Wednesday, January 17, 2018

The Alchemists of Loom; Elise Kova

Title: The Alchemists of Loom (Book #1 of the Loom Saga)
Author: Elise Kova
Genre: Fantasy; Young Adult; Steampunk
Publisher: Keymaster Press
Publication Date: January 10th, 2017

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


Hello Fellow Readers,

I am so surprised how much I liked this book considering it took me two times to read it. The first time I was in the middle of my reading slump and I just could not get into the book. The second time, however, was a completely different experience.  At First, I thought Arianna was Selfish, Egotists, and Stubborn but as the story progresses you start to see a softer side especially in the interactions with Florence. This made me really endear to the character. I loved Cvareh and Florence as well which made it a breeze when reading their point of view.

The world that Kova built is phenomenal and the way she gives you backstory and exposition so subtle without punching you in the face with blocks of text is great. I enjoyed the different guilds, while also learning about the different Dragon houses. It's also refreshing to read about Dragons rather than other mythical creatures like fae (They are overused in my opinion). The slow build and evolution of Arianna and Cvareh's relationship were fun to read. I am so rooting for them!

Leona was not a hard POV to read despite me not liking her (which you shouldn't do). The sadistic tendencies of dragons towards other really makes you a bigger fan of Arianna and Cvareh. Nova and Loom are so different and Kova did a really good job describing the cities around Loom. Since the next book takes place on Nova it makes me really excited to see how that differs, although I think I already know. Overall, I am really glad I gave this book another shot. Can't wait to read The Dragons of Nova Next.


#BeatTheBacklist 2018 - 2/85*
#2018AtoZChallenge - 3/26

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