Kova has done it again and delivered a book that has touched me to the core. Even better than the last, with an entirely different taste, our favorite heroes encounter even more obstacles – taking them on a journey that will not only reveal their inner secrets but shake the very foundation of the world.
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Arianna finds herself in the one place she never imagined – floating among the clouds of Nova in the land of the dragons – her most hated enemy. However, the enemy of mine enemy is my friend has once again reared its ugly hand and that is the reason Arianna finds herself in this land that defies logic. Working together with Cvareh’s family, House Xin, is a tenuous and fragile alliance, but one that is shocked to the core when a Crimson Court, a free for all duel, is called and something unexpected occurs between her and their fearsome Ryu. But all is far from roses underneath them on the ground of Loom as trouble brews amongst the rebels and Florence struggles to find her own amidst the revolution. Many forces are at work here as the plot thickens, and unrest will once again spill amongst the clouds and on the ground.
I devoured this book in a day like a dragon winning its first duel. The world sweeps you up into the very heights of Nova and drops you in this colorful world of mirrors, illusions, and beauty. Reading this book was like getting back together with old friends. We cozy into our old jokes and settle into the comfort of familiarity, but that same restless spirit lurks beneath the surface, threatening to take us on an altogether new journey. The same gorgeous writing coupled with the lush world building caresses our senses, in a new setting – amongst the beauty of Nova.
The characters take on new life, both in the clouds and on the ground. They struggle to assert their identity, to maintain their strength, and fight for what they love. What I found in this book is that my love of Arianna and her tender heart is as strong as ever. There’s no way I could forget mentioning my love for the extremely quirky and ridiculously lovable Cvareh. While my fierce loyalty to supporting Florence is true to the bones, I found myself falling in love with the side characters, Petra, Cain, and even some who find themselves at odds with the very heroes I would go to battle for.
I missed the interaction between Ari and Flo, but this book isn’t about getting the band back together – it’s much more. This book is about trying and testing, and growing in a way that demands a little blood. We see all our favorites, and more, embroiled not only in a plot against their enemy, the Dragon King, but also against themselves – inner demons that will test the very boundaries of their identity. This book gave me a glimpse of what I wanted and then relished in dashing my hope to the rocks of Loom.
Going into complete fan girl mode, I could have only predicted that my heart would be dashed to the very depths of Loom itself, only to be brought back again to life – Kova style. And this book isn’t devoid of themes either, much like the first. While you can definitely read the book as a straight forward revenge, revolution, war book, there is a simmering commentary on society. When our world is not black and white, when atrocities are committed on both sides, how can we imagine our future? What line do we tightrope across to avoid falling into their same traps?
But I’ll be back, because the plot has only thickened to gold. Kova has woven an elaborate plot that will change the world they live in forever. And this book is full of questions, not only about the plot and the future of Loom/Nova, but also about our beloved characters: who do they want to be and what world will their bombs and magic fashion into being? Full of intrigue, subterfuge, and tension this book keeps you in the edges of your toes and luckily you can already pre-order the next, I know I have.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from Netgalley.
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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