The Alchemists of Loom
Book 1, Loom Saga
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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.
About the Author
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 s not writing can be found playing video games, watching anime, or talking with readers on social media. She is the author of the Air Awakens Series as well as the upcoming Loom Saga (Keymaster, 2017).
From Publishers Weekly
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Action-packed steampunk adventure
This is an unqualified five star rating. I couldn't put the book down. Language, plot, characterization: it's all there. There was just the right touch of romance and a truly heartwarming relationship between Flor and her teacher. This is the best book I've read in a long time.
Unique world, compelling characters, gritty and romantic
*I received an advance copy of this book but the opinions are totally my own.*
The Alchemists of Loom, the first in a new series by Elise Kova. Where Kova's Air Awakens series is fast-paced and quick-burning, TAoL is smoldering embers and mesmerizing smoke. It is a fabulous introduction to a completely new world and sets us up for a very intense series. The characters are rich and mysterious, and Loom is wonderfully unique. I love the steampunk genre but usually hate it in books because it always seems forced. Not so in TAoL, where the world was created and it happened to be steampunk. We are given just enough detail to be hooked and made curious, but are left with more questions for each answer we're given. There are clearly many more layers to each character and place and guild than we get to see in this first book. The anticipation is delicious.
I will say that I didn't fall as hard into this book as I did into Air Awakens, but I feel like while that was a whirlwind series, this one is more mature both in tone and in writing. Also this book is creepy and unapologetically dark; if you're expecting a similar feel as AA, stop right now and look again. I LOVE that Kova doesn't shy away from things. Anything is fair game and the end justifies the means all the way. I'm super excited for the rest of the series and really can't wait to see what's delivered, and hope that we get to delve deeper in the next few books than we did in this first one. Highly recommend!!