I'm looking for what I believe was a trilogy I read back in high school.
I read this book/series approximately 8 years ago. It was a fantasy series with an auburn haired boy as the protagonist.
I feel like someone important to him goes missing. An older female. Perhaps his mother or grandmother? She's magical as I remember.
There's also flying airships throughout the series, and the cover of one of the books is I believe a red-ish colour with said airship. One of the enemy airships possessed a powerful cannon of some sort as I recall.
In the final book, I remember vaguely some voyage/trip to a strange land. I believe the boy finds the missing family member in the end, but she makes a great sacrifice.