“ Author: Chris D'Lacey / Format: Paperback / Date of publication: 27 September 2001 / Genre: Children's General Fiction / Publisher: Hachette Children's Books / Title: The Fire within / ISBN 13: 9781841215334 / ISBN 10: 1841215334 „
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Just to say first, I've never written a book review first so not sure how this is going to work out.
'The fire within' is the first book in the last dragon Chronicles which currently has 6 books in it but the last 7 th book is being written. This book follows the story of David Rain, a university student who becomes a lodger in the Pennykettle household. He starts to realize dragons play a big part in Liz and Lucy's lives. Liz is a potter who makes and sells clay dragons on a market, although she and Lucy have a few 'special' unique dragons around the house, David is baffled by Lucy's constant remarks about the dragons being real, despite them being made of clay.
'The fire within' is just an introduction into the mysterious dragons and this book mainly focuses on a squirrel name"'Conker." Conker is an injured squirrel who has one eye, he lives in the Pennykettle garden because all the other squirrels left when the large oak tree was cut down, but poor Conker being injured would never survive anywhere else so he stayed. Lucy is desperate to capture and help him and eventually gets David on her side to help her. Near the end Lucy also convinces David to write her a story and he bases it on them it's called "Snigger and the nutbeast."
There is only a few characters in this book and the other books follow a similar pattern, the main characters are:
- Liz Pennykettle
- Lucy Pennykettle
- David rain
- Henry bacon
All through 'the fire within' David and Lucy are always arguing with each other, Lucy is 10 an David is 20 so the usual ages to argue, this is always resolved by David doing something for Lucy. This book is for children 9 - 12 personally I think putting the set ages on it will stop a lot of older people reading this, I first read this is school when I was about 15 years old and loved it so much that I've bought the series so far now and I'm 19. This is easy to read as you'd expect but this is a really exciting book which I couldn't put down because I had to know what happened next, this only took me two hours to read, there's 288 pages but usually I like to bide my time with a book but this I had to finish straight away.
At the end of the book it leaves you with a cliff hanger of the work 'Spikey' This makes you want to buy the next book straight away to find out what it is. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves fantasy and sci fi books and especially anyone who loves books about dragons.
David ran a hand through his mop of brown hair. Dragons. It was certainly different from his last set of lodgings, where all you got were spiders and the occasional mouse. It's perfect, he said.' When David arrives at Wayward Crescent he has no idea what lurks inside the Pennykettle house. Only when he's given his own special dragon does he begin to unlock their mysterious secrets, and to discover the fire within...