The Alchemists of Loom (Loom Saga, #1)
by Elise Kova
Series: Loom Saga #1
Published on January 10th 2017
by Keymaster Press
Genres: Fantasy, Steampunk, Young Adult
Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
Source: Purchased for Audible
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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.
WOW! That was awesome!!!!! The Alchemist of Loom was all sorts of amazing. It has all the right ingredients in the perfect combination to be an epic story. Since I listen to the book, please pardon any errors in spelling names of characters and places 🙂
Arianna is a Fenthri, a Chimera also known as the White Wraith, a notorious criminal and a thorn in the Dragon King’s side. She still remembers what the world was like before the Dragons from Nova took over Loom and cannot let go of her anger, her pain, her thirst for vengeance. She doesn’t trust easily and she’s prejudice about anything related to the Dragons. Ari is a genius, very smart, resourceful, kick-ass, loyal, fierce… I mean, I cannot tell you how much I love her!
Arianna finds Cvareh while she’s escaping after finishing a job and he offers her a boon in exchange of getting him to the Alchemists of Loom, the guild that housed the last rebellion against the Dragon King. Cvareh has lived all his life in Nova, reading about how inferior Fenthri are while being oppressed by a dictator king. Cvareh is sent by his sister, the master of house Xin, to Loom with a gift for the Alchemists to gain their trust and contribute to their rebellion.
Florence escaped from the Ravens Guild when she was around 14 and Arianna found her. Ari gave her a home, friendship, and training as a Revolver. Florence is the voice of reason, she’s an optimist and sees the good in people. Arianna and Florence have an indestructible bond based on trust and loyalty.
The story is told from the point of view of our three main characters, plus Leona. Leona is the captain of the King Riders in Nova and his right hand. When the Riders sent to fetch Cvareh fail to return, she’s sent to Loom to find him. She’s ruthless and has a blind loyalty to her King. The overall characterization is just as amazing.
I love, love, love the slight resemblance to Pride & Prejudice since I adore anything Austen-like. The plot is intricate and interwoven with the world-building, which is literally, out of this world. The map of Loom, the organization of the Guilds, the colorful splendor and unimaginable cruelty of Nova, the gray squalor of Look, the craftiness of the Alchemists, it all makes for one heck of a story. Kova’s writing is just the cherry on top!
Overall, The Alchemist of Loom is just an outstanding beginning to the Loom Saga, which of course means that I cannot wait for book two (The Dragons of Nova) and that I have high expectations. Seriously, an amazing example of what fantasy, world-building, chracterization
Tim Campbell Erin Moon