The Sky Weaver | Kristen Ciccarelli
Series: Iskari (Book 3)
Hardcover: 400 pages
Publication Date: November 12, 2019
“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.”
The Sky Weaver marks the end of the Iskari series. Each book focuses on different characters that are connected. The first book was about Asha and the second was about Roa. I was so excited to learn that the third book would be about my favorite character, Safire. And not only that, the book would feature an f/f relationship, which to be honest, is a rare find in YA fantasy!
While I enjoyed the story in general, I couldn’t say I was as blown away as I hoped I would be. Safire is such a grand character. She is a young woman who experienced abuse and profuse prejudice from many people who saw her as lesser due to her lineage. Despite this, she remained loving toward her cousins and was impressively brave and capable in the face maliciousness.
I always adored the fact that she was a far more experienced fighter than her dragon-hunting cousin and once freed from her societal constraints, she rose up and commanded a damn army. Her soldiers were loyal to her and her cousins respected her.
And so, it was incredibly disappointing that throughout this entire book, she came off as a damsel in distress. For most of the book, she’s either been captured or outsmarted by both criminals and her love interest. Rarely did I see any of that magnetic agency that I saw in the previous books. She just didn’t seem much like herself in this one.
Safire’s saving grace (literally) was Eris, a thief and possible killer. I was a fan of Safire’s hate-to-love interest, whose appeal lies in her strange abilities and mercenary nature. Eris’ presence brought along a certain energy to the story that inspired a great sense of adventure. I wish her relationship with the pirates had been deeper explored, but her godlike powers give the story and her character a much needed cosmic boost.
Sadly, I wasn’t all that invested in Eris and Safire’s relationship. The “I hate you but I kind of like you” scenario didn’t play out as smoothly as I imagined it would. Each of the girls are impressive (individually) but while together, their personalities didn’t shine through. I just don’t think their romance was cultivated well-enough to be believable. It happened all too quickly and I’m not sure when their dislike for one another turned into love.
The highlights of this book, for me, were the folkloric excerpts describing the origin story of the Sky Weaver. Those short vignettes helped to further establish the foundations of the world and they also served to weave some mythological history into the characters themselves.
Overall, the book was a solid end to a fun trilogy. It was enjoyable, a bit too fast-paced in some areas, but entertaining all the same. There are dragons, pirates, dimension-jumping thieves, gods and goddesses, sea monsters, and strong female leads. What more could you ask for?