Books by Chris d’Lacey

DARK WYNG by Chris d’Lacey
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 30, 2018

"With problematic tropes and stereotypes, little character development, and a poorly paced plot, this one is for fans of the first book only. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Dragon Gabrial and white human boy Ren return in this sequel to The Wearle (2017). Read full book review >
THE WEARLE by Chris d’Lacey
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Enjoyable but not exceptional fare for d'Lacey's fans and readers of Tui T. Sutherland's dragon books. (list of characters, glossary) (Fantasy. 10-14) "
Young dragon Gabrial and young human Ren cross paths, uncover a hidden evil, and unravel a mystery. Read full book review >
ALEXANDER'S ARMY by Chris d’Lacey
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 26, 2015

"A hodgepodge of contrived set pieces and tired X-Files-style tropes, with no sign of resolution. (Adventure. 11-13)"
A teenager struggling to control his ability to transform reality undertakes a mission for the secretive organization that recruited him in the opener. Read full book review >
A DARK INHERITANCE by Chris d’Lacey
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 27, 2014

"No genre trope is left in the basket, making the result more a crazy quilt than a free-standing series opener. (Fantasy/science fiction. 11-13)"
This admixture of suspicious deaths, ghosts, shifting realities, weird science, teen issues, family issues, secret organizations and unexplained events in a British town will all, no doubt, come clear in future episodes. Read full book review >
GRUFFEN by Chris d’Lacey
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

Nine-year-old Lucy Pennykettle's new guard dragon, Gruffen, discovers that the terrifying monster in her bedroom is really the shadow of a small bat in need of a better home. D'Lacey has brought back Lucy and Liz from The Fire Within (2005) and its sequels for this first of a new series aimed at much younger readers. Ceramic artist Elizabeth Pennykettle makes dragon sculptures; some, she brings to life. Created with a book in his paws, young Gruffen's efforts to learn about his world through reading and exploration provide most of the narrative arc. This short chapter book has a series of conflicts that include Lucy's night fears, a neighbor's determination to get rid of the bats and the need to keep the dragon secret, but unfortunately adults resolve them all. The idea of a small guard dragon is undeniably appealing, but Stower's inferior illustrations, the flat characters, shifting story line and the too-obvious message make this a disappointment. (Fantasy. 7-10)Read full book review >
FIRE STAR by Chris d’Lacey
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2007

The third in the series that began with The Fire Within (2005) leads its characters into a world-saving adventure in the Arctic. College student David and his girlfriend Zanna are ostensibly researching global warming with their professor, Dr. Bergstrom. None of the three, however, are really what they seem. David's writing, inspired by his muse, the dragon Gadzooks, has a disturbing tendency to come true. Zanna is a sibyl with unexpected powers, and Bergstrom is trying to prevent an apocalyptic summoning of dragons. Meanwhile, David's young friend, Lucy, is kidnapped by her powerful sibyl ancestor and imprisoned in the ice. Side plots intrigue, though they are marred by flat and stereotyped characterization: intolerant, superstitious monks; nearly bestial Inuit gifted with shamanic knowledge and the like. The mixed ages of the protagonists (college students, young child, adults mourning lost love) lead to some inconsistency of style, but the originality of the approach makes up for shortcomings in implementation. An entertaining adventure. (Fantasy. 9-11)Read full book review >
THE FIRE WITHIN by Chris d’Lacey
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2005

D'Lacey mixes up a lovely bag of dragons, squirrels and a strangely appropriate adult protagonist. Twenty-year-old David comes to live in Liz and Lucy's extra room in a house full of ceramic dragons. Liz sculpts them, but what's the Hrrr coming from her studio and how does she fire them without a kiln? Liz's young daughter Lucy knows the dragon secrets but isn't allowed to tell. Lucy latches on to David and pulls him into her search for an injured squirrel in the backyard and the nearby library gardens. She practically forces David to write a book for her about the squirrels she knows. Liz gives David a dragon named Gadzooks that seems to be helping him write somehow. Liz is an appealing mix of secretly magic-loving adult and disciplinarian. Two stories-within-the-story are inexplicably blander than the main narrative. Infused with a gentle sense of wonder. (Fantasy. 7-11)Read full book review >