Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Sky Weaver! The concluding book in the Iskari trilogy is the best one so far, and I’m super excited to share a review below! If you’re interested in seeing my thoughts on the other books in the series, you can check out my review of The Last Namsara and The Caged Queen.
The Sky Weaver by Kristen Ciccarelli
Publication date: 14 November 2019
Genre: YA fantasy
Page count: 400 pages
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher for this blog tour. This does not impact my views on the book. This review is spoiler-free.
I make no secret of the fact that the Iskari series has been pretty hit or miss for me. I enjoyed The Last Namsara, but I actually DNFed The Caged Queen. I was a little nervous going into The Sky Weaver, but I’m so happy I decided to give this series another chance.
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.
The reason that I wanted to read this book is because I’ve really enjoyed Ciccarelli’s worldbuilding and mythology, as well as her writing style. I absolutely love the way she weaves stories and myths into the narrative, and the Sky Weaver’s story is one that has intrigued me ever since I read the first book. I was desperate to learn more and, similar to the previous books, the mythology is woven wonderfully into the main plot. I think of all the mythology in the world of the Iskari, the Sky Weaver is my favourite. In addition to expanding the world and mythology, Ciccarelli builds upon the magic of the world in each book. No spoilers here, but I absolutely loved the way magic is implemented in the story and the tools that are used to help cast magic.
As you’ve seen from other books I’ve read this year, I love stories told at sea! Something I wish we got more of in fantasy, but especially in YA, is pirates. If you’re looking for a pirate story, The Sky Weaver should be at the top of your TBR. Not only do large parts of the book take place at sea and on ships, Eris the pirate/thief girl of your dreams. I really enjoyed the pirate aspect of the book and am hoping that this book starts a trend in YA!
This is an enemies-to-lovers story, which is in my opinion one of the more difficult romances to pull off. Ciccarelli does a great job of building the relationship between Safire and Eris from hatred and annoyance to love. I really enjoyed the dynamic between the two and loved the romance. Safire has been a favourite character of mine from the first book, and I was so pleased to not only see her get a fully realised story and relationship, but also to see her develop even further. She has so many layers due to her past and and I so enjoyed watching her recover and come into her own as a character. Sometimes I find that the dynamic in YA relationships feels unbalanced, however Eris was a great match for Safire and they balanced each other out so wonderfully.
I am so pleased I took another chance on the Iskari series, because I really loved The Sky Weaver! If you’re looking for a YA adventure featuring girls with knives, pirate, an F/F love story, and female friendships, you have to give The Sky Weaver a try.
CW: past abuse, murder
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Have you read The Sky Weaver yet? What did you think? Are you a fan of the rest of the series? Let me know!