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Icefire (The Last Dragon Chronicles #2)

3.9  ·  Rating Details ·  19,193 Ratings  ·  557 Reviews
Secrets will be revealed when fire and ice collide...

In the exciting sequel to The Fire Within, David must uncover the truth behind the mysterious clay dragons. David's quest is to discover the link between the fire of the last known dragon on Earth and the icy regions of the Arctic. It's a journey that will change his life forever, a journey that will bring him to the ver
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Paperback, 421 pages
Published October 3rd 2006 by Scholastic Inc. (first published October 1st 2003)
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Ival Crisp
Oct 30, 2011 Ival Crisp rated it really liked it
The stunning ingenuity of Chris D'Lacy expresses itself once again in the second installment of the Last Dragon Chronicles. In this continuation of the plot, David finally discovers the secrets of the Pennykettle Dragons, along with the uncovering of a link between polar bears and and dragons of ancient times. Icefire is indeed a step up on the maturity level compared to The Fire Within, yet the childish innocence of the first book manages to carry over as well.

One aspect of the book that reall
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Anthony
Jun 09, 2011 Anthony rated it it was ok
Shelves: 11th-grade-q-4
This book is an okay book. That is my hook. This book is not a very good one, because it is very boring, and can lead to spontaneous sleeping spells. Chris D'Lacy wrote this series of dragon books, without the dragons. There are dragons, just not as a person would think a dragon is.
This book is about a man named David living in a house with his landlord and her daughter. The landlord creates clay dragons that David soon realizes come to life, and have a purpose. David goes to find the origin of
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Chris
May 10, 2012 Chris rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Rating: 2.5/10

...This is just plain bad. It fixes everything that was wrong with the first book, and then proceeds to boil it in a spiritual, cosmic tale that is much too confusing and poorly executed to be put in a children's book.

Let me put it this way: I read novels about time-travel, alternate realities, and spiritual matters, and NONE of them are anywhere near as confusing as this book. It is simply an underdeveloped plot, and it doesn't help that the writing is fairly poor as well.

Also, t
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Lauren Wiseman
Jul 26, 2012 Lauren Wiseman rated it really liked it
Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars

Icefire was definitely a step up from The Fire Within. Going from squirrels to polar bears was a smart move on d'Lacey's part.

Zanna started out being my least, least favorite character. I could not freaking stand her. But then she lost what made her aggravating and she became worlds better and I now support her relationship with David.
Lucy has a Luna-on-caffeine angle to her, which I just now realized. While she's not my favorite character, I still think she improved in
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Seanh2012
Nov 19, 2008 Seanh2012 rated it really liked it
The sequal to the first book, "The Fire Within", "Ice Fire" can only be described as a great improvement. I liked all the same things but i think what is best in this book was the suspence, the new characters and the conflicts. Those are the things i didnt realy find in the first book.
The first thing i like is the suspence in the story. The first story was realy setup for the next ones and in the firt book the suspence and climax doesnt come until the end and Ice Fire keeps the suspence going
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Mike Benliyan
Jan 24, 2011 Mike Benliyan rated it it was amazing
I think Icefire by Chris d'Lacey is one of the best books I have ever read. The book always had you thinking about how each piece of information effects the present and the future. In the book the main character, David, went through battles, polar bears, and special dragon magic. In the last book David thought that the clay dragons were inanimate objects but now he finally realized that they were more than that. He discovered that each dragon was half alive: meaning that each dragon had their o ...more
Everet
Nov 30, 2011 Everet rated it it was amazing
Icefire, by Chris d'Lacey, is about David trying to find the fire tear of Gawain, the dragon. The story begins with David talking to Dr. Bergstrom who is the polar bear, Loral. David, with the tooth of Rengar, tries to find Gawain's tear before Gwilliana, the Sybel, steals it to make a new, real dragon. With the help of Greth, the wishing dragon, Grace, the listening dragon, Grettel, the potions dragon, and Gadzooks, the writing dragon, David sets out to the arctic to the Island of the Tooth of ...more
Siobhan
In all honesty, these are books that are fun at the time of reading them but as you get older they quickly lose their allure.

I’ve always enjoyed dragons books and because of that I think it took me longer to realise it is a rather repetitive read. Not that such a thing really matters all that much with children’s books, so long as the child is engaged with the story, but as I worked my way through the series they seemed to lose their fun somewhat because of this.

By the time I reached the fourth
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Lena
Mar 29, 2009 Lena rated it it was amazing
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Dayna Smith
Aug 27, 2016 Dayna Smith rated it it was ok
Shelves: dragons, teen-series
In this sequel to The Fire Within, David must uncover the secret of the clay dragons to save Liz and Lucy from the evil clutches of the sibyl Gwilanna. He must discover the link between the Arctic polar bears and the fire of the last dragon Gawain. He must also deal with two girlfriends, a strange visiting college professor, a white hedgehog, a pushy publisher, and Mr. Bacon next door. An enticing sequel, sure to make you want to read more of this series. It's a very fun read even with the globa ...more
Mr. Gottshalk
Oct 20, 2014 Mr. Gottshalk rated it really liked it
I thought the characters in this book were more interesting than "The Fire Within". The aunt is not who I thought she would be! I really liked hearing about Professor Bergstrom and Zanna, who turned to be... David's girlfriend! She cleaned her act up after acting like a Goth.
Barbara
Feb 15, 2008 Barbara rated it liked it
2nd book of 3. Started reading because it was given to Wyatt. Cute book about a lady how makes clay dragons and they become real and a student that comes to live with her and learn about the dragons and the history behind them
Rio Benassa
Jul 12, 2016 Rio Benassa rated it liked it
I liked the book because their was dragons in the book and they were made out clay. It also had facts about medieval times. It also talked about ancient polar bears.
Eliana
Mar 17, 2015 Eliana rated it liked it
While I enjoyed the first book things began to take a turn in this one. Just not as intriguing I guess. I stopped reading the series on this book! Bummer. . . .
Hanna
Oct 12, 2008 Hanna rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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Claire
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This book fixes virtually every problem that the first book had. The squirrels have been replaced by kick-ass polar bears, the dragons have a much stronger presence and larger role in the goings-on, the characters are becoming much more developed, Scholastic's awkward cover-up of the UK setting is barely noticeable, the stakes are much higher, and most importantly, the dragon lore and world-building is getting even deeper.

I would almost say that most readers would be better off just
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Bonnie Wilson
Oct 21, 2016 Bonnie Wilson rated it did not like it
This was a "found" book - I like YA myself and am always looking for something to temp my grand-daughter. I like dragons and bears so had hopes of enjoying it.

Unfortunately, the story and characters seem a total muddle - and totally unbelievable to me. The author can't seem to make up his mind whether he is writing a cute "ceramic dragons come to life" tale for younger readers, or a more serious fantasy for teens.
Jennifer Hoang
Oct 23, 2016 Jennifer Hoang rated it really liked it
this was a Great!!! book!!!
Jackson
Nov 03, 2016 Jackson rated it it was amazing
was a very good book that had followed the fire within.
Jeffrey F
Sep 28, 2016 Jeffrey F rated it it was amazing
September,Icefire,Chris d'Lacey

Icefire is a magic seeking adventure full of story and excitement. For example David and his new friend Suzanna unlock the true story of dragons and Lucy's mysterious "grandmother" who they have been told "Is not who she seems."Though as they seek the truth new problems arise to make them struggle. As well as his magic side rises, his real normal life kicks in. Another battle rages on as David a story writer is back trying to publish his new book "Snigger", and L
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Oliver Owen
Sep 26, 2016 Oliver Owen rated it really liked it
Icefire is written by Chris D’Lacey, and is told from the point of view of David Rain, an aspiring author and tenant at the Pennykettle household. In this edition to D’Lacey’s series, David makes a wish upon a wishing dragon, and this wish shapes the rest of the story. It also brings a visitor to The Pennykettle home, who has a great effect on the beings within it. David also meets a new character, Dr. Bergstrom, who offers him a trip to Antarctica.
I thought this story was very interesting, but
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Niranjan Joshi
Oct 05, 2014 Niranjan Joshi rated it really liked it
Icefire, by Chris d'Lacey, is a 426 page long children's fantasy novel. The book is about a boy named David. He is renting a room from Elizabeth Pennykettle, her daughter Lucy, and their mysterious clay dragons. In the epic second installment of the Last Dragon Chronicles, David must find the link between the dragons and the Arctic, and the secret of the icefire.
I personally loved Icefire. It was an extremely captivating book. The author’s fast paced writing style kept me turning the pages. F
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Katelynn Spencer
Dec 15, 2013 Katelynn Spencer rated it really liked it
After finding his own “fire within” David Rain continued to live with the Pennykettles in their house full of clay dragons. He signed with a publisher for his “Snigger and the Nutbeast” story, he attended college regularly and got himself a girlfriend. So everything seemed on the upside for David, until a mysterious older woman moved in with Liz and Lucy and announced herself to be “Aunty Gwyneth”. Knowing how suspicious the lady was, David decided to investigate. The older woman was indeed a fa ...more
Sarah AlObaid
Apr 14, 2016 Sarah AlObaid rated it liked it
Shelves: on-my-bookshelf
Although i gave both of them the same rating, i thought that this one was generally better in terms of the plot, although i did have different problems with this one.
This book is very FUN. We got to actually see the dragons come to life, interact with the main characters, we had a villain and a backstory; it was definitely an improvement from the first book where the entire plot revolved around a squirrel. Speaking of squirrels, this book also featured hedgehogs and bears which got very confusi
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Debra Meyer
Sep 23, 2016 Debra Meyer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked the book, it wasn't as good as the first one but it was still really good. It's got a lot of " I didn't see that coming" places in it so that is bonus points IMHO.
Steven R. McEvoy
Jul 26, 2016 Steven R. McEvoy rated it it was amazing
In under a year I have read 10 books by Chris d'Lacey. With each book that I read I am more impressed with his skill and style. Even though my children are a little young for The Last Dragon Chronicles I am really looking forward to reading these with them when they are a little older. I had these books sitting on my shelf for a number of years, but each book was larger than the previous and the series was getting longer, so I never got around to starting them. It really was my loss, because sin ...more
Majuchan
Dec 17, 2012 Majuchan rated it liked it
100% dragons this time
Light read


PLOT: It continues the (mis)adventure of a Geo college student David Rain with the Pennykettle's (yes, including the dragons), with the additions of not-so-adorable characters and of course a lovable characters that aided David in the story to unlock the secret of the fire tear.

Reading this book made me think that the first book is only a very long prologue. I enjoy reading this book, I even find myself practicing how to pronounce G'reth's name (Gu-reth). Hahaha!

T
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Simon P
Oct 02, 2016 Simon P rated it liked it
Shelves: grade-7-shelf
i think the book was Okay because it was a good history but i didn't like that he keep talking about the book but i liked about that he wrote a lot of detail and a lot of history in the book and i think that i liked this series because of how good the author made it and how much detail he put in every book of his :D
Shana
Jun 30, 2016 Shana rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s
This sequel truly beats the odds of sequels and is even better than The Fire Within. Icefire was a quick moving story that never quit with the intensity of the story or the interesting plot devices never wavered. I really enjoyed how we first finally got a fuller look at the dragons. Each dragon that played a part was so unique and full of depth that you could truly visualize these dragons. D'Lacey has done a wonderful job of bringing the dragons to life. I enjoyed the introduction of the bears ...more
Claire
Sep 17, 2016 Claire rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed the 2nd book.
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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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Other Books in the Series

The Last Dragon Chronicles (7 books)
  • The Fire Within (The Last Dragon Chronicles, #1)
  • Fire Star (The Last Dragon Chronicles, #3)
  • The Fire Eternal (The Last Dragon Chronicles, #4)
  • Dark Fire (The Last Dragon Chronicles, #5)
  • Fire World (The Last Dragon Chronicles, #6)
  • The Fire Ascending (The Last Dragon Chronicles, #7)

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