The Sky Weaver by Kristen Ciccarelli
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’m not ready for this series to be over. Also, I want a dragon.
I have absolutely loved The Last Namsara books. They aren’t super fast paced like I prefer, but there was just something about them that pulled me in instantly. I love the writing, the world, the characters, and the dragons!
While The Sky Weaver can be read as a standalone, I highly recommend reading these in order. It makes it a bit easier to understand all the background characters. I was so thrilled to see a book about Safire this time. I loved her character and always wanted more. I have to say though, I fell in love with Eris more than Safire. That’s not to say that I didn’t love Safire. I did. I just loved Eris more.
Safire is Asha and Dax’s cousin. She didn’t grow up as royalty though. Her mother wasn’t considered to be an appropriate person for her father. Safire was reminded of her place often growing up. She felt like a bit of an outsider in the palace, but she was very close to her cousins. Once Dax became king, he made Safire his commandant. Safire’s job was to protect the king and queen and make sure the soldiers followed orders. Everything to Safire was about following the law and keeping her family safe.
Eris is pretty much the opposite of Safire. Right away, the book starts with Eris stealing things from inside the palace. She was sent to steal the ruby from the king, but she decided to take a tapestry, too. This is when she runs into Safire for the first time. Eris is in a soldat’s uniform, so Safire assumes she’s with them. After all, the “Death Dancer” is a man. Eris uses a spindle to create doorways to where she needs to be. That’s why no one can catch the death dancer. There is something about Safire that gets to Eris and she decides to stay longer to “play” with Safire. Eris takes little things each time she visits Safire’s room. Safire does catch her, but Eris is again able to escape. There is a pirate that Eris reports to. He took her in as a child and keeps her safe as long as she does as she’s told. It’s a sort of servitude and Eris wants out. She also knows she isn’t safe anywhere else.
It was told that Eris set a huge fire and killed everyone inside. She was just a child, but no one questioned the empress Leandra. Eris didn’t set the fire though. She watched someone kill the only parent she new. Day took her in as a baby and kept her safe. A pirate, Jemsin, found her and helped her escape while she watched everything she knew burn. After that, Eris became a fugitive and Leandra never stopped looking for her. Dax and Roa are going to meet with Leandra to form an alliance. Roa’s people need food and they’re willing to do anything to get it to them. Neither of them know Leandra, how she treats her people, or who she really is. Asha was invited, but she was going to the same islands, but not to meet with Leandra. She was looking for the owner of the Skyweaver’s knife. Eris doesn’t get close to anyone. While she’s an excellent thief, she also feels unwanted. Her parents abandoned, Day was killed, she had to leave her home, and she works for a pirate. There is an attraction to Safire, but both girls pull away for different reasons.
As with the other books, we get to read some of the old stories. In this one, we learn about the fisherman’s daughter and the Shadow, Crow. This story is told throughout the book and plays a big part in understanding the isles, the skyweaver, and the empress.
I don’t want to get into any more of the story because it’s told perfectly throughout the book. I will say that we get to find out about a new dragon, Sorrow, who was taken from an abusive home. This dragon made me melt. My heart…
I gave this book 5 stars, the same as the other two books. I’m not sure which one is my favorite. I’m almost leaning towards this one, but it may be tied with The Last Namsara. I know these won’t be for everyone, but I could find nothing wrong with the books. It’s definitely a favorite series of mine.
Warnings for: captivity, unwanted sexual advances (it didn’t go too far), death, body mutilation, abuse.
Thank you to Wunderkind Pr for sending me a copy for review.
Have you read any of the books from this series? Do you have a favorite character?