Firstly, unless you have read the first book, you will be lost. Second, The Dragons of Nova picks up where TAoL leaves off. Both Ari and Cvareh in Nova.
Elise outdid herself with this book. Everything about the Loom/Nova world is fantastic. Each character brings something to the story. There were a few twists that totally threw me off the trail, but they were really good twists. Major Kova’s writing is phenomenal. She puts a lot of hard work and effort into her books. There is no way this book could be any better if someone else had written it. Unfathomable.