Moreau s son, was a fifteen year old swamp wild, street smart Cajun He was doing his best to stay straight, butstraight didn t pay the bills Elodie owed massive amounts of money in gambling debts, those debts amassed by Squib s fake daddy Perhaps the debt level could be reduced if Squib spent his summer as a moonshine runner.He dreamed of moving to a mother son dwelling far from Constable Hooke.Vern, the ancient dragon was lonely, isolated and virtually friendless A nighttime explosion from a grenade launcher might prove to be the catalyst for change A life saving grab from an unlikely source could open new doors for Squib Regence Hooke s malicious, cruel nature cannot be understated Author Eoin Colfer masterfully fleshes out the Highfire protagonists with tongue in cheek humor, colorful descriptive passages and flights of fancy Violence is included in this rip roaring magical romp through the Louisiana bayou There was never a dull moment What fun Thank you HarperCollins Publishers, Harper Perennial and Net Galley for the opportunity to read and review Highfire a vodka drinking, Flashdance loving dragon already digging in wallet for that cash money I m a maniaaaac, maniaaaac for this book Squib was marked and he knew it I gotta sort this out, he thought I gotta get out from under that dragon Which is not a problem most people have to solve in their lifetimes In general, most folks who get to meet a dragon only get to think about it that one time for about five seconds The teenaged boy Squib becomes the familiar of Vern, who is perhaps the last surviving dragon Vern is sort of like a 7 foot, winged alligator, who walks upright, wears cargo shorts and lives in a Louisiana sw Squib was marked and he knew it I gotta sort this out, he thought I gotta get out from under that dragon Which is not a problem most people have to solve in their lifetimes In general, most folks who get to meet a dragon only get to think about it that one time for about five seconds The teenaged boy Squib becomes the familiar of Vern, who is perhaps the last surviving dragon Vern is sort of like a 7 foot, winged alligator, who walks upright, wears cargo shorts and lives in a Louisiana swamp I liked the relationship between Vern and Squib, which evolved over the course of the book It had a sweet YA vibe by the end of the book However, nothing else about the book is YA It is coarse, vulgar and profane I m ok with that in moderation but my problem with the book was that nothing about the book was as clever or humorous as the author believes It s probably just a case of my not sharing his sense of humor He seems to believe that referring to balls , piss and ass is the height of humor I disagree.The description of this book made it sound like something I would like, but I just couldn t get into the writing style None of this was funny to me neither A tiny species of hydrophytic buttercup, indigenous to the swamp, was blasted into extinction No one ever saw it and no one would ever miss it apart from the bullfrogs that ate it for its hallucinogenic properties Cue thousands of cold turkey bullfrogs croaking their sacs off for what was left of the summer nor Vern s response to this apparition was to unleash his junk and take an arcing piss I haven t read anything else by this author, but I know he s very popular I m sure this book will appeal to others but it just wasn t for me The end of the book leaves room for a sequel I think I ll pass I received a free copy of this book from the publisher Beware there be dragons Well, one grumpy and lonely dragon called Vern short for Wyvern , hiding out in the Louisiana swamp, filling his time watching netflix and drinking Absolut vodka He is probably the last of his kind and has seen his friends and relatives murdered by angry hordes through the ages Now he has one friend, a half human called Waxman who lives in a shack on the swamp and looks after supplying Vern with his vodka, favourite Flashdance T shirts and other essentials from a hor Beware there be dragons Well, one grumpy and lonely dragon called Vern short for Wyvern , hiding out in the Louisiana swamp, filling his time watching netflix and drinking Absolut vodka He is probably the last of his kind and has seen his friends and relatives murdered by angry hordes through the ages Now he has one friend, a half human called Waxman who lives in a shack on the swamp and looks after supplying Vern with his vodka, favourite Flashdance T shirts and other essentials from a horde of confederate gold that Vern has stashed away Also living in the swamp is a 15 year old troublemaker called Squib who tries to help out his single mother by working odd jobs, a psychopathic Rambo style cop, called Regence Hooke, who has his own private arsenal and wants to control the drug cartel route through Louisiana no matter how many bodies mount up He also intends to sort Squib out once and for all, while also paying court to Squib s attractive mother One fateful night on the bayou, when Hooke and Squib are both up to no good, will result in both their worlds colliding with Vern s.I m a big fan of Colfer s Artemis Fowl fantasy series for children and love his quirky sense of humour, which also infuses this adult tale Vern and Squib are great characters, forming an unusual friendship Vern is like no dragon I ve ever come across before, but he is no less majestic when called upon to take to the sky and breath some fire to help his friend and Squib really does has a good heart inside his larrikin self If you feel like a fun romp in the swamp and don t mind a few explosions and bodies along the way, this one could be for you With many thanks to Netgalley and Quercus Books for a digital ARC to read Vern What kind of name is that for an apex predator Why for the life of me can I not learn to DNF a book I torture myself through things I obviously don t like and then wonder why I don t feel like reading.One of my resolutions for 2020 is to readNew to me Authors But if I would like to hold to this resolution I really need to use the DNF option This book and I we just didn t jell Firstly the revolting langue was just plain appalling to me The over use of cursing and rude ways to Vern What kind of name is that for an apex predator Why for the life of me can I not learn to DNF a book I torture myself through things I obviously don t like and then wonder why I don t feel like reading.One of my resolutions for 2020 is to readNew to me Authors But if I would like to hold to this resolution I really need to use the DNF option This book and I we just didn t jell Firstly the revolting langue was just plain appalling to me The over use of cursing and rude ways to say simple things got on my nerves big time.Secondly this reads like a YA withholding the bad langue and sometimes unnecessary violence But I was not in the mood to read YA, that s why I chose an Adult read in the first place.That being said, the premise of this book is quite unique I mean a Dragon living in the 21ste century is something different and I can t say I ve read anything like it before.So if you keep in mind that this is a YA with a lot of bad langue you might just like it With a narrative voice somewhere between Huckleberry Finn and the Dukes of Hazzard, and a keen sense of pop culture awareness, Highfire is certainly something different It s a charming, funny, but sometimes brutal look at poor Cajun life and crime in the Louisiana bayou Is it really fantasy, though Well yes, on the surface, on account of having an actual dragon in it, but that s all Honestly, the author could have made Vern a Rambo style retired super soldier instead and told almost the same With a narrative voice somewhere between Huckleberry Finn and the Dukes of Hazzard, and a keen sense of pop culture awareness, Highfire is certainly something different It s a charming, funny, but sometimes brutal look at poor Cajun life and crime in the Louisiana bayou Is it really fantasy, though Well yes, on the surface, on account of having an actual dragon in it, but that s all Honestly, the author could have made Vern a Rambo style retired super soldier instead and told almost the same story, but that would have been a shame The idea of a depressed, hard drinking, Flashdance obsessed ancient dragon living in the Louisiana swamp gives this book a comedic edge and a sense of whimsy that offsets the ultraviolence and lifts this out of action movie territory into something, if not exactly wholesome, certainly muchenjoyable But then there s Regence Hooke Oh yes, there is definitely Hooke He s like The Punisher if The Punisher was portrayed as the psychopathic asshole he is instead of some sort of twisted superhero Hooke is one of the most psychotic villains I can remember reading, and I don t think I ll forget him for a very long time.This is a story with many layers, and a lotthan initially meets the eye It s a lot of fun, and I enjoyed it a great deal Colfer has come up with something new here, a real genre blending treat, and I applaud him for it 3.5 starsThis was not at all what I expected A lotswearing, a lotbody humor, and a LOTswamp lifestyle dialect and bizarre POVs than I was prepared to read It was good But not for me Concept super originalWriting really polarizingOverall impression not for me, but probably a great book for its audience Highfire is the first adult fantasy novel from the acclaimed author of the Artemis Fowl series I read Artemis Fowl ages ago, and I vaguely remember liking it Don t get it 3.5 starsThis was not at all what I expected A lotswearing, a lotbody humor, and a LOTswamp lifestyle dialect and bizarre POVs than I was prepared to read It was good But not for me Concept super originalWriting really polarizingOverall impression not for me, but probably a great book for its audience Highfire is the first adult fantasy novel from the acclaimed author of the Artemis Fowl series I read Artemis Fowl ages ago, and I vaguely remember liking it Don t get it twisted this book feels like a completely different species Vern is the last dragon on Earth Except he s not really the visual of a dragon that we re used to He s a 7 foot tall, tusk y, scaly interpretation of a dragon that honestly feels like a gargoyle But that s not the main point the main point is that Vern is sentient, old as hell, and is wasting away his twilight years as the vodka drinking king of the alligator swamps of rural Louisiana Everett Squib Moreau is a kid born out of the swamp, with a rough and tumble upbringing filled with swearing, hard times, and a bit too much dynamite for the average kid he s now down to 9 fingers He s struggling to avoid the attention of the local cop, and he s definitely not prepared to meet Vern Regence Hooke is the crooked law of Squib s small town, and he s not exactly a well adjusted man Alright, let s admit he s a full on clinical psychopath He s got a plan to make the swamp his illegal kingdom, and he s got it in for Squib, not the least of which because Squib s mom is on Hooke s to do list Yeah, there isn t apleasant way to say that Hooke is nasty, and being in his head makes you want to shower afterwards I can be honest and say that I ve never, ever read a book like this Highfire is so breathtakingly original that I think all fantasy fans should give the first chapter a try, just to see what the author has done with the writing style and concept ButI like my fantasy with , well, fantasy I m also not a fan of body humor pee jokes, bodily fluid jokes, etc , and I m definitely not a fan of Hooke s POV and rape y overtones, so 1 3 of the story was an automatic fail Without Hooke s POV, this story might have been 4 stars.I d say if you re a fan of extremely dialect driven narration, body humor, and or unique fantasies, try this out Trigger warnings view spoiler Suicide attempt depicted, and graphic rescue scene Dialogue about suicide Internal rape dialogue Extreme violence hide spoiler Thank you to HarperCollins for this giveaway ARC Blog Instagram I won this in a GoodReads giveaway Thanks to GR and Harper Perennial for the book.Despite what I had read in the blurb, I was not expecting Vern, LOL This book was just plain fun to read There were a lot of hi jinks in a Louisiana swamp with a crooked cop, a juvenile delinquent and his momma though Squib is still a good kid in the wanna be a bad guy stage , a mogwai and a dragon named Vern And yes, it s just exactly as hilarious as it sounds.And though I had quite a few literal laugh out lo I won this in a GoodReads giveaway Thanks to GR and Harper Perennial for the book.Despite what I had read in the blurb, I was not expecting Vern, LOL This book was just plain fun to read There were a lot of hi jinks in a Louisiana swamp with a crooked cop, a juvenile delinquent and his momma though Squib is still a good kid in the wanna be a bad guy stage , a mogwai and a dragon named Vern And yes, it s just exactly as hilarious as it sounds.And though I had quite a few literal laugh out loud moments, it wasn t all fun and games There s some dark history and sad circumstances, and the bad guy is truly loathsome For once, the justice served up satisfied even me Charming characters, lots of action and ridiculous conversations made this a hugely enjoyable read If you can suspend your disbelief and take this world for what it is, this is fabulous entertainment


About the Author: Eoin Colfer

Eoin Colfer pronounced Owen was born in Wexford on the South East coast of Ireland in 1965, where he and his four brothers were brought up by his father and mother, who were both educators.He received his degree from Dublin University and began teaching primary school in Wexford He has lived and worked all over the world, including Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and Italy After the publication of the Artemis Fowl novels, Eoin retired from teaching and now writes full time He lives in Ireland with his wife and two children.


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