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Grade 7 Up—College student David Rain; his Goth girlfriend, Zanna; and his dragon-creating landlord, Liz, and her daughter, Lucy, fulfill their destinies in this exciting conclusion to The Fire Within (2005) and Icefire (2006, both Scholastic). David is writing a book about polar bears, dragons, a mysterious fire star, and a transdimensional race from another universe. He's shocked to realize that his fictional tale is actually coming true. He discovers that a powerful dragon is lying dormant and petrified in a mountain. The Fain, an ancient race that revered dragons, intended to colonize Earth eons ago but something disrupted space and closed the line between the worlds, leaving some survivors behind. They have possessed Gwilanna, Liz's powerful and malevolent relative who is determined to call down dragons when the fire star aligns with Earth and the portal to Fain's world opens. If Gawain, the dormant dragon, awakens and dragons arrive and are allowed to breathe fire, they will cause widespread panic and catastrophic environmental damage. The multiple story lines and frequent but cryptic references to events from previous books make this novel a bit confusing for those unfamiliar with the earlier titles. Despite this, the 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.—Sharon Rawlins, NJ Library for the Blind and Handicapped, Trenton
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"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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks; Reprint edition (January 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439901855
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439901857
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 5.2 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,909 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By C. Souter on May 31, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Really enjoyed reading this book and I am 37!(Researching books to read to my class) I had to 'steal' it off my daughter who was only on Ice Fire as she wanted to read it first and had hidden it from me! We both can't wait for book 4. If you like books that are not what they first appear to be and go between a fantasy world and the 'real' world then you'll enjoy this book however old you are.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By K. Logan on March 21, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is the third book in the "fire" trilogy from author Chris D'Lacey. My 10 year old daughter and I loved it! But it really leaves you wanting more and fortunately we learned from his web site that he is working on book number four "Fire Eternal" which should be released soon. These stories are about the legend of the dragons' firetear;the story of Gawain and Gweneviere and the polar bears. There is magic and mystery and adventure. A very good read for kids and parents alike.
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22 of 29 people found the following review helpful By K. Petersen on February 16, 2008
Format: Paperback
Unlike the previous books in the series, Fire Star turns dark and deals with troubling issues including: torture, characters possessed by an evil alien (really), murder, and odd spiritual beliefs.

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.
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16 of 22 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on February 5, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Icefire is an extremely interesting sequel to the first book The Fire Within. This book is about a college boy named David Rain, who is a tenant to Liz ( a mysterious potter) and Lucy ( Liz's eleven year old daughter) Pennykettle. In this book he and many clay dragons that come to life needs to find out who a mysterious woman is when she claims that she is a relative of the Pennykettles. But during his college lesson with Dr. Bergstrom, David also finds out that Dr. Bergstrom is strange. This book is highly recommended to anyone at any age.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By B. Capossere TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 16, 2011
Format: Paperback
Books three and four in Chris D'Lacey's The Last Dragon Chronicles are The Fire Eternal and Fire Star respectively. I've reviewed the first two separately, but as these two share many of the same problems, I've decided to review them together.

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).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By dw on May 27, 2008
Format: Paperback
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Fire Star is an incredible story about witches clashing with humans, hurt polar bears, and a kidnapped girl. Read this enchanting story by Chris D'Lacey.

The author ends one of the chapters with a witch luring a landlady's daughter into the world of coldness. And it makes the reader want to read more.

In the book, one of the characters meets up with a polar bear who is fighting with the character's girlfriend!

An Eskimo goes to his dad to stay with him for a week. When he is there with his father, an evil spirit comes into his father's house and haunts all of the family.

I loved the book for the journey but some of the words didn't always fit into the story. I think kids 9-12 would like this book, Fire Star, by Chris D'Lacey. I hope they do.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ontariomom on April 17, 2015
Format: Paperback
*Spoiler Alert!*

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.
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