Mysteries of Cove: Embers of Destruction by J. Scott Savage (Review)

I so love this series full of dragons, friendship, and danger!
Read my thoughts on this third book in the series below...

Embers of Destruction
(Mysteries of Cove #3)
by J. Scott Savage
Middle Grade Steampunk, Dystopian, Fantasy
Hardcover, Audiobook & ebook, 336 Pages
September 26th 2017 by Shadow Mountain


It's time to take the battle to the dragons.

In the third and final volume of the bestselling Mysteries of Cove series, Trenton and Kallista--along with their friends, Plucky, Simoni, Angus, and Clyde--fly their mechanical dragons south toward San Francisco, looking to rescue any survivors from the battle of Seattle.

Arriving in San Francisco and investigating the area in secret, the young riders are reunited with Kallista's father, Leo Babbage, who reveals that the humans in the city are working as slaves to the dragons, but that they don't want to be rescued--himself included. He says they are being protected by their new master: a huge, powerful white dragon who lives in an impenetrable tower fortress overlooking the city. Kallista is stunned by the news. Why would her father ever willingly want to work for dragons?

Trenton and his friends are confronted by the guards and their mechanical dragons are seized. Evading capture, the young riders escape and begin looking for a way to break the white dragon's hold over the city--and over Leo. Working with the kids from the city, the young riders track down the source of the dragon's power to an underground chamber that is accessible only through an underwater passageway below the tower fortress.

With the white dragon watching their every move, Trenton and Kallista will need every bit of creativity and ingenuity they can manage to find a way to retrieve their stolen dragons, enter the tower fortress, and take down the dragons once and for all.

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My Review

EMBERS OF DESTRUCTION is full of what readers have come to expect from this author and series: ingenuity, friendship, and danger. Readers will love diving back into this fantastic Steampunk world where dragons rule and roam and humans hide from or serve them. This motley crew of characters become even more like family and the story holds the reader's attention from beginning to end. A perfect ending to the series!

I fell in love with Kallista and Trenton in the first book, fell in love with the rest of the crew in the second, and loved them even more in this one. I loved getting to know them all better and see them change and develop as the story unfolds. I loved that they have their issues, even with each other as any group of strong and different personalities all stuck together for a long length of time would, but they are deeply loyal to each other. They're obviously the stars of this story through their failures and successes.

This story... I loved how the plot developed and the mix of humor, friendship, and danger! In this third and final book, readers get to visit a new city where the characters find that not everything is as it seems. They have a huge battle ahead of them and so many different pieces to figure out to make it out at the end. There is a constant feeling of danger and suspense throughout. I was glad that the reasons for the dragons and how they came to be was finally found out and some other things were worked through as well. The ending was climatic and then had a unique twist that was somewhat unexpected.

In the end, was it what I wished for? This was a fabulous conclusion to the series! Definitely a series that I highly recommend!

Content: Some violence, but clean.
Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not require a review nor affect it in any way.

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About the Author

J. Scott Savage is the author of the Farworld middle grade fantasy series and the Case File 13 middle grade monster series. He has been writing and publishing books for over ten years. He has visited over 400 elementary schools, dozens of writers conferences, and taught many writing classes. He has four children and lives with his wife Jennifer and their Border Collie, Pepper, in a windy valley of the Rocky Mountains.

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