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The Alchemists of Loom (The Loom Saga) Hardcover – January 10, 2017
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A heart-stopping adventure! Elise Kova reaches new heights with this fast-paced triumph of steampunk, fantasy, and a touch of romance. The Alchemists of Loom is a must-read! -- Danielle L Jensen, USA Today bestselling author of the "Malediction Trilogy" Prepare to have your mind blown. THE ALCHEMISTS OF LOOM is the perfect mashup of genres, with a killer heroine, fiery romance, and friendships that run as deep as blood. Lindsay Cummings, #1 New York Times bestselling author of "Zenith & the Murder Complex" Reading THE ALCHEMISTS OF LOOM was like curling up with a favorite fantasy classic. Yet what truly transported me was the brilliant twists and layers that make this story totally unique, totally fresh. Susan Dennard, New York Times bestselling author of the Witchlands series Elise Kova has done it again. Created another story and set of fantastic characters to be COMPLETELY obsessed with. BENJAMINOFTOMES A new favorite. Kova has created a world of contrasts that I can assure you, is like none you have read before. Meg McGorry, N3rdbomber
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Elise Kova, USA Today bestselling author of the fantasy series Air Awakens, has always had a profound love of fantastical worlds. Somehow, she managed to focus on the real world long enough to graduate with a Masters 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's not writing can be found playing video games, watching anime, or talking with readers on social media.
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Fenthri and Dragons are the main races. A mix of both gives birth to a new one, Chimera. Dragons have magic and Fenthri don't, they used to live independent lives until the Dragon King used his entire forces to submit the Fenthri to his will. After that, the Fenthri are forced to live in casts or divisions, like Divergent.
There are 3 main characters: Arianna, Cvareh and Florence.
Arianna is Chimera, Cvareh a Dragon and Florence a Fenthri. Arianna and Florence are teacher/students/best friends with a really deep relationship. Cvareh is a Dragon in seek of ways to help overthrow the Dragon King's empire in order to put his sister on the throne. He seeks Arianna's help in order to get to the Alchemists and fulfill his purpose. These 3 have completely different personalities, they blend, they clash, they explode, they laugh, they forgive, they fight and somehow they start liking each other.
There's magic, there's intelligence. This world feels futurist, we have metal, flying things, color, I pictured this as a 5th element kind of environment.
I feel Elise Kova has grown a lot in this book. The way she writes, I saw no grammatical errors, they sentiment she put on each character, she even made me like Leona! And thankfully this doesn't end in a horrible cliffhanger. I was truly entertained.
What I liked:
Elise is the kind of author who knows how to work magic into words. She hooks you right into the story and makes you feel as if you were there instead of reading. I wasn't even a page in when I was already thrown into the dangerous life of Arianna and trying to keep up with all her badassery, who just happens to be my favorite from the four points of view we get in this book. Yup. FOUR. And they were all amazing. Dragons and Chimaeras, anyone?
Not so many authors can get away with writing dual point of views, let alone four, but Elise pulls this off quite well. All four voices were distinct and rich with their personalities, never confusing me for a second of whose POV I was reading. Despite loving Arianna's POV more than the others, I also enjoyed reading from Cvareh's, Florence's or Leona's POV. They offered different views of their world and their race, so it was nice to get to know them on a deeper level than just from the outside. I particularly liked the POV of one of these characters who is actually an antagonist--so interesting to be on the"bad" side for once!
But the world of Loom! Gah, I love it! Maybe it's because I got the chance to join a guild before I even knew the characters or the plot of this book, but I became rather attached to the world and its territories. I'm a Harvester (one of five guilds--sort of like territories-- in Loom) through and through, and even though we don't get to read much of it in this book, I still felt shivers whenever it was mentioned. As if they were speaking about MY home. So yeah, Elise Kova is a master in world-building. Just you wait until you learn all about this world (worlds?). IT'S HUGE. Because we get the world of Loom AND Nova (where dragons live and who rule over Loom). And the system is intriguing (to me), so messed up for the people of Loom, and I am 85% sure I wouldn't survive if I ever left the Harvester's Guild (I'm no Ari OR Flor).
I know all of the above might sound confusing, but there's really no way I could explain in few words what this book has to offer. It's a ridiculously long list, but I can assure readers will love it! It has new creatures! Magic and Steampunkiness (is that even a term?)! And just for the record, yes... there might be a hint of romance in there somewhere. So never fear romance lovers, Elise Kova has you covered as well! ;)
What left me wanting more:
I do have to admit that despite The Alchemists of Loom being action-packed right from the start, I still feel like describing the first half as slow. It's not a boring kind of slow, but it was a slow that whenever I had to put the book down, it would take me a few days to pick it up again, get hooked, and repeat the process for 2 weeks. That bummed me a bit. However, this cycle thankfully stopped right after I reached the second half and things got REAL. Then it was non-stop reading until the very end!
Maybe it was just me and my lousy reading mood. Maybe...
Do I recommend The Alchemists of Loom? YES YES YES. Elise Kova's new series will surely make every reader fall head-over-heels with this fantastical steampunk world and demand the release of the next book.
And let me tell you. It’s different. It’s different from anything I have ever read. Hands down. The genre is some sort of mashup of steampunk and fantasy, with a world created by Kova that is completely original, and, in my own words: “…is like none you have read before.” (I was also super excited to blurb the back for Elise). Second best thing to publishing my own book (who knows when that will happen), is having my name plastered on the back of someone else’s book. Amirite?
Loom is a world that is dingy, drab, and dark. It is a world that left me more than slightly terrified at times. It’s a colorless and oppressive underworld where the people of Loom live their day to day lives.
But not Arianna. No, nothing about our main character is structured. Ari is a badass, plain and simple. She is relentless, clever, excessively confident, and extremely protective of her young friend, Florence. Ari is a hired thief who happens to come across a Dragon named Cevareh (more on them in a bit), who grants her a boon – he needs her to navigate the world of Loom and bring him to the Alchemists Guild. In turn, he will grant her anything she desires.
Cevareh as a character, is just as different from Ari as his world of Nova is to her world of Loom. Nova, the home of the Dragons is a sort of sky-world that is a completely vibrant contrast to the colorless world below. He’s friendly and kind, while Ari is grumpy and distrustful – and even annoying at times, though his main motivation is helping his sister to usurp the Dragon King from his throne back on Nova. And when I say “Dragons”, these aren’t like the typical fire-breathing winged lizards. These are essentially super-powered humans with skin that comes in wide variation of colors and hues.
Ari’s boon with Cevareh, leads them on a dangerous adventure across Loom to seek out The Alchemists Guild.
This is a multiple POV book, and my favorite character POV to read by far was Leona – a Dragon who is guard to the Dragon King. Leona is militaristically fierce and fearless. She will do anything anything for her king who she reveres as almost a deity. Her relationship with the King is complex, and terribly sad at times. Even though Leona is cold and cruel, I still felt bad for her.
This book is classified as adult fantasy, but I think that young readers could enjoy it too. If you’re looking for something completely original in the fantasy genre – this is it.
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