Highfire by Eoin Colfer

Synopsis: 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.

Review: Here is a novel whose synopsis was intriguing about and seeing the author, I was eager to discover it!

Vern is a dragon who lives on the fringes of society, even though times are changing and it’s getting harder and harder. He also hates humans, so he stays away from them. However, when Squib arrives in his domain without knowing it, he knows that his life is hanging by a thread. Besides, Vern makes no secret of his intention to kill him to keep his presence secret. Things being what they are, Squib will find himself working for Vern, but more importantly, he will have to stay out of the net of the constable of the city who hates him.

I had a really good time with the story. The author offers us something original and it was really nice to follow all the characters. Squib is a boy who is trying his best to help his mother and his vision of the world is going to be completely turned upside down when he meets Vern.

Like I said, it was a good surprise!


12 thoughts on “Highfire by Eoin Colfer

  1. Je ne sais pas que Eoin Colfer a écrit un autre livre! Quand j’étais petite, j’ai lu “Half Moon Investigations”, mais je n’étais pas au courant de ses autres livres. Je suis hereuse que tu as aimé ce livre! C’est une belle critique 🙂

    claire @ clairefy

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