This book has a Quarkbeast. Have you ever heard of a Quarkbeast? They exist only in Jasper Fforde's novels and while not a focal point is without a doubt the best thing I took from this book.
Biggest regret? I have not yet found fan art of a Quarkbeast that lives up to my wild expectations based on Fforde's descriptions.
Here is my favorite description: "his razor-sharp fangs dripping with saliva. He'd have eaten the leg in under a second if I'd allowed him, but Quarkbeasts, for all their fearsome looks, are obedient to a fault. They are nine-tenths velociraptor and kitchen blender and one-tenth Labrador," (p. 94-95).
Magic is weakening and Jenny Strange is a foundling, indentured to Kazam, a house of wizards and managing the entire business. Raised in the convent of the sacred order of the Blessed Ladies of the Lobster, she must work until she is 18. In the midst of her fourth year, many sears predict the demise of the last dragon and Jenny is caught in the middle.
An obsession with crustaceans, a Transient Moose and of course the Quarkbeast, the world of The Last Dragonslayer is one in which I am in love with. Absurd in the best possible way and highly worth the read. And yes, there are sequels with hopefully more information about the Quarkbeast. For great special features on the books visit Jasper Fforde's site.