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
What’s better than a majestic high-fantasy dragon? A formerly majestic high-fantasy 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 Louisiana 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 his Artemis Fowl series, Eoin Colfer blends fantasy adventure with brilliant comedy. We love everything about Vern’s snarky attitude and oddly extensive pop-culture knowledge. Like Vern, Highfire is hilarious, wild, and up for adventure—but also bursting at the seams with heart.
In his return to adult fiction, Colfer (the Artemis Fowl YA series) spins a twisty, tongue-in-cheek fantasy that's part thriller, part action movie, and wholly irreverent. Vern is an ancient dragon, possibly the last of his species. He's content to drink away his days, wallowing in self-pity and loneliness, yearning for his old life as Lord Highfire. But his quiet, drunken existence in the Louisiana bayou is upended when he hires 15-year-old Everett "Squib" Moreau as his new assistant. Squib's tasks mainly consist of delivering Vern's vodka and internet purchases, and as the two develop a friendship, Regence Hooke, a crooked cop with big plans, sets his sights on them, hoping to use Vern's firepower and muscle to expand his criminal influence. But Vern hasn't survived this long without picking up a few dirty tricks of his own. Colfer's catchy narrative voice suits the characters and their setting perfectly, capturing Vern's world-weary nature, Squib's youthful adaptability, and Hooke's malicious cunning. This no-holds-barred yarn is good fun from start to finish.