Dark Fire (The Last Dragon Chronicles Series #5)

Dark Fire (The Last Dragon Chronicles Series #5)

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by Chris d'Lacey
     
 

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David Rain was lost in the Arctic and it was up to his daughter, Alexa, to bring him back. This one little girl had the power to save her father, but when she found him, she uncovered a lot more than just David: Dragons have finally returned to Earth as well. . . .

Chris d'Lacey weaves another fiery and magical tale for readers in the fifth book of this NEW

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David Rain was lost in the Arctic and it was up to his daughter, Alexa, to bring him back. This one little girl had the power to save her father, but when she found him, she uncovered a lot more than just David: Dragons have finally returned to Earth as well. . . .

Chris d'Lacey weaves another fiery and magical tale for readers in the fifth book of this NEW YORK TIMES bestselling series!

Praise for THE FIRE WITHIN:

"D'Lacey's characters are realistic and engaging. . . . A page-turner." --THE HORN BOOK REVIEW

Praise for ICEFIRE:

"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

Praise for FIRE STAR:

". . . [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

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Rachel Wadham
Continuing the story last chronicled in The Fire Eternal (Orchard Books, 2007/VOYA April 2009), David Rain, his partner Zanna, their daughter Alexa, and friends Lucy and Liz Pennykettle, are now embroiled in an inter-dimensional war. David and Alexa are pawns of powerful beings who are working to bring dragons back to the planet while at the same time, trying to contain a piece of dark fire that has the power to destroy the earth. With the polar bears moved to safety and legendary dragons who have lived for centuries in stasis awakening, it is up to the friends to draw on all the magic they posses to oust the powers of darkness that threaten to overwhelm them. As in the previous novels, D'Lacey has built a complex world filled with magic and adventure. The fast- paced plot is intricate and highly dependent on the other volumes for continuity. With no new characters added, there is a significant lack of development, and many characters begin to show inconsistencies. For example, Lucy at times acts as petulant as a five-year-old, but at other times shows strength beyond her years. The writing style is also inconsistent, filled with unnecessary descriptions but also lacking important descriptions at climatic moments. This volume also lacks the important but transparent environmental themes of the other titles, making this addition to the series only for those who are already enamored by their experience with the other titles. Reviewer: Rachel Wadham
Children's Literature - Judy Silverman
This is a very odd book. It's one of five in the "Last Dragon Chronicles It is very readable, in fact I would call it a page-turner, but.... The characters seem to have some depth, and the story itself is rather fun. Imagine a woman who makes clay dragons and somehow has the power to give them life. Each dragon has a personality, and a task—there is a Listener, a Healer, a Chronicler—and they know enough to say very still when somebody who doesn't know them is around. Now, after many years of exile, real dragons have returned to Earth. Is this a good thing or a bad thing? Hard to say. We know that there will be a tremendous battle (between good and evil, among other things) but once the battle is fought, what happens then? Believe it or not, there is no happy ending. There is no ending at all, since everyone is destroyed, but we are given a little hope. "Thus it would be written in the Chronicles of Dragons: In the new beginning was the Word. And the Word of Gadzooks was...Sometimes." Passages like these will be incomprehensible to readers lacking in basic knowledge of the Bible. Not recommended. Reviewer: Judy Silverman

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545102728
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
04/27/2010
Series:
Last Dragon Chronicles Series, #5
Pages:
576
Sales rank:
314,959
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.90(d)
Lexile:
740L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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