Title: The Alchemists of Loom
Series: Loom Saga #1
Publication Date: January 10th, 2017
Publisher: Keymaster Press
Author: Elise Kova
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Summary: 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.
Fave Cinnamon Rolls: Florence, Arianna
Needed BROTP: Flor & Ari
Fave Quote: “Numbers remained consistent. Numbers and facts attempted to bring order from a chaotic world, to make sense of the impossible. They were the foundation for colossal structures and the tiniest of clockwork machines alike. Ari loved numbers, and not just because they saved her life by keeping her alert in her surroundings.”
Actual Review: The Alchemists of Loom is an absolute dream for a lover of steampunk, action, and mythical ideas. Also if you’re an engineer gearhead like me, than Arianna, the main character is an absolute delight. It’s filled with magic and science and mythical species reimagined and guilds with specific interests.
Loom follows the story of Cvareh a Dragon (no not like Smaug dragon) who has pilfered a part of a schematic from the Dragon King who rules over all of NOva (dragon territory) and Loom (‘peaceful’ territory now taken over and ruled by Dragons) and wishes to take it to the Alchemists guild where he believes a resistance against the Dragon King remains.
But first he encounters Arianna, aka the White Wraith, a master Rivet and outlaw, and her protegee and Revolver, Florence. He asks/bribes them to help him cross all of Loom and it’s many territories to the Alchemists Guild in Keel. Each of these characters gets a POV and the chapters rotate as to whom has a POV in the story.
The fourth POV centers around the Dragon King’s Champion…err i mean Master Rider wrong Assassin. Though i’d rather deal with that Assassin any day. Leona is a batshit crazy b**** like seriously. Never have i seen a more nutty MC that is like MURDER but yet have weirdly creepy feelings for the King.
Be prepared for lots of killing and gore in this book. Like TOG level amount of Gore. I mean right off the bat in Ari’s first POV chapter we’ve got some violence.
There was no heart-wrenching in TAOL like Elise liked to do in her Air Awakens series though i’m pretty sure AA started off pretty tame in that category too. *side eyes Elise Kova and upcoming stories*
I dont really know what to commont romance wise for htis book because its so sublte i’m still not entierly sure it is there. Arianna is LGBT at the very least. And i think there is the possibility Flo is too. But this world isn’t like Earth’s,the races aren’t human so putting human sexuality labels doesn’t feel right.
I really quite enjoyed reading this story and can’t wait for the rest of it. Hopefully it doesn’t take me as long to read the Loom Saga as it has to read Air Awakens series.