The Sky Weaver (Iskari, #3) blurb:
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 power to move between worlds.
When one can roam from dimension to dimension, can one ever be home? Can love and loyalty truly exist?
Now 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 Star Isles, their search and their stories become woven 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 am so ridiculously happy that this book was amazing. Like, I don’t think you guys understand (actually, you all probably DO understand) that immense sadness when an anticipated read fails to deliver… But this was so good! I was crying sad tears and happy tears by the end.
Let me start by saying that there are pirates and dragons in this book. I love how Ciccarelli weaves all these amazing elements of fantasy into this huge story. I mean, it’s not like the pirates ride the dragons (this is definitely NOT How to Train Your Dragon), but the fact that it’s there is really cool. Also, Kozu is great, but Sorrow just makes my heart break over and over on repeat and I love him to death.
There are a lot of strong female representation in these books. Safire, who we have come to love in previous stories, and who had a really rough time in The Last Namsara, is such a beautiful character, and I am so happy that she has built her confidence in herself. And then there’s Eris who is still facing and dealing with such a brutal past and present. I love how independent they are, but also how much they come to rely on each other. Asha and Roa also play such great roles. Look, I just love them all, ok?!
There’s also a slow burn, enemies to lovers f/f romance. AHHHHH!! cue sighing for eternity Safire and Eris were heartbreaking and also heartfixing (?! it’s a thing, ok), and then soul destroying, and I just can’t stop screaming. I haven’t read such a good enemies romance in a standalone for ages.
Look, I could scream forever on this one point alone, but how Ciccarelli weaves the mythology into the story, making them both relevant and part of an overarching plot is just pure magic. Honestly, this is one of my favourite parts of this trilogy. Each of the books focuses on a different story/myth as pertains to the events of the books themselves. It’s such a unique and creative way to do it and I just adore it. I really loved the story of Crow and Skye in this and then how it related to Safire and Eris.
The only thing wrong with this book was that it’s the end of the trilogy and there’s not another 700 pages of story. Because I could always read more in this series. I thought I would want more Asha and Torwin, or Roa and Dax, but I kind of wanted more Safire and Eris. I mean, I’d take more of all of them, but especially those two.
The only thing I’m really sad about is that my copy of the book doesn’t have foil where my copy of The Caged Queen does… If that’s all I have to complain about then I think I’m doing well!
I loved this book so much. Basically, I just want to hug this book a little, and then go back and start at The Last Namsara again.
If you like dragons, magical artifacts, myths and stories, diverse characters and feelings, then I recommend this series for you!!
ENDING SPOILER THOUGHTS DO NOT CLICK UNLESS YOU HAVE READ
Honestly, there’s not really much screaming about this one. It had such a beautiful, gentle ending that I seriously just wanted to hug it again.
Probably the only thing I’d say here, and it’s not a criticism in the slightest, in fact I loved it, was that the myths this time weren’t necessarily about Eris, but her parents. This is something different from the first two in that the dragon myths were about Asha, and the sister myths were about Roa, so it was nice to see the Sky Weaver myths being about Skye. I did think for a couple of chapters that maybe Eris was Skye reincarnated… but the parents thing was much better!!