Review contributed to Rad Babes Reads by @booksndragons
Magic, dragons, and steampunk? Honestly, what more could you want in a book? Well, you’ll get all that and more in The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova! Did you all read that in a typical infomercial voice? In all seriousness though, this book is absolutely fantastic.
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.
Elise has a way with world building that just sucks you in from the very beginning. From the release of her first book, she’s been phenomenal at world building. This is something that she has only improved upon. I’ve actually talked to Elise about her world building process at a signing and she told me that the Loom world took over a year to build up! She puts so much time and effort into her work and it really shows.
The Alchemists of Loom is definitely a slower paced story with bursts of action here and there which is something I’m typically not a fan of because I get bored. However, even with the slower pace, I never felt bored while reading. Every chapter switches point of view between characters, each with such a unique inner dialog that even when there isn’t a ton of action happening, you’re still immersed in the story.
I gave The Alchemists of Loom a 5/5 on Goodreads. The second book, The Dragons of Nova, has already been released and the third, and final, book comes out on December 5th. I also highly recommend Elise’s first series, Air Awakens, if you haven’t read that.
– Myranda (books_n_dragons)