The Dragons of Nova Review by Elise Kova
Publication Date: July 11th, 2017
Publisher: Keymaster Press
Source: eBook bought from Amazon
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RATING: 3.75 Stars
“You think I’m not used to this?” Her mouth curled into a mad grin. “I’ve been fighting my way out of the darkness my whole life. And you’re not going to stop me now”
What I liked:
This is the sequel to The Alchemists of Loom which I did a full review of earlier this year. The action picks up right where we left off which I really like because I can dive right back into the story.
In this book, one of the characters from the original trio is on a separate mission and this was both a pro and a con for me. I really enjoyed the dynamic of the three characters together and I missed in The Dragons of Nova. However, I really enjoyed Florence’s story and growth, she really came into her own and the author developed her voice really well. The quote I shared above is one of hers so, I think you can tell she was my favorite POV in the book. I am really excited that the cover of the third book is Florence looking all bad ass and hopefully a lot of it is from her POV.
Elise Kova’s writing style remained consistent in book two and that’s something that I really appreciate. It has the same witty banter and intense fight scenes, two things I enjoyed about book one. She also does a really good job of describing a complex, and diverse world without it ever being painful #noinfodumpshere And that is the other thing I LOVED about this sequel. It expanded on the world of Loom into The Islands of Nova. (Think floating islands in the sky.) They were magical and beautiful but also dangerous, kind of like it’s inhabitants. Kova clearly has an incredible imagination for really fleshed out worlds. I can’t wait to see how the two worlds collide in the third book, and also to read more of her other work.
What I Disliked:
There were some other minor POVs introduced in this book and I can’t say that I liked or disliked them. They were informative but I just didn’t really care about them.
The other main POVs are Arianna and Cvareh. I still really enjoyed these characters but their story was really slow for me at times. This book was a lot more political and a lot less action than the first one. It was probably necessary to set up for The Rebels of Gold, the conclusion to the Loom saga, but I missed the I-cant-put-it-down feeling I had with the first book. (SPOLIER AHEAD) I did let out a whoop of joy when Ari and Cvareh quit being dumb and finally got together. #thatfeelingwhenyourshipsails! Sadly, later Arianna goes right back to her love-is-for-the-weak thing and I was just over it. I’ve read other books with female characters (and males because it annoys me when they do it too) where they constantly repeat how love isn’t for them and they cant be vulnerable and blah blah blah broken record. I get it. But clearly, you do love him so it would actually be the brave choice to be with him not the other way around. Sorry, this quickly became a rant instead of a review. What I’m trying to say is I didn’t feel that Arianna grew as a character in this book, even in non-romantic ways. And her rash decision at the end of the book!? It felt really out of character, she is impulsive but she’s also sharp as a blade and I don’t think she’d walk into a trap like that. She’s the one that sets traps for others, that’s her style.
Thank you for reading this review of The Dragons of Nova by Elise Kova, I hope you enjoyed my insights and look forward to more reviews from me in the future.
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