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!
Fans of Book 1 in Elise Kova's Loom Saga. Anyone who likes a different take on dragons, unique fantasy worlds, enemies-to-lovers romance, and stories of rebellion.