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• repeated offhanded mentions of ongoing slavery
Okay, now let’s dig in. (Warning: I just finished reading it so there’s still a good bit of excitement rolling around and occasionally removing all cohesive thought.) The characters. Oh. My. Gosh. The characters. Each of them has an unexpected level of complexity to the development. Layers upon layers upon layers are laid out for each of the main characters through masterful character development and multiple points of view. I not only found myself understanding the characters, but liking and disliking them in varying amounts as though they were flesh and blood.
I frequently found myself cheering on the friendship that blossoms and thrives between Ariana, Cvareh, and Florence. I wanted them to succeed and to feel like they succeeded. I found myself wanting the opposed parties to fail so badly that even reading from their point of view became slightly frustrating in its own way.
The world building is also beautiful and immersive. I felt like I was on Loom or Nova every moment of the novel. I felt like I was flying through the sky on a glider or racing through the Underground. Each different location and aspect was so perfectly built that if there were any holes I didn’t see them. The use of multiple povs also adds here because I was able to take in different characters’ perspective of the world itself.
I haven’t read a world quite like the one in this story. The Fenthri live on Loom and are generally members of one of the Five Guilds: Harvesters, Alchemists, Rivets, Ravens, and Revolvers. Dragons live above the God’s Line, what we would call the clouds, on Nova. Where the Fenthri have things like technology, Dragons have magic. It’s such a magical steampunk world while still being unique and having its own flair. I love it!
Throughout the story, I found myself getting comfortable with the way things were heading and hoping for Ari, Cvareh, and Flor to succeed in their quest. Of course, before I could allow myself to be completely comfortable with the flow of things, it was interrupted by perfectly timed plot twists. If you’ve been around for a while, you already know there is little I love more than a good plot twist. It was very interesting and immersive and I was kept hanging throughout the story, including the end. Yes, my friends. This story has somewhat of a cliff-hanger. Luckily for all of us, the sequel is due to be released next month and I can not wait to get my hands on it!
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I’m a huge fan of Steampunk and I’m always on the lookout for books in that genre. They are few and far between. Even when a book is billed as steampunk, its hard to find one with the right combination of gritty technology and magic. Alchemists of Loom hits the sweet spot. There are guns and bombs and gears and airships and plenty more elements that make for true steampunk. Elise Kova also weaves in tons of magic and mystery. This book nails the genre.
What made this book a new favorite though was the unique setting. Loom and Nova are like nowhere I’ve ever read about before. Elise weaves the information about the setting throughout the story without ever committing the sin of the infodump. It was surprising to me because its so subtle. Throughout the book, I kept thinking, I wish I knew more about the world. Tell me MORE. Then when the book was over, I was describing it to a friend and I realized that I knew so much more than I thought I did. All the little details that I love about fantasy were in the narrative. I learned everything I could have wanted to about the world without even realizing it.
The world is deliciously complex. I can’t explain it with the depth and beauty that Elise did, so I’m not going to bother trying. I just loved the 3 different races and the way that they both complimented and struggled against each other. It’s ridiculous because they have a symbiotic relationship. One wouldn’t even exist without the other two. Still they are locked in a battle of rebellion and oppression.
A complicated world with conflicting motives, interesting characters with deep and changing motivations and a rip roaring, nonstop chase across multiple territories. What’s not to love?? Pick this book up immediately.
The Dragons have taken over the Fenthri realm of Loom, and Ari (a Fenthri nationalist) wants revenge of the most justified kind. When she stumbles across an injured Dragon in the streets interested in making a deal with her, Ari has found her MO. She is ruthless, she is cunning, she is brilliant and fearless. I usually don't like this superlative type character, but Ari is an anomally, because - all that withstanding - she is broken and reeling in a way that makes her real. Ari may be the best at many things, but she is still stumbling along like the rest of us.
What Ari doesn't realize is that the Dragon Cvareh has just as many problems as she does. Going on a journey with the two of them, claws out the entire time, misunderstanding each other at every turn, was a delight. Where Ari is focused and serious, Cvareh is her counterpoint. He has the spirit of the unbreakable (because as a Dragon he very nearly is) and a lavish lifestyle sense that confounds Ari. But with a heartless Dragon on their tail trying to rip their hearts out every chance she gets, Ari and Cvareh have no choice but to work together to reach the Alchemists of Loom.
This book is everything and promises more. For high fantasy fans - THIS IS THE BOOK FOR YOU. It's an Adult fantasy that can read like a YA. Elise Kova holds no punches with this new series. She is bold and relentless. The violence is violent, the worlds are organic, the ferocity of the characters is exactly what you would expect of the conquered and conquerors. I cannot wait for The Dragons of Nova to see what our characters do next!
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