Hey all, Dani here,
Today I have the privilege of reviewing a book I was lucky enough to receive through NetGalley. Also, being granted early access to this novel did not influence my rating and/or review. And I guess I should also say that you won’t have to wait long to pick up your own copy, because The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova will be released next Tuesday, January 10, 2017.
Okay, so in the past year or so I had seen a lot of posts on Bookstagram hyping up Elise Kova, particularly her Air Awakens series, and it made me intrigued, so at the end of 2016 I finally caved and purchased a copy of Air Awakens, but then I was on NetGalley and saw that the first book in her next series was available, and it too sounded interesting, so I requested a copy, not completely expecting that I would be approved, and yet I soon received the message that I was free to download and read The Alchemists of Loom.
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.
I was very quickly drawn into this story and really did not want to put it down. There was another January 10th release day book I was also reading and I ended up putting it to the side so I could focus solely on this wonderful tale.
The world was rather interesting, with elements of fantasy and steampunk intertwined. We follow three different groups/races: the Fenthri, the Dragons, and Chimera. Fenthri are divided into five different Guilds, and the people themselves are black, white, or varying shades of grey. Don’t let the term Dragon fool you either, because they are just as humanoid as the Fenthri. Dragons are a magical people and their skin colors are varying shades of color, some red, some blue, etc. Finally there are the Chimera, who are Fenthri with Dragon magic and at least a couple Dragon parts in them.
The action of the story starts very quickly, with Ari coming across Cvareh, and each has their own motives behind working with the other, but as the situation becomes more complicated and more people get pulled into this journey, the story gets more intriguing and more addictive. I loved Ari and Cvareh and Florence as characters, and following their journey, especially as they all broke through their prejudices for each other, and began to learn more about each other…it was so great to witness.
I’m really trying not to go into details, because I really don’t want to spoil this for anyone, but there were so many awesome plot points, twists, and revelations in this book, and I devoured it so quickly. If it hadn’t been for work and familial obligations I probably would have read it in one sitting.
When I reached the end of the book I was so upset that I didn’t already have the second one in my hands, ready to continue the story. Thankfully there’s only a few more months to wait before The Dragons of Nova is released, and with any luck I’ll be able to get an early copy of it as well.
The Alchemists of Loom has definitely set the bar fairly high for best reads of 2017. I am now such a fan of Elise Kova, and I am really looking forward to going back and reading her first series.
Rating 5 stars