Jul 26, 2017

The Dragons of Nova by Elise Kova || Blog Tour Review with Giveaway

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SERIES
Loom Saga 2
PAGES
488, hardcover
GENRE
Young Adult, Fantasy
PUBLISHER
Keymaster Press
PUBLISHED
July 11th 2017

 

 

The Dragons of Nova by Elise Kova || Blog Tour Review with Giveaway

 

  SUMMARY  

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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  REVIEW  

book review rating 4 out of 5

ELISE KOVA IS exceptionally good at sweeping me off to another world for long hours at a time, despite all my responsibilities. In The Dragons of Nova (Loom Saga 2), she brought me to an impressive world populated with compelling characters, dangerous magic, and vicious court intrigue. I enjoyed this second installment even more than the first!

Cvareh returns to Nova, home of the Dragons, with Arianna, the White Wraith, as his guest and secret weapon. The knowledge that she carries to make the Philosopher’s Box—the perfect chimera—could end the power struggle in Nova in favor of House Xin and bring peace on Loom. But as the Crimson Court draws near, and with it the traitor who took everything that Arianna once loved, her revenge may come at a risk far greater than she could ever imagined.

The sky world of Nova is a portal into another dimension unlike any other I’ve experience. Together with Loom, the world-building is a magnificent display of contrasts. Kova draws upon antithesis to illustrate the intricacies of their differences. Where Loom is defined by its simplicity, Nova is defined by its radiance. And, in every sense that Loom follows the laws of physics, Nova is an endless foundation of impossibilities and backward logics that defy rational explanation. It was all so magical.

I really enjoyed the slow-burn romance between Arianna and Cvareh. Their relationship, initially born out of an overlapping necessity that strung them together, pleasantly evolved into a deeper fondness for one another. Ms. Kova strips away their guarded emotions and personal obligations, to reveal two flawed individual who are perfectly matched.

Each chapter follows a character giving me more insight and connection to them. Kova has created an especially strong female cast (sorry boys). There were many heroines whom I rooted for, and exceptionally villainous females whom I hope meet a deserving ending. The chapters transition from character to character that ebbed and flowed with ease. Overall the story has nice pacing, with the exception that Kova likes to end many of her chapters with cliffhangers. I've read many an author who embraces this style, and I still regretfully don't enjoy it because it loses so much momentum.

It’s no surprise that Elisa Kova also ends The Dragons of Nova with a nail-biting cliffhanger. But before that moment, I enjoyed following Arianna above the clouds in pursuit of new opportunities, old truths, and the scores yet to be settled. It was definitely worth setting aside my to-do list so I could be lost in her world for hours on end.

{Thank you to the author and publisher for kindly giving me this book free of charge, which does not influence my review.}

 

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  AUTHOR BIO  

Elise Kova

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 upcoming Loom Saga (Keymaster, 2017).

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