Publisher: Scholastic Press
Pages: 340, 421, 548 (respectively)
Release Date: May 1, 2001; October 1, 2003; September 7, 2005 (respectively)
I am conflicted about you. Book 1-2 were brilliant while book 3 was readable but why did you decide to give us the complete mushroom laced trip that was book 4, 5 and 6? Granted I might have liked book 6 if I had bothered to read it but that does not excuse your ineffective story telling. I know you spent about 14 years on book 1 and I wished you had spent the same amount of time on the rest of the books.
When David moves in with Elizabeth "Liz" Pennykettle (a potter) and her daughter Lucy, he realizes that there is something mysterious about the duo and the clay dragons they make. David decides to find out. In the mean time, he is roped into helping Lucy find Conker, a missing squirrel whom did not leave after the tree he lived in was cut down. While investigating, David soon finds himself drawn to an attractive wildlife rescuer, Sophie.
While he tries to unravel the dragon mysteries and save the squirrel, David writes a story for Lucy about Snigger (another squirrel), Conker and Lucy's other squirrel friends. However, the story begins to mirror real life. Could this have something to do with David's personalized dragon, Gadzooks, given to him by Liz? When Conker's life is threatened and Gadzooks appears to be in trouble, David is forced to believe the impossible and unlock the powers of the fire within.
I loved this book. It is actually my favorite of the whole series. I love the story within a story. I love the characters. I love the plot and I most certainly love the dragons. I love Bonnington the cat. Heck, I love the squirrels. The gentle, slow-paced narrative helped move the story along. The ending made me cry and smile at the same time. I will always remember my time with this book fondly. I should have stopped reading here.
Rating: Definitely my cup'a tea. 5/5
Fate seems to be dictating an unusual course for David when his university tutor, Dr. Bergstrom, sends him a writing project on the existence - or not - of dragons. The tantalizing prize is a fully funded research trip to the Arctic, which seems just within his grasp. David starts to research the subject and soon discovers a connection between dragons and the Arctic. Then, evidence begins to mount that somewhere in the neighborhood is a polar bear. Beginning to wonder whether it is only a coincidence or could deeper forces be at work, David begins to uncover more about the dragons. He finds himself drawn to a time when dragons really did exist, and their secrets were guarded by the polar bears of the Arctic. David must open his mind to the legend of dragons if he is going to have any chance of winning the research trip.
Meanwhile, an evil foe from Lucy and Liz's distant past appears with an evil plot, and the secret of the dragons is revealed. If she is to be defeated, David must discover the link between an ancient legend about the fire tear of the last dragon and the frozen north. And the keys to solving the puzzle are his new girlfriend, Zanna, and Dr. Bergstrom, whom proves to have more mysteries than meets the eye. As David begins to dig deeper into the past, he finds himself drawn down a path from which there is no going back . . . to the very heart of the legend of dragons, and the mysterious, ancient secret of the icefire. . .
I really didn't love this book as much as the first but I still liked it well enough. I hated the fact that David started two-timing the nice girl, Sophie, from book one. I couldn't overlook this fact because I actually like Zanna, the new girl. I did not like the fact that Zanna kept trying to date David when she knew he had a girlfriend, who was hundreds of miles away. The situation was eventually resolved. Gwilanna, a witch-villain, is a welcomed addition to the story. I liked the fact that even though she's the villain, the Pennykettles still needed her. I really should have stopped reading this series at this part.
In this thrilling final installment of Chris d'Lacey's popular trilogy, David Rain is faced with a perilous task. The evil sibyl Gwilanna is back, this time determined to resurrect the dragon Gawain on the ice cap of the Tooth of Ragnar and use him to open a portal to the dragon dimension Ki:mera. If she succeeds, the concentrated fire of all those dragons will be released onto an unstable Arctic, already threatened by global warming. The wishing dragon, G'reth, is whisked to another dimension by mysterious forces and brought back with a entity that calls itself the Fain.
Meanwhile, David and Zanna are on the trip they won to the Arctic, and David is writing another book, an epic about dragons, polar bears and a mysterious fire star. But when the book starts to mirror real life, and when Zanna is kidnapped and presumably killed by polar bears, the expedition is cut short. Back at home, he arrives to find Lucy has been kidnapped by Gwilanna for a ritual to raise the dragon Gawain. Zanna is proved to be alive and learning the ways of the Inuit in a small village. Then, Gwillana's plans are revealed by a twist of fate that reunites Liz with her former husband Arthur, who is using a powerful relic of Gawain to affect the flow of time. In the dramatic climax, David, Zanna, Arthur, the Pennykettles and the clay dragons have to side with a polar bear army to stop Gwilanna, as well as a darker evil from the past of Ki:mera and Earth. There is however, a final twist.
Wait...did I read that right? This was suppose to be the final book? So the extension that was book 4, 5, 6, and soon 7 was intentionally written to make money? It all makes sense now. This book is neither thrilling nor final.
Half-way through this book was where Mr. d'Lacey started to lose me. I love the beginning. What with the Polar bears and everything. About midway in, the author got too environmentalist for me. I felt like I was reading a report on global warming rather than a story about dragons. Every character started to sprout the same thing, giving the reader a brief report about the environment. I mean, it was impossible to distinguish the characters from one another. Each one just picked up where the last one stopped. I love the environment but please give.It.A.Rest. If it had been just one character, I would understand, but it was every character.
This book is not well organized and it feels like it's getting out of control. Suddenly Ms. Pennykettle has this love life that was never hinted about. The lost-love is now a monk, e.t.c., I could go on but my thought can be summed up like this:
"We've got extra dimensions, alien species, time manipulation, questions on cause and effect, characters vanishing left and right, zombie monks, didactic environmentalism (and I speak as someone who agrees with the general premise), characters and animals being possessed then unpossessed then [re]possessed, plots within plots within plots, long-running complex set-ups, quantum physics, dark matter/dark energy, etc. That's not even getting into the dragon mythology/history which gets layered upon again and again. It doesn't feel particularly well thought out; in fact, it feels a bit of a mess and a bit like a stage set where it all looks good if you look at the front but take a closer look inside or behind and there isn't much there. It's exhausting to keep up." -- B. Capossere, AMAZON.com
David died in this book. I found out on Wikipedia after reading the beginning of Book 4 and was like "what happened to David?" The fact that I missed the ending showed you just how uninterested I had become. This book is at best strained and at worse a jumble mesh of confusion.
Seriously, how many times must "commingle" be used? That word has officially pissed me off. Example: "May I commingle with you?" "We should commingle." "Let us commingle." No, thank you. I do not want to "co" anything with you. I get it. You want the characters to "blend thoroughly into a harmonious whole" but there surely must be another word for that and you don't have to use commingle in every book in every chapter.
Rating: 2.7-3/5; Simply because the first half was good.
Recommended? If you must.