Dragons of Nova (Loom Saga #2)
By Elise Kova
Publication Date: July 11, 2017
Book 2 picks up where book 1 leaves off and Cyverah and Arianna jump on a glider to fly to Nova. Cyverah must hurry because the King thinks he’s sick and praying and Ari must hurry to save the people of Loom and to cash in her wish. Once on Nova, Ari is left alone in a nation that hates Chimera and is guarded by a dragon who REALLY hates Chimera.
Ari becomes increasingly frustrated because Cy has not come to see her and seeing that Cy’s sister needs Ari for her knowledge on how to produce Perfect Chimera (Chimera who can kill dragons) she bargains for her release or dragon hands.
Meanwhile the Dragon King is furious because he wants to know why Cy was on Loom and he’s tired of Petra’s inevitable attempt at an overthrow so he calls a Crimson Court so that he can look at the inhabitants of her house. Some spoilery stuff happens during the Crimson Court and the King may or may not see Ari.
Meanwhile back on Loom, Florence is fighting the good fight against the dragons when she travel to the Harvesters Guild where she attains a new perspective on the Dragons. Some spoilery stuff happens and it ends with a big WHAT-THE-HELL burger with a side of cliffhanger.
Loom/Nova are amazing worlds full of contrast. Loom is practical and predictable with the rise and fall of the sun. They are also a people of thinkers and innovators. Nova is a dreamlike world that changes with the moon and appreciates beauty over function. Who cares where water comes from as long as it’s there when I need it. This is basically a story about war and who will win. Will it be the godlike creatures who rule with intimidation, slavery, and magic and who rely on their minions to supply their machines and run their factories? Or will it be the oppressed who will hopefully conclude that they are the smarter race and that they are stronger when they work together? This is just one of the themes in Dragons of Nova that make it special.
All the characters are wonderfully round and engaging. The women in this novel are revered and as I stated in my review of book 1, their strength and their gender never share a sentence.
If you are looking for a more mature fantasy novel ( I suspect this is NA not YA), I HIGHLY recommend this series.