Icefire (The Last Dragon Chronicles Series #2)

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The second in a series from bestselling author Chris d'Lacey. Full of adventure and suspense, this novel about dragons reveals the truth of the icefire.

When David is assigned an essay on the history of dragons, there is only one thing he knows for sure---he wants to win the prize of a research trip to the Arctic.

As David begins to dig deeper into the past, he finds himself drawn down a path from which there is no going back . . . to the very...

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Overview


The second in a series from bestselling author Chris d'Lacey. Full of adventure and suspense, this novel about dragons reveals the truth of the icefire.

When David is assigned an essay on the history of dragons, there is only one thing he knows for sure---he wants to win the prize of a research trip to the Arctic.

As David begins to dig deeper into the past, he finds himself drawn down a path from which there is no going back . . . to the very heart of the legend of dragons, and the mysterious, ancient secret of the icefire. . . .

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Judy Silverman
This is the sequel to The Fire Within, and the prequel to Firestar, but it stands alone perfectly well. If any reader has an idea that writing fiction can be fun and profitable, that myth is thoroughly debunked on the first page. Elizabeth Pennykettle (Liz) makes clay dragons for a living; her daughter Lucy designs them, and their tenant, aspiring writer David Rains, is learning how to live with them—that is, the dragons. Liz made one for David when he moved in, with a notepad in one hand and a pencil in the other. Occasionally, when David is having trouble with his writing, Gadzooks will scribble something on the pad that has been helpful to him. He is not sure if he has imagined the writing, but now "he was embarrassed to realize that he had once allowed himself to believe that they might, in some way, be real." Of course, they are real, and David must soon embark on a journey to the Arctic, where it seems that polar bears have a mystic link with dragons. Readers who are familiar with dragon lore probably already know the stories—how dragons' fire tears are formed and how they can be used. But evil enters the story in the guise of "Aunty Gwyneth," an ancient sybil claiming to be Liz's relative, who steals her dragon's egg (and here it gets more than a little muddled) which is ready to hatch and puts the entire household in her power. By the time this story is over, we are ready for the next one. Recommended.
VOYA
This sequel to d'Lacey's The Fire Within (Orchard, 2001) continues the story of college student David Rain. David rents a room from Liz Pennykettle and her daughter, Lucy. The Pennykettles make clay dragons that become real when imbued with Liz's power. When a visiting professor assigns David an essay about dragons, the adventure begins. David wishes on a dragon to find the truth behind an ancient legend about the dragon Gwain, who shed a fire tear. Intent to steal the tear for her own use, the evil Gwillana infiltrates and takes control of the Pennykettle household. Aided by his special writing dragon Gadzooks, Lucy, and goth-girl Zanna, David builds his connection to the polar bears that guard the tear, uncovers the legend's truth, saves Liz and her dragons, and finds a new love. Strongly rooted in the real world, the magic, evil, adventure, and romance give this novel all the elements of good traditional fantasy. The writing style is solid, and even though plot twists get tangled up, the fast-paced excitement will capture reader's attention. Appealing to a much younger juvenile audience than the publisher's marketing target or the age of the main character suggest, this book will enable teachers to find connections to environmentalism and global warming hidden in the plot. Although this sequel is able to stand on its own, the background given in the first novel is helpful, and librarians will want to buy the first volume as well as the third volume Fire Star (Orchard Books, 2005). VOYA CODES: 4Q 4P M (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8). 2006, Orchard, 421p., Ages 11 to 14.
—Rachel L. Wadham
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-This book expands on the dragon lore created in The Fire Within (Scholastic, 2005). College student David Rain's new professor, Dr. Bergstrom, a polar research scientist, introduces him to legends from the Arctic and invites him to write an essay about dragons to qualify for a research trip. A succession of paranormal events leads to David's flamboyant classmate Zanna inadvertently "quickening" a dragon egg belonging to his landlady, Liz. A powerful woman who calls herself Gwyneth, and who claims to be Liz's aunt, arrives to help with the arrival of the new dragon. David discovers that Gwyneth is a figure from dragon legends, and that her motivations may lead to harm for him and for his friends. His attempts to oppose her result in an action-packed conclusion, expanding further on the legends and leaving room for the final volume in the series. In contrast to the domestic story of The Fire Within, Icefire offers a darker and more mature story. Liz's clay dragons develop a greater degree of realism within the story, and their background is further explored. 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.-Beth L. Meister, Pleasant View Elementary School, Franklin, WI Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Gr 7 Up–This book expands on the dragon lore created in The Fire Within (Scholastic, 2005). College student David Rain's new professor, Dr. Bergstrom, a polar research scientist, introduces him to legends from the Arctic and invites him to write an essay about dragons to qualify for a research trip. A succession of paranormal events leads to David's flamboyant classmate Zanna inadvertently “quickening” a dragon egg belonging to his landlady, Liz. A powerful woman who calls herself Gwyneth, and who claims to be Liz's aunt, arrives to help with the arrival of the new dragon. David discovers that Gwyneth is a figure from dragon legends, and that her motivations may lead to harm for him and for his friends. His attempts to oppose her result in an action-packed conclusion, expanding further on the legends and leaving room for the final volume in the series. In contrast to the domestic story of The Fire Within, Icefire offers a darker and more mature story. Liz's clay dragons develop a greater degree of realism within the story, and their background is further explored. 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.–Beth L. Meister, Pleasant View Elementary School, Franklin, WI
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439672467
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/1/2007
  • Series: Last Dragon Chro Series , #2
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 67,976
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 690L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet 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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2012

    Ice fire

    This might be the best series i have ever read.

    12 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2012

    The best book review

    This book was one of the most gutwrenching eye opening books i've read even though the books are very long you'll read and you will not put the book down till the end.

    9 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2012

    My favorite book in the world!

    This book was recommended to me by my best friend. He knew I loved dragons, for he was the one who taught me that they aren't always evil. This book is the sequel to the Fire Within. All the dragons continue to warm my heart as many times as I reread it. My opinion counts as much as anyone else's, and I enjoyed this book more than life itself! It would mean so much to me if you read this book. I hope you like it!

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2008

    A reviewer

    In the first book The fire within, it talks about the hedgehog named Spikey at the very end. So you might've thought Oh joy, the first book was packed full of crazy squirrels now the second book is full of hedgehogs! Actually, the main animal of this sequel was polar bears which play a huge part in the plot. Unlike the first book, icefire was unpredictable, the author was more literate, no squirrels, and no sarcastic remarks from David. This book IS full of action and it's hard for me to believe anyone would say otherwise. I ask you, does a book involving an inuit talisman, 9 mysterious polar bears, stopping a villan from destroying the fabric of earth, visiting the arctic, finding the mystery behind the clay dragons, discovering what an icefire really is, the truth behind the old tale of gwilanna, David having to make some hard decisions, and finding out who this weird college professor really is, seem action packed to you? I find all of it to be pretty interesting, exciting, and most definitely action packed. In fact, there seemed to be SO MUCH action that it even confused me! The one error I found in this book, was how confusing and jumbled up things would get near the good actiony parts. One of the things I really liked about icefire was of course the big mystery. It really keeps you guessing till the end it was unpredictable as I've said before in this review. Icefire makes up for the The fire within's squirrel subplot. What I didn't mention was the ending. You'd think with the funny parts and heart warming bits in the story there would be a good ending with it all coming together with no questions left behind...wrong. The last one or two paragraphs were pretty scary to me because it was such a cliff hanger. After you are done reading Icefire, you will want to read Firestar a lot. But anyways, this book is so unlike any other dragon story I've read in a long time and is unique and creative and stands out among all of the other dragon books you see on the shelf. It's almost impossible to tell what will happen next when reading it. If you are wondering if you should read this book or not but have doubts because of the first one, don't hesitate cause this book is squirrel free and if it wasn't for the snigger and the nutbeast story in the beginning, there probably would have been no sequel...so snigger wasn't for nothing. All in all, compared to the first book there were some major improvments and I recommend this book to anyone I think who will enjoy reading a unique one of a kind story about clay dragons come to life.

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 28, 2012

    Must Read!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    this is an awesome book a must read for everyone!!!!!!!!!!!

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2012

    Very good book

    I really like it and countious the first book very well

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2012

    Awesome

    You should DEFINETLY read it! Its a really good book!

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2011

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    5 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 16, 2011

    Awsome

    Awsome book with cool plot

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2012

    Icefire Marisol

    Loved it! Could'nt put it down

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2012

    Awsome

    Read it

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2012

    AWESOME!!!!!!!!

    This is only the 2nd book!?!? I cant wait for the rest!!!!!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2012

    Not My Favorite of the Series

    It is the book that ultimately gives you the basic understanding to set you up for the rest of the series... it has the very important key topics which I assure you is the reason you shouldn't skip it but it does have a majority of slow parts... just like Dark Fire later on in the series

    Beautifully written though as always with this series

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2012

    You idiots!

    You morons,stop using book reviews for nothing but your stupid Warriors obsession! I came to the reviews page to see reviews,not your weird "MESSAGE FROM STARCLAN and all of these other people begging to join Muckclan or whatever in the heck its name was!@#$%&*&%


    OK,off of that topic, this book was wonderful. Three cheers for Chris D'Lacey,I say. Hip hip,hooray! Hip hip,hooray! Hip hip,hooray!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2012

    As good as the first

    Great book!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2011

    Great book

    Awesome book but a little confuseing to yunger ones

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 22, 2011

    Amazing book

    Great book, easy to follow, great for intermediate level readers

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2014

    Bad

    Yay. 3500 chars

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2014

    AWESOME

    This book is the best book and its only the 2nd one OMG!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2014

    Dhs2

    "NO!" Dragonstar screeched "this battle is between you and me goldenstar. But leave now we fight tomorrow"
    "Very well. But one apprentice from each clan must fight to the death!" Goldenstar snarled
    "I will never put Dewpaw at RISK!" Dragonstar growled.
    "Then...
    WILL DRAGONSTAR AND DEWPAW HAVE TO FIGHT FIND OUT ON FIRESTAR

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