Friday, September 25, 2015

FANTASTIC FRIDAY: Fires of Invention by J. Scott Savage


Trenton Colman is exceptionally creative with a knack for all things mechanical. But his talents are viewed with suspicion in Cove, a steam-powered city built inside a mountain. In Cove, creativity is a crime and "invention" is a curse word.

Kallista Babbage is a repair technician and daughter of the notorious Leo Babbage, who died in an explosion—an event the leaders of Cove point to as an example of the danger of creativity.

Working together, Trenton and Kallista learn that Leo Babbage was developing a secret project before he perished. Following clues he left behind, they begin to assemble a strange machine that is unlike anything they've ever seen before. They soon discover that what they are building may threaten every truth their city is founded on—and quite possibly their very lives.


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.


Savage has started this new series off with a bang, literally.  Trenton is a thirteen-year-old boy with a special knack with mechanical things, even though he avoids calling what he does inventing because the society he lives in frowns on it.  But when he gets in trouble for that very thing and is blackmailed into helping do something risky it starts him on a remarkable journey.  When he meets Kallista the daughter of a famous 'wrong-doer' in the eyes of the city he starts learning things that shock him, but also intrigue him, and in the end may help them save their home.  The twist that Savage throws in near the end is a doozy and I loved it, it added a great new feel to the story and emphasizes the fact that assumptions are dangerous even when they are long held beliefs.  I really enjoyed this book and I think a lot of young fantasy lovers will as well, especially with that mechanical dragon on the cover.

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