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Illustration for the new book by Jasper Fforde

Illustration by Roger Mason for Eye of Zoltar book
Frontispiece illustration for the new Jasper Fforde book, The Eye of Zoltar

Here is the complete illustration which is in Jasper Fforde’s new novel, the third in the Last Dragonslayer series, called the Eye of Zoltar. It features one of the characters, who happens to be an australopithecine, hanging onto the underside of a giant, flying beast.

It’s the frontispiece, so appears before the text. Fforde also asked me to draw three images for a promotional postcard set which I am hoping to get my hands on any day now. I am a big fan of Jasper’s books, the Thursday Next series in particular, and have enjoyed very much the Last Dragonslayer stories. Any fans of Harry Potter and His Dark Materials are well advised to check them out.

Illustration for new Jasper Fforde book

Illustration for new Jasper Fforde book. Art by Roger Mason
Detail of the frontispiece illustration for Fforde’s new Last Dragonslayer novel, by Roger Mason

January has been a busy month for me, and one job I took on I take immense pleasure in blogging about here. This is a detail of the frontispiece illustration for Jasper Fforde’s new book, The Eye of Zoltar, the third installment in The Last Dragonslayer series.

It features, without giving anything away I hope, a giant monster with a huge mouth. When the book is out I will put up the whole illustration.

Fforde Ffiesta 2057 in Swindon last weekend

My mum and I attended the Jasper Fforde fan convention in Swindon, the Fforde Ffiesta, where we had a really fantastic time celebrating the vision and quirkiness of Fforde’s novels, among them The Eyre Affair, The Big Over Easy and The Last Dragonslayer. If you are reading this and are unaware of his work, I advise you to pick one of his books and have a read.

As he discussed with my mum, who is a librarian, they are hard to classify. Are they crime? Sci-fi? Fantasy? I do not know how to get around that, I am just glad I took a punt on a copy of The Eyre Affair a few years ago in HMV. I like to read the first line of a book, it’s one of my tests to see whether I will like it, and this one had me hooked: ‘My father had a face that would stop a clock.’

Roger Mason, Jasper Fforde and Sue Mason at the Fforde Ffiesta, Swindon.