Melody C Frederic
, May 07, 2015
Dying Embers was a heart wrenching read but well worth the emotional trauma. I couldn't stop reading even as I couldn't stop the tears. The overall tone of the book follows in the footsteps of "Where the Red Fern Grows" and "Old Yeller".
It is difficult not to get too attached to the protagonist, Drake, as he struggles to come to terms with the sudden responsibility of adopting (or possibly being adopted by) the three baby aliens that literally fall into his life. The secondary characters are well developed and circle around the main drama in support and contention as needed. The author never develops much in the way of romance but the platonic and familial relationships and deep and complex, making the reader care for the patchwork family that comes from several different worlds.
The fantasy element is woven into the science expertly. The reader never really questions what Yukon and the other river dragon are doing in a world of malfunctioning spaceships and harnessed wormholes.
Definitely excited for the next book in the series.