The Alchemists of Loom
Expected publication January 10th 2017
Fantasy, Science Fiction, Adult Fiction
eARC via NetGalley & Xpresso Book Tours
Disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for an honest review via Xpresso Book Tours.
I’ve never read a book written by Elise Kova, although I know about her other series. To be honest, when I requested to join this blog tour, I haven’t even noticed the author. The book’s gorgeous cover made me want to read the blurb, while the blurb made me want to read the book. And I’m glad I did.
I think it is easier to read this book in print because it has a map and some important information, and it is harder to check it out while reading on Kindle / PC.
Now, to the actual review.
The novel is about two different worlds and their inhabitants. Nova is the dragons’ home, while on Loom live Fenthri and Chimeras. The Dragons have a spin on them – they’re not the giant reptiles, rather they are a sort of magical creatures. Fenthri are the people without magic, although they’re not human either. Chimeras mean one body with two or more DNAs, the word coming from Greek mythology. In this story, the chimeras are Fenthri with dragon blood and/or organs. Also, they have their own language, money, measurements and so on. Basically, the author created a new planet so to say.
As the blurb suggests, the dragons rule over Loom with an iron fist, hence the problems and conflicts.
There are plenty of new things to learn and remember.
Loom has 5 Guilds: The Rivets, The Revolvers, The Harvesters, The Ravens and The Alchemists.
Each Guild has a specialty:
~~ The Rivets: metal applications, building machines, locks, engines etc.
~~ The Revolvers: create all sorts of weapons
~~ The Harvesters: provide the basic materials
~~ The Ravens: create the infrastructure, cars, plans – everything that moves
~~The Alchemists: the name is self-explanatory.
This is a new universe and the reader finds out details about it as the story unfolds. There is little to no info-dumping, so we don’t get the backstories or explanations in one chapter. What I’m trying to say is, that the book has to be read all of it before the whole image becomes clear and whole. In other words, the readers have to pay attention and to remember what they’ve read. has to pay attention and to remember what they’ve read. This can create some confusion, especially in the beginning. Personally, I did not have a problem with this, but ‘lazy readers’ might not like it.
The book has a slow-medium pace. The beginning is a little bit slower, despite the fact that it starts with an action scene. It wasn’t a problem for me since I liked the story.
The book is written from three main points of view, with two minor ones -so 5 points of view in total. The points of view change with a new chapter.
I like the authors’ style of characterization. The narrator does not tell you much about the characters, she lets them speak for themselves. In other words, the characters’ action, reactions, choices, mistakes etc. shows the readers who these characters are. I personally love this way of characterization – I’m not a big fan of tell, no show.
Now, a little bit about each character.
Ariana, or Ari. She is one of the main characters- most chapters are from her perspective. Ari is in her early 20s, 22 if I remember correctly. She is the only one who knows how Loom was before the Dragons took over it, hence her anger.
Ariana is very smart, talented and intelligent. She is a free spirit and she hates the fact that Loom is ruled by the Dragons. This young lady has a soft spot for Florence, which shows that she is not without warm feelings. Ari took Florence under her wing, and became her mentor and her big sister.
Ari is very guarded with her feelings. As the story goes on, the layers are removed, like an onion’s leaves. However, she does no change much throughout this book, mostly because she is stuck in the past. Ari is full of hurt that transformed into the anger that fires her desire for vengeance. Because of Ari’s past, she is full of prejudices, especially when it comes to the dragons. She does not accept Cvarech, even when there is enough proof that he is not a danger. We’ll have to wait and see if she’ll use her skills and intelligence to build something new, or to destroy.
Ari is a powerful character. We’ll have to wait and see if she’ll use her skills and intelligence to build something new, or to destroy.
I’ll be honest. Ari is not the most pleasant person. However, she is a very interesting character and I’m really curious to see how she develops.
Florence. The kid in this story. She is only 16 years old. Flo has an open mind and an open heart, especially when it comes to Cvarech. It is understandable, since she does not know how it was Loom before the dragons.
Flo grows the most in this book. She matures, she learns, she stands up. I really like her.
Cvarech. The second main character, and the dragon. He is an interesting character. Cvarech does not hate Fenthri, he just does not know much about them. He is open minded, and learns a lot from his adventure in Loom.
Leona. The King’s right hand and a mean, crazy lady. She thinks she is so superior and powerful. I’ll be honest, I didn’t like her at all. However, her chapters offered the villains’ perspective, and they also added suspense.
Petra. Cvarech’s sister. There is only one chapter from her point of view. I’m really curious to see if she is a good person, or she just wants power.
There isn’t much romance in this novel. There is some tension between Ari and Cvarech; they develop some feelings for each other, but that’s about it. In a way it is understandable. If Ari hates dragons, it would’ve been odd for her to just fall all over him. Besides, I like it more when the romance takes a while to develop, and it’s not rushed.
I also don’t know if romance is the main plot of this series. I hope it’s not. I mean, I want the action to be the main story, and then the rest. 😀
The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova was a really nice surprise. I didn’t expect to like it so much. It has everything I usually like in a novel: action, originality, character development through actions (show don’t tell), magic, unique characters. I’ll definitely read the next book in the series.
Definitely! It is a really good book and the series looks really promising. If you like fantasy, action, some violence you’ll enjoy this new series!
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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