Of Dawn and Embers Review

Okay, I’mma need all ya’ll to start reading this series with me so we can fangirl together. Why? Dragons in a sci-fi world with a thruple ship. ‘Nuf said!

Check out my reviews for the series including the latest installment Of Dawn and Embers with a giveaway to enter below.

About Of Dawn and Embers:

I received this book for free from Silver Dagger Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Of Dawn and Embers ReviewTitle: Of Dawn and Embers (Of Cinder and Bone Book 3)
Author: Kyoko M.
Series: Of Cinder and Bone #3
Pub. Date: July 20th 2019
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Science Fiction
Pages: 346
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Series Rating: five-stars

It's been six months since Dr. Rhett "Jack" Jackson and Dr. Kamala Anjali had their dragon cloning project shut down by the government. Just when they think they've gotten their lives back together, an agency within the government hits them with another suckerpunch: a criminal organization has cloned dozens of dragons in order to hold vicious dragon fighting rings. The government recruits Jack and Kamala to help them track down the organization. Jack and Kamala set out to put a stop to the illegal fights before any more dragons die…or worse, escape.

Of Dawn and Embers is the third novel in Kyoko M's sci-fi/contemporary fantasy series, following Of Cinder and Bone and Of Blood and Ashes.

Check out my reviews of book 1 Of Cinder and Bone (4 Stars)  and book 2 Of Blood and Ashes (5 Stars).

Of Cinder and Bone Book 1 Excerpt

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Jack raised his gun as a man came around the front of the truck and opened fire with a roar, emptying the clip into the man’s chest. The yakuza crumpled to the road in a heap. Another one stepped out from behind him and raised his AR-15, his finger closing on the trigger.
And then the dragon dropped out of the sky right on top of him.
Pete slammed the man to the ground with her clawed feet and took a vicious bite out of his neck, killing him instantly. A third man jumped on top of the truck’s hood and stopped dead out of pure shock, as he was now level with her. The dragon snarled and slammed her tail into his chest. It sent him cartwheeling off the edge of the road and down into the ravine beside it, screaming the whole way.
The dragon snorted once and then hurried over to Jack and Kamala, sniffing them briefly in confirmation, and then nudging them towards her large, scaly torso.
“I… I think she wants us to get on,” Kamala said, dumbfounded as Pete bumped her side up against them and flapped her huge wings.
“That’s impossible,” Jack sputtered. “The two of us together nearly weigh three hundred pounds. She can’t possibly lift—holy shitbricks!”
Impatient, the dragon slid her neck through Jack’s parted legs and stood up, barking once at Kamala. She threw her leg over the dragon’s back. Then Pete took three mighty steps towards the edge of the road and leapt off.
For three terrifying seconds, they dropped through the air like a cement block.
Then, Pete’s leathery wings spread and they flew.
Gunfire cracked behind them, but the dragon flapped her wings to carry them higher out of harm’s way. She wheeled to one side and they disappeared into the shadow of the mountain range, over the forest below.
Jack dug his fingers into the dragon’s collar and finally opened his eyes. He stared speechless at the ground easily forty feet below them and into the cloudy horizon. Wind whistled past his ears, interrupted only by the powerful strokes of the dragon’s wings and the raspy clink of the chain still dragging below her body as they cut through the crisp air. She flew smoothly, as if she’d been doing it all her life, as if it were an effortless skill.
Behind him, Kamala had locked her arms around his waist and buried her face between his shoulder blades when they’d first taken off. Now, she held one hand out flat, her palm parallel to the ground, feeling the wind rushing over it. Half-hysterical laughter enveloped them both as the dragon carried them higher still, until they were circling one of the mountain’s peaks.
Enormous clouds piled high around the mountain and the air became sharply cold as they neared it. The trees stopped halfway up its craggy face and gave way to perpetual ice created from the height and upper atmosphere. As Pete circled for the fourth time, they realized she was searching for shelter.
On the fifth pass, the dragon brought her wings in close to her body in a dive as they reached a cliff near the mouth of a cave. She fought the stiff wind and landed hard, digging her claws into the earth. Jack helped Kamala off and the dragon shook herself and stepped forward into the cave. The two of them called to her, but she paid them no mind. The freezing temperature and high winds wouldn’t make it easy to get down any time soon.
They had no choice.
So the followed the dragon into the darkness.

IMHO: Of Dawn and Embers

I’ll try not to spoil too much if ya’ll haven’t read the first books. Please take this as a push to start the series NOW!!!

  • Love the ongoing therapy and conversations about feelings, and personal history
  • Still full of sassy and sexy dialogue even with committed partners
  • Could totally see this being a mini or movie series
  • Dragons!
  • PETE! (the dragon)
  • Jack is a still a damn hero, Kamala is a goddess, and Faye is a fucking Valkyrie.
  • Love Jack’s unpacking of his childhood issues, how now his mother is in a strained relationship instead of his father.
  • Faye is brilliant but her path was chosen to prove others wrong & now she’s finding out what she’s meant to do
  • Kamala is perfection personified from the outside, but she’s got walls, insecurities, and compartmentalizes too well.
  • Adds in a new big brother little sister duo giving off major Steve Irwin & Shuri vibes.
  • Old foes & new, spy vs spy type intrigue,
  • Shifting POVs keeps tension & suspense high, especially when they cross paths
  • Flashbacks to fill in the gaps between the last book occur organically, doesn’t break the flow or tension
  • Gets better with each book so far.
  • THAT surprise inclusion at the end.
  • Can’t wait to see what happens next with all these characters & this unfolding new world.

Amazing stylized for the Layaway dragon theme.


For me a big clue on loving a book is reading through the acknowledgments, which for Of Dawn & Ashes is sweet and funny. 

Highly recommend this series in general, but especially for those let down by Jurassic World, paranormal romance series like Mercy Thompson and of course, dragon lovers.

Favorite Quotes: Of Dawn and Embers

Stella shrugged. “Take your best shot, Becky.“


“What can I say? I ship it.“


“If we stay silent, then we can’t complain if the world around us burns to embers.“

About the Author:

About Kyoko M.

Kyoko M. Kyoko M is a USA Today bestselling author, a fangirl, and an avid book reader. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English Lit degree from the University of Georgia, which gave her every valid excuse to devour book after book with a concentration in Greek mythology and Christian mythology. When not working feverishly on a manuscript (or two), she can be found buried under her Dashboard on Tumblr, or chatting with fellow nerds on Twitter, or curled up with a good Harry Dresden novel on a warm Georgia night. Like any author, she wants nothing more than to contribute something great to the best profession in the world, no matter how small.


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