Sunday, 16 July 2017

Here There Be Dragons ~ The Dragons of Nova by Elise Kova Review

Elise Kova breathes new life into the steampunk genre.

I've always adored steampunk. It's the perfect mix of technology ingenuity and magic, setting fire to our imaginations and testing reality's boundaries.

But after reading books from the genre for such a long time, one starts to develop a 'sixth sense' - an irksome feeling that you know all there is to know about a genre. You're no longer wowed by dirigibles or by goggles with cogs. You find patterns in use, authors borrowing from other authors. Nothing seems original anymore.

Elise Kova's steampunk world - Loom, Dragons, Guilds and all their magic - is such a refreshing change of pace. It's vivid, new, and filled with inventions and concepts that will have your mind whirring with possibilities. And it's latest addition, The Dragons of Nova, is just as utterly spellbinding as its predecessor.

A big thank you to Keymaster Press and Elise Kova for the chance to review this incredible book.

Read on for my thoughts on The Dragons of Nova (as well as my favourite quote from te book!).

Title: The Dragons of Nova (Loom Saga #2)
Author: Elise Kova 
Publisher: Keymaster Press
Release date: July 11th 2017

Genre(s): Adult (YA Crossover), High-Fantasy, Steampunk

Page(s): 488 pages

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.

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Welcome to the land of Dragons.

The Alchemists of Loom introduced a battle of wills, a burning ember of a revolution. Now, in The Dragons of Nova, that ember steadily becomes a flame as the players take their places on the board.

Ari may have experience dealing with the politics of Loom, but Nova is a whole new game with much higher stakes. Not usually one for diplomacy - or subtly - Ari is forced to put her trust in Cvareh. But whose side is Cvareh on - Ari's, or the Dragons'? Navigating a tangled net of lies, Ari must uncover the Dragons' true motives and decide who her allies are...before it's too late.

Prepare for Flor 2.0!

Flor has graduated from 'Right Hand Lady of the Badass Boss' to 'Badass Rebel Boss'. Stepping out on her own, no Ari by her side, Flor is ready to use her skills to defeat the Dragons at whatever cost. I adore how Flor finally gets to spread her (metaphorical!) wings and how she shines as her own person in The Dragons of Nova.

What happens when passion and pain collide?

The romance element between Cvareh and Ari is so bittersweet. Both are burdened with so much - the fate of Loom is practically sitting on Ari's shoulders, whilst the future of Cvareh's Court is under constant threat.

Despite literally being from different worlds, these two are so, so alike. Elise Kova highlights their shared fire, their tenacity and drive. Two warriors, drawn together in spite of the odds stacked against them.

The Dragons of Nova met my expectations...and then exceeded them.

There were so many perfectly executed twists and turns - a build up of tensions worthy of a Game of Thrones episode!

The last few chapters had me glued to each page, holding my breath, and praying that my much-adored cast of characters was going to survive. I could never have guessed the book's epic ending or how devastated it would leave me! A million Kudos to Elise Kova for raising the stakes and setting the stage for an amazing Book #3.

'"Nothing, Arianna. Nothing in your world or mine, or the next, would make me want you less."

She grinned, the flat line of her Fenthri teeth showing. "You're a fool, Cvareh."

"I am," he agreed with a grin of his own. Cvareh closed the gap at last, and found her lips with his.

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