NOVA!! The dragon world floating above Loom on islands ala World of Warcraft or Avatar… is it good? You’ll have to read more to find out…
The Dragons of Nova
Loom Saga #2
by Elise Kova
Published July 11th 2017
by Keymaster Press
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.
The world is expanded as we learn and experience the dragon world of Nova. The descriptions were incredibly vivid and rich. I could totally imagine Nova and the islands Petra and Yven call home. There is increased understanding of the dragons and how they work through the plot. I.E. we learn about dragon culture and it illustrates too well why Cva and Ari are an anomaly as a couple. The world building is just as good as the first time. We have more organs we learn about with the magic!! The steampunk aspect and the differences of the races is worked into the story in such a smart way. The culture of Loom and the Fenthri is utilized from the first book to create natural conflict and smart plot!!
Cva, Ari and Flo are just as incredible to follow as they were the first time! I just like them as characters. Flo though really blew me out of the water. I wanted to get back to her part every time we swung away from her, because hers was a story of growth and learning. Such a real and visceral journey to getting to know who she is. Ari was in an emotional fight for her life and that was illustrated so well! There was action and stuff, of course, but she is really put through the wringer. I felt like she was the embodiment of what women go through for men and how their emotions swing as they try to decide once and for all. I LOVED seeing Ari’s process of how she goes about a job. We saw that from the outside in the first book but now she’s on the inside trying to work her way out and so it was the same but different! Really such great characterization!
I LOVED the addition of Petra and Yven’s POV!! There is this lovely tension you feel reading this book as the villainous king makes decisions and react trying to out think our protagonists. It really keeps you on the edge of your seat as you come to see why Yven is still king… Petra, oh, Petra! This POV makes you love Cva more! You understand why Cva is so loyal to his sister and to his house. This rivalry was a big part of the book and added so much conflict for poor Flo down on Loom!!
Why only 4 stars?
The start. The first 25% nothing much happened. There was NO HOOK! I was bored… I hung in there because I like the world and the characters… but it was a lot to ask to wait until then for the first real plot point. That 25% could have happened off screen. By 30% I was happy and ready to see where the story took me. There was not only plot but action plot at 30% so it got really, good, fast… I loved the description but surely we could have had plot at the same time?
Cva was sort of pushed back as a character (he shared the limelight with Petra). He has a small arc to do about Ari and his feelings that is the core of the romance part of the plot, but obviously the majority of his growth will happen in book 3 after the events at the end of book 2. I don’t mind this but I would have at least liked a glimpse of his reaction to be tantalized. I also feel like his romance arc is incomplete without seeing that…
This was my initial reaction to the end: “Okay yeah… how can smart savvy women first off be SO STUPID!! (view spoiler) I thought Ari WAS DUMB AS A DAMN STUMP IN THIS BUT NOW PETRA TOO? Florence isn’t too bright either… I get it… characters have to be stupid at times otherwise they don’t seem real but ALL OF THEM AT THE SAME TIME?!” Thinking about the end I have since calmed down. The weakness of smart and savvy women is their extreme pride in believing THEY alone always have the right answers. This end makes PERFECT SENSE with these women. I don’t have to like it (view spoiler) but storywise I LOVE that such mistakes are an obvious part of their character… #conflicted
BOTTOM LINE: An excellent sequel that builds on the world and the characters in the BEST way possible!!
The power of storycraft… There was a misstep in the beginning of this book with a very slow start. It meant there was less page space for other plot points later in the book. It also meant that readers relied on their previous experience to KEEP READING! This is why storycraft and writing craft are SOOO important!! Due to the excellent craft employed in The Alchemists of Loom most readers probably didn’t even notice the misstep! When you can engross readers in a world so completely they will take all and every chance to learn more about your world even if it doesn’t further the actual story!!
I also reviewed Book #1 on The Loom Saga – The Alchemists of Loom! Read about my love of the world and the characters in greater depth…
Elise Kova has always had a profound love of fantastical worlds. Somehow, she managed to focus on the real world long enough to graduate with a Master’s in Business Administration before crawling back under her favorite writing blanket to conceptualize her next magic system. She currently lives in St. Petersburg, Florida, and when she is not writing can be found playing video games, watching anime, or talking with readers on social media. She is the USA Today bestselling author of the Air Awakens Series as well as the Loom Saga.
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