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Dark Fire (The Last Dragon Chronicles #5)

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The dragons are rising...

Bestselling author David Rain was lost in the Arctic for five years. Now, his daughter, Alexa, has brought him back, but a lot more has returned to Earth with him. Dragons are back as well. And with them is a hidden trace of dark fire, the deadliest force in the universe. Life hangs in the balannce as David, Lucy, and the Pennykettle dragons must d
Paperback, 462 pages
Published 2009 by Orchard (NY)
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I'm not sure if I want to finish it or not. After the third book of this series, the plot sort of... fell. I was really upset after David, the main character, died, (hey, I'm not going to add spoilers because if you're reading this review you should have read the other books yourself first before reading this so it's your fault you're shocked. XP) but now he's back and it turns out that David wasn't even human- just a creation made by the fairies... freakish goblins or whatever they were and now ...more
Ellie Brillhart
Dec 02, 2012 Ellie Brillhart rated it really liked it
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Jun 22, 2010 Amalia added it
Shelves: 2013-challenge
I was eagerly awaiting this book. It was as compelling as the others in the series and had some of the lighter magical appeal of the first but there were some truly frightening scenes in there..

Don't want to give away the ending but it easily opens to a 6th book for this series. Very unsettling end.

I find the spiritual and physics elements of this series very intriguing. The way characters move through time rifts and space is enviable. Just imagine what we could accomplish if we didn't always ha
Ker Malkin
Nov 18, 2012 Ker Malkin rated it it was ok
So it had taken me a few days to finally fathom my thoughts about this one. And I've gotta say, this was another bad yet kinda good in some way episode.

The fifth installment of the Last Dragon Chronicles had just gotten a bit darker and actually contained a number of unfortunate demise. But I've only had those doleful moments rather transient 'cause I just wasn't getting it. Not only did it have a BUNCH of plot lines to follow (which you'll be lost wandering in case you had missed something), bu
Jul 21, 2012 Anna rated it liked it
Just realised I have in fact read this one aready, but re-read it anyway. I find the dragon names irrtating and I enjoyed this less on a re-read: too much direct speech and not enough narrative. It is a strange series - I becomes more YA as it goes along and some of the ideas and references are quite complicated or sophisticated.
I'm not alays convinced Chris D'Lacey know where his narrative was going to end when he started the series or that might be because I read the first few in the wrong ord
Dec 05, 2014 Preston rated it it was amazing
This book is a very good book. Action, because there is lots of fighting. Mystery, because there is lots secrets. Comody because of the way they are to each other. I read 6 of the books in this series. One of the best series I had read in a long time. Do you like any type of mystery, action, or comody? Then this is the book for you.
Aj Priebe-Carter
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Jan 21, 2016 Sam added it
In the 5th addition of Chris D’lacey’s series the Last Dragon Chronicles were back in the Pennykettle house. The Pennykettles are descendants of one of the last dragons that died on earth and have the ability or animate clay dragons with the creative energy of their ancestor. Elizabeth Pennykettle her husband Arthur, and her 16 year old daughter Lucy live with Zanna Martindale, the partner of their once tenant David rain, and their daughter Alexa.
Now with David, trained by the fain and dragons,
Dayna Smith
Feb 08, 2014 Dayna Smith rated it it was ok
Shelves: dragons, teen-series
The fifth book in the Last Dragon Chronicles. David Rain has returned and so have the dragons. Can David and his friends manage to free the dragons and defeat the Ix before the evil race manages to create a darkling? It's a race against time and the lives of everyone David loves, as well as the planet itself hangs in the balance. This book has much more action than the previous installments. The ending leaves you wondering if there will be a book six.
Adela Bezemer-Cleverley
Well. I am unsure what possessed me to give the fourth book four stars--I must have been in a really good and indulgent mood the day I finished it. I'm going to go and fix that as soon as I finish this. I'm pretty sure I gave the first three books more stars than they deserved too, but that can be put down to my high school naiveté when it came to quality writing.

I'm coming off harsh, aren't I? Perhaps it was reading this too soon after the fourth book that put me over the edge. I somehow manage
Feb 17, 2012 Isabel rated it it was ok
This is the only book in this series I have read recently, so it's the only one I have criticism of. I have come to not like d'Lacey's writing anymore. He adds too many types of animals and connections to the earth in each book, so it's hard to remember every animal in the later books. When I was reading the earlier books, they were so epic because I was a little kid. I never really understood why David did all the crazy things he did.
Jun 15, 2010 Kevin rated it it was amazing
It's a really good book so far! The only problem for me, was that it's been like a year since I finished reading "The Fire Eternal" so I got confused at times. Other than that, it's really cool how there's all these relationships between humans, dragons, and polar bears! I'm definitely going to read the whole series over again to make everything more clear. Amazing book, hope it's not the last!!
Phillip Summers
Sep 12, 2015 Phillip Summers rated it it was amazing
Dark Fire by Chris d' Lacey is a great 5th book in the series. The first main character is David Rain he is an illuminus and he communicates with dragons that are trying to save the world from the 9. The next main character is Zanna she is David Rains wife. Alexa is their child she is also able to communicate with the dragons and she is helping save the world. Lucy is the daughter of one of the greatest dragons to ever live. The 9 are trying to destroy the world but while they are emerging into ...more
David Goodman
so this is this 5th book in the series and as they go on they get better and better. I really liked this book it had a lot of action and stuff going on throughout the book. this was a long book but it was very action packed. it was about dragons of course but it had evil in it. all the other books had a bunch of little problems going on but in this one it had a main problem that got worse and worse. this big problem didn't have a easy ending that everyone will be ok and live with this is a major ...more
Jul 24, 2015 Reading4fun rated it liked it
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Jul 26, 2015 Brooke rated it really liked it
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Mar 13, 2013 Rhys rated it it was amazing
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Two days have passed since David last appeared to Zanna and Alexa in the park. Those two days have filled Zanna with a confusion and hatred. Where was he? How did he survive? Who is he? What she does not know, is that David has been entrusted with a mission; a mission that will decide the fate of the universe. He must destroy all traces of the dark fire. But the question is, how much is he willing to risk?

As with the prev
Ival Crisp
Nov 13, 2011 Ival Crisp rated it really liked it
The fifth installment of the Last Dragon Chronicles is assuredly the most action packed so far. There were quite a few events in this book left me excited, yet thoughtful. I find that Chris D'Lacey incorporates his rich stories with fantastical and sometimes mind-boggling ideas which give his overall writing style a unique twist. Indeed, Dark Fire is a perfect example of such.

Throughout the book, the plot of the series is obviously escalating, almost hinting at an extreme future climax. The exci
Jonathan Beckett
Sep 23, 2011 Jonathan Beckett rated it it was amazing
Alongside Fire Star this is the one of the best of the series. With the Ix slowly gaining more power and trying thier best to harvest dark fire for thier darklings the plot thickens. So many great things happen at this point in the series it's difficult to comprhend. As usual with most of the series the plot is complex but if you can follow it you are in for an excellent read. The Ix are quite devious villans. In Dark Fire you truly get to see thier ambition and power to achieve thier dark goals ...more
Mar 14, 2015 Byrus rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
I started reading these books when I was around 12. I read up to Fire Star and thought that was the end of the series, but when I revisited the books as an adult, it turned out I was wrong. I have mixed feelings about this series as a whole. It has interesting concepts and characters, but the plot gradually became more darker, convoluted and confusing as it went on. Cerebus Syndrome, in other words.

The Fire within was a fun, light-hearted book. I suppose my main gripe about it was that it focuse
Riya Sheth
Aug 18, 2012 Riya Sheth rated it really liked it
I really liked reading this book. I enjoyed reading this book because I really like reading fantasy, and this book is filled with just that. For example, all throughout the book there are clay dragons that come to life, and have a special ability. Also, because no matter how unrealistic the events in the book seem, the author has a way to make it all seem real. That happens to be something I love when reading fantasy books. For example on pages 17-19, when Lucy was writing her journal entry, the ...more
Christa Lane
Jan 31, 2014 Christa Lane rated it it was amazing
*Updated version*

So first of let me just say Sqweee! David came back so happy dance!


So now the gang is back and Gwilanna contains dark fire with Gwillan's fire tear. It is a powerful weapon that she plans to use to illuminate herself into a dragon. David and Zanna must both work together to stop Gwilanna from giving the Ix the dark fire or darklings will be made.

Like there are so many different things that happen within this that I couldn't wrap my head around it all until a little while after I
Nov 29, 2011 Michelle rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, dragons, magic, child
Dragons have returned to Earth. They are gathering their resources to fight and hopefully completely destroy the evil IX. David has been sent to recover the last remaining Dark Fire, the one source that could give the IX ultimate power. However, the Dark Fire is part of a beloved Pennykettle dragon. It will take all of their special skills to save the world and the dragons.[return][return]This is the fifth book in the Last Dragon Chronicles. I’m just not enjoying these later stories as much as t ...more
Oct 07, 2010 Karib rated it really liked it
I love the Last Dragon Chronicles series, but found the book to be rather confusing. Maybe it was all the subplots. I read the book twice before I actually understood it. Also, I feel like far too many characters were added, and not enough time was given to each for me to actually bond to them. After about two chapters, they were either never mentioned again, or killed off in some depressing way. To make things even more confusing, old characters from previous books have become somewhat bland an ...more
Timothy Lee
Jun 09, 2011 Timothy Lee rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mesmerized, reviewed
The Last Dragon Chronicles are based around a man, David Rain, who moves into a house owned by a strange pair, a mother and her daughter, who turn out to be associated with dragons and the legends that include them. As time goes by, David starts to play out a huge role concerning the future of the dragons and other such mystical creatures, discovering his own powers as well as the powers of his family to be truly crucial as to determining the fate of the dragons. "Dark Fire" has David on a missi ...more
Bercy Musonera
Dark fire is a book that only grabbed my intention even more than most series. Even though I had skipped the other books in the series, it still got hungry for more. David (considered dead) had came back only to realize that new/old force has raised, the dark fire. An evil than has been hidden in the world since existence. This book is great for readers who are somewhat sophisticated but still tied to childhood fantasies.
Jul 05, 2012 Brandon rated it it was amazing
This is by far my FAVORITE in the whole series. It's got every element a good dragon story needs: history, mythical creatures, Sybils, alien thought-forms from other dimensions (ooohh), and DRAGONS. I definitely would recommend this book to anyone who's in the need for a good quick read. It has the most death in it, and the most gruesome scenes found thought the series. David is my favorite book hero, and like most heroes, he has to suffer a little bit, by killing off his old girlfriend, Sophie ...more
Sic Transit Gloria
Mar 14, 2015 Sic Transit Gloria rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No one.
There was so much potential in the beginning, in the first book. We had lovable characters. We had a cute setting. We had fun clay dragons. Why did it have to become this? Amazingly unorganized and surprisingly dark, "Dark Fire" is a book I would not recommend to anyone. I'm not even going to read the last two books, even though I have them in my possession.
Jun 16, 2012 Dan rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s
I started reading this series when I was about 12 and 8 years later I decided to read the final few books. In Dark Fire David Rain finally returns to Wayward Crescent. As life there gets ever more complicated, Lucy Pennykettle goes to wake a dragon but with the Ix are always nearby ready to cause destruction.

Having David back in the original setting was great and there was a good focus on the characters between all the chaos that has and will happen. The world D'Lacey has created is quite diffi
Feb 13, 2015 Leslie rated it really liked it
Auuuggghhhhh!!! I do not know what to do with this series!! At least there isn't as much mumbo-jumbo as in the last two books... I was really preparing to give it a good review as I sped toward the end... Good action, great characters, high tension... Then the ending had me going "WHAT???" Seriously... What just happened? D'Lacey gets so wrapped up on leaving just the tiniest little shred of plot with which to start the next book that it seems like he has no idea how to properly END A BOOK. Ugh, ...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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Other Books in the Series

The Last Dragon Chronicles (7 books)
  • The Fire Within (The Last Dragon Chronicles, #1)
  • Icefire (The Last Dragon Chronicles, #2)
  • Fire Star (The Last Dragon Chronicles, #3)
  • The Fire Eternal (The Last Dragon Chronicles, #4)
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