Review: Icefire by Chris d’Lacey

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Title: Icefire
Author: Chris d’Lacey
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Scholastic


The second in a series from bestselling author Chris d’Lacey. Full of adventure and suspense, this novel about dragons reveals the truth of the icefire.

When David is assigned an essay on the history of dragons, there is only one thing he knows for sure — he wants to win the prize of a research trip to the Arctic.

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’ll admit, it had been a while since I read the first book of the series. I don’t even remember when or where I first found out about this series. But at some point I read the first book and actually enjoyed it. I found this book at a book fair and picked it up for a couple dollars last Spring. I finally picked this up for Duodecathon earlier this month for the challenge to read a sequel.

It had been so long since I read the first book I did have some trouble getting into the book at the start. There is some recapping in general terms of what happened at the end of the first book. I would recommend if you give this series a chance that you don’t wait what was likely over a year between books.

Taking a while to get into the story did not take away from the overall enjoyment of the story. The evil villain in this is quite the villain. She comes onto the page and an uncomfortable smell comes off of her (figuratively speaking, since we of course can’t literally smell her). She just gives an overall bad feeling.

The main character, David, is a young college student and struggling writer, although writing is not what he is going to school for. It kind of just fell into his lap, and his dragon provided to him by the woman he rents a room from. She makes dragons from clay, but the figures aren’t exactly figures, they are alive in their own way.

David doesn’t fully believe the dragons are alive, but after our villain visits and puts a spell on him, that all changes. Suddenly he finds himself fighting for the survival of the dragons, and able to see them move, and talk to them.

It is quite an exciting story and I don’t want to say too much or I’ll spoil the first book. But if statues and figurines of dragons that can talk and move around doesn’t interest you then you need not pick up this book. If this intrigues your interest, because really, what does the normal world think of them? Then pick up this series, and you will not be disappointed.