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.
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?
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.
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?
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.
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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Not a joke: What’s better than a majestic dragon? A formerly majestic dragon who now spends his days drinking and watching TV. Wyvern has fallen on hard times since his heyday as the terrifying bringer of scorched skies—these days, he goes by Vern and rarely changes out of his Flashdance T-shirt. But Vern’s solitary life in the bayou comes to a screeching halt when he strikes up a friendship with Squib, a Cajun rascal with a heart of gold. Just as he did with the Artemis Fowl series, Eoin Colfer blends high fantasy with brilliant comedy. Johnny Heller is the perfect narrator for this Southern-fried adventure, leading us through the story with a touch of grit and a dash of Louisiana drawl. We love everything about Vern’s snarky attitude and oddly extensive pop-culture knowledge. Highfire is hilarious, wild, and full of heart.
Enjoyable if you don't mind swearing
I've read all of Colfer's Artemis Fowl books and enjoyed them. Highfire was quite different. The story is interesting but I wasn't prepared for the large amount of swearing in the book. I don't think there is any swearing in the Artemis Fowl books - probably because they are targeted at young adults. I don't mind the occasional cuss word but this book was filled with it. The protagonist never seems to get a break until the very end. That was a bit tiring. Otherwise, it was imaginative and action-filled. I don't think I'll read it twice, but I don't regret reading it once.