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.
|Size||5.5 x 8.25|
|Published||Shadow Mountain 2017|
This is the third and final book in this middle grade series. Please note here at the beginning of my review: you really need to read the first two books of the series before you read the third book. You will be pretty lost if you start out reading this third installment first.
I have loved this steam punk/fantasy series. I love dragons and you read of many dragons in this book. Embers of Destruction has a lot of action, along with some violence involving battles between the dragons and Trenton & Kallista's group of friends. They are on a search for survivors from a previous battle and end up finding a whole city of people being ruled by the dragons. At first, readers don't know how the dragons became the rulers of the city, but eventually the clues come together with the truth. I felt bad for Trenton as he tries hard to keep all of his friends together. Kallista is pulled in different directions as her loyalties are tested, those to her friends and her father. There are many moments when you could feel how down and out the tweens/teens are as they try to figure out a way to solve all of their problems. Once again Trenton proves to be my favorite character as he shows a lot of growth mentally and in his own personal character.
A small warning, there is a character death near the end that surprised me, but made sense story wise. It actually made me change my mind about this character in the long run. This story and series is great to teach readers about friendship, loyalty, and never giving up. All of the young people learn that they all can be more than they ever thought they could be. What a great thing to teach kids in today's world. Adults, kids, tweens and teens will love this book: And...of course, if you like dragons, this book and series is one you'll want to read. What a great ending to the Mysteries of COVE series.
This book is the perfect ending to a very fun trilogy! It's perfect for middle grade and YA readers (and their moms too!) The characters are well written and developed. Trenton is such a great character. I love his humility, his creativity, and his ability to think and act appropriately under pressure. He has his flaws, he's not perfect, but that's one thing I like about his character. Kallista is a great character as well. She's a little more complex than Trenton is, and may be strong-willed, but I love her ingenuity, her work ethic, and I love that she's a strong female character. The descriptions in the book are excellent, especially those of the white dragon; you can feel the evil dripping off him. It's so great that the kids need to use their brains and their skills to solve their problems. I like that they have to work together; all these lessons are great-and the readers don't notice that they're learning life lessons in the midst of a fun story! I highly recommend this book and series! It's a little more violent than the first two; there is more fighting and a character dies, but there's no profanity or "intimacy." I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. You may read my full review on my book blog: the-readathon.blogspot.com.
I'm so sad to see this series end. I've loved reading about Kallista, Trenton, their friends and their adventures. This is an amazing end to the series and really ends the series with a bang!
When last we saw our friends, they'd just discovered that Seattle had been ransacked by the dragons and no one was left, including Kallista's dad Leo. Unsure of just where to begin, the kids are trying to find Leo and figure out just where the dragons come from.
I love that this book switches back and forth between Trenton's view and Kallista's view. That way you can know just what each of them see and know. Between the two of them, they give a pretty great picture of what's going on everywhere all the time. Throughout the series, we've gotten to know the two characters and I really like both of them. Not that they don't both have flaws, they do, and I like that they do, just like real people.
I like the way this book kind of puts the kids in charge, there's something up with the adults in this book and the kids are able to see things and situations with the dragons clearer than the adults do.
The plot of this one is full of twists and turns, adventures and traitorous actions by many different people. It really kept me guessing and I loved every second of it. I didn't want to put it down.
I know that this book will be well loved by all, by the audience of middle grade readers that it was written for, but by adults as well. It really is just amazing! Make sure you've read the first two books in the series, this one won't make a lot of sense unless you know what's happened in the others!
This is an amazing ending to a great series. I have loved them (although I swore I read the second and upon reading the third I realized I hadn't, but I will!). I loved how everyone learned to work and depend on each other to figure out how to solve the dragon issue and then to execute the plan. They didn't give up when a plan failed. It was the try, try again that we so often forget to do in life. There are hard life lessons that are touched on, and the outcome was the way it needed to be. I highly recommend this book to anyone.