Review: The Dragons of Nova by Elise Kova || Romance, court intrigue…why is everything so amazing !?

The Dragons of Nova

Loom Saga #2

Elise Kova

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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.

Publisher: Keymaster Press

Published: July 11th 2017

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Possible Spoilers For: The Alchemist of Loom

Trigger Warning

 

 

 

 

Genocide, War Crimes, Slavery, Torture, Homomisia, Death


“She had always seen tools of destruction as the way to gain control. Hope was a much more dangerous weapon.” 

I AM HERE FOR THIS BOOK. I. AM. HERE. Initially, I was a bit nervous to start this book, so it took a while to actually pick it up and read, but I SHOULD’VE READ IT SOONER. This book amped up everything: romance, suspense, politics, etc. AH-MAZING.

Keeping it short and sweet: Arianna and Cvareh travel to the land of dragons to strike a deal: help Petra— Cva’s sister, overthrow the dragon king and she’ll help with the issues of Loom. In addition to that, Florance stayed behind to help with the rebellion.

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“It was as if the Harvesters had peeled back the surface of the earth to find its soul. And its soul was the very lifeblood of Loom: iron, minerals, oil, and coal.”

Visiting Cvareh’s home was exciting. Floating cities, waterfalls and Ari questioning the mechanics of all this added to the enjoyment. And though we get a more slower, political side to the plot from their chapters, Florence’s POV provides the action.

And in the last book, I wasn’t really a fan of her, but towards the end, I became the biggest fan. She became more sure of herself and her decisions, involving herself more in the rebellion not because of Ari, but because she believed it to be right; she had the most character development and found her agency, and it was great. It’s also hinted that she may be bisexual? Hell yes.

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“Nothing made sense, and she would have him until it did.” 

I mentioning the romance a bit early here because this book… it was everything. The transition from YA to Adult it has some adult scenes… I didn’t know I needed this. Cva is such a romantic and some of the things he does for her are intense… it’s making me question myself…

 

I’m thinking of a specific spoilery scene…HE CUT OFF HIS OWN BROTHERS HANDS FOR HER. THE DEDICATION. THE EMOTION (or lack of, since he could give two fucks as long as his mate was happy) AND STANDING OUTSIDE THE DOOR WHILE SHE CUT OFF HER HANDS TO PUT ON THE NEW HANDS BECAUSE HE COULDN’T BE IN THE ROOM TO COMFORT HER AND I LOVE THEM T_T (my Slytherin is showing)

 

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He was just so patient and we know why Arianna hesitates with the relationship; it’s not just a mindless, crappy attempt at drama. She has goals to accomplish, she’s in a land where she’s at a disadvantage and her past— which gets further explanation, always drives her and is not forgotten. I mean… the set up from book one gave a hint of what their relationship would be, but this delivered. 

“She was Arianna the Rivet. She was the White Wraith. And she would not scream.”

But even bypassing that, Ari was amazing in this installment. She becomes more incredible as she maneuvers her way through court, hiding in plain sight. I even liked the parallel between her and Cva’s sister Petra— I didn’t have really any feelings towards her until the end, but me and everyone in this book noticed how alike they are… The becoming allies, if not friends… they would’ve been a whirlwind. 

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Like in the last book, we get a few chapters from the POV of the villain(s) and though I wasn’t as excited about them as last book, I still enjoyed being in their mind. Arianna meets a few new people and her dynamic with Cain—Petra’s right hand man, intrigued me. He hated her kind and the discussion on discrimination was subtle yet so very there, but their relationship was always on the verge of them becoming sort of friends, yet never quite getting there.

Throughout the last two books, Ari has been looking for her dead lovers’ killer and in this book, it’s told fairly early who said killer is. I kind of wish the book could have had me guessing a bit longer to be honest. And the way the book ended? It ends on a much bigger cliffhanger than the last. So yes, I am ready for this next book. There are too many questions.

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