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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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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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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.
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 ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
Book as described. Great condition and addition to my class library!Published 5 months ago by Golfer Dave