Dec 15, 2016

The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova || Blog Tour Review with Giveaway

GIVEN THE CHANCE to read another book by Elise Kova, I would do so in a heartbeat because I found her new series, The Alchemists of Loom, completely addictive! Read on for details about the book, my review, and author information. Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post for a chance to win 1 signed hardcover of the The Alchemists of Loom, 3 hardcover preorders of The Alchemists of Loom, and 5 swag packs!


The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova || Blog Tour Review with Giveaway



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.

Publication Date is January 10th 2017: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | The Book Depository

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

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book review rating 3.5 out of 5

ELISE KOVA HAS been on my must-read radar for as long as I can remember. When the opportunity came to read her newest release, The Alchemists of Loom, well, you needn’t ask twice. This first installment in the Loom Saga series was an obsessive, mind-opening wonder of violence and beauty—a nearly constant propulsion for which I could not stop reading.

The Alchemists of Loom is a unique and imaginative high fantasy that illustrates the antithesis of a divided world. Loom is a terrestrial world blanketed by shades of grey, where humanoids prize empirical data and invention. Contrastly, Nova is the city above the God’s Line (clouds) radiating with vibrant colors, where dragon-like beings prize magic and might. The world-building was thorough, but it was never overwhelming. I enjoyed that Ms. Kova eases readers into this high fantasy gently through storytelling, as opposed to an info-dump, allowing readers to paint their own landscape.

Though the world-building excelled, the main character’s development initial fell short. Ari or “White Wraith”, had a character arc that started off rather flat, portraying only a narrow breadth of personality limited largely to cynicism and vengeance. And that, to me, was unacceptable. Even though I felt that there were a lot more layers beneath the anger, I was left to discern what they are with a lot of patience and understanding. Through her interactions with Florence, her sweet apprentice, and Cvareh, a mysterious Dragon of Nova, both of whom are fascinating characters unto themselves, that I was able to penetrate through Ari’s veil of vengeance to one of vision.

I enjoyed the fast-paced story, which I think worked so well for me because it didn’t allow me to linger too long on what I didn’t like—the violent “consumption” of power, the unsettling bloodlust and brutality—and before these concerns could cast too long a shadow over my reading experience, Ms. Kova quickly ushers me along with brilliant twists, hidden character motives, and even an unexpected romance formed between enemies, that left me reeling for more.

Despite some reservations, Elise Kova’s The Alchemists of Loom is cleverly plotted and perfectly paced. I would gladly follow Ari and Cvareh back into the horrid depths of Loom’s underground, or soar into the beautiful heights of Nova, to be with them again in The Dragons of Nova (Loom Saga 2).

{Thank you to the author or publisher for kindly giving me this book free of charge, which does not influence my review.}



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Elise Kova

Elise Kova has always had a profound love of fantastical worlds. Somehow, she managed to focus on the real world long enough to graduate with a Master’s 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 is not writing can be found playing video games, watching anime, or talking with readers on social media. She is the USA Today bestselling author of the Air Awakens Series as well as the upcoming Loom Saga (Keymaster, 2017).

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