Thursday, February 27, 2020

Book Review: "The Sky Weaver" by Kristen Ciccarelli

The Sky Weaver (Iskari, #3)
Title: The Sky Weaver
Author: Kristen Ciccarelli
Series: "Iskari" #3
Genre: YA Fantasy
Page Length: 400 pages
Publication Date: November 12, 2019
Rating: 4 // 5 stars 
*I was sent a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own*

For starters, you don't have to have read the other two books in the trilogy to read and understand this one, but this one will somewhat spoil the endings of the other two books. It's also good to read the others first because this one follows a character who is present in those two books so we do get a good amount of information about her that way.

Prepare for the sapphic pirate magic adventure of your dreams! We got LGBTQ content, we got pirates, we got dragons, we got god rivalries, we got it all! I am going to try to keep this spoiler-free for this book, but I cannot promise that it won't spoil the other books in this companion trilogy.

I did enjoy this installment but I can't decide if I liked it more than the others or if I liked the others more. I feel like there was a lot of action in this one, but there were times where it just felt long. For example, about halfway through we reached a big climax point that I was figuring would have been the end of the novel because nothing else had been hinted at, but it wasn't. To be fair, it did then set up the rest of the book but it really felt as if the first half and second half of this book weren't the same storyline (I think it felt like a book 1 and then book 2 instead).

However, apart from a few slow moments, I did enjoy this a lot. The characters were what definitely kept me going throughout, but the politics and the action were also quite well. I liked getting to see things that were set up in the other books continue to appear in this one.

Eris and Safire have my heart. I was rooting for them from page 1 and it's truly interesting tracking their character and relationship developments. A criminal and a commandant? A thief and a princess?  A pirate and a solider? Ahhh give me all of it! Their character developments were so good.

I honestly don't even know what else to say without rambling on and potentially spoiling things. The twists and reveals were great and I loved getting to see more of the world and creatures. I sped through this book and read it in just two sittings. I am very intrigued by what the author is going to do next!

Overall, I really enjoyed this final book and this entire trilogy. Each book was so different to each other yet all tied in together and I loved getting to see that. It really speaks to the author's great writing that she can write a dragon hunter trying to overthrow the government AND a political intrigue with court politics and betrayals AND a pirate and princess who hate each other are forced together on an adventure. It was all just so great.

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