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Icefire - Chris D'Lacey (book review)

Book: Icefire
Author: Chris D'Lacey
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Fiction
Published By: Orchard Books
Published Year: 2003

Having liked the first book in The Last Dragon Chronicles I thought I would read the second book in the series which is Icefire. This is a book in which is different to most dragon typed books and one that is still very enjoyable to read.

I liked how the book started off where the last book did which led to the reader not being confused or wondering what has been happening since the first book ended. Having also kept the same characters however introducing new ones throughout the novel did make it exciting and keeping some of the mystery till near the end keeps the reader wanting to know more throughout. I did think by having David in this book able to see the dragons move and interact rather than just as statues made of clay was a brilliant way of letting the reader see into the world of dragons more and understand the personalities of some of the dragons in which this book shows such as: Gadzooks, G'reth and Gretel. As David makes the wish to know more about the fire from the last dragon on the earth it brings a scientist called Dr Bergstorm which ends up being a key character for the novel even though he doesn't seem like it from the beginning of the book and instead start to question him and his motives for wanting to know more about the dragons in which David is known to have. By having him part of the story through polar bears I thought was brilliant as they are a big part of how the fire is safe and what happened in the past with the dragons as well. By also having the creepy Aunty Gwyneth who is pushing David away from the Pennykettle family as well as trying to find out how Liz is so good at bringing the spark of fire into the clay dragons. Having the new characters did make it more interesting and makes the reader want to see what will happen next especially when new character Zanna ends up quickening an egg that was in the dragons den making Liz basically out of the novel for around half of it and Aunty Gwyneth in charge. I feel this was good as it added a lot of suspense and gave an insight about how the dragons are made and hatched from eggs. Having the book also end on a cliff hanger has also made me want to see what happens in the next book and desperate to keep reading.

I do wish that the book gave more insight into Zanna's character and how she was able to quicken the egg, as this is something which hasn't really been shown however I hope in future books this is something in which gets answered. I also hope that in future books there is more about why David is so easily accepted by the Pennykettles especially as this is only slightly touched upon during the book.

Overall, this is a book which is exciting to read and one I would recommend to those who like dragons and not in the traditional way. I also would recommend this book to those who are looking for a story with short chapters in which is easy to put down if you don't like reading for long periods of time. I will definitely be reading the next book to see what happens.

My Rating: 4/5 

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