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The Fire Eternal

(The Last Dragon Chronicles #4)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  12,813 ratings  ·  363 reviews

A new magic is stirring beneath the surface of the Earth....

Five years have passed since David Rain, now a bestselling author, disappeared mysteriously in the Arctic. And slowly the ice is changing, bears are starving, dragons are rising, the souls of the Inuit dead are haunting the skies. The spirit Gaia, goddess of the Earth, is restless, aching to bring down her might

Hardcover, 432 pages
Published September 6th 2007 by Orchard Books
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Caitlín (Ink Mage)
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Mar 30, 2009 rated it it was ok
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 ...more
Apr 05, 2009 rated it did not like it
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 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
Lucy Cokes
"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
Jessica Yuettner
Jun 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 16, 2009 rated it liked it
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
Oct 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Angus Mcfarlane
Oct 14, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: childrens
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
Ker Malkin
Oct 16, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Sep 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Peter Milne
Jan 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Jul 05, 2012 rated it it was ok
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.
Jun 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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Kaida Ashia
Dec 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Christa Lane
Jul 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
*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
Shane Slagle
May 17, 2011 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
Mar 24, 2012 rated it it was ok
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 ...more
Mar 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was an excellent add to the series especially from where the story was left off from the previous book of Davids unfortunate death and left a happy and addicting place to come back to from the previous book. This book added much more character to all of the dragons which was an absolute amazing thing to bring into the series I love it when they show more character to the dragons. They also brought in more character to Davids daughter which showed time while his daughter grew up adding ...more
Jun 18, 2009 rated it it was ok
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 ...more
May 01, 2011 rated it did not like it
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!!!!!
Felicity  Wishes
Jul 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019, summer-2019
I didn't enjoy it as much as the last book, but still a solid read. Like last time, I had chunks of texts where my eyes just glazed over and I ended up skim-reading, and as I said in my updates, I found the polar bear chapters really boring.

The Fain and the Ix were very interesting and I like how we got more of them. The most intriguing part for me was probably the theme of David's mysterious past, which is something that has been hinted at from the beginning but is now becoming quite
Jun 29, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed it more than the first one.
Madasyn Booth
I loved this book because the main character David came back from the dead to save the world.
Kolden Baehman
May 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Personal Response:
This book was really good. The author is very good at describing the characters emotions. This author writes a lot of teen books that are very good.

Plot Summary:

The Pennykettles went 5 years without David. Zanna opened a shop, and it is called the Healing Touch. Zanna branded Tam with the mark of Oomara, and erased his memory, so he left Zanna alone. Lucy wanted to find out where David lived, so she teamed up with Tam to figure that out. Lucy ran after a squirrel, while
John :)
Jul 27, 2019 rated it did not like it
The first 2 or 3 books were really good but then it becomes a bit creepy like they become part of a cult I didn’t like this book very much but i would still recommend it to people who like creepy ...more
Mar 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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I have huge respect for the people reviewing this book who have managed to summarize the plot into a few paragraphs in their review because, honestly, I’m not entirely sure what I read here. I’m really not. I was originally recommended this series on the basis that it’s about a cute family, dragons, and the occasional squirrel friend. That’s exactly what the first book gave me, so I was eager to keep reading. The second book was a bit stranger than I had anticipated. The third one was even more ...more
Danny Williams
Jan 03, 2012 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
Sean Nelson
Mar 31, 2012 rated it liked it
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 ...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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