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Fire Star (Last Dragon Chronicles, Book 3) Paperback – January 1, 2008
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Praise for Fire Star:
"Readers will find action and mysteries aplenty in this fantastic tale, as well as a group of appealing dragons who are tricky, heroic, and often charming." -School Library Journal
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I'd recommend for parents to read this book first as the plot takes these darker turns after a dull section at about page 422. My 10-year-old, who loved the first two books, lost interest during the dull part and I will not be encouraging him to finish this book.
This series is recommended for ages 8-12. I have been reading them with my nine-year old son, and we have just finished the third book, Fire Star. I would say the first book was appropriate for an 8-year old. But the books have been getting progressively more mature, both in terms of plot and the relationships between the characters. Although the reading level may still be fine for an advanced third grader, I would caution parents to read the books yourself first. In book one, college student David starts a relationship with Sophie. It is sweet and innocent and appropriate for young readers. In book two, Sophie goes to Africa temporarily, a new girl (Zanna) enters the picture, and before you know it, David is kissing her (even though he is still "going out" with Sophie). Sophie comes back and finds out, but tells David he is off the hook because she is moving away permanently. So David and Zanna are now an item, but exactly how serious they are is uncertain, until... At the end of book three, David dies, but all is not lost because out of nowhere, Zanna announces she is having his baby!
I did not pre-read these books because I thought they were about dragons, and I generally trust the scholastic age ratings. But I think the story-line would have been fine without these relationship issues that are not exactly in line with my family values.
The first book, The Fire Within, introduced the major characters and the basic premise of the Last Dragon who died ages ago but whose lost Fire Tear might still play a role in today's world. Connected, somehow, to that dragon (Gawain) are young Lucy Pennykettle and her mother Liz, who makes clay dragons, some of which are animate and have special powers. Their tenant David Rain gets mixed in with the dragon mystery, but mostly he and the others are involved in a plot about squirrels. This book is a bit of an outlier in the series, with very few dragons and a younger target age. The sequel, Icefire, keeps the focus squarely on the dragons. The plot, while still early YA, is more mature and becomes more complicated. We learn that there is a connection between dragons and polar bears and Gawain's fire tear. A new love interest is added via Zanna, who turns out to be more than she first appears. And the book takes a darker turn with a full-fledged villain--Gwilanna--who seeks the fire tear for her own purposes.
Gwilanna continues to play a major role in Fire Star, kidnapping Lucy in an attempt to use her somehow in her plans to resurrect the long-dead Gawain. Zanna has also gone missing, disappeared somewhere in the Arctic where she and David had been working (David had returned due to Lucy's abduction).Read more ›
I was curious so ordered the sample for my Kindle. That did it. I ordered ALL for myself!
Was truly a fun story series for all ages!!
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Chris d'Lacey is a true story craftsman. From the first page to the last, the story grips you and your concern & interest are fully captured. I so look forward to the next book.Published 4 months ago by Kindle Customer
Book as described. Great condition and addition to my class library!Published 8 months ago by Golfer Dave