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Icefire (The Last Dragon Chronicles #2)

3.89  ·  Rating Details  ·  17,651 Ratings  ·  529 Reviews
In this 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 very heart of the legend of dragons and the mysterious, ...more
Paperback, 426 pages
Published by Scholastic (first published October 1st 2003)
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Mar 31, 2011 Lori rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My 9 year old daughter brought this book home for me to read. She told the school Librarian that she was checking it out for me, and the Librarian let her check it out as her 3rd book (they are only allowed 2 books) since it was for me.

I loved this book! It was so well written. I loved the characters, even Aunty Gwyneth, who was soooo creepy. I loved the clay dragons, and wish that I could have a few of my own!! Who wouldn't want a wishing dragon, a listening dragon (you could really spy on peop
Ival Crisp
Oct 30, 2011 Ival Crisp rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 09, 2011 Anthony rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Lauren Wiseman
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
Mar 29, 2009 Lena rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Sarah AlObaid
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
Nov 19, 2008 Seanh2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 30, 2011 Everet rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mike Benliyan
Jan 24, 2011 Mike Benliyan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 17, 2015 Eliana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. . . .
Mr. Gottshalk
Oct 20, 2014 Mr. Gottshalk rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
Dayna Smith
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
Laura Cox
I liked this book. But it's one of those books that can't really decide which category to be in. The book itself is aimed to be a children's book (at least that's the section I found it in). But the story, while seemingly simplistic has so many mystical elements to it, that it really could have been expanded and developed into something much bigger. The plot is good. But it is over simplified. And this is why it only got three stars. If this had have been worked on and developed into a proper ad ...more
Marcellus L
Oct 09, 2014 Marcellus L rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Author:Chris D'Lacey

Ice Fire starts when a tenant moves in to the Penny Kettle house, a large 2 story house that is a nice tint of blue and is full of dragons. and when the dragons are alone with only people that share auma with the dragons they can come to life and be good or naughty and all dragons dragons have a purpose in being created.

The main character of Icefire is David Rain. A young man in high school who loves to joke around and is very positive. David is ve
Carrie Slager
Feb 14, 2014 Carrie Slager rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-borrowed
It’s rare that the second book in a series is better than the first, but this is one of those exceptions. Now that the story has been set up, Chris d’Lacey is able to focus more on his writing and characters. And this new ability to focus on the basics of the novel really makes Icefire an excellent read.

David is given a lot more depth than before and he also acts more like a college student than a kid in this book. We actually get to see him go to college and meet his mysterious professor, Dr. B
May 23, 2016 Gelly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book goes a lot more into the mythology of the dragons, they play a much bigger part than they did in the first one. I did find it kind of confusing to understand in the middle because everything is kind of happening at once and near the end there's this small like three line conversation between two characters about global warming that in my opinion came out of nowhere and was completely unnecessary.
Other than those two things, I liked it just fine the mythology is a bit difficult to unde
Sam Neil
Aug 26, 2014 Sam Neil rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like this book, D'Lacey's conversion from stories of snigger to polar bears in the art will greatly boost his ability to continue with the saga. As well as introducing possibly the main antagonist in upcoming books, Gwilanna. Dr. Bergstrom is a pretty fair addition to the storyline as well with helping to guide David, but I wish he spoke in less riddles. Even so I can see “The Fire Within” series continuing with several more books.
Now what I don’t like about what Chris D'Lacey's methods is th
Niranjan Joshi
Oct 05, 2014 Niranjan Joshi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 22, 2015 Abby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 30, 2015 Catherine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s
This is such an odd book series that there is no way to know what to expect which is what makes them fun. There is no way to guess what will happen next. I did not give it any more stars because I did not like the ending. I question how age appropriate it was in the "is the age group going to understand or care about what is going on here" sense not the "I can't believe my child just read this" sense. David, the main character, realizes why he has to be heroic, which he is, until the end where h ...more
Feb 28, 2014 Kenzo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book Icefire created by Chris d'Lacey was a pretty good book. Although the story started off really slow the book became more interesting while you get deeper into it. My favorite part in reading this was when David met the professor. This part made me intense because it was greatly suspenseful, David was talking to the professor about dragons. The professor's name was Dr. Bergstorm, the professor wanted to know a story of dragons from David. After that Dr. Bergstorm announced that he had a ...more
May 08, 2016 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My kids and I are enjoying this series and, for their ages, I'd normally have given this series 5 stars. My reason for giving it only 4 is because the storyline is geared towards about 8-12 year olds but there are several kisses and other parts where the male main character gets easily distracted by the women he's around. If you'd rather avoid references to that for the age child you're reading to then skip over those parts. If you let your child read it alone, just know those parts are present. ...more
Jordy O
Feb 20, 2015 Jordy O rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


Icefire is the second book in a series called The Last Dragon Chronicles. The author Chris D’Lacey writes a lot of good dragon books. The book is about a tenant who moved in with a girl named Liz and Lucy. The tenant and her mother make clay dragons. In the first book the dragons didn’t move. In the second book the dragons move which makes it much more interesting. I really liked how the dragons had their own language like hrr and furrf. Liz makes different kind of dragons like Davids
Oct 28, 2014 Aelvana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is the sequel to The Fire Within, and it triggers one of my deep-seated dislikes about some sequels: the main character took everything he learned in the previous book and decided he was just deluded. *snorts* After the first book spent all that effort convincing him it was REAL, now half the second book has to do the same thing! Bad move. Very bad move.

Once I got midway through the book and David got past that, the book improved considerably. I liked how polar bears were brought in and ho
Evan Myers
Nov 30, 2015 Evan Myers rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book Ice Fire by Chris D'Lacy was amazing! Best series ever! Unlike the book before The Fire Within, by Chris D'Lacy, Ice Fire definitely tied into the main idea of this amazing written book there were a few slow but not boring parts. There were sometimes where I had to think about what just happened on the slow parts otherwise
Zanna is a weird girl who knows a lot about dragons. David and zanna try to find out more about dragons. Then an odd lady who says she is their aunt is bad and tries
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
Laura Stanley
May 29, 2015 Laura Stanley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book follows up about a week or two from the end of The Fire Within, and picks it up, spikey is an extremely wonderful character, but id like to note that its NOT a rewrite of Snigger or Conker. And in this book a new character that is extremely important shows up, careful she dresses quite a lot darker than most good character but will not act like an evil spirit she could easily be mistaken for. Zanna is an intriguing character that no matter how much you want to hate her, you have to love ...more
Jan 26, 2016 VY rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Icefire is the second installment in Chris D'Lacey's series. It continues on about a tenant, David, living with the Pennykettles, who have a certain love for dragons. In the last book, he thought that maybe the dragons were "alive," and in this book, he finds out just how true that might be. Ever struggling to balance school, writing, and the fantastical world surrounding him, David embarks on a journey that takes him closer to the true nature of the world itself. Well-written in terms of choice ...more
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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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The Last Dragon Chronicles (7 books)
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