The Dragons of Nova by Elise Kova
Published by Keymaster Press on July 11, 2017
Genres: Adult, Fiction, Fantasy, Steampunk
Pages: 488 Format: eARC Source: NG
I acquired this ARC from the publisher through NetGalley. This does not impact my thoughts and opinions in any way.
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.
It’s pretty obvious by now that I am a huge fan of Elise Kova’s work and the Loom Saga is no different. I was lucky enough to read The Dragons of Nova early and have to say while it wasn’t as good as the first, it definitely left it’s mark. With Arianna and Cvareh up in Nova and Florence forging her own path on Loom there was plenty of intrigue, fighting, and character growth to keep me enthralled.
Bringing the reader up to the floating islands of Nova allowed the mythos of this world to grow tremedously. Exploring politics, religion, and exotic locales built up Cvareh’s background as well as added depth to the plot. Especially as it came from multiple perspectives. Plus even more of the guild structure was revealed down on Loom and Kova’s worldbuilding chops definitely shine through.
Another strength has always been her characters and Arianna, Cvareh, and Florence take massive steps in this one. While Arianna continues to be strong, she finally begins to open up and reveal more of her past. Cvareh though is being pulled in two directions and must find his way between family and friends. And Flor comes into her own now that Ari and Cvareh have left. She constantly questions and takes the initiative even when everyone looks down on her.
Now onto my main issues with this one. First of all, it definitely suffers from sequel syndrome as it serves as a bridge in the series. There was a lot of slow going in the middle setting up the pieces for the bigger story and introducing Nova in all its glory. My other problem was that the characters were separated from each other, specifically Florence. I loved them all together and cannot wait for them to reunite.
Overall The Dragons of Nova by Elise Kova was another riveting installment in this current saga. With impressive character growth and continuing worldbuilding I could look past the slow going in the plot, and still found the reading an enjoyable experience. Arianna, Cvareh, and Florence have found a special place in my heart and I would definitely recommend this series to all the fantasy lovers out there.
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