Part of the The Last Dragon Chronicles series
Life isn't exactly normal lodging at the Pennykettles - not when you're surrounded by hundreds of clay pottery dragons.
Fate seems to be dictating an unusual course for David when his university tutor sets him a writing project on the existence - or not - of dragons.
The tantalizing prize - a fully-funded research trip to the Arctic - seems just within his grasp.
David starts to research the subject and soon discovers a connection between dragons and the Arctic just as it begins to snow.
Is it only a coincidence? Or could deeper forces be at work? As David starts to uncover more about the dragons, he finds himself drawn down a path from which there is no going back to a time when dragons really did exist, and their secrets were guarded by the polar bears of the Arctic.
If David is going to have any chance of winning the research trip, he has to open his mind to the legend of dragons and the mysterious secret of Icefire.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 352 pages, colour illustrations
- Publisher: Hachette Children's Group
- Publication Date: 16/09/2004
- Category: General
- ISBN: 9781843621348
Showing 1 - 2 of 2 reviews.
Review by woosang
Book 2 of this Children's Series, this book focus's on the dragons themselves and the people who share their lives with them. David makes a wish to know the secret of the Dragon's tear and this sets off a string of events that sees the return of Gwilanna from history. She tries to force the secret of the tear and create a full dragon but she is twarted by the teamwork of David, Lucy and a Polar Bear. Much better than the first book.
Review by elliepotten
This is the second book in d'Laceys 'Last Dragon Chronicles' - though it evidently works well enough in its own right, since I got all the way to the end before it even occurred to me that there might have been another book before this one! Although the simplistic cover and larger-than-normal font scream 'children's story', don't be fooled: this is actually a pretty complex little novel and its hero is a college student rather than a schoolboy. Age 13 and upwards would be about right, I think.Anyway, on to the book itself. David Rain is an aspiring writer who lives with his landlady Liz Pennykettle and her daughter Lucy in a house full of dragons. Not 'real' ones, mind - Liz models them from clay and has hundreds of them in her studio, fondly known as the 'Dragon's Den'. It's only when odd things start to happen that David begins to wonder. Is he really 'imagining' his writing dragon Gadzooks noting helpful hints on his paper pad? Could Liz’s listening and guard dragons really be living up to their names? It quickly transpires that not only are the clay dragons really living and moving, but something much bigger and more dangerous is afoot. Yanked headfirst into a world of dragons and fire, polar bears and ice kingdoms, seers and destinies, David and his new friend Zanna must work with Liz and Lucy to save the day and protect everything they hold dear...On occasion the complicated storyline, with its weaving legends and histories and magic, seemed to leap away from me for a moment, and I had to stop and focus to draw the threads back together. In hindsight, one or two of those little leaps could have been more to do with my missing the first book than with the writing itself! D'Lacey has created a fascinating world, intertwining the familiar with the novel, the historical with the modern – fire with ice. I must say that the human characters were eclipsed for me by the wonderful clay dragons, at once comically anthropomorphic and achingly cute, and by Bonnington, the Pennykettles' feisty thief of a cat. I couldn't help but smile at their capers and definitely felt myself welling up once or twice at the more moving moments!All in all, for me the overall story and characters won out over the occasional moments of confusing mythology and minor plot hops, and the sporadic bouts of less-than-stellar writing. I was well and truly absorbed in David's quest for the truth about the death of Gawain, the last living dragon, and what happened to his fire tear – his life spark, as it were - when he was gone. The chapters were snappy and ended on mini-cliffhangers, and the whole book finished on a slightly ominous note that made me want to read on. Time to buy the rest of the series, methinks - including that skipped first book!