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SOMETIMES...it all comes together
on July 12, 2012
The last book in The Last Dragon Chronicles satisfyingly pulls together the many threads of "reality" created by author Chris D'Lacey.
The previous installment, "Fire World", may have left many readers confused and even angry with the sudden shift to the world of Co:pern:ica. Where were the beloved Pennykettle characters and, most importantly, dragons? A bold move by D'Lacey, "Fire World" created just that - a new world. Or was it? For those who thought that in this final book he'd just pick up from there and bring the parallel characters of David and Rosa to join with David and Zanna to save the day at the Battle of Isenfier, D'Lacey boldly (again) takes the story in a different direction. Or does he?
"The Fire Ascending" immediately jumps in to the tale of Agawin, a novice seer, set many years in the past of Earth. Dragons are a part of this world, not yet myth. He meets Grella, the kind-hearted girl who raises the Sibyl, Gwilanna, after her "unusual" birth. It also introduces an Ix/Darkling villain, Voss. Intent on poisoning the last dragon, Galen, with the evil Ix, Voss instead is destroyed (or is he?) and Agawin catches Galen's fire tear. Agawin illumines with him and his role in the history of dragons (and the Pennykettles) is begun.
Agawin experiences shifts of time and dimensions, and becomes the means to wrap up all the different storylines and worlds from Earth to Co:pern:ica to Ki:mera. He meets Guinevere, the famous red-haired ancestor of the Pennykettles. He encounters David and Rosa from Co:pern:ica, who Travel to the Earth dimension to try to stop Gwilanna (Gwyneth in the Co:pern:ica dimension), who is trying to unravel the timeline by helping the Ix/Darklings triumph. The complete story of Gwilanna and her importance is revealed. Alexa (the winged daughter of David and Zanna) is finally explained. That is a most interesting plot twist and will not be ruined by "spoilers", but it involves Joseph Henry, the human child of Elizabeth Pennykettle and her husband, Arthur, who chose to be born as a dragon. Eventually, through the efforts of Agawin and Joseph Henry, as well as David, Zanna, Lucy, the ice bears (of course) and the rest of the original Pennykettle characters and dragons (yes, they're back), the final battle of Dragons vs. Ix is waged, if not in the where and when that might be expected.
D'Lacey himself described the whole process of writing the books as "organic". He allowed the story to grow and develop as it needed to, and it worked. What might have appeared irrelevant when first read turns out to be significant and D'Lacey weaves all the threads together as completely as the Isenfier Tapestry. There will no doubt be readers who will be somewhat confused with the resolution and upset over the loss of a beloved character at the end. That should be viewed as a tribute to D'Lacey and his ability to create a world (or worlds) that became so endearing to its readers that they were willing to invest themselves so strongly in the story. At the end, and perhaps in a nod to these readers, he adds a scientific twist to the concept of "reality", which, should the reader choose, gives them the hope that, maybe, it all could be possible. Sometimes...