Review: The Dragons of Nova by Elise Kova // A BRILLIANT SEQUEL

“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.”


  • Title: The Dragons of Nova (Loom Saga #2)
  • Author: Elise Kova
  • Genre: New Adult, High Fantasy, Steampunk
  • Published: July 11th 2017 by Keymaster Press
  • Pages: 488

*I received an ARC from Keymaster Pres via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my opinion in any way!*

Oh my god, where do I even start???

The Dragons of Nova is the second book in Elise Kova’s Loom Saga, therefore I won’t be summarizing the plot like I always do! I will also keep this review as spoiler-free as possible so people who haven’t read the first book yet (STOP WHAT YOU’RE DOING AND PICK IT UP RIGHT NOW) are still able to read this review!

Look how considerate I am, I expect everyone to bow down to me and please call me Queen Jackie from now on, thank you very much 😛

The Dragons of Nova is still told from the POVs of the three main characters – Arianna, Cvareh and Florence – but the perspectives of Cvareh’s sister Petra and Yveun, who’s the King of Nova, were added!

I loved how that added so much depth to the entire story! Petra and the King are and have always been rivals because they belong to different Dragon Houses. Petra (and many other people lol) want to see Yveun dead because they’re not okay with the decisions he makes and the power he has over everyone.

Seeing the perspectives of the two rivals was very entertaining because the reader knew more than the respective characters. It kept me on the edge of my seat especially seeing how the characters would react to the betrayal and deviousness!

I won’t be talking too much about the plot because that would spoil the first and second book but it was awesome!

The Dragons of Nova was a little more slow-paced than the first book because it didn’t have the whole being on the run and trying not to get caught aspect that The Alchemists of Loom had – nevertheless it was still super exciting!

This book was a lot more about the actual conflict between the Dragons on Nova and the Fenthri (which are the equivalent to humans) on Loom, as well as the inner conflict on Nova between the King of Nova and Cvareh’s sister!

There was a lot of scheming and plotting involved and to me it felt like a game of chess! Most of the book is set on Nova and we see the conflicts and acts of betrayal from 4 different POVs! And even though it was a lot more political (if that makes sense), there were still had exciting parts that involved blood, gore, explosives, fights, betrayals and death WHICH I LOOOOVVVEEEEE.

The only time we ever knew what was happening in Loom and how the whole rebellion was coming along was when we switched to Florence’s POV! She is more fierce and kickass than ever! I loved seeing her work on her own and growing into a woman confident of her abilities and learning how to take matters into her own hands!

I DID MISS THE INTERACTIONS BETWEEN HER AND ARI THOUGH. I LOVED THEIR DYNAMIC AND THEIR FRIENDSHIP IN THE ALCHEMISTS OF LOOM AND I CAN’T WAIT FOR THEM TO (HOPEFULLY) REUNITE IN THE THIRD BOOK.

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this before but I love Elise Kova’s writing style especially when it comes to her world-building. Her descriptions of Nova in this book were so extensive and vivid but it absolutely did not feel like an unnecessary info dump!

The “floating islands”, the mountains, the sky, the houses and buildings, all the different colours – it was so beautifully depicted and my imagination was running wild trying to picture all of Nova the way it was described!

ALSO CAN WE TALK ABOUT ARI AND CVAREH IN THIS BOOK BECAUSE DAMN.

THERE WAS A MOMENT AROUND 50% THAT I CAN’T REALLY TALK ABOUT BUT IT LEFT ME SHOOK (AND SEVERAL MOMENTS AFTERWARDS DID AS WELL).

I love the two of them together SO MUCH and it was amazing to see both of them evolve! The possibility of a relationship between a Dragon and a Fenthri was absolutely unthinkable in the first book but the more time Ari and Cva spent together, the more they opened up to each other AND I DON’T WANT TO SPOIL ANYTHING BUT THE SECOND BOOK WILL LEAVE YOU STUNNED.

I’ve already mentioned them in my Favourite Hate to Love Ships post BUT THE DRAGONS OF NOVA CONFIRMED THAT THEY’RE ONE OF MY FAVOURITE HATE TO LOVE COUPLES.

Overall, The Dragons of Nova was a perfect sequel to The Alchemists of Loom and it definitely left me wanting more (again) BECAUSE IT WAS KIND OF SORT OF MAYBE LEFT AT SOME SORT OF CLIFFHANGER AND I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO MY BABIES.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (5 OUT OF 5 STARS)


I’m so grateful that Elise Kova is publishing this entire series in a year and I can’t wait for The Rebels of Gold to come out in December!

Elise Kova recently tweeted that she has finished the first draft of book #3 which is so exciting but also HOW IS SHE WRITING THIS ENTIRE ERIES IN A YEAR I’M IN AWE.

A few weeks ago she also tweeted something about killing off a beloved character AND I WAS LIKE ????? GIRL YOU BETTER DON’T HURT ANY OF MY BABIES. OR ELSE…

You can pre-order The Dragons of Nova now (it comes out next week!) and if you pre-order it you can get a super cool swag pack (it’s international, too!!!). Check it out here, it’s so pretty!!!

AND if enough people pre-order you might even unlock ANOTHER part of the swag pack! Check it out because the things are gorgeous and I, of course, pre-ordered it already 😛


Have you read The Alchemists of Loom yet? Did you read any of Elise Kova’s other series before? What are your favourite steampunk novels? Let’s chat in the comments!

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42 thoughts on “Review: The Dragons of Nova by Elise Kova // A BRILLIANT SEQUEL

  1. TwinBookmarks says:

    We’re on a trip and you’re making us want to stop EVERYTHING just to read this series!! WHY?!!!?

    ….we love this series…and we didn’t even read it yet….you’ve set our expectations to the max…you may have either blessed this author…or cursed her..😀😀

    We stopped posting for a while but we just can’t seem to stop seeing posts!! Of course we had to stop for a while as NO WIFI! 😅

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    • Jackie @ toomuchofabooknerd says:

      AWWWWW GIRLS, I’m sowwwyyyy ❤

      What kinda trip are you on? Another city? Another COUNTRY? OH I KNOW, I KNOW, YOU'RE COMING TO SURPRISE ME HERE IN GERMANY RIGHT???? AWW GIRLS, YOU DIDN'T HAVE TO DO THAT 😉 ❤

      Hahaha that's so cool XD Fingers crossed I didn't curse her because she's so cool and sweet and writes AMAZING books and she deserves so much more recognition!!! So I am REALLY hoping you'll love this series XD

      I'll be going on a hiatus soon so my posts won't be distracting you anymore 😛 ❤

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      • TwinBookmarks says:

        It’s alright😊❤!! We are most sad to say we won’t be in Germany to visit such an awesome person such as yourself (and finally Fangirl face-to-face though there’ll most likely be an awkward start as we are awkward people!!😁😅)! We have gone to visit our family in Bangladesh (in Asia) so we can say it’s (unfortunately😉) further away away from you 😢

        You know what – with tastes so similar you most likely blessed the author! And the plot seems very unique (dragons and all that😉) we would have eventually come across it – just INCREDIBLY FASTER than usual!!😆😉

        Awww we sure will miss your fangirly posts for sure!!😢 Hopefully you’ll be back when we finish our trip! 😁

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      • Jackie @ toomuchofabooknerd says:

        Awww that would have been too good to be true 😂 how good would it be if we could fangirl together in real life??? And don’t worry I’m super awkward too 😂 I hope you’ll have a good time though!! ❤️

        Hahaha yes I think so too! She’s blessed XD I’m so excited for you to finally read it!!!

        When will you be back from your trip? 😊

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      • TwinBookmarks says:

        Though having two of us speaking at once may overwhelm you – as we have been told by many others!! Especially once we warm up to a person 😁😁 Aww thanks!😊😊❤

        We cannot wait to devour the dragon-man world goodness!!!😆😆👌🏻

        We should be back by August… And most likely post a bit (alot – hopefully not) later on!! As we also need to FINISH the coursework and HOMEWORK (😒)!
        What about you – when will you be back from your hiatus?

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      • Jackie @ toomuchofabooknerd says:

        Hahaha awww I won’t mind!! I’d be so excited to meet you, I wouldn’t even notice that you’d be talking at the same time XD

        That’s great!!! I am not officially on a hiatus yet because I still have (very few) blog posts scheduled but definitely until the end of July! And I’ll be going on vacation in August and I also have two term papers to write which is going to be super stressful so I don’t know how active I’ll be next month! 🙈

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      • TwinBookmarks says:

        Hehe well when that day happens – you’ll be in for a shock!!😂😂

        Well at least we would have some posts to check out and when/if we have been deprived of too much we shall do some stalking…but no worries that’s a last resort!😉🤓

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  2. ravenblake99 says:

    Great Review! I’m so glad you loved it! I can’t wait to read it for myself! You must also check out Air Awakens series by Elise Kova. It’s really good! I’ve read only few steampunk novels. My favorites are Crimson Sky by Amy Braun, Falconer series by Elizabeth May, Something strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard.

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    • Jackie @ toomuchofabooknerd says:

      Thanks so much Raven! I’m so excited for you to read it and to hear what you think! 😊

      Ahhhh I’ve seen that Air Awakens is free on Kindle Unlimited so I might get a subscription just to read that 😂 Thanks so much for letting me know, I’ll make sure to check them out!

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  3. May @ Forever and Everly says:

    YOUR EXCITEMENT IS MAKING ME EXCITED. STOP. THIS IS NOT FAIR. I honestly don’t care about anything about this ship Ari and Cva. XD 😍 I will definitely check if TAOL is at my library because SOMEONE maked me want to read it. *glares* I’m glad you liked this one! 😀

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  4. Sophie @ Blame Chocolate says:

    I skimmed most of your review because I didn’t want to be spoiled in the least BUT from what I could tell this book was amazing and absolutely deserving of the 5 stars rating 🙂
    I hope I’ll love it just as much as you did, despite the “moment”. And love to hate ships are the best!! I can’t wait!
    God, this book seems to have everything ❤

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