The Alchemists of Loom (The Loom Saga Series #1)

The Alchemists of Loom (The Loom Saga Series #1)

by Elise Kova


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781619844414
Publisher: Keymaster Press
Publication date: 01/10/2017
Series: Loom Saga Series , #1
Pages: 380
Sales rank: 260,887
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

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's not writing can be found playing video games, watching anime, or talking with readers on social media.

She is the author of the Air Awakens Series as well as the upcoming Loom Saga (Keymaster, 2016).

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The Alchemists of Loom (The Loom Saga) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
QueenAlchemy More than 1 year ago
I received an Advance Reader Copy at no cost from the publisher/author. This review MAY contain spoilers. Read at your own risk. I admit to being a little nervous before reading this. Elise Kova's Air Awakens series was her first series, and it holds such a special place in my heart. I feared that because of Kova's change from young adult fantasy fiction to adult fantasy fiction with this series that I would somehow not get the same spark that I got with her first series. I feared for naught. That spark was there and more. Go ahead and declare me a phoenix because I feel like that spark will continue to delight me and then make me reborn with everything that Kova writes. If you are familiar with Kova's young adult books, the first thing that you may notice is the different feel of this book. I definitely felt it. It was something new and curious and absolutely enchanting. One of the things that made the adult label stand out more to me is the incredible world building. I mean, really, this world building is boss. I admit that I had to reread the first chapter three or more times before I felt like I could go on because there is so much world building to grasp on to before moving forward. Once I got that first chapter down and got used to it, I was golden. The world building just flowed off the page after that. And it is so impressive. I love the dragon and chimera aspect. The dragons have magic and different kinds of magic is housed in different organs. So there is a black market organ trade for dragon parts. The dragon blood and organs also help them to refine metal with magic in it. It's really complex. So not only can you buy dragon organs and have them implanted inside you so that you can have magic, but you can also have magic objects made from gold- which is made from dragon blood/organs. The emergence of dragons has really made this steampunk world evolve. It's amazing. And the distinction between the different races is so well written. The way they dress, their names, the dragon hierarchies, the way that dragons challenge one another to gain rank in society, the guilds and the way that the Fenthri are made to wear their guild tattoos on their faces. Everything is so perfect in the world building and so completely original. The writing itself is magical. I was invested in the story from the very beginning. I love the way that Kova grabs your attention and keeps it honed in on the story. This book seems more fast-paced than her other books, but it certainly doesn't lack anything for it. The writing is beautifully constructed. These characters had to grow on me a little, but in the end, I loved them. The way that Kova writes her characters is incredible. You get to know them right from the start and it keeps building up as the story progresses. There are small details about their pasts or their personalities that all adds up. The relationships that are formed by the characters as the story goes on is amazing too. There are so many emotions and Kova makes you feel all of them along the way. The way that the characters come together and learn to trust one another is invigorating. I especially loved how Ari and Cvareh come together in the end. Overall, this is another epically fantastic release from Elise Kova. She has proven that she isn't tied down to a single genre and can conquer the mountain of any genre he brilliant little mind can conjure a story from. I really am so impressed!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't know I was about to become a Steam Punk fan when I started this adventure! Elise caught me up right away and I didn't want to put it down! Exciting and fast paced with just the right blend of humour and romance thrown into the adventure. Looking to continuing the journey through Loom and Kova
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Elise Kova has an art for creating fantastic new worlds! She is an incredible author and I always look forward to reading her books. This was the first steampunk novel I've read and I thoroughly enjoyed every moment. Elise has captured the world perfectly! She's put a lot of thought into creating Dragon houses, naming the towns, and has even created different forms of measurement (I was thoroughly impressed) I loved the characters, the plot, and the suspense. I'm interested to know how the relationship between Arianna and Cvareh will progress considering how much Arianna despised dragons in the beginning and can't wait to see the what Elise has install for the sequel!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After reading Kova's first series, I knew this was going to be good. But I had no clue that it was going to be this good. I know in other reviews I always say how I like seeing the authors writing mature. Well...this is leaps and bounds above what the Air Awakens series was. And I really liked the Air Awakens series. The world building in this is 10 times better, the characters are fully developed and complex. The twists and turns you don't see coming. I have to say, I feel I'm pretty spot on when predicting things that are going to happen in books. I was wrong, so many times and I LOVED it!
forsakenfates More than 1 year ago
So I have read my first Elise Kova book. I have been eying her work since the Air Awakens series came out last year, but I just have not gotten around to picking up the first book. When I found out she was coming out with another series, I knew I had to get my hands on it, especially when I heard it was steampunk with "warring" cultures. First off, I just like to say that Elise has amazing writing ability. This book is so well written, I could easily imagine each character, object, and the world. I loved immersing myself in the world and the characters lives and Elise made that easy. It took me about 30 pages to absorb myself within the world and the characters, but after that I was fully invested and wanted to follow them on their journey in Loom. We follow the POVs of each character in this great trio as well as side characters, including those on the "bad" side. From the beginning, this book was full of intrigue and action as the trio worked to complete their mission and also learn to work together. I really enjoyed the relationships between all of the characters and seeing them evolve over the course of the book. The end of the book left me with a lot of questions and theories about what we can expect in future books and I'm eagerly awaiting being able to read the sequel and see Ari, Cvareh, and Florence again.
xokristim More than 1 year ago
This was one of the most action based and character driven books I have ever read. The descriptions of people, places, and things was wonderful. I never felt myself getting bored of the descriptiveness, which tend to happen in some fantasy novels for me. The story drew me in from literally the first page, where yes there is action! Another thing I loved was it was written in multiple points of view, but not too many where you get all confused. I loved the characters in this book so much!!! Each character was very unique, which I feel is hard to do in a fantasy novel. Ari was the most determined, focused, and intelligent characters I’ve ever read about and I was rooting for her throughout the whole book. I love Florence she was just a wonderful addition to Ari. And Cvareh, ugh, LOVE! Sorry I’m finding it hard to form complete sentence here. I highly recommend this book if you are a fan of Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha Trilogy, or Six of Crows Duology! I was extremely enthralled in this book from the moment I opened it. From the cover to the actual hardcover’s inside I was astounded at the amount of amazingness that could be in one book. Did I mention there is a map? No? Oh well there is a map! Need I say more?!?! I have no idea why I haven’t heard the hype about this book before now, but I really feel I was missing out. Do yourself a favor and get yourself a copy, whether you are a fan of fantasy or just want to get started this book is perfect. I can’t wait to jump into book 2!
Melanie Noell Bernard More than 1 year ago
I received this free digital ebook from the author in exchange for my honest review. World God, I love steampunk! And that’s exactly what the setting of this story is with a little bit of fantasy thrown in here because it’s basically the clash of a steampunk, mechanical world and a fantasy world. The best part is how unwell they co-exist. I was very excited to read about these elements, but honestly would have liked more. The characters definitely utilized the elements of both the steampunk and fantasy worlds, but it just left my mouth-watering to know all the finite details. What can I say? I’m a geek. Hahaha! Multi POV Anyone who reads my reviews knows how loathe I am to having multiple POVs in a story because most of the time… they just don’t add anything. Sadly, there were a couple of those in this story. That being said, not all the POVs bothered me. I quite enjoyed and supported a few of them because they were vital to the story or character development, but others seemed unnecessary. Slow & Steady I wouldn’t consider this to be a fast story. Yes, there is plenty going on. Yes, there are action scenes, but for the most part, it’s a steady-paced story. At times it did feel a bit slow because it focuses rather heavily on the character development rather than the plot, but that only made me care more about the characters. I just wish it would’ve moved a little faster because even the scenes between characters took its toll after a while. Characters I enjoyed most of the characters in this story as they each had their own unique backgrounds, characteristics, haunts, enthusiasm, and direction in which they were growing. Though… I’m not entirely sure I believed all of it. Some of the character development felt a bit forced, in my opinion, but that doesn’t hinder the fact that I still quite enjoyed reading about each of the characters.
Eire2011 More than 1 year ago
Dragons, steampunk and an interesting twist towards the end of the book are just a few things that drew me right into this book. Ari is a brilliant woman who is a Chimera which means she has some Dragon parts and hates the Dragons with a passion because they were the downfall of her people and a plan that failed. She comes from mysterious origins that few know about and she plans to keep those a secret, choosing to be known as a Ghost that causes trouble when need be but is not to be messed with nor those who are under her protection, especially Flor, her apprentice. When Cvareh shows up in Loom suddenly, Ari is intrigued by him though mostly for that fact that pieces of him could be sold on the black market for a great profit. When the injured Cvareh asks for her help to get him to the Alchemists of Loom, she is very reluctant because he's a Dragon and she'd rather not go back to that part of the country which is later revealed that she came from. At her Flor's urging (more like pleading because Flor is just such a sweetheart) and striking a bargain with Cvareh, she decides to help him and if all else fails, she could still sell him in pieces. Cvareh just wants to get a mysterious object to the Alchemists of Loom to create something that his sister can hopefully use to overthrow the Dragon King and free those that have been under the tyrant's reign. He couldn't have picked a more knowledgeable or crafty person to help him who has several tricks up her sleeve and magic that she seems to be well in control of. This unlikely trio sets out for quite the journey and come across quite the complications, especially when the Dragon King sends his head General of his army to try to find out what's going on, is aware that something special of his is missing and is fairly certain that it was Cvareh who took the object. When Flor is injured in a way that Ari's magic can't heal, they are in a race to read the Alchemists who can hopefully save Flor's life and help Cvareh in his quest. Little does he know just how much his life is about to change and that maybe Ari isn't quite as annoying with her jibes as she once was. This book was such a pleasure to read and I loved how magic, steampunk, Dragons and smart strong gals were mixed to form quite the interesting storyline. It was so funny to read the things Ari would do or say to get a reaction out of Cvareh in the beginning, then to see a very unlikely friendship crop up and a glimpse into a possible romance. I can't wait to see what next will happen and to get to read again about all the characters I enjoyed getting to know in this book!
Lafara12 More than 1 year ago
I expected great things from this book and it still managed to surprise, it surpassed my expectations and my love for Elise's writing has grown!! I think fans of Elise will truly enjoy her new series and I trust new readers will feel the same. There's major world building in this book! But this doesn't mean the book is filled with long and tedious explanations or history, my impression was that as you read you get glimpses and bits of information about both worlds (yes, we have two, Loom and Nova) and their inhabitants; and I must say I found this formula to be more engaging as a reader, because unlike with other stories it didn't leave me frustrated that we didn't get the whole picture of what we were dealing with, it actually made me more curious because it lets your imagination run free, you start to wonder about what happened, make up theories. I was surprised by the universe that Elise created in this book. You have Nova which is located on the sky and is where dragons live, not your regular dragons by the way; and then there's Loom on the ground and where the Fenthri live. Both races are so different, and I don't mean just physical appearance, their whole cultures and way of life were different. It's a very detailed and original universe, you can also find some new terms while you read this book, I quite liked that. In the matter of characters. The Alchemists of Loom is told in 4 different points of view, which works perfect because you're not limited into the information you get if it was told only by a single character; this way you know what each one is thinking, your perspective is richer. These four characters are also as different as night from day, you have Arianna, Florence, Cvareh and Leona. Arianna, is such a badass, she's fierce, strong, driven, stubborn, loyal, sassy, she's fantastic. Her past is tragic and it has affected the way she's living now, she can be harsh, but it never gets to a point where I felt annoyed by her attitude. Florence, is a sweetheart, intelligent, kind, so lovable. I loved the relationship between these two, like an older/younger sister relationship, in my opinion it was great that this wasn't a romantic situation because it highlighted their friendship. the bond they share. Cvareh, who just entered my book boyfriend's list was also incredible, he's certainly different from other male characters I've read, I don't want to give too many details about the book because I just want everyone to be surprised. And Leona, well, she's definitely relentless. The Alchemists of Loom has a very interesting plot, it's fast paced, with a fluid writing, there's lots of action, some romance as well although it's not one of the central elements, there's certainly bigger things happening, even so those moments where "love is in the air" were incredible. I'd also that that I think the first had of the book moves a bit slower, certainly it is the second half that has the more action and intensity in it but it was still pretty damn good, my congratulations to Elise on this fabulous book, I can't wait for the second one!!
Kathleen Stebbins More than 1 year ago
Arianna is focused on her work, the more risky the bigger the pay day. it’s been a handful of years since the last alliance tried to rebel against the Dragon hierarchy. After all, what business does a dragon have on Loom? If she comes across a dragon, it’s better to harvest them. Wrapping up a job a dragon falls and is practically gift wrapped before Arianna, and as she goes for his heart he offers he the un thinkable. In exchange for smuggling him to one of the guilds, she’ll get the one thing she wants, to over throw the Dragon King. It’s hard to say no, and a deal is struck, even if she detests him the ends justify the means in her world. Turns out this dragon has more baggage then she calculated for, the odds are shrinking against her. As other dragons descend to Loom in search of Cvareh, she wonders who she is traveling with and what his motives are. For her, a dragon is better off dead. I loved Elise Kova’s previous books, the Air Awakens series, and I was just so excited to read The Alchemists of Loom. hook and line I was caught up in this book and finished it way to quickly. The great news, the author sticks to a schedule when releasing books, every three months! YAY! I recommend this to everyone, it’s amazingly written, the world is vast and so thought out, the characters are addicting. Do yourself a favor and get lost within the pages and streets of Loom.
BooknerdJackie More than 1 year ago
The Alchemists of Loom is about Arianna who is a criminal, also called The White Wraith, most known for dealing with valuable dragon organs because she is literally the #1 dragon hater. One day she comes across a dragon, Cvareh, and even though she hates dragons with a passion, he offers her a boon that she can’t refuse. Joined by Ari’s pupil and friend Florence, the trio go on a long and adventurous journey to the Alchemist’s Guild. This book was absolutely incredible and it is definitely one of my favourite books that I’ve read this year! The book starts off with Arianna being on a mission to break into a building. On said mission, Ari (sort of) gets caught and is being followed, which immediately creates a thrilling atmosphere, but her mastermind knows exactly what to do to escape. She is incredible at calculating everything and it was incredibly fascinating to see how she operates! The Alchemists of Loom is told from multiple POVs and I absolutely loved it! We get to see the story from Ari, Cvareh and Florence’s perspectives and it was so cool! The multiple POVs helped the world-building immensely and you got to know each character so much better! The three of them are very different from each other so they each had a very distinctive voice! The book doesn’t really end on a cliffhanger but it definitely leaves you wanting more and you want to read on like immediately! I will definitely be reading more from Elise Kova because her writing is amazing and she creates such realistic worlds and likeable characters and I’m just in awe! Kudos to her!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love Elise Kova and her writting. This series is proving to be just as amazing as her others. I am so looking forward to jumping into Dragons of Nova!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the storyline and characters. Well written.
Melzapel More than 1 year ago
Love, Love Love. What if magic was tied to blood and organs? Alchemists of Loom was a fantastic read and such an interesting way of looking at fantasy and magic. The world building was brilliant. You always knew what the land looked at. Badass characters who showed vulnerability in many ways. This book was so seamless in the four POVs. You never were confused after a switch in POV. I loved how you were able to always understand what the characters were thinking. Well thought out plot and concept. Definitely recommend for anyone who loves the change of perspectives in Sarah J. Maas's Throne of Glass books or Sabaa Tahir's Ember in the Ashes.
Rubys_books More than 1 year ago
Steampunk isn't one of my favorite genres, but it might just become one if all books are just like this one. I've heard a lot of great things about Kova's books, and I've decided to give this one a try. There's something incredibly magical about this book, and it's truly amazing to experience. First of all, the world of Loom is really interesting, with steampunk themes blending perfectly with fantasy, in a way I hadn't quite imagined. There's magic, dragons, and technology that, strangely, work just fine together. The world itself is really complex, with a lot of stuff to understand, and a lot of stuff that I didn't quite understood at first. I kind of felt a lot like Cvareh, being thrown into an unknown world and trying to understand it. At times that proved a bit difficult, especially since there's a lot of stuff that we don't know about what happened in the bast, way before the events in the book started. I also liked having the book told from different POVs. It helped show a bigger picture than what one side would have shown, and I loved that we got even the villain's side of things. Ari was a really interesting heroine. She is definitely not an easy person to understand, or even like. She has a lot of secrets, and the more I read about her, the more intrigued I became. I wonder if in the future we'll get to fully know who Ari is, what her motives for hating the dragons are, and if she'll get some kind of closure. But I did respect her, to be really honest, because as cold as she wanted others to see her as, she was truly loyal to her friend, even though that put her in a lot of danger. Florence was one character that I loved from the very start. She was witty, funny, and kind of impossible to resist. I can understand why Ari wanted to protect her at all costs and why she rescued her when she did. I also liked that even though Florence had a pureness and tenderness that made her seem soft and breakable, she found it in herself to make the hard decisions, even though she was truly scared of the outcome. Cvareh was the character that, much like Ari, was interesting, but it took me a while to understand. I still feel like there's a lot about him that we don't know, that he's keeping a lot of things about himself hidden, and I'm curious how that will work out in the next book. But as I said, having different POVs in this book made it difficult to decide which side of the war to sympathize with, because contrary to what Ari believes, Cvareh didn't seem so bad. The more I read, the more I understood why I had so many people urging me to read Kova's works, mainly because she managed to get me to like a story in a genre that I don't normally connect with. The only thing I would have wanted was to have more background information, to maybe understand how to navigate the world of Loom better, but all in all this book was a great series-started, and I'll definitely read the next book in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So good! An interesting YA-adult crossover and a refreshing original story.
HighlightsandHotChocolate More than 1 year ago
Ever since the fall of the resistance, Arianna has been working in the shadows to bring down the Dragons who ruined her world. In the city of Dortam, she is known as the White Wraith, a ghostly figure who even the dragons fear, an organ thief who sells to the highest bidder. Stumbling across a wounded dragon in a back alley is as close as she comes to having a good day. Cvareh is determined to help bring down the Dragon King and establish a new order. Stealing the King's schematics and fleeing the sky world of Nova is just the first step on his journey to the Alchemists Guild. Now he just needs someone who understands this strange, grey, ground world of Loom to get him there. I first heard about this book on Booktube, the corner of YouTube run by book bloggers, authors, and publishers where you can find anything and everything you want to know about books. Anyway, I first heard about The Alchemists of Loom from Sasha Alsberg of ABookUtopia, Regan of PeruseProject, and Lindsay Cummings. Their fantastic recommendations put this book pretty high up on my radar, and I was already planning to buy it when I passed a random Barnes & Noble here in Boston at the end of February and saw a poster of the cover in the window.When I went in to get a better look, it turned out that the author was there for a signing that was starting literally at that very second. Ever since the event, I've been dying to read The Alchemists of Loom, but I already had a bunch of other works scheduled for reviews and things, so it wasn't until I hit a reading slump this month that I finally gave in and picked it up, schedule be damned. I really liked it. And not just because it was recommended by other reviewers whose opinions I trust, or because I met the author and she's pretty awesome, but because the story was fresh, and new, and exciting! And even though I was thrown into this world I'd never been to before, with new words and things I didn't understand for, like, 100 pages, it was totally immersive and relatable. Resistance. Revenge. Class Systems. Guilds. There is so much going on in this world that the only way to learn it is by complete immersion. As readers, we would get nowhere if Kova stopped to explain what things were every other paragraph. Instead, you learn about Loom at about the same pace that Cvareh (pronounced Sah-var-ay) does, which works perfectly with the timing of the plot and the development of the characters. That being said, I wouldn't recommend this as anyone's first dip into fantasy because I there is a lot going on and you will get overwhelmed if you don't have some sort of background in reading the genre. The book overall was just totally engrossing. I devoured its 382 pages in 2-3 days. I enjoyed learning about the characters, the pacing was good, and the plot compelling. I definitely recommend reading this to anyone who enjoys their fantasy with a dose of steampunk (although this is more of the magically powered than steam powered variety). I can't wait for the next two books in the series! HHC Rating: 4.5 Stars Check out this and other reviews at:
Annalisse More than 1 year ago
I received this book from the publisher on Netgalley. This does not impact my thoughts and opinions in any way. Elise Kova returns with a brand new saga in The Alchemists of Loom and I couldn't be more overjoyed with the brilliant characters, unique world, and of course, wonderful writing. I'll admit to some nerves on how this would compare to my beloved Air Awakens series, but not to fear, it's just as amazing and I'm thrilled to be able to talk about it here. I will say I was a little confused as the reader is dropped right into the action but Loom and Nova are multifaceted worlds that take time to really be appreciated. There are so many working parts; from the five guilds (all with their own purpose) to the three races (Fenthri, Chimera, and Dragon) all trying to coexist. Elise weaves each and every piece together building a uniquely fantastical and steampunk vibe that works so well together. Even with so much going on the characters actually shine brightest. Arianna is a marvel, working as the White Wraith, a notorious criminal, and hell bent on vengeance. Ari's mysterious past motivates her, but she also focuses on training Florence who was a pleasant surprise. She grows so much over the course of this story, from hesitant and scared to speaking her mind and knowing what she wants. As far as dragons (not actual dragons) are concerned Cvareh was my sweet angel. He's honest and cares about his family, rebelling against the current state of things. Plus he's willing to learn from Ari and Flor about the problems on Loom. Leona on the other hand is terrifying, truly showing the brutality of her kind, and way too consumed with the Dragon King. Perspectives from both the world above and the one below go a long way in showing the current political dilemmas and threats that are rapidly taking shape. It truly made the stakes real and grabbed the reader's attention. This also helped to understand the history of this world and Elise did an excellent job revealing just enough to keep me guessing every time. Overall The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova is a great start to this new series, introducing us to a world that is full of intrigue and conflict. The dynamic between Arianna, Florence, and Cvareh captivates, making it extremely hard to not become invested. Plus the writing has weight behind it, leaving a definite mark on the reader. I highly recommend this one! Especially for the fantasy and steampunk lovers out there. Originally posted on Hopeful Reads
Books-With-Maps More than 1 year ago
This book had me at the synopsis and thankfully it didn’t disappoint. This was my first book by Elise Kova and due to the gloriousness that is The Alchemists of Loom it certainly won’t be my last! In a nutshell: -I loved the world building. So I kind of have an immense thing for books with maps (what fantasy nerd doesn’t right? They should totally sell these maps separately so that I can basically have fantasy map wallpaper in my room) Anyway….while I do love bookish maps it's really not just about the map itself. It’s really about the world in general. I can not tell you how far a well developed, intricate, complex world goes with me as a reader. I LOVE it. I love learning about its layout, its people, its political set up, its social structure, its history and how ALL of those things affect the plot and the decisions that are made by the characters. The Alchemists of Loom had this in spades AND she didn't dump the world on you...she immersed you in completely and then let it unfold gradually throughout the story and allowed the reader to discover it. Kova’s world building was definitely a highlight and probably my favorite aspect of this first installment. I can’t wait to discover more! -The Characters: I loved Ari! She is such a sassy, no nonsense female character who knows what she wants and how to get it and she just takes care of business (I mean she’s infamous in Loom as the White Wraith….how freaking cool is that)? Flor is definitely one of the side characters who kind of steal the show and the hearts of readers. I loved the relationship between her and Ari. Flor kind of grounds Ari and Ari fiercely protects Flor. I wasn’t sure about Cvareh at first (probably because he’s a dragon and our first introduction of him is from Ari’s point of view and she hates them. So I was a little wary of him….but he surprised me. He's kind of the calm to Ari's spit fire. I can’t wait to see how they develop in future installments! -The plot/story line: I was completely immersed in this one from page one….I mean it starts with the White Wraith in the middle of a heist. Overall, the underdog character with vengeance on their mind, forging an unlikely alliance to overthrow those abusing power isn’t a new trope, but it didn’t feel tired in this because the world was new and intriguing and that provided a breathe of fresh air. I was provided a free digital copy of this title via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This in no way shaped or influenced my opinion. Thank you Netgalley and Keymaster Press for the review copy!
TheThoughtSpot More than 1 year ago
Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review. Thanks to NetGalley and Keymaster Press for the opportunity to read and review The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova! This steampunk science fiction story begins in the middle of a mission. The mysterious White Wraith, Arianna, is a renowned thief and organ trader. She becomes drawn into helping a dragon, Cvareh, reach the Alchemists of Loom and the rebellion against the king that resides there. Along their way, they meet with old acquaintances, family members, help prisoner allies escape and surprise each other with the friendship and trust that grows between the two of them. Once they reach Loom, their eyes are opened to secrets and the resistance to the king that is actually occurring. The story ends on an intriguing cliff hanger. I rate this book 4 stars for the beautiful prose and intelligent and concise world building!
JollyRogerBooks More than 1 year ago
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.
Bookfreak_101 More than 1 year ago
I loved the characters. Ari, Cvareh and Flor were all characters that you just couldn’t help but root for. I loved reading about them all, and seeing their journeys. I especially loved Flor. I could really relate to her, she was fun and interesting to read about, and I’d say she went through the biggest journey of them all. She really changed through the book, she grew a lot, and I loved following her journey. That’s not to say I didn’t love the other characters. I loved Ari and Cvareh, too. Ari was totally badass and independent and cool, and I loved her. There are still a lot of mysteries surrounding her, which, I admit, drew me in. I needed to find out what had happened that still affected her so. I still do. I need The Dragons of Nova, like, now! Cvareh… Sigh. I loved him. Seriously loved him. Maybe as much as I love Aldrik. Maybe more. I’m torn on that one. I don’t even know where to begin to describe him. He was just an amazing male, and it was impossible to not fall in love with him. Any fangirl with a beating heart would fall in love with him. And the romance between him and Ari was great. It was slow, which was good, because in the beginning, Ari hated all Dragons as a principle. Watching them grow closer, very slowly, was both amazing and difficult, because I need them to end up together! Dragons and Chimera and a whole new world make for an intriguing plot! Yes, you heard that right. Dragons. But these dragons aren’t the ones you know, no, they’re much cooler than that! I loved learning about the Dragons and the Chimera and the Fenthri. The world-building was amazing, but that was expected. I already knew Kova has a way to write a whole new world in such a way that you feel like you are really there, you forget about the real world, you forget that you’re reading. She also introduces the world in a great way, not all at once, a history lesson of Loom in the first chapter, but gradually, throughout the whole book. And she makes it feel so natural, not some stilted conversation just to teach the reader something about the world, but it’s actually a part of the plot. That ending. You all know I hate cliffhangers, right? Well, I do. And TAOL ended in one. But, and here’s the surprising thing, I didn’t mind it. It just felt right that it should end there, although I was really sad it did, because now I just want more, and I don’t know how I’ll survive for six months before TDON! Out of all the great things I’ve listed above, the best thing, the thing that made this book truly magical, was the characters. They came alive on the page in such a way that I couldn’t put it away, that I just had to know what would happen. I stayed up way later than I should’ve, and seriously considered skipping school to read (which is the first time I’ve ever considered that). When I was done, it felt like parting with old friends, after just one book. This book is the perfect example that amazing, relatable characters can have such a big impact on the plot. The further I got into the story, the more I needed to know what would happen to Ari, Cvareh and Flor. This book was so much fun to read, throughout it all. But be warned: if you’re not looking to be hooked, for characters that will seem so real, it feels wrong when you stop reading and they’re not there, this is not the book for you.
fallxnrobin More than 1 year ago
The Alchemists of Loom is an action-packed and nicely paced young adult book that presents to us Elise Kova's unique take on the steampunk and fantasy genres. Long gone are the typical mechanical dragons that fly through the air, puffing steam from their noses. Instead, we have humanoid Dragons that zip through the air on magic-powered gliders. The world building is like a piece of clockwork, a masterpiece at that. Snippets of information are given to us, allowing us to slowly understand their culture, their habitat, and their history. These pieces of cogs gradually fit together to form the two worlds introduced to us as Loom and Nova. The book starts off with Arianna carrying out a heist and gave us our first glimpse into her personality. While I was able to pin down a few of her notable characteristics, such as the air of confidence she carries around her due to her experience and competence at her job and the skilled precision with which she completes her missions, none of them gave me reason for root for her. There wasn't much to her other than her quest for revenge on the Dragons and her desire to protect Florence, her initiate. It was the hairline cracks in the walls she built around herself that allowed me to get a peek into her past that sparked my interest. Now Florence is a character I really like. I notably remembering her offering a cookie to Cvareh when they first met (but not before reminding him that she will kill him in her teacher's place should he give her reason to). She's young, talented and hopeful, and that gives her a lot of room to grow. She's also the one who undergoes the greatest character development, from the inexperienced girl that does not want to partake in any fighting to someone who has found her purpose and wants to put her skills to good use. I believe that Arianna sees a bit of her past self in Florence, back when she still had hope that this war between Loom and Nova could be stopped, that they can drive out the Dragon King's dictatorial rule, and that's why she's so adamant on ‘protecting’ her. While the ending was a bit of a letdown as the action was rather stagnant towards the end, there is no doubt I will be ready to jump back into the worlds of Loom and Nova in the next book, The Dragons of Loom.
PrincessPinto More than 1 year ago
***3.75*** I'd like to thank netgalley for the ARC. I volunteered to review this book. A reminder - This is not YA. I'd been waiting for this book ever since Elise Kova told us about the magical world of Loom. It was hard for me to rate this book as I loved her Air Awakens series (a must read if you haven't). Sad to say, I didn't love this book as much as I had hoped. AoL has a gorgeous cover, Steampunk theme, unique dragons, mature characters and world full of magic. It had everything I expected & hoped to love. However, for me, it was just not meant to me. The issues I had were mostly to do with the pace of the book, at times confusing and yet, an imaginative world building and some other stuff. It just did not hit the high note for me. The world of Loom is HUGE and unique to put it mildly. The society is divided into five guilds (Alchemists, Revolvers, Rivets, Ravens and Harvesters). Each guild comes with its own unique specialty and skill set especially, after the dragon king separated the guilds. Prior to the dragons, the guilds were allowed to intermingle and learn from different guilds if need be. Each guild has its own territory labeled as Ter.0, Ter.2 etc. which personally I found confusing to remember. After a while I forgot which Ter was which guild. There are two kinds of folks who live in loom - Fenthri and Chimeras. Nobody is human in the relative term. The guild members (post dragon laws in the new world) are treated badly and are required by law to place a tattoo on their face (as a brand) of the guild they belong to. Sad part is that the Loom folks have no choice to pick their own guilds based on what they are good at. So if they don't pass the test of their guild they are sentenced to death as decreed by the dragon king. The world of Nova, consists of Dragons with their own hierarchy, prejudices and ruthlessness. The way they rise to power regardless of their house is by dueling each other and earning beads to show to others how strong they are. The more the beads the ruthless/stronger they are in the food chain. The Dragon king, belongs to the house of Rok. In short, he's an arse. This is the ruling house at present. Each dragon, and mind you these are not shape shifting dragons as we see in other YA books. These dragons are unique with their own powers, colorful, have their own fashion sense apparently. Each dragon comes with his or her own unique blend of magic. They live in Nova which is above the clouds. Oh and they hate Fenthri! Ari, is a Chimera, a skilled thief, HATES dragons and will stop at nothing to end their tyranny or sell the dragon parts to the highest bidder. She grew up in the old world where the guild members were treated respectfully, allowed more freedom to choose their guild and hone in their talent. She's a master Rivet trained under the best there was. She is bitter and a lot more traditional. Cvareh, is a dragon who belongs to house Xin - it is the weakest house in Nova, he has a bunch of abilities and a special one that time and again comes in very handy during his stint on Loom. While he knows about Fenthri and Chimera, he, like his fellow people, don't know much about the Fenthri except for what he has read about them. However, he is much more open minded. Leona, is the king's right hand woman and pretty much worships the king. In fact, it is pretty interesting to read what really went on in her head. while I hated her I also thought as she came more into the picture the book picked up
DuaneReads More than 1 year ago
A fantastic read full of twists, turns and cliff hangers at the end of each chapter to stop you from putting the book down. I truly can't wait until I can get my hands on Dragons of Nova.