The Fire Within (novel)

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The Fire Within
The Fire Within cover.jpg
Picture of the cover from The Fire Within
Author Chris D'Lacey
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Series The Last Dragon Chronicles
Genre Fantasy novel
Publisher Orchard Books
Publication date
Media type Print (Paperback), (Hardback)
Pages 340 pp
ISBN 0-439-67244-9
OCLC 56592628
Followed by Icefire

The Fire Within is a 2001 children's fantasy novel written by Chris d'Lacey. It is the first novel of the Last Dragon Chronicles, a low fantasy series about dragons in the modern world. The series continues with Icefire, Fire Star, The Fire Eternal, Dark Fire, Fire World, and The Fire Ascending.

Plot summary[edit]

When David Rain moves in with Liz and Lucy Pennykettle, he discovers a collection of hand crafted, clay dragons (made by Liz) that come to life and have magical powers. As a gift from Liz, David receives a personalized dragon, Gadzooks, who can forecast the future using his paper and pencil. Gadzooks inspires David to write a story which reveals the truth behind an unsolved mystery close to home; the story, called "Snigger and the Nutbeast," has an unhappy ending, and when David realizes the consequences of that unhappy ending he becomes angry with Gadzooks and the story. David finds Gadzooks crying and near death (shedding his "Fire Tear"), and he discovers that these special dragons die when they are not loved. Soon David is forced to save his friend and unlock the very real power of the Fire that is truly within.


Elizabeth Pennykettle (Liz) - The landlady who makes mysterious clay dragons that come to life. Her special dragon is Gwillan, who sheds his fire tear in _Dark Fire_.

Lucy Pennykettle - Liz's daughter, an 11-year-old girl who strongly believes in dragons, but can be very mischievous. She also loves squirrels and tries to find them. Her special dragon is Gwendolen. She also pushes David to write stories about squirrels and their adventures in Wayward Crescent.

David Rain - The main character of the series. David is Liz's tenant, and he goes to Scrubbley College. He has written a book called Snigger and the Nutbeast for Lucy's birthday. He as well has a writing dragon named Gadzooks.

Gadzooks - David's clay dragon that helps him write. Gadzooks carries a notepad and pencil around with him for writing stories or notes.

Guinevere - Guinevere, a woman from the far past, caught Gawain's fire tear. She bore one daughter who carries the original fire and passes it down through the years. She is also an ancestor of Liz and Lucy Pennykettle.

Gwendolen - Guinevere's child, made from clay, flesh and blood. She is the ancestor of Suzanna Martindale (introduced in Icefire,2nd book of the series).

Gwilanna - An evil sibyl who helps Guinevere and conjures Gwendolen for her.

Gawain - The last dragon who shed his fire tear for Guinevere.

Henry Bacon - The Pennykettle's next-door neighbor.

Sophie Prentice - A girl who works at the animal shelter.

Greenfingers George (Mr. Digwell) - Scrubbley's gardener for the library gardens.

Conker - Lucy's favorite squirrel

Bonnington - The Pennykettle's cat

Caractacus - The crow which damaged Conker's eye and was the villain in David's story for Lucy

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