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With the Earth on the brink of recolonisation by dragons, David Rain is sent on an important mission: to seek out and destroy a trace of dark fire, the deadliest force in the universe. But with success could come a terrible price, the sacrifice of a beloved clay dragon. How much does the life of one small dragon count, when the alternative is the birth of a darkling...?...

Title : Dark Fire
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ISBN : 10814991
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Number of Pages : 578 Pages
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Dark Fire Reviews

  • Annie/Soul
    2019-04-21 15:20

    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, suddenly, his personality and whole well... David-ness has completely shattered. He's too wise and emotionless now, and I had really fallen in love with the sweet, innocent young David. This made me really unhappy. Yes, I had wanted David to come back, but this was too much! Good God, if you're thinking of doing something so drastic, keep him dead! I would have been unhappy, but not angry. Another thing that made me quit reading the series was that there was too much complicated crap stuffed the pages. Nice science fiction; I understand that the reader was trying to make it sound a little realistic, but sometimes the description of this magic crap went on for pages. I eventually started skipping chapters, just wanting to get back to the actual plot. Nevertheless, it was some nice writing, and I find myself picking up one of the first three books every now and then just to read a bit.

  • Ellie Brillhart
    2019-04-03 18:15

    Dark Fire is a magical book about dragons. It is the 5th book in Last Dragon Chronicles series. I could not put it down! I give it four stars because makes you think differently about dragons but leaves you wanting more. This is probably my favorite in the series but I haven’t read the rest yet so I’ll have to find out! The book starts out with the main character coming back. In the second book the auma of the last dragon gets pumped into him. So now he is part dragon. He is trying to defeat this dark matter called the ix. His daughter becomes a magical creature that I wont tell you what. It seemed every time they fix a problem a new one would start so you couldn’t put it down. You have to read the others before for this one to make sense. It is wonderful so read Dark Fire today!

  • Ker Malkin
    2019-04-17 16:18

    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), but the intensity of those subplots had escalated quite quickly which left me turn the pages forthwith and contemplating about what had just happened and what'd happen next. I think that's a good thing, really. LOL. Props to the author for making that happen. But anyway, it had certainly taken the previous book up a notch albeit it's not quite there yet where I'm so WOW-ed up to my core. But I'm hoping it'll get better and better for the end of the series is finally approaching. Also, I'd like to mention this one moment in the book where David Rain (oops) was thinking back to the time when he was just a normal guy who applied as a tenant in the Pennykettle household, and then kinda got involved with the history of dragons which apparently is of great importance. He was like saying goodbye to the world or something. It was a bit melodramatic but I liked it, anyway. LOL.I've actually started reading Fire World, the next book in the series; and I'm liking it so far. I hope it just gets better eventually. No more confusing subplots though I know d'Lacey's writing-style can be really confusing at times. But I've somehow learned to forgive him for that. Ha-ha. Just don't kill my precious clay dragons. I love 'em.

  • Amalia
    2019-03-30 14:13

    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 have to factor in travel time? Altough, as a literature student many, many moons ago, I always used the travel time to catch up on my reading and now, as a mother of five, I use it to do some quiet thinking, and often some one-on-one bonding. I guess I do value my travel time after all:)The mysteries around the Pennykettles continue to unfold. While some important questions are answered, many more are presented for us to puzzle over. Lucy goes on yet another adventure where her red hair is the key and the question of who to trust is as urgent as ever.

  • Anna
    2019-04-03 14:05

    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 order and got confused, but essentially the world as we know it is ending and will be restructured with dragons (constructs from another world) re-emerging to engage in a universal war of good (represented by the Fain) and evil (embodied through the Ix)focussed around eatth and the human race.It ends with the beginning of the final battle/cliff hanger leading to the last book.Confusing at times.

  • Dayna Smith
    2019-04-21 17:20

    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.

  • Isabel
    2019-03-22 17:13

    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.

  • Preston
    2019-04-14 14:05

    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.

  • Kevin
    2019-04-11 15:16

    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!!

  • Sarah
    2019-04-16 14:05

    MY FAVORITE BOOK OUT OF THE SERIES. All of the details you know comes together but leaves you wanting more in the next book. It shows you the deep and scary things that are behind David's world. Really intense, and is definitely a book for those people like I who LOVE action!

  • Adela Bezemer-Cleverley
    2019-04-20 15:06

    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 managed to tolerate The Fire Eternal, reminding myself that it is junior fiction and had I read it when I was ten I'm sure I'd have loved it.Now, though? The poor writing quality that grated my nerves once in a while in the first few books actually began to physically pain me by the end of this one. I think it's because I want so badly for the books to be so good, because of the one good thing about them--the little clay dragons. They had so much potential.I've always recognized that Chris D'Lacey can't write realistic dialogue, so that came as no surprise. The incredible thing is how incredibly ignorant he is of the true complexities of human beings--like his characters are incredibly flat. Especially the women (other than perhaps Liz, but we hardly get to see her in action in this).I'll start with Lucy, as she was the character who most ruined The Fire Eternal and Dark Fire for me. Let's just say there are very few middle-aged male writers who can write a well-rounded, authentic and believable teenaged girl, and Chris D'Lacey is most definitely not one of them. At first I was just like, oh, he's forgotten that this is five years later and he's writing her the same way he wrote her when she was eleven (which even then her voice and behaviour were far too young for her age). But then, no, teenage Lucy is literally the most stereotypical of stereotypical wishy washy sixteen year old girl characters and it was actually exhausting to plod through her ridiculousness. If you don't understand what I mean by that, let's see: She constantly described as having her earbuds in, she complains about literally everything (like seriously you're a freaking beautiful magical girl surrounded by dragons and people who love you SHUT UP ABOUT HOW LONG THE FREAKING ROAD TRIP TO THE FREAKING MAGICAL HILL IS TAKING), she's constantly saying she's bored (how can you possibly be bored with all of this overcrazed drama happening around you), she literally does nothing useful ever except by accident, her text talk is EXACTLY what all middle-aged people seem to think teens' text talk is like, and so on and so forth... And all of her dialogue sounds like its being spoken by a five year old.The other female character who began to bug me a lot in this book was Zanna. I realized part way into Dark Fire that Zanna is pretty much the only character whose clothing is described, and it's described often and in a way that has absolutely no relevance to the plot. Literally just a reminder of how beautiful she is, if you forgot the last five hundred times her beauty was described. It's really irritating how beautiful every character in these books is, like come on Mr. D'Lacey, have some imagination.Speaking of imagination, can we talk about the plot? Like what is even happening in these books any more? I feel like he wrote the first book without really having the others planned out and then literally made them up as he went along. That's what it feels like when you're reading them. The introduction of the Fain way back when and the Ix in the last book was all just so random and unnecessary... and now there are far too many non-human characters who were supposed to be human but are just weird mixes of different things (case and point: Alexa, David, Lucy, Joseph Henry-Gwillan, Tam). The story is put together in a very haphazard and sloppy way and I don't know if I can handle it for another book... or two... how many are there?This book also got surprisingly graphic--especially for a children's book--and completely unnecessarily so. I have no idea what he was thinking talking about people's innards spilling out when impaled and so forth... he got a little carried away, I'd say.Ultimately, the thing that made me love the first book is no longer enough to make me force myself through any more of this drudgery. It's what I mentioned before as being the only good thing about these books: the Pennykettle dragons. They are the only aspect of the books that are completely flawless. They are all adorable and I love their voices and personalities and how they each have a different function and their concern for their people and each other is just beautiful and I want them. But the books are barely even about them any more, so... goodbye.Yeah, you can argue that it's Children's Literature and therefore doesn't have to be on par with the Greats, but come on. You know there is a lot of really excellent junior fiction out there (Jerry Spinelli, L. Frank Baum, Frances Hodgson Burnett, E. Nesbit, Patricia C. Wrede, Philippa Pearce, Gregory Hughes, Neil Gaiman, Kit Pearson, Roald Dahl, freaking Jo Rowling, Angie Sage, Lisa Graff, Blue Balliett, Rick Riordan, Anne Ursu, Cornelia Funke, E. B. White, Kenneth Grahame, Lauren Oliver, and so on and so on and so on), brilliantly written, exceedingly creative and full, so I'm done with putting up with this sort of twaddle. It will not be included on my future classroom's bookshelves.I don't think I've torn up a book this much in a review since the legendary critique of The Prince of Neither Here Nor There in 2012. To be fair to Chris D'Lacey, he's not quite down at that level (hence the two stars instead of one). It's that soft spot I have for the clay dragons. Makes me feel very conflicted.You, of course, are free to have your own opinions on the matter. I wouldn't have an issue with my children reading this if they chose... they can discover its many flaws as they grow older just as I did.

  • Anvi
    2019-04-08 22:21

    in the 5th addition of 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.Elizabeth penny kettle her husband Arthur and her 16 year old daughter Lucy live with Zanna the partner of their once tenant David Rain and their daughter Alexa. I am exited to read the 6th book.

  • Sarah Thomas
    2019-04-10 19:24

    I loved the first 3 books in this series, but the overly convoluted plot has slightly ruined it for me sadly. Also, I've heard that this is the last book but absolutely nothing was resolved which was disappointing...

  • Wyatt
    2019-04-15 20:04

    This book was really good, by really good I mean that it keeps you on the edge of your seat at the end of every chapter and makes you want to check out the next book in the series.

  • Ghita
    2019-03-24 15:13

    its kind of violent but its great

  • Laura
    2019-04-15 14:17

    My favourite of the whole saga!!!

  • Megan
    2019-04-03 19:05

    From memory, this is the last book I got up to in the series...

  • Nicholas Bobbitt
    2019-04-07 19:31

    Chris d'Lacey, I used to like your books. I don't know why I don't anymore.

  • Isaac Bogdanovic
    2019-04-20 22:25

    I want to read this book so badly that this is so impotent.

  • Jacob Luyjtes
    2019-03-30 21:28

    it was a great book in the series of books and it has it's intense moments.

  • Jadine
    2019-04-15 20:05

    It's been over a year since I read the first 4 books on the series but I feel as if the 4th book was an ending and this one just drug the story on, but I could be mistaken on the ending of book 4.

  • Abigail
    2019-04-05 20:31

    This book was amazing, although it was a little bit sad.

  • Luna Lovebooks
    2019-04-20 15:07

    Unfortunately this review is going to be short and to the point. There isn’t much to say about this book that hasn’t previously been stated. This series has become increasingly young adult and less middle grade. I am not sure how I feel about this as what first drew me to the series years ago was the cute whimsy of the Pennykettle dragons and the shenanigans of Wayward Crescent. There are several (often violent) deaths in this installment that I honestly did not see coming. The cliff hanger ending is killer, but also confusing as events happen very fast. The characters are still well written, even if the author pulled a kill everyone move. We shall see how this pans out in the next two books of the series.Over all I give this one 4 fire tears.

  • Alona
    2019-04-01 22:21

    Nicely done!

  • Byrus
    2019-03-29 21:28

    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 focused too much on the squirrels and not enough on the dragons for a while. But the characters were likeable and the concept of clay dragons coming to life was fun.Icefire was my favourite in the series, which expanded upon the series mythology without being too convoluted. I'll admit that the polar bears really didn't add much for me though. Even as the series progressed, I still felt like they were just sort of... there. They didn't feel like a necessary addition, but they didn't bog the plot down too much at least. Firestar was were the fain were introduced, and things get more complicated. I found it confusing when I was younger, but still enjoyable. So, I ended up downloading The Fire Eternal and Darkfire on my kindle to catch up on things. Unfortunately, I ended up becoming even more disappointed with the turn the series took.I thought the ending to Firestar wrapped up the series quite well. David dying was a shock, but it still felt like closure. Then we get into... a lot more complicated plots, unnecessary characters and the mythology of the series gets more muddled and hard to follow.The characters are the worst part though. David started off a an ordinary guy, kinda goofy but likeable. When he comes back in the fire ascending, and it's revealed he was never human and was half-fain or something? He was thought into existence by Arthor at age twenty and was fated to visit the Pennykettles and get involved with the whole dragon thing, which I generally found grating. I hate it when authors suddenly add this whole "you were predestined to meet" plot device in the middle of a series. It's jarring and doesn't flow very well at all. David's personality shift is disappointing, he's basically a shadow of his former self, and I just couldn't find myself getting attached to him like I used to. On the plus side, Lucy and Zanna still sound like themselves.David's daughter is an angel in human form or whatever. I don't know. She has the typical sickly sweet child personality and is generally uninteresting. I think I'm getting really tired of these super perfect, super special child characters with amazing powers who everyone has to protect from evil.And the ending! Urgh, what the hell happened? I was getting worried when I saw I was nearly done and things were far from wrapping up... the ending was a frustratingly vague and unsatisfying cliffhanger. Apparently Gadzooks (view spoiler)[rewrote reality to destroy the dark fire? (hide spoiler)] And the next book takes place in an alternate universe... No thanks. I think I'm done with this series. I'd recommend the first three books, but give the rest a miss.

  • Kieran
    2019-03-30 16:32

    This book starts with Lucy writing about her, her family and the dragons then Lucy,Arthur,Gwendolen and liz go to Cambridge to see an old friend of Arthur who claims to have seen gazooks writing something in his house. At Steiners house Steiners shows liz what gazooks wrote and it was in dragontongue Gwendolen translated it and it said scuffenbury..........I loved this book it was exciting and awesome

  • Ryan Cichowski
    2019-04-02 22:20

    It was a fast pass and exciting book to read and always eat me on the edge of my seat.

  • Brooke
    2019-04-11 22:20

    Found a review I wrote of this back in 8th grade. :)Dark Fire, by Chris D’Lacey, is a very good book. It is part of The Last Dragon Chronicles; number five out of seven books. The genre is fantasy, and is 567 pages long. The main human characters are David Rain, Zanna (short for Susanna) Merriman, Lucy Pennykettle, and Alexa Merriman. David is probably the most important character and is 25 years old. Zanna, his girlfriend, is also 25 years old. Lucy is 16, and Alexa, the daughter of David and Zanna, is five. The secondary human characters are Liz Pennykettle, Arthur Pennykettle, Tam Farrell, Joseph Henry Pennykettle, Ms. Gee, Hannah, and Gwillanna. The main and secondary not-so-human characters are Gawaine, Gwillan, Gretel, Gadzooks, Grockle, Gwendolen, Bella, Tamerelle, Bonnington, the Ix, and the Fain. This book takes place on Earth, mostly at 42 Waverly Crescent, and at Scuffenbury Hill. Farlowe Island plays a small part in this book as well. David Rain was finally found by his daughter Alexa, five years after he died in the Arctic. But the powers that brought him back have also changed him, and Zanna isn’t too happy with his ‘new self’. Unfortunately, when Alexa found her father, she discovered a lot more than just him. Dragons have returned to Earth, and the Ix managed to return with them, to continue their attempts to raise a Darkling and take over the world. In the end, they’ll all end up in the same place: Scuffenbury Hill, where the dragon queen Gawaine will finally awake after a millennium in stasis. Over all, Dark Fire is a very good book. The series put together would be five out of five stars; each book individually is around four point five stars, including this one. This book was very interesting and really well written, though a little gruesome and disgusting in one part, and it left me definitely wanting more. Part of my being really anxious to read the next book in the series can be attributed to the fact that this book had a mild cliff hanger. I really would recommend this to anyone who likes fantasy fiction books. It’s a really good story with a captivating plot that keeps you turning the pages, holding your breath in anticipation of what’s going to happen next.

  • Aj Priebe-Carter
    2019-04-05 15:30

    The book Dark Fire, by Chris D’Lacey, is 5th book in the Lost Dragon Chronicles. The book's main character is David, a best selling author who, at the end of the previous book, was lost in the arctic, where he has remained for five years. His return only happened because of his daughter using a clay dragon’s wish magic to bring him back. Because of his return, however, other dragons who never quite died are returning as well as a substance known as dark fire. Dark fire is extremely dangerous and in the wrong hands could lead to the creation of a darkling, a sort of anti dragon. Dragons, darklings, and David themselves are actually members of a race called the Fain, and there antithesis the Ix. David had been sent as a member of the Fain to ensure the dragons return and help guard against the Ix. From reading the story I believe the main idea of the story is the battle against evil. The book gets very metaphysical at many points, leading to it being a somewhat confusing read, but it is a good read nonetheless. From what I gathered, the story is basically another rerun of the whole good vs. evil theme, with a few other minor elements. This is seen when Lucy comments in her journal, “The Fain are good. They seek beauty in creation.”, before further commenting, “The flip side of the Fain is not so good. They are called the Ix.”. Because of the clear fight against the Ix throughout the story, and how the Ix are ‘demons’ of a sort, it is easy to see why this is a good vs. evil story. I enjoyed the book, though the writing was a bit below my level and the story got a bit complicated. The characters were interesting enough, and I have made my way through 5 books already. I would recommend the book for those who want a casual read, not a challenging one, unless they are a preteen. The book is written around preteen level. Of course, they should read the other books first as well.

  • Riya Sheth
    2019-04-02 22:12

    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 author made Lucy seem like a typical teenager, and yet she has this difference that is totally not normal; she ISN'T human. You would like this book if you like Mythical creatures. There are dragons and a unicorn in this book, which are mythical creatures. In fact, this book is mostly about dragons. You would also like this book if you like strong female characters. This book has a few strong female characters. For example, Lucy, who plays an important part in the book, and Zanna, who almost died protecting her daughter; Alexa.One challenge of this book was figuring out whether Tam was good or evil. Even though it seemed as if Tam was good, he was just so mysterious that it made me wonder whose side he was on. The bear personalities seemed kind of creepy. Lucy didn't seem too comfortable around him, maybe because he's betrayed them before, or maybe because she liked him but found out that he was in love with Zanna. In the end, he turned out to be on the good side.Lucy is a typical teenager, ALMOST. She was born from an egg and is part dragon. She is nice, but is kind of jealous of her part sister; Zanna. The reason is because her sister "gets all of the attention". She wishes that things would go back to normal, basically she wants everyone to be happy. She wants her and her family's life to be peaceful. She's scared of the Ix because they have messed with her mind.