ABOUT THE BOOK:
Title: The Alchemists of Loom (Loom Saga #1)
Author: Elise Kova
Genre: Adult (YA Crossover), High-Fantasy, Steampunk
Publishing: January 10, 2017 (Keymaster Press)
Source: Finished hardcover from author
“Don’t let the shadows of the past smother the possibility for a bright future.”
Her vengeance. His vision.
Ari lost everything she once loved when the Five Guilds’ resistance fell to the Dragon King. Now, she uses her unparalleled gift for clockwork machinery in tandem with notoriously unscrupulous morals to contribute to a thriving underground organ market. There isn’t a place on Loom that is secure from the engineer turned thief, and her magical talents are sold to the highest bidder as long as the job defies their Dragon oppressors.
Cvareh would do anything to see his sister usurp the Dragon King and sit on the throne. His family’s house has endured the shame of being the lowest rung in the Dragons’ society for far too long. The Alchemist Guild, down on Loom, may just hold the key to putting his kin in power, if Cvareh can get to them before the Dragon King’s assassins.
When Ari stumbles upon a wounded Cvareh, she sees an opportunity to slaughter an enemy and make a profit off his corpse. But the Dragon sees an opportunity to navigate Loom with the best person to get him where he wants to go.
He offers her the one thing Ari can’t refuse: A wish of her greatest desire, if she brings him to the Alchemists of Loom.
The Alchemists of Loom is a solid combination of genres; melding high-fantasy with steampunk and throwing in a dash of romance to keep things interesting! It’s truly an adventure in a fascinating world.
Elise Kova, bestselling author of the Air Awakens series, paints a stunning picture of the unique world she created in a very articulate manner. The multi-POV helped pace the story perfectly.
I loved the other elements that accompany the story, too, including the map of Loom, the pronunciation guide, and the symbols of the guilds. *Note to authors: These are super helpful for readers trying to find their way through the world(s) you imagined! Loom and its inhabitants do have a LOT to them, though, so might I recommend that you really pay attention!?! At times, I let my attention drift and had to backtrack to make sure I was following.
Now, RAISE YOUR HAND IF YOU LIKE A UNIQUE PLOT *thrusts hand into air* You’re in the right place!
The Alchemists of Loom sets up a series so well! A decent amount of this book consists of a journey. But, it’s a journey that’s action packed with twists that kept me from putting the book down. This story has such an amazing arc, which is what a good book should do! And, of course, by the time I reached the end, I was itching for more.
Along with the killer world-building came the engrossing characters. I loved the three main characters — Ari, Cvareh, and Florence — equally. They seemed to really help each other grow! Plus (without saying too much), the banter between Ari and Cvareh kept me entertained, for sure. I loved how their relationship evolved.
Overall, I recommend The Alchemists of Loom! I feel like a wide variety of readers would enjoy this book because it crosses over reading levels and genres. I am absolutely going to pick up the next book soon!
Until next time… xo
*Thanks to the author for providing me with a copy of this book. Please note that it, in no way, had an effect on my opinion or review.