Book Reviews: The Dragons of Nova & Serpent’s Game

Yup, two reviews this week, because there have been two books that totally rocked my world since the last review: The Dragons of Nova by Elise Kova, and Serpent’s Game by Pippa DaCosta. The reviews of each book will be below, but let me just say that I highly recommend both of them. They could not be more opposite, but both are spectacular engaging reads. Like super high fantasy with the brutalist dragon monarchy I’ve ever read? The Dragons of Nova is for you. Looking for a book with one of the baddest anti-heroes ever written for urban fantasy, but who you can’t stop cheering for? Try Serpent’s Game. These might not be books for the faint of heart, but they will damn sure keep you entertained!

Holy hell, this book was insane. I was ready to dive back into this truly unique world and see another, more ruthless side of it. There’s so much I want to talk about, but I don’t know where to begin! Let’s start by saying that this book is much, much, much more violent than the previous one. Not in the conventional sense, but good Lord, the Dragon world is absolutely monstrous, no pun intended.

And I loved it. I was always tense, always wondering what would come next. There were two more added perspectives, ambitious Dragon queen Petra and big, merciless baddie Yvuen, and they were just as interesting and engaging as unstoppable Arianna, loyal Cvareh, and all-around-wonderful Florence. Each character brought their own unique flavour to the story, and while most of it took place on Nova (more on that later), the elements of Florence’s journey on Loom were still vital to the overall tale.

And the setting… Folks, I really cannot praise the setting enough. I read an average of 200 books a year, and I’ve never, ever come across a world as unique and different as Loom, or Nova. The concept and the execution is stellar. This is a world where it is plain to see that Kova’s imagination ran wild, and she invites ours to run wild as well. I love Nova. I mean, I wouldn’t take an actual vacation there, because I like my skin on my body, but taking my imagination there for a few days? Oh yeah. Sign me up.

The story was very strong, intriguing, and complex, which I loved, and the ending will leave you screaming for more. Huge twists (freaking conniving Dragons!!!) and shocking reveals, and a final chapter that will have me biting my nails until December. This series truly stands out in high fantasy, and I can’t recommend it enough, though it’s not for the faint of heart. It’s a brutal, bloody, wild ride from start to finish, and I need to see how it ends!

 

Oh God, this book… I can’t even… I just… oh man… If I thought The Dragons of Nova wrecked me, Serpent’s Game was a close contender for second place. Or maybe it’s first. I don’t know. My brain’s still broken over it. 

Okay, it might not be clear here, but I LOVED this book. In my opinion, it was one of the best in the series, which is saying something since every book has been spectacular. The story was a nail-biter, since for the most part, we were watching Ace unravel. He’s always teetered on the point of no return, but we really are stepping into that desolate territory now. This was a dark story, and watching Ace combat his nature was a truly harrowing experience, even as he struggled to do the right thing. I could barely stop reading, loving the shocking twists and the direction the story took. And the ending… I’m pretty sure the ending broke me. Oh, it’s a great cliffhanger, but I almost threw the book across the room. It was that shocking. I don’t know how I’m going to wait until the final book releases and allows me a breath. Or breaks my heart, whichever comes first. I’ve said it for every other book in the Soul Eater series, and I’ll say it again for Serpent’s Game: This is one of the best urban fantasy book series’ I’ve ever read. I cannot recommend it enough. If you haven’t picked it up yet, do so now. You won’t regret it!

 

Amy

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