Today I am eagerly sharing The Alchemists of Loom with you. I have anticipated this book for sometime. I have included additional information on the book as part of the current tour and a review. If you stick around, at the bottom of the post you will also find a giveaway and a link to pre-order promotions!
The Alchemists of Loom
(Loom Saga #1)
Publication date: January 10th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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.
This was my first encounter with a fantasy novel that includes heavy elements of steampunk. I could not have been more pleased with this fact either. I have been eager to dive further into the world of steampunk fantasy for some time. The Alchemists of Loom was a perfect introduction.
As the reader, we find ourselves immediately thrown into the action with Ari, also know as the White Wraith, during a heist. From here the story of the oppressed Fenthri of Loom, living under the harsh rule of the Dragon King unfolds. Ari happens to stumbles upon Cvareh, a dragon. She decides to spare his life in exchange for a promised boon. What does he asks in return? A guide to lead him through Loom to the Alchemists Guild in attempts of connecting with an alleged rebellion. He hopes to join forces and assist with overthrowing the tyrant ruler and reclaiming honor for his house, the house of Xin. He dreams of a better life for all. This is the one common factor he shares with the White Wraith. But will they learn to trust one another and put their hatreds aside so that they may achieve this goal?
The story line is nothing if not fascinating and refreshing. There is a true air of originality that is not to be under appreciated. The author has managed to provide a beautiful blend of history mixed with high amounts of action and magic that provide the complete fantasy reading experience. Toss in dragons and chimaeras and there is little more that one could ask for.
Ari is a strong female lead who happens to come from a time before the dragons. She harbors the necessary anger and emotion to drive her based on a memory of what was. She is fierce, intelligent and talented with clockwork machinery. She also happens to have a young “apprentice” Flo who is helps keeps her somewhat grounded. For me, Ari was all I could hope for in a female protagonist.
Cvareh is a dragon who claims to seek out a greater world and fight for that cause. He aims to end oppression. He was instantly likable as his cause is admirable. But he is a dragon, so there are times his motives could easily be questioned. The character depth and conflict adds a new level of depth to The Alchemists the Loom, creating a memorable read.
The world construction is gorgeous. It is vast, but never overwhelming. It is a realm divided. We are presented with Nova, home of the dragons, and Loom, land of the Fenthri. The author provides the reader with essential details and bypasses any frivolous or unwanted fluff. We are left to explore and learn as we follow the story. This is an adventure.
Elise Kova writes with experience and appreciation for her readers. She weaves a tale of imagination and fantasy with a fair amount of complexity, but trusts the reader’s own abilities to grasp the events occurring. She spares no expense with constant twists and turns. What ensues is a perfectly developed story full of well evolved characters and expansive worlds that left me anticipating more.
*I would like to thank Xpresso Book Tours and Netgalley for this ARC. This review is my own and completely unbiased.
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
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Elise Kova has always had a profound love of fantastical worlds. Somehow, she managed to focus on the real world long enough to graduate with a Master’s in Business Administration before crawling back under her favorite writing blanket to conceptualize her next magic system. She currently lives in St. Petersburg, Florida, and when she is not writing can be found playing video games, watching anime, or talking with readers on social media. She is the USA Today bestselling author of the Air Awakens Series as well as the upcoming Loom Saga (Keymaster, 2017).
*Please note that Books, Vertigo and Tea is not the host of this giveaway. Good luck!