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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 610L (What's this?)
  • Series: The Last Dragon Chronicles (Book 7)
  • Hardcover: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Orchard Books; 1 edition (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545402166
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545402163
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.9 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #234,320 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for the Last Dragon Chronicles:
"d'Lacey's characters are realistic and engaging. . . . A page-turner." --THE HORN BOOK REVIEW

"Chris d'Lacey's writing is sometimes exciting and sometimes silly. But that seems in keeping with the worlds he created -- one that seems almost real and one that is beyond imagination." --THE WASHINGTON POST

". . . [T]he story, with its involving and thought-provoking plot full of clever little dragons, mystical polar bears, and spiritual and ecological aspects, will appeal to many fantasy lovers." --SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

About the Author

Chris d'Lacey is the author of several highly acclaimed books, including the NEW YORK TIMES bestselling Last Dragon Chronicles: THE FIRE WITHIN, ICEFIRE, FIRE STAR, THE FIRE ETERNAL, DARK FIRE, FIRE WORLD, and THE FIRE ASCENDING. Additionally, he is the author of the middle-grade series The Dragons of Wayward Crescent, also published by Orchard Books. He lives in Devon, England, with his wife, where he is at work on his next book.

Visit www.scholastic.com/LastDragonChronicles to learn more about Chris d'Lacey's books.


Customer Reviews

My 13 year old grandson loves this book.
Jane L. Moschenrose
A really good book that pulled the whole series together and finished it with a satisfying finale.
jan pryor
Chris D'Lacey has a certain way with words that makes most peple simply love his books.
Yan Ray

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Book lover on July 12, 2012
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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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Carpenter on May 10, 2012
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The Fire Ascending is a surprising and amazing coda to The Last Dragon Chronicles, the mind-blowing fantasy/sci-fi story by Chris D'Lacey. In this volume, D'Lacey weaves together the stories of the alternate universes he has developed over the first six volumes: Earth, Ki:mera, and Co:pern:ica, and another timeline (or two) that I don't want to say too much about so as not to spoil it for those who have yet to read it. He starts the book, however, not with David, Zanna, the Pennykettles, and the dragons, nor with David, Rosa, the Librarium, and the firebirds, but instead with Agawin, whose legend we have been getting in bits and pieces throughout the series. Now we get the back story, and some bendings of that story, as D'Lacey explores paradoxes and the implications of the butterfly effect: if you change one thing in the past, do you change everything?

The things that make this volume and the entire Last Dragon Chronicles series special are the memorable, unconventional characters and the philosophical sophistication of the series. I like the way this author does not assume that kids can't handle anything but a happy tale about dragons. There is philosophy and physics in this volume as well as a rollicking, well-plotted fantasy narrative. There is also an awareness that every choice one makes comes with a cost. There are those who will not like the final sections of this volume because of those costs, yet I think the ending fit, and pulled everything together while leaving just enough of a question at the end.

My now 4th grade daughter introduced me to this series last year and we have immensely enjoyed reading them together. There is an interview with the Chris D'Lacey at the back of the book and it is clear that he thought long and hard about the importance of having a good ending to a long-running series. I think he delivered!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert H. on April 16, 2012
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Like all other wounderful stories, this one, to, must end. I had fallen in love with this story from the start and didn't want it to end. I was hoping for more on Gwilana's ilumination and I'd love to hear about co:pern:ica's history. So i am hopping that D'Lacy will write on this. Not only am I interested in the history of co:pern:ica, but also, like most fans and readers, I'm not ready to let go of the characters. I want more on Agawin as well. How is he tide to co:pern:ica? How did he come to be respected as the statue in the tower in the Tower of Agawin?(I do not remember the proper name of the Isle the tower is located, nor the right nameof the tower) Their are so much that gose unanswered. Mr. D'Lacy should have done what he had originaly planned and made two books. Trust me they would have saold like no tomorow.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Good Witch of the North on September 27, 2012
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Still in the process of reading this book, I'm about half way through it and cannot "get into" it like the others. The whole time travel thing is a bit confusing; as well as the "Is" and the "Ix". I have read all of these books and find that from Fire World on, I have lost interest.
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By R. Zuluaga on May 26, 2014
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My son love this series and has finished reading the book the same day I got it. So of course it's a good buy. Haha
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By Carolyn on May 2, 2014
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I ordered 2 of them one for my son he was missing the last book so I ordered the other one for my daughter's 14th birthday
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By Maria Sørlie on April 13, 2014
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Some possible spoilers ahoy!

The epic conclusion to the series. Finally, we get to see how the battle at Scuffenbury turns out. We get to catch up with David, Zanna and all the others. Or not. Well, not exactly.

This book instead tells us how it all began. The back stories of Gwilanna, and in turn Agawin, who was not supposed to be in the time line to begin with, if I'm not mistaken. This turns out to be a very engaging story and Gwilanna, which I really couldn't stand throughout the previous books because she was such a nuisance and I could never fully read her motives (yes, I know, of course every story needs a villain, bla bla bla), turns out to be perhaps the most complex, diverse and interesting character in the whole series. Chris D'Lacey, how do you manage to come up with such intricate stories? It is truly fascinating, even though sometimes there can be too many confusing elements and the main story can be hard to follow.

I have enjoyed this series and I am really going to miss David, Lucy, Zanna, Liz and even Gwilanna. Not to mention Gadzookz, Gretel, Gruffen, Gauge, Grace, Gollygosh Golightly (that is such a cute name!), G'reth, Gwillan, Gwendolen and all the others. I want adorable little house dragons, too!
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More About the Author

Chris d'Lacey writes books for children of all ages, but is best known for his series The Last Dragon Chronicles which have sold nearly four million copies worldwide.

He was born in Malta, but has absolutely no memory of the island and has never been back. Most of his life has been lived in Leicester, England. He now lives in Devon, England.

His early ambition was to be a songwriter, and he did not begin writing fiction until he was in his early thirties. He kicked off with a gentle 'Christmassy' story that grew, alarmingly, into a 250,000 word adult saga about polar bears. It is still to come out of his 'bottom drawer'. He progressed to writing short stories and had a smattering of efforts placed in a variety of well-regarded small press magazines. He had no real plans to try children's fiction until a friend suggested he enter a competition to write a story for nine-year-olds. He didn't win the competition, but sent the story to a publisher who picked it off a slush pile. He has now switched completely to children's fiction and has published over thirty titles, many of which have been widely translated. 'Fly, Cherokee, Fly' (his first children's novel) was highly commended for the Carnegie Medal.



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