Tuesday, July 11, 2017

#Fantasy #Review - The Dragons of Nova (Loom Saga #2) by Elise Kova

Series: Loom Saga # 2
Format: E-Galley, 488 pages
Release Date: July 11, 2017
Publisher: Keymaster Press
Source: NetGalley
Genre: 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.

The Dragons of Nova is the second installment in author Elise Kova's Loom Saga. This is a story that features five different characters; Arianna, Cvareh, Florence, Petra, and King Yveun. When we last we left Arianna, known as the White Wraith aka the Perfect Chimera, she had left her apprentice Florence behind to her own devices and flew off with Cvareh for Nova.

Ari, who was such a strong, fearless, and a badass who both walked the walk and talked the talk in the first installment, is pretty much a non factor for most of this story. She is brought to Petra and the House of Xin because she is the creator of the Philosopher's Box that Petra needs to overthrow the current King. She spends unnecessarily too much time sitting in her room, arguing with Petra, Cain, Cvareh, and starring at the stars and the moon etc. In the end, Ari's journey is not really as exciting as the first installment until the final chapters. Then things get really interesting as well as earth shattering.

Meanwhile, Florence is attempting to fit into the Alchemists guild where she isn't exactly sure who she really is now. After becoming a different sort of Chimera than Ari, is she a Rivet? A Raven? or, a Revolver? A trip across Loom to a land she's never seen before, see's a very different Florence rise from the ashes to becoming a person who is more than capable of handling almost every situation that is thrown at her. In the end, Florence more than holds her own against everyone else in this story, including Ari. She sets her mind out to do something, and gets it done.

Cvareh, who we met in the first installment, returns home to Nova with Ari along for the ride. Like Ari, Cvareh is more or less along for the ride and trying to lay low from the King who wants his head on a platter. Readers get a better look into the House of Xin, and the internal struggles of a House that is at the bottom of the power index, but wanting to rise to the top where it once was. Nova is divided into several houses (Rok, Tam, & Xin). The politics of the Dragon Kingdom play eager roles in what happens in this story. Especially with Petra trying to overthrow the King, and Ari being stuck right in the middle of everything. 

The Dragon Kingdom is ruled by Yveun, of the House of Rok. He rules with an iron fist, and a belief that his rule is the only thing that has kept Loom from dooming itself. His rules, His ideas. If you step out of line. He sends his Dragon flyers to put down any attempt at rebellion. Yveun and his Consort Colette are equally dangerous, and I would warn that anyone who turns their backs on these two, will find themselves not long for this world. I am hopeful that Ari and Yveun will be allowed to have a one on one fight in the next story. A story called The Rebels of Gold.

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