The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova
Published January 10, 2017
Hardcover, 395 pages
MY GOODREADS RATING 5/5 STARS
(Thanks to Elise Kova I received a copy of this book to read in review, it in no way changes my thoughts on this book.)
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 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!