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The Fire Eternal (The Last Dragon Chronicles #4)

3.99  ·  Rating Details ·  11,519 Ratings  ·  320 Reviews
A new magic is stirring in the NEW YORK TIMES bestselling Last Dragon Chronicles!

Five years have passed since David Rain, now a bestselling author, disappeared mysteriously in the Arctic. Slowly the ice is changing; bears are starving; dragons are rising; and the spirit Gaia, goddess of the Earth, grows restless. But all living things may suffer if she takes action. As the
ebook, 254 pages
Published August 1st 2011 by Scholastic, Inc. (first published September 6th 2007)
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Caitlín (Ink Mage)
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Mar 30, 2009 Kit rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I've been waiting for the new book in this series, but I was already worried when I saw how thick it was. Then I read it, and it reminded me of last season of the X Files. There was no characterization left, even of the awesomely cute dragons who are brimming with personality; there was practically no plot left, if by plot you mean that the characters actually do things and don't just discover vague forebodings. If a character in this book ate toast, it would be Cosmic Toast With Vague Forebodin ...more
Apr 05, 2009 Liz rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who don't mind a series that totally bombs out
Recommended to Liz by: my own twisted, psychotic mind
Okay, my question here is...


This book was terrible. Actually, it started going downhill with the last book. This one went all sci-fi and 'cosmic'. I mean, Ix:risor??? (Or however it's spelt- honestly, I can't be bothered to go back and check.) Who puts a colon in the middle of a name?

Well, Chris d'Lacey, obviously. I couldn't help but hate this book, including the death and return of the 'new, improved' David Rain.

I read The Fire Within, and it was gorgeous. Icefire was almost
Apr 10, 2011 Mazohyst rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens, library
I believe in rounding up. In essence, this book would rank as 2.5 stars, 50%. I was confused for a good chunk of the book. A lot of the polar bear nonsense was confusing, boring, and seemed to contribute almost nothing to the actual story.

While I do appreciate how Chris D'Lacey is trying to delve deeper into the whole concept of dragons and other folklore, this book seemed like it was just too much.

I was lost for most of the book. Then again, I haven't read the last book in literally years (grad
Ker Malkin
Is it just me or was the author trying too hard to create a perfect mash-up of fantasy and realism? The plot's gotten very immense and the more I delved into it, the more confusing it had become. But anyhow, I thought the book was uh... well, sorta bad.

But yeah, after eons of contemplating as to why I should finish the book or not 'cause it bored the hell out of me, I'd finally decided to just go with it. Although I didn't like this as MUCH as I liked the second and third installments of the ser
Lucy Cokes
Jul 08, 2011 Lucy Cokes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"It looked very similar to the screwdriver used by the time travelling hero of the dragons' favourite television programme.'

Although this is an incredibly childish seires, there are some real adult elements - death, betrayal, etc. It's been a few years since I read the first three books but this was definitely one of the best...though I would have liked to re-read the others just for clarification - the plot goes all over the place. I found myself wanting to read more about the dragons at Waywar
Jessica Yuettner
This book was amazing. It was shocking when I found out that David was alive, but as a polar bear. He transformed for a polar bear to a human. It was completely shocking and surpised me in all ways. When I found out that Gwillana turned into a bird was buried in an icecube, I wanted to scream. I don't like Gwillana that much because of what she has done. She was always so evil. The good part is that she helped David only because he forced her too. When the giant bird appeared, I thought the nine ...more
Oct 03, 2011 Ryan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Fire Eternal
Chris d'Lacey
Genre: fantasy

The main character is David rain. He dies in the fire star and is a story writer. He lives with a little girl named Lucy and her mother Liz Pennywinkle. Lucy believes that David is not dead and tries to find him.
He has a dragon named Gadzooks who helps him right stories. David has to over come many problems and wishes it would all end. The setting of this book is the arctic all the Inuit people have died and polar bears are starving and dragons a
Angus Mcfarlane
I am not sure if the continuation of this series was always planned. It it has become increasingly difficult to follow and the cynic in me asks whether the extra books are the result of a compromise of some sort by the author. While I like the attempt to link global problems with interference from cosmic beings, there is much that didn't fit together well and didn't make sense to me. I like the exploration of the dragon myth but along with the few other animals employed (ravens and polar bears) ...more
Mar 24, 2012 Hannah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: north-america
I really loved the polar bear part of the story. All the mysticism behind it kept me into it. However, although most of the series is written from different perspectives, this time the multiple perspectives didn't really come together well until the end. Sometimes it was a bit frustrating to figure out where the setting was, whether it was at the Pennykettles' house, in the Artic, in Zanna's shop, and so on. I was highly disappointed at first with the way Zanna reacted to that reporter guy. In f ...more
Sep 11, 2009 Tristan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Peter Milne
Jan 24, 2012 Peter Milne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
David Rain has dissapeared in the artic and Zanna is heartbroken but she always has Alexa {david and zannas daughter} to cheer her up. But in the artic three bears travel with Ingavar or otherwise know as david rain now revived with the power of Gawain to find the fire eernal. While this is happening Zanna is having her own problems and lexie is drawing strangely accurate drawings of a dragon when she is only six years old! Then the ix show up. The corrupted species of the fain are trying to cre ...more
There were so many things about this book that just bugged me.

First off, its so confusing! All the G names are driving me crazy! I can't keep track of who they are talking about! Gwedolen, Guinevere, Gwillana, Gadzooks... so annoying!

And the fain? What? Commingling? What? So confusing. How exactly does that work? A lot of the time half the things he talks about make no sense and I feel like he's really just making stuff up without any thought of it making sense.

Lucy also really bugged me in this
Jun 18, 2009 Corinna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm not quite sure how I feel about this series. I enjoyed the subject matter, and originally, with the first few books, I was intrigued by the "writer style" of David Rain and how his stories came alive. The Pennykettle dragons were adorable and wonderful character additions. However, the further I got into the books, the more confused I became. It seems like d'Lacey was reaching a bit too far to try and combine fantasy and reality with environmental warnings. There was too much going on. The c ...more
Okay, I didn't even finish this book so maybe I'm biased, but seriously, it was too hard to pick back up. There was just this whole looming Arctic souls and mother earth thing, but the original reason I picked up the books was because of the dragon, and now as they are as sparse as the twists and turns, I decided to drop it. A thumbs up to the reference to global warming though. I'm a huge supporter of the against the human activities that are destroying our earth.
May 01, 2011 Mal rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
AHHHHHHH! Jeez. With this book I just want to pull my hair out! I told myself i would finish it one day, but everytime I try to read it I get all antsy and then I practically try to distract myself becase it is SOOOO boring!!!!! I've read multiple charpters, so I've tryed to get into it, but I just CANT do it!!!!!
Christa Lane
*updated version*

Spoilers in review read at own risk

So the end of the last book literally left me in tears. I mean geez! David getting stabbed in the heart and finding out he is about to be a father before he is pushed into the ocean only to be lost forever? Talk about a cliffhanger and a tear jerker.. I was begging for him to come back all throughout this book because I missed him so much.


So in this book it has been a long time since David has been lost to the bowls of the sea. Zanna took it p
Keisha Keenleyside
The Fire Eternal is Chris d'Lacey's 4th book in the Last Dragon Chronicles.

It's four years after Gwillana kidnapped Lucy and took her to the tooth of Ragnar, four years that David has been presumed dead to all but Lucy and she wants the world to know him as the hero she saw him as. With Zanna being mother to David's strange child Alexa and Elizabeth being in love with Arthur Lucy is left feeling lost and seeks help from a journalist to prove David is alive, but problems occur and soon it seems
Shane Slagle
May 17, 2011 Shane Slagle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Fire Eternal is the fourth book of the clay dragon saga. After searching for a while Lucy found out what happened to David but you'll need to read the book to fund out what. Also don't you think it would be cool to have dragons fling around your house that you owned?

The fire Enternal is about manlily finding David. Also the clay dragon Gadzooks is evil. In this book there is a lot of adventuer. The fire eterernal or any of the Chirs D'Lacey clay dragrons books are for anyone who likes to re
Jun 02, 2010 Justin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Danny Williams
Jan 03, 2012 Danny Williams rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Last Dragon Chronicles: The Fire Eternal By: Chris D’Lacey

The Fire Eternal takes place in modern times, five years after the events of the third book in the series, Fire Star. Five years since the main character, David Rain, disappeared in the Arctic. Presently, David’s partner, Zanna, and their five-year old daughter, Alexa, are still living with Liz and Lucy Pennykettle in Scrubbley, Massachusetts. Their cat, Bonnington, is still being occupied by a creature only present in someone’s thou
Sean Nelson
When I first picked up this book, I was a bit weary. The first three books of the series by Chris D'Lacey were an interesting group of books, and were incredibly enticing. This book brings to life clay figures in a way that no author can match, and he does it well. I also appreciate that his whole book theme is original. I have read many books that I can match to another book in similarity, but this one is its own category. Now to pick apart the actual book. I thought it was good, but it defini ...more
Shannon McGee
May 23, 2008 Shannon McGee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Youngin' who like fantasy
Shelves: dragons
Loved to see the returning characters in one, Zanna, Lucy, Arthur and let’s not forget all the dragon characters. Very creative and imaginative story about dragons and where they come from. They even added some fairies in this time. I most loved about this book is the characters returning to them just felt natural and it did seem like there was more story to be told. I even got the feeling there could be another one in the works. I recommend this book any time a there is a kid asking for a good ...more
Jun 13, 2010 Eric rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
the last moments for david have been missing and liz and lucy are not happy because they miss him. he was a a boy who goes to college that lived at their place as an tenant. David also have a dauther called alexa. David is trying to save mankind by stopping the ice cap from melting. the polar bears are dieing but there are more and more dragons appearing. david is at the artic they're trying to stop the trouble there so gaia don't do something stupid. they manage to stop the real dragon not the ...more
Oct 09, 2013 Shawna rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I still can't believe I actually finished this book! To say it was bad would be an understatement and I can't believe that it is categorized as a young adult fantasy. I'm not sure how they could even follow it as the farther and farther you read it, it became more and more convoluted! This series is going nowhere at warp speed and I feel comfortable using that term since there is now an alien element that has no place what so ever to the story. The saddest part was that in book two this series w ...more
Nov 08, 2016 Oliver rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Fire Eternal follows the story of The Pennykettles Lucy and Liz, and their friends, David Rain, and Zanna Martindale, as they interact with a new race called The Fain. This race also has a subdivision called the Ix, who are trying to raise a new species of dragon, called a Darkling. These Darklings could tear the world apart if created, and we discover if the group can prevent this from happening.
I enjoyed this book, but found some areas, such as when the points of view switch in the middl
May 25, 2010 Addy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Terrible. Absolutely barf-worthy, if I may.

I can't remember all the things that are monumentally wrong with this book, as I'm already trying to block it out, but I'll list a few. First, a main character who has been killed off should NOT come back to life all of a sudden. And what's with Lucy spending her life being so hung up on bringing David back? The book was entertaining in parts but the best characters, the Pennykettle dragons, are almost completely cut out of the story. The author leaves
In this fourth installment of the Last Dragon Chronicles, it has been five years since David Rain's death in the arctic. His daughter, Alexa, is now five years old. When a reporter starts digging around for information on David, cosmic forces begin to stir and Alexa and all the other residents at Cresent Place are in the middle.[return]The story was solid and moved along fairly well. The plot has gotten more complex and it's been a while since I read the previous story so I couldn't remember som ...more
Jun 13, 2012 Xavier rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is heart taking and exciting. The way they tell the story is very heart taking. I belive the book is at a point where the story has taken its twist. Also this book is a little saddening. It brought tears to my eyes. The reason is because of when Zanna was crying about the main character David died and she had his bay girl named Alexis. It was saddening because David was died protecting the ones who he loved which is Liz,Zanna,Lucy,and all the dragons incluging his own,Gadzooks. I also ...more
Debbie Plante
Sep 11, 2008 Debbie Plante rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a really fun series about a lady who makes dragons and a guy learning to believe. Now, it's his daughter's turn to believe...

The only thing is that YOU NEED TO READ THEM IN ORDER! And, it helps to read them one right after the other. I read the first three but the fourth wasn't out yet. By the time the fourth one came out, I got to page 100 & was still completly lost!! I needed to re-read book three and then book four made sense.

It's a little tricky getting all the names down (all th
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He was born in Valetta, Malta, but as a child moved first to Leicester and then to Bolton. After gaining a degree in biology from the University of York, he returned to Leicester and got a job at the University of Leicester in their Pre-Clinical Sciences department.
Originally his writing was confined to songs and he didn't turn to fiction until he was 32. His first piece of work was a 250,000 word
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