The Sky Weaver by Kristen Ciccarelli – REVIEW
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.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Gollancz.
Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
“You made it my duty to uphold the law. You made it my mission to always choose what is right and good and just.”
I eagerly accepted the invitation to take part in the blog tour for The Sky Weaver as I loved the first two books in the trilogy, The Last Namsara and The Caged Queen. Whilst all three books are connected, it is technically possible to read each as a standalone, but I’d recommend reading them in order as you gain a deeper understanding of the world and its mythology. Plus the writing is so beautiful that you’d definitely be missing out if you didn’t. This book centres around Safire, commandant of Firgaard’s army, and Eris, a pirate and thief. Yes, this is a f/f romance which just makes it even more epic.
“So when the monster reached to touch her, she let him. More than let him. Night after night, she went to him.”
As I’ve come to expect from this series, both Safire and Eris are fantastically complex and powerful women. The alternating POV chapters allow the reader to slowly understand Safire and Eris’s motivations and history. Both characters have been shaped by their difficult pasts and initially clash; Safire’s rigid code of honour and commitment to law and order is the complete antithesis of Eris’s chaotic and lawless life as a pirate and notorious thief. These differences might make a romance seem unlikely but similarities slowly emerge and I appreciated how they each challenged the other. Enemies to lovers is one of my favourite tropes and is portrayed really well here.
“This is home. No more running and hiding. This was where she belonged.”
Like the first two books, the main plot is interspersed with the folkloric tale of the Sky Weaver and the God of Shadows. I think this has been my favourite mythological story of the trilogy as it was heart-wrenchingly beautiful with an underlying pathos. The story is used to enhance the character arcs of Eris and Safire, whilst remaining pertinent to contemporary events. The author also skillfully explores tough issues such as women’s position in a patriarchal world, colonisation and slavery, and the toxic possibilities of family. The Iskari trilogy is a shining example of how powerful YA fantasy can be and I’d highly recommend this tale of fierce women, dragons, pirates and romance.