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Highfire : a novel /

by Colfer, Eoin [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : HarperPerennial, [2020]Edition: First edition.Description: 373 pages ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9780062938558; 006293855X.Subject(s): Dragons -- Fiction | Magic -- Fiction | Police corruption -- Fiction | Louisiana -- Fiction | FICTION -- Fantasy -- Action & Adventure | FICTION -- Fantasy -- Contemporary | FICTION -- Fantasy -- Humorous | Fantasy fiction | Humorous fiction | Fantasy fiction | Humorous fictionSummary: Wyvern, Lord Highfire of the Highfire Eyrie, is the last dragon on Earth and is hiding out in a Louisiana swamp. He strikes a deal with Cajun swamp rat Squib: Squib will keep him company and fetch supplies for him and Vern will protect Squib from the dirty cop that is chasing him. However, there will be soon be a firery reckoning, in which dragons wither finally become extinct or Ver's glory days are back.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

<p>"True Detective meets Swamp Thing in the Artemis Fowl author's neo-noirish thriller about a curmudgeonly dragon in Louisiana." --Guardian</p> <p>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 sheriff.<br> <br> <br> <br> In 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. However...he 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?</p> <p>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 constable.</p> <p>Regence 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?</p> <p>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 back.</p> <p>A 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.</p>

Wyvern, Lord Highfire of the Highfire Eyrie, is the last dragon on Earth and is hiding out in a Louisiana swamp. He strikes a deal with Cajun swamp rat Squib: Squib will keep him company and fetch supplies for him and Vern will protect Squib from the dirty cop that is chasing him. However, there will be soon be a firery reckoning, in which dragons wither finally become extinct or Ver's glory days are back.

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Wyvern, Lord Highfire, is 3,000 years old and believes he is the last dragon alive. Vern, as he refers to himself, has settled in the Louisiana swamp with Waxman, his mogwai familiar, to avoid the mob that Vern always fears will find him. Squib, a local teenager who works to help his momma as a part-time nurse to make ends meet, runs afoul of Constable Regence Hooker, whom Squib surreptitiously filmed killing a local drug smuggler. Although Vern swears he hates all humans, since they killed his entire family, he ultimately teams up with Squib against Hooker, even coming out of disguise and flying to New Orleans to rescue Squib. VERDICT Witty, well-developed characters, action, and fantastic violence from the author of the "Artemis Fowl" series will appeal to a wide range of readers. [See Prepub Alert, 7/15/19.]--Vicki Gregory, Sch. of Information, Univ. of South Florida, Tampa

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