Free ePUB HighfireAuthor Eoin Colfer –

Sounds utterly bizarre but Eoin Colfer is a childhood fave so I must try it So of course I ve heard of this author but I ve never read anything written by him because he usually writes children s books and sadly my childhood is far behind Yet when I spotted this being marketed as an adult story I was beyond curious and happily can state that this was absolutely fabulous This was a riveting read that meandered along and just gradually built up the pace We meet Vern who believes he is sadly the last Dragon around but he s far from what you would expect a Dragon to be Vern is grumpy, snarky and obsessed with vodka, keto and Flashdance His only friend is Waxman but even he is anything but ordinary although sadly my lips are sealed Into Verns quiet , hard drinking, cable watching life comes crashing a young boy known as Squib Squib adores his mama, is wily enough not to get caught too often when not exactly being an upstanding young man oh and has just landed himself in a really precarious position Why Well that s all because of a vile, murdering cop who is pretty certain that if anyone has evidence on him then they definitely need to leave the land of the living This started so quietly really and felt character driven as the author introduced his characters and all their idiosyncrasies We learn that Vern is still caught up in his past and cantankerous as only a lonely thousands of years old Dragon can be We understand that Squib is bright yet not focused but most of all it s obvious that he s still looking for a father figure Plus there are passages that get inside Hookes head that really help make him feel both real and yet psychotic at the same time Then boom the pace slowly increases and it begins hurtling along until it truly is an edge of the seat read that was impossible to put down This book with its Godzilla looking hero just don t call him a Gargoyle is poignant, exciting, funny and is a huge recommendation from me This voluntary take is of a copy I requested from Netgalley and my thoughts and comments are honest and I believe fair 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 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 much enjoyable 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 lot than 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. 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 I always feel guilty DNFing books, especially when they re advanced copies, but it has to be done This is by no means a bad book, and I can see why people will enjoy this it s funny, has charming characters it s just not doing anything for me Someone please drag me out of this reading slump Absolutely loved this, a boy and a dragon, need I say to get most people hooked, not really, but this touches on themes a loneliness, depression and dealing with being the last dragon, it s well handled, emotional and sensitively done Yes it s humorous too and that is done brilliantly, but I think the author deserves credit for dealing with such sensitive issues so well It deals with lots of other parallels in society at the moment too along the way, but you should definitely pick this up and give it a read I look forward to future books in this series please Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for a free copy for an honest opinion Rubs hands together in anticipation of this story Dragons Thank you to HarperCollins for this ARC As a contest winner I m not obligated to provide a review, but y all know I will anyway. The last line of this book is just Balls out and I feel like that summarizes its tone incredibly well Seriously, though, testes are a frequent topic of conversation Still mulling over how I feel about it and working to disentangle the nostalgia I associate with Colfer from the book itself so that I can properly evaluate it It doesn t help that his writing style is so singular, even when the dialect voice is completely different something about that wry, metatextual third person just brings Artemis Fowl to mind despite it all.Proper review TK, I hope.