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Book Review: Wildfire – Eoin Colfer*

Highfire: An absolutely thrilling, addictive, explosive page-turning fantasy adventure by [Colfer, Eoin]

Squib Moreau may be swamp-wild, but his intentions are (generally) good: he really wants to be a supportive son to his hard-working momma Elodie. But sometimes life gets in the way – like when Fake Daddy walked out on them leaving a ton of debt, or when crooked Constable Regence Hooke got to thinking pretty Elodie Moreau was just the gal for him . . .

An apprenticeship with the local moonshine runner, servicing the bayou, looks like the only way to pay off the family debts and maybe get Squib and his momma a place in town, far from Constable Hooke’s unwanted courtship and Fake Daddy’s reputation.

Unfortunately for Squib, Hooke has his own eye on that very same stretch of bayou – and neither of them have taken into account the fire-breathing dragon hiding out in the Louisiana swamp . . .

My thoughts:

I haven’t read any of the Artemis Fowl books, so am not hugely familiar with the author’s style. However I really enjoyed this story of the last dragon (probably) hiding out in a Louisiana bayou.

Featuring crooked cops, a creature called Waxman, and a teenage boy just trying to get by, plus gangsters, bar owners and a kind nurse and mother.

It’s funny, a bit silly, rather violent and completely brilliant.

This is not YA like the Fowl books, it’s definitely adult, with lots of swearing, but I reckon most older teens and adults would enjoy this.

So put on the Flashdance soundtrack, pour yourself a drink and enjoy!

*I was kindly sent an advance copy of this book with no requirement to review. All opinions remain my own.

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