Monday 12 December 2016

A Crown of Dragons - Chris d'Lacey - The Unicorne Files Book 3

A Crown of Dragons
Unicorne Files Book 3
UFiles #3
Chris d’Lacey
ISBN 9780545608831

To say that I am a fan of d’Lacey’s writings would be a bit of an understatement. I have read 25 of his books in just over a year and have been tracking down all of his books either to read myself or with my children. His books are some of the best fiction books I have read in years. And his series build to the point that his books are addictive. I wrote a short review of book 2 in this series Alexander's Army, in order to be able to start reading this book. And I could barely put this book down once I started it.

This third and final volume in the UFiles series is by far the darkest. It is an action packed thrill ride filled with mysteries, paranormal events, shifting realities and ties to Dragons, and specifically a dragon scale. Michael Malone is feeling more alone and isolated than ever. He has completed a few missions for the UNIVORNE agency. And is now on the trail of an investigation into a Dragon scale, the same scale Michael’s father was investigating before he disappeared. But with new foes, new characters with unknown allegiances, and the tenuous link between dragons, crows and Michael and his family face their greatest challenges yet. 

The story is deeper and darker than any other I have yet read by d’Lacey. But it also has hope, and for the most part resolution. It is a story about coming to terms with reality, but also the nature of reality. It is about friendship, and family. And it is greatly entertaining.

But one cannot but wonder if somehow a few of Chris d’Lacey’s series are somehow interlinked and connected. I wonder if somehow Michael and his father from this series with their ability to shift reality and maybe time, are linked with Ren from the Erth Dragons series. And how they relate or are linked to David and the Last Dragon Chronicles. It will be interesting to see if in the years to come the three series somehow link up.
This book was another excellent read from Chris d’Lacey. It wraps up the Ufiles trilogy nicely. But also leaves an opening for continued stories. It was very entertaining and I can highly recommend it. 

Books by Chris d'Lacey:
Dragons of Wayward Crescent
Gruffen (2009)
Gauge (2008)
Glade (2009)
Grabber (2010)

The Erth Dragons
The Wearle (2015)
2. Dark Wyng (2016)
3. The New Age (2018)

The Last Dragon Chronicles with David Rain
The Fire Within (2001)
Icefire (2003)
3 Fire Star (2005)
4 The Fire Eternal (2007)
5 Dark Fire (2009)
6 Fire World (2011)
7 The Fire Ascending (2012)
Rain and Fire: A Guide to the Last Dragon Chronicles (2010)

The Unicorne Files
A Dark Inheritance (2014)
Alexander's Army (2015)
3 A Crown of Dragons (2016)

Fly, Cherokee Fly Series
Fly, Cherokee Fly
Pawnee Warrior

Other Books
Henry Spaloosh! 
Shrinking Ralph Perfect
The Snail Patrol
The Table Football League
Riverside United
From E to You
Scupper Hargreaves, Football Genie
The Salt Pirates of Skegness
Falling for Mandy
The Prompter

Picture Books:
A Hole at the Pole
Juggling with Jeremy
A Break in the Chain
Read With Bubble and Float
Dexter's Journey
Frankin's Bear

Contributed to:
On Me ‘ead, Santa
Nice One, Santa
The Usborne Book of Christmas Stories
Heroes and Villains
In the Frame
Midnight Feast

Author Profile and Interview with Chris d'Lacey.

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