I was really happy when Elise announced her new series and even more happy when I was allowed to participate in the blog tour by Expresso.
The Alchemist of Loom was said to be an epic high fantasy and it has certainly not disappointed me.
I received this book from the publisher but all of my ideas and opinions are my own.
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.
The first thing I noticed while reading this book was the difference between the writing compared to the Air Awakens series. Air Awakens has an easy Air to it (pun intended). The were heavy subjects, but it was easy to read and follow, but with Alchemist of Loom it took me a while to get into this story. But man, when it grabbed me I had to read it in one go.
As a Rivet in the Guild Games I was already partial to Ari, but after reading the book I’m in love with Cvareh and dearest Flor too. Ari and Flor kind of reminded me of Katniss and Prim, the kickass daring sister and the sweet girl. But Ari also reminded me of Caelena from Throne of Glass. As far as Cvaher, I loved him from the beginning. Ari hates dragons and you should be careful with them, but Cva didn’t feel like a bad soul. I was with Flor on that one. Leona on the other hand, I hated her. So much so that I almost didn’t want to read her part, but she still has this Air of vulnerability that pulled me in.
Elise did the smart thing to split the pov in these four characters. It gives another dimension to the story and makes you want to read on. I don’t like the switching in a lot of books, but it worked well here.
I also really love the cover! It draws me in and makes me want to read about this person.
Another interesting thing I picked up on was Elise’s use of Dono and Oji. These are Japanese suffixes for respect and royalty.
This is a very interesting setup for a new series and I cannot wait for part 2! There are still so many questions and I want to see so much more of this new world Elise created.
If you are not in the Guild Games already come and join today!
Also Elise is doing a little pre giveaway. (US/CAN)
* 1 Signed Hardcover of the Alchemists of Loom
* 3 Hardcover Preorders of The Alchemists of Loom (Available through TBD)
* 5 Swag Packs
Also don’t forget to preorder! Because Elise is giving away a lot of swag! Find out more on her website.
The book is released on the 10th of Januari! I need the physical copy in my hands an read it again. Join me?
Elise Kova|YA, Fantasy|Keymaster Press|ISBN: 9781619844421|Pages: 380|