From the publisher:
Lavish, romantic and magical, The Sky Weaver is a new standalone story set in the world of The Last Namsara – one that fans of Leigh Bardugo, Holly Black and Laini Taylor will flock to
At the end of one world, there always lies another.
Safire, a soldier, knows her role in this world is to serve the King of Firgaard-helping to maintain the peace in her oft-troubled nation.
Eris, a deadly pirate, has no such conviction. Known as The Death Dancer for her ability to evade even the most determined of pursuers, she possesses a superhuman ability to move between worlds.
When one can roam from dimension to dimension, can one ever be home? Can love and loyalty truly exist?
Then Safire and Eris-sworn enemies-find themselves on a common mission: to find Asha, the last Namsara.
From the port city of Darmoor to the fabled faraway Sky Isles, their search and their stories become threaded ever more tightly together as they discover the uncertain fate they’re hurtling towards may just be a shared one. In this world, and the next.
I have been anxiously awaiting The Sky Weaver for some time now and fan-girl squealed in delight when I was give an ARC from Netgalley. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU. I have previously enjoyed these books on Audible and it really impacted my enjoyment of the book even reading it. If you’re getting caught up in the series, I highly recommend enjoying The Last Namsara (with one of the best narration I’ve enjoyed in some time) and The Caged Queen. I know I will be enjoying this book again when it releases on Audible.
THAT being said… we are here to discuss the book itself, not my excitement for other ways to continue to enjoy this series.
Safire was one of my favorite characters in the Last Namsara. Her bond with her cousins, Dax and Asha, is fueled by a deep loyalty to each other and a love that led each of them to take serious actions to protect each other in the course of two previous books. I like seeing the aftermath and reading how Asha has found peace in her mission to curate and teach stories, how devoted Dax is to his queen and his people, and how fiercely Safire has continued to apply herself as a soldat.
While Asha and Dax both have other focuses and loves in their life… Safire is still very much alone. When we get a peak into her world and she is still sleeping on a small bed in a sparsely furnished room, I felt sad for her. Her own self-worth is tied so completely to her cousins.
Her strength to overcome is seen time and time again. “She had been alone with such men before. Alone where no one could hear her cries.” I enjoyed the way part of this story had a very clear line of thought… that often those we view as the strongest ones, the ones who are holding the family up, who are protecting everyone… still wants to have someone hold their hair when they puke. Or have someone think only of them and no others.
Eris was an absolute delight to read. The story truly needed the two points of view to bring us along the journey to the Star Isles. One of my favorite aspects of this book series is the way myth and lore is tied in. This was by far my favorite book when it comes to the world-building. The story of Skye and Crow I would love to read as a stand alone novel. And the TWISTS. The TWISTS! I was texting a friend at 1am as I shouted about the twists and turns and reveals.
I wanted more of the relationship between Eris and Safire. The hate-you-but-realize-I-love-you is a bit of a trope in itself, but in this book I delighted in it. Eris is a stalker at times, but thankfully, her reasons for watching Safire have more to do with her pure admiration for the strength of the girl and nothing overtly sexual.
The sexy-steamy-bits… well, if I could have had more, I would’ve loved every single minute of reading it. I imagine that’s what fan-fic is for.
I look forward to reading more by this author. I really hope she continues her rich way of presenting a story and developing such lovable characters.
At the end of this book, she thoughtfully wrote – “I wrote them because I believe this with my whole heart: that you, dear reader, are so much stronger than you think. I hope you find that strength within you. I hope you hone it, wield it, and use it for good.”
I have honed my strength and will wield it for good, Kristen. Thank you for the journey.
A solid 5 out of 5.
My professional background in biotechnology as a research chemist and as a veterinary technician has allowed me to have experienced two vastly different fields and for that I am thankful. In both careers, I have mentored, encouraged, and developed talent.
As a mother of two (a daughter and a son), I’m a self-proclaimed backyard chicken guru and someone who has “foster failed” nearly all the animals currently running the household. Oh, and I maintain a husband in my spare time.