Alchemists of Loom [Book Review & Giveaway]
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.
has been reviewing Elise Kova’s novels and telling me how wonderful they are.
And yet, despite having so many people recommend her novels, I never decided to
pick on up for myself. When I saw the opportunity to be on this blog tour, I
knew I just needed to go for it and see where things ended up. I was not
disappointed in the slightest.
to say that the first thing which hit me was the world building and fantasy
elements. Unlike many of the books that I’ve read, the author didn’t need to
explain the unique characteristics of the world. Somehow, as I read the story
they explained themselves so I completely understood, without Kova deviating
from the story to make sure the reader got it. On top of that, I never felt
confused at any point. I inferred all the knowledge I needed to know about the
two very different worlds we get here, and how they worked and what the Dragons
and Fenthri of particular guilds could do. It was amazing, astonishing and as I
was reading, I quickly fell in love with both worlds. They were both very
detailed and well developed. Kova certainly knows how to build a world of her
elements in this fantasy novel as well. I think steampunk is a pretty small and
new genre which needs more love, so I was happy to see it receiving some here.
characters. I really, really loved Cvareh. Sure, he had his own motivations,
but he went into a world where everyone hated him for being of the race he was,
and then had to humble himself to be able to simply debate with them. Everyone
always assumed the worst about him when they first saw him, and I think he had
incredible patience. As well as that, he was a Dragon. When I say dragon, don’t
imagine dragons like the huge flying beasts in The Lord of the Rings. Kova
gives her own meaning to the word. But yes, I loved Cvareh, and how patient,
dedicated and yet smart he was. Even with his flaws.
kind of character who is very confident and also very stand-offish. She doesn’t
want to get too close to anyone because of her past. Her past is slowly
revealed to us because memories and situations are being triggered in the novel
which remind her of back then. I liked her sarcasm a lot, and her wit. She wasn’t
the character I was able to connect most with, but I still liked her a lot.
going to give a detailed mention is Florence. Florence is Arianna’s assistant,
and probably the most calm of the trio. She’s dedicated, creative, and like a
budding flower that is ready to fly. You get to see her develop a lot in the
characters, but this novel didn’t really need many? If they were there for a
brief period, we get a bit of insight in their lives. Enough to make the reader
feel as if they know them. There are also the three main point of views. But we
switch to one or two others in the novel as well. It wasn’t too many, but I
have to admit I wasn’t amazingly interested in Leona’s point of view.
fast paced. There was always something happening to keep me entertained. I also
liked the hints at romance and the intensity between the two love interests.
There is a whole lot of it, because they shouldn’t be together when it comes to
“class” and so on, so it was really interesting to see them develop from
enemies into people who may even like each other. Imbibing (borrowing each
other’s magic) also came into play here, and it was such an interesting
concept. Almost like vampirism, but then with magic – and a whole lot more
read even in a week where I had a lot of deadlines I needed to meet. Now I am
gonna have to be a good little bookworm and wait until April 2017 to get more
of this brilliant story ;.;