The Last Dragon Chronicles (book 4, 5, and 6) by Chris d'Lacey
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Pages: 506, 567, 432 (respectively)
Release Date: September 2007 (UK); July 2009 (UK); January 6, 2011 (respectively)
Mr. Chris d'Lacey,
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.
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 upon these changes. But all living things may suffer if she does.
As the weather grows wilder and the ice caps melt, all eyes turn from the north to David's daughter, Alexa. She is the key to stopping Gaia...but can one girl save the world from the forces of evil, or will she disappear like her father?
The book opens with a short chapter about how the Earth, Gaia, is beginning to get restless, and then goes to explain Zanna's sadness about David being gone. She gives the invisible and shapeless dragon G'lant, which David gave to her at the end of Fire Star, to her daughter Alexa. Since David's apparent death, Zanna has been trying to get back on her feet. She bought a New Age shop called the Healing Touch and is living with the Pennykettles in David's old room.
Every year on Valentine's Day, the day that David died, Zanna writes a letter to David telling him all of the events that are going on in the house. While Zanna is at her shop one night, Lucy sneaks into her room, and steals the letter. When Lucy reads the letter, she feels the need to do something to tell the world that David is not dead. So she writes an E-mail to a man named Tam Farell, whose role is not yet revealed, telling him to go the Healing Touch and ask for Zanna. And so begins book four of the eternally long-winded and unnecessary confusing continuation of a series past its sell-by date.
I think I actually read the first few chapters of this one. I tried to like it, I really tried! But it felt like Mr. d'Lacey lost the treads of the story. This should have been another trilogy, not a continuation of Firestar. Seriously, David is a Fain? I tried, I really tried. But the idea got too big. There was something about Gaia and Ms. Pennykettle becoming pregnant and a reporter that might or might not have fallen in love with Lucy. I definitely stopped reading after chapter 2.
The best review that expressed my frustration about book 3 and 4 is here on Amazon.
Recommend: Not really
Book 5: Dark Fire
David Rain was lost in the Arctic and it was up to his daughter, Alexa, to bring him back. This one little girl had the power to save her father, but when she found him, she uncovered a lot more than just David: Dragons have finally returned to Earth as well. . . .
Everything I knew about this book I learned from Wikipedia. Alexa is an angel, David is not a real person, David should have been Liz's and Arthur's (the unknown lost-love that suddenly showed up in book 3) son, Sophie died, there are other daughters of Guinevere, e.t.c. I don't have much to say about it as I really didn't like what I glimpsed.
Rating: Not applicable
Recommend: Not really
Book 6: Fire World
After destroying a trace of dark fire, David, Zanna, and the Pennykettle dragons vanished. In a brand-new world, Co:per:nica, which runs parallel to that of Crescent Lane, firebirds roam the ancient librarium, a museum for books. But when 12-year-old David and Rosanna accidentally injure one of the firebirds, they are suddenly thrust into a remarkable adventure. The evil Ix have taken over one of the firebirds, turning it to the side of darkness, but the birds have a secret:They know about the existence of dragons. And from across the universe, one may come to their aid....
Everything I knew about this book I learned from Wikipedia. I probably would have semi-liked it if not for the fact that I could not stand the idea of book 3, 4 and 5. I will be reading the summary of book 7 on Wikipedia too.
This book is set in an alternate universe, very much like earth. This book basically retold the story in book 1-6 with some embellishment. What pisses me off the most is the use of semicolon in some words. Example: Cor:per:nica, Ix:risor. Re:movers, Micro:pen (at this point I'm crying) I get it, it's unique to the world but it gets so annoying. I am sure the words would have the same connotation with the colons removed.
Recommend: I might have if I had bothered to read it
The only reason I've even bothered to write an overview/review of this series is because it is 2012 and I borrowed book 1-6 from the library and got it all at the same time. As I pointed out before, I did not read book 4-6 because it seemed a waste of my time.
Used to be my cup 'a tea. Book 1 and 2 were good. Book 3 should be read as a conclusion of a trilogy. Book 4-6 can be skipped. Seriously, don't waste your money.
You would save time and money by skipping book 4-6 (possibly 7 the way it is going) and just goggling it or reading the chapter summary. But then again, you might actually like it.