Book Review: The Dragons of Nova (Loom Saga Book 2) by Elise Kova

As time goes on, Ari starts to question her decision to leave her home and go to Nova with Cvareh, but she and Petra both know they need each others' help if they're to overthrow the king. But the king has plans of his own, and his call for a Crimson Court just might turn everything upside-down. Meanwhile, Florence finally gets her chance to shine as a Revolver when she's sent on a mission with the Alchemists.

Book Review: The Dragons of Nova (Loom Saga Book 2) by Elise Kova | reading, books, book reviews, high fantasy, dragons
Title: The Dragons of Nova
Book Number: Book 2
Pages: 490
My Rating: 4 Stars
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What a unique book with so many things to love! I was a little on the fence after reading the first book, but this one stepped it up and hooked me. I’m just gonna make a list of all the things I liked.

– This book was slower-paced than the first, but it was more gripping. There was more scheming and intrigue. It created more tension, and I ate it all up.

– I thought I’d be frustrated by having five POVs, but it turned out I liked all of them except Florence’s, and I could understand the need for hers since she was the only one who could show the reader what was happening on Loom.

– I said last time that I didn’t connect to the characters, but I found them much more interesting this time. I appreciated Ari more and how much of a fighter (not just literally, but figuratively) she was. Cvareh was much more powerful and sure this time, not the bumbling hopeless thing he was on Loom. But as one of the other characters pointed out, he was a stranger in a strange land on Loom; it was different once he was on his home turf. I also ended up finding Petra interesting in a mixed-feelings kinda way. And Yvuen’s POV was a great antagonist perspective; it humanized him, showed him capable of love, shame, and fear, but it didn’t romanticize him or make him any less awful.

– I’ve been meaning to write a blog post about how I want more unique fantasy worlds, worlds where society is not set up the same way it is in our world, and I didn’t realize it before, but the worlds in this series are exactly this. On Loom, they don’t have family units. Fenthri go to a place where they’re paired up to mate (or something like that), those kids are all taught as a group, then they’re sent off to be part of a Guild, and the Guild is where they belong. And because of this, they’re free to fall in love with whomever (regardless of gender) without being judged. (Both Ari and Florence would be considered bi or pan by our standards.) And on Nova, the population is split into three families, with one leader of each, and one of those leaders is the King or Queen. And there are different ways that things work amongst them.

– Once again, I loved the unique humanoid dragons and the magic system they have, with the magic being in their organs.

– The romance grew on me. I could absolutely feel the chemistry between Ari and Cvareh and was rooting for them.

– A great continuation of the story with another solid plot.

Overall I enjoyed this one even more the first book. I found it to have more tension, I found the characters more interesting, and the magic and world continued to be super unique!


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  1. ShootingStarsMag

    I’ve heard of these but I haven’t read any of them. I’m a big character person though, so that’s great you really liked them better in this one! Thanks for sharing.


  2. Greg

    Slow moving books can be good if they’re gripping like that, or really draw you in. And I find villains SO much more interesting if they’re humanized, or relatable- even if they’re still bad. 🙂

    The world does sound super unique too- I agree we need more of that.

  3. Dani @ Perspective of a Writer

    I enjoyed this book too! I tried to dive into the 3rd book but just returned it to the library. I think I enjoyed the world building so much too. I like to feel like fantasy worlds developed differently than our own. It’s a neat idea to explore and keeps me engaged. Glad you liked this more than the first Kristen. ❤️

    1. Kristen Burns

      Oh no, I hope you’ll borrow the third one again and finish the series soon! It makes sense that fantasy worlds wouldn’t always be exactly like our own. Thanks 🙂

  4. Olivia Roach

    I have to admit I liked this one less than the other one, and I think it’s for the reasons you liked it… I do agree it is slower paced, and there were a lot of POVs. Although I saw the relevance of them all, it made me feel a bit more disconnected from it all as we constantly shifted? Because it shifted a lot. But I agree with what you said about it being such a unique world and so different from our own! And unlike in the first one, we actually get to go there and see it 😀 It took some interesting turns and you just reminded me that I have yet to read the finale to the series DD:

    1. Kristen Burns

      Oh that’s interesting that we had reverse opinions on the two books lol. I can definitely understand too many POVs making your feel disconnected because I feel that way sometimes too. I guess it just worked for me in this book though. Now go read the final book! 😛