Welcome to the final day of The Dragons of Nova blog tour! Today I’m excited to share my thoughts on the second book of the Loom Saga by Elise Kova, who has quickly become one of my favorite authors this year! And don’t forget to check out the giveaway at the end as well as all the previous posts in the tour!
by Elise Kova
Series: Loom Saga #2
Published on July 11, 2017 by Keymaster Press
Genres: Adult, Fantasy
Cvareh returns home to his sky world of Nova with the genius crafter Arianna as his temperamental guest. The mercurial inventor possesses all the Xin family needs to turn the tides of a centuries-old power struggle, but the secrets she harbors must be earned with trust -- hard to come by for Ari, especially when it comes to Dragons. On Nova, Ari finds herself closer to exacting vengeance against the traitor who killed everything -- and everyone – she once loved. But before Ari can complete her campaign of revenge, the Crimson Court exposes her shadowed past and reveals something even more dangerous sparking between her and Cvareh.
While Nova is embroiled in blood sport and political games, the rebels on Loom prepare for an all-out assault on their Dragon oppressors. Florence unexpectedly finds herself at the forefront of change, as her unique blend of skills -- and quick-shooting accuracy -- makes her a force to be reckoned with. For the future of her world, she vows vengeance against the Dragons.
Before the rebellion can rise, though, the Guilds must fall.
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Kova does it again with another fabulous action-packed (and UNIQUE) story. I read The Alchemists of Loom at the beginning of this year after binge-reading her other series, Air Awakens, and can’t get enough of this author’s work!
The Dragons of Nova picks up where the previous book leaves off, with Arianna and Cvareh in the clouds and Florence doing what she can to help the Alchemists. There are new perspectives in this book as well as familiar ones and I loved how the story bounced around between them while never losing focus. This did lead to some pacing issues. There were several storylines that needed to come together by the end so the book moved slower than the previous ones.
I think what sold this book for me was Florence. She was more of a secondary character in the first book but she played a larger role in her own right on Loom this time around. I wish she’d had more page time, to be honest, because it felt like her story was once more sidelined in favor of Ari and Cvareh but hers held the most interest for me.
In fact, less Cvareh and more Florence. And I can’t believe I’m even saying that, but I felt that a lot of his scenes ended up being very Ari-centered and though I liked getting his side of things as well but just wanted Flor more!
Yet, as always, I can’t say anything less than praise for Kova’s characters. I first fell in love with her cast in the Air Awakens books and I should have known that we’d have our hearts crushed and turned upside down in The Dragons of Nova but I foolishly believed we were safe.
Emotions and tension ran high. The fate of two worlds resting in the hands of a few individuals. It’s enough to stir up trouble.
This sequel really expands on the world that Kova started with in The Alchemists of Loom. The bulk of the scenes take place on Nova, the domain of the Dragons. Including Petra, Cvareh’s sister, as a point-of-view character brought the court dynamics to life and provided insight into a completely different race from the Fenthri on Loom.
Now, as a sequel, it’s really hard to not compare this to the first book and I have to say that I think it was better and “worse.” The Dragons of Nova provided room for Florence to really come into her own as a main character. It provided the space to expand an already intricate world. And it felt like an entirely new dynamic. But it did move slower with the flood of new information and while the action was great and I felt the tension throughout the story, it wasn’t quite as strong as the first book. This might have been related to the pacing or just the story in general.
Despite that, I can honestly say that Kova delivered a strong sequel to continue the Loom Saga and I have no doubt that the third book, The Rebels of Gold, will blow the first two out of the water!
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1 winner will receive a signed finished copy of THE DRAGONS OF NOVA