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.
Thanks to Gollancz for sending me an early copy of The Sky Weaver as part of the blog tour!
One thing I’ve really loved about the Iskari series is the way that each book focuses on a different character but still ties into the other books, meaning that you can read all of them or just as easily jump into one of them without having any previous knowledge of the world. Saying that, I would highly recommend all three books, as all are brilliant self contained stories that also build one overarching story throughout them!
The Sky Weaver features two points of view – Safire, cousin to Asha and Dax as well as Dax’s commandant, who we’ve already met in the previous books, and Eris, a mysterious new character who’s part pirate, part thief, and part something she’s hiding from the rest of the world. The two characters meet at the start of the book and are constantly drawn together throughout the rest of it. I loved Safire in the previous books and I’m so happy that more of her story was told in this one. I will say that I was a bit wary going into this after seeing Eris described as a pirate (I’m not one for pirate books), however, this is such a small part of her character that it didn’t actually bother me at all and definitely didn’t affect the rest of the story for me. Anyway, I ended up loving Eris and her chapters just as much as Safire’s chapters!
One of my favourite things about these books has always been how the mythology is intertwined throughout the story and the past is visibly linked to the present, and this was definitely a prominent theme throughout The Sky Weaver too. Seeds were planted both in the chapters set in the past and in Safire and Eris’s chapters in the present, which eventually led you to be able to slowly uncover the secrets throughout the story as the characters themselves worked them out.
With each book released, I love this series and this world more and more, and I was so happy to be back in it and following the point of view of these two characters. I think it says something that of the three books, all of which have different main characters and different themes, I honestly can’t pick a favourite – all of the characters have definitely had an impact on me and I’m so glad these two girls had their time to shine in the conclusion of this trilogy.
(p.s. guys – f/f enemies to lovers…)