Saturday, May 11, 2019

#AUDIOBOOKREVIEW: The Dragons of Nova by Elise Kova #WyrdandWonder

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The Dragons of Nova by Elise Kova (Loom Saga #2)
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Release Date: July 11th, 2017
Format: Audiobook narrated by Timothy John Campbell and Erin Moon
My Rating: ★ 1/2
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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.
I was completely blown away by the first book in Elise Kova's Loom Saga, that I finally decided to listen to the second book on audio. I am really glad I listened to these on audio, for one Erin Moon and Tim Campbell do a great job as the dual narrators in these. Although, I like Erin so much, it felt a little unnecessary to have a narrator just for Cvareh's parts. I think part of the reason I feel that way is the narrative seems like the ratio between Cvareh and Arianna is not on equal weight. I am also glad I did this on audio, so I actually know how to pronounce the names!

In the first book we don't know a lot about the Dragons, they are just the big bad, so when Arianna and Florence come across Cvareh it's a huge deal. This second book starts off where the first one left off, with Arianna and Cvareh going to seek out The Dragons so Arianna can build the philosopher's box, and Florence going on to do her own thing. This book goes back and forth between Arianna, Cvareh and Florence's points of view. I don't feel like I really needed Cvareh's point of view, since we get a lot of it with Arianna's stuff, but it was pretty cool to see what Florence was up to. It was interesting to see how what was happening in the Dragon kingdom was effecting what Florence was doing.

There is a bit of a romance in this one, which I think was definitely hinted at in the first book, but I wasn't sure if that was just wishful thinking. I also like that the book doesn't shy away from talking about sexuality on a spectrum. Dragons are very heteronormative because they are all about breeding, but because of the nature of reproduction in Chimera's it's not something that Arianna ever had to hold herself to. It's a really interesting conversation, because Cvareh cannot wrap his mind around it, and Arianna is just very nonchalant about it.

The book also really delves into the Dragon kingdom and all the power struggles, and chess moves everyone is doing. The Dragons aren't just trying to occupy Loom, but each other. It was cool to see how that was all going down. I especially loved all the different descriptions of the different dragons you meet in this book.

If you want to read a pretty original fantasy series, I highly recommend you pick up and start with The Alchemists of Loom. I'm debating about if I should start the last book in the series right away or just let this one simmer in my brain for a little bit.

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