December 19, 2016 by ceresbooksworld
The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova
Book one in Loom Series
Publisher: Keymaster Press
Publication Date: January 10th, 2017
Source: eArc from Xpresso
Rating: 4.5 hearts
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.
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The Alchemists of Loom is my first book from Elise Kova but it won’t be the last. I love her writing style even if it was a little hard at the beginning, because English is not my first language. I really like the world, it’s complex and very well built. There are five guilds in Loom, the Rivets, the Alchemist, the Raven, the Revolver and the Harvester. The world has changed after the dragon of Nova discovered Loom and now the Dragon King govern them all, he imposes his law on Loom and Nova. I won’t tell more about the story, but just let you know that the story is great, well developed and the characters are all interesting.
Arianna is a master Rivet, she has a past and she is the White Wraith, she has a lot of secrets and a very aggressive character. She doesn’t like dragons at all, I like her, she’s strong, independent, arrogant and also selfish. She takes Florence as a pupil and she try to teach her to be a good Revolver. Arianna is a great girl, she fight for revenge but Dragons are not all bad as humans are not all good. Ari is intelligent and she always has two moves in advance on everyone. She is an excellent fighter and she could be a hero of the resistance if she wants.
Florence is a Raven but she escapes her guild because she doesn’t want to be one and prefer Revolver. Ari took her under her wing and teach her of find someone to teach her to be a good Revolver. Florence is young and sometimes naïve but very smart and creative. She is the voice of reason of Arianna, she isn’t afraid to tell her the truth and to tell her she is not agreeing with her. I like her, she is important in the story, for Ari but also for Cvareh.
Cvareh is awesome, I like this dragon, you will see those dragons are not the one we imagine but they are colorful. He is on mission on Loom and he needs the help of Arianna, their relation will be hard and explosive but they are working well together. He is not the strongest dragon on Nova but his intentions are good, and the more he discovers Loom and Arianna and Florence, the more he wants to help them. I like Cvareh, his dialog with Ari are always fun and I like when they are together in a fight.
Leona is the first Rider of Dragon king, she is his best warrior and she goes to Loom to kill Cvareh and take what he stole from the King. She is arrogant and I don’t like her at all, but she is a great fighter and a great villain. She is very smart and she knows how to satisfy her king. Dragons in general don’t like Fenthri (habitants of Loom) they think they are superior to them and it’s unnerving.
I like the message in this story, it’s about culture, race, domination, politics. Everyone is different but in the end if you don’t fight together for what it’s best for everyone, you goes nowhere. I like the fact that a Dragon, a Chimera and a Revo can work together against one big evil.
I don’t know what will happen in the second book but I know that we will probably discover Nova and see more dragons. We will also see more Petra, at least I want that because she seems to be a very interesting character.
The Alchemists of Loom is told in four POV, Arianna, Florence, Cvareh and Leona. There is just one POV from Petra in the end. I like to see all these POV because it gives more deepness to the different person.
Elise Kova has an extraordinary imagination, she created a world with so many differences and races that it’s complex and very interesting. I’m so impatient to read the rest of the series as well as her other books.
Quick word : A perfect first book with great characters in a world full of everything.
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).