The Alchemists Of Loom by Elise KovaThe Alchemists Of Loom by Elise Kova

The Alchemists Of Loom

byElise Kova

Hardcover | January 24, 2017

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Ari lost everything she once loved when the Five Guilds' resistance fell to the Dragon King. Now, she uses her unparalleled gifts for clockwork machinery - and 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 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.
Elise Kova, author of the Kindle #1 bestselling 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 sys...
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Title:The Alchemists Of LoomFormat:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 8.58 × 6.46 × 1.38 inPublished:January 24, 2017Publisher:Keymaster PressLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it This was so much better than I thought it would be. The plot was fast paced and entertaining, the world was interesting and the character dynamics were fantastic I loved it
Date published: 2017-10-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is a work of beauty! Holy crap...I just had one of those frantic moments where I was hoping my book was missing chapters but then realized it was a cliffhanger and I have to wait for book two. I am hella ready for he sequel and it has been preordered! So good! I love all the magic and politics and dealing with prejudices and... Everything!
Date published: 2017-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved This! Anytime you read a book by an author you love, you have that momentary jolt of panic thinking "Am I going to like this? What happens if I don't?!" and that's how I felt going into THE ALCHEMISTS OF LOOM. I loved the AIR AWAKENS Series by Elise Kova and had those butterflies upon starting Loom, but I shouldn't have. THE ALCHEMISTS OF LOOM has a great magic system, complex characters, and lots of action to keep you on your toes. If you're a fan of MISTBORN by Brandon Sanderson, you will enjoy THE ALCHEMISTS OF LOOM. I liked that this one started off really fast paced: We met all of our POV characters pretty much right away. Switching POVs allowed us to move the story along and understand the world from the perspective of every class of person that would have a say in the world. I think it was a really wise idea to show the perspective of everyone because it allowed us to understand where the Dragons are coming from and where the humans are coming from in terms of how they view the way the world works. I especially liked Arianna's conversations with Cvareh about how the Guilds were so much stronger without Dragon influence because now they are throttled and not allowed to grow as much as they did when the Dragons were still on Nova. The world building was really intriguing. I liked the idea of different territories for different Guilds and how to travel between them. I also liked seeing a bit of some of the different Guilds to understand how each Guild lived differently and why. The descriptions were wonderful because I felt like I was walking around in this world and experiencing everything our characters did. I would love to be able to transport myself into this world just to see the sights. Everything was really logical and made sense, especially the heavy magic coming from the Dragon blood. I think it is a really interesting and cool system with much more yet to be discovered about it. I really liked all the characters, but ESPECIALLY Leona. Leona was legit my fave which is awkward since she is a Dragon and technically the enemy of the main characters. But girlfriend knew what she wanted and did whatever she had to in order to get it and I am so here for that. I thought all the characters we met were really well rounded (if not, you know, a little off their rocker) and I am really excited to see where things go from here for all of them. Arianna is a mystery wrapped in a riddle wrapped in a bitch (thanks OTH) but she is still a great character. I liked seeing her bring down her walls for Florence and that at the end she started to do the same for Cvareh because it made her human. I am excited to see what else she can do in the future. The one thing I was a little meh about was the ending. I felt like the main conflict of this one ended a tad too early and the final chapters, while interesting and setting up the next novel, left much to be desired. I am excited to see where the next novel takes us and to see how Arianna grows as an individual (and how her relationship with Cvareh adapts and changes). I also think we were left with a few too many questions at the end. We could infer a lot from the conversations at the end and some of what transpired, but it was never outright said which means that my ideas could be completely wrong, altering my perspective of certain characters and situations. And while it is good to have questions about the future ([spoiler]i.e. What dragon will Arianna ask Cvareh to kill for betraying them?[/spoiler]), I shouldn't have just as many questions about our main character at this point. I like that she is mysterious and has a tragic past, but I needed a few more nuggets of information before this one ended to really satisfy my curiosity. This is another fresh and fun Fantasy series that is sure to be a hit. I loved the world, the characters, and the magic system. I was meh on the ending, but I am very excited to continue reading! I think if you're a fan of Brandon Sanderson or Brent Weeks, you will enjoy the start of Elise Kova's newest series.
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One Of A Kind When I first looked at the cover and read the blurb for TAoL, I knew I would be reading something different. Through Elise Kova's Guild Games, I started to learn how vast the world she created was. Then, I finally read it and experienced the whole thing. And now, all I can say is this: I've never read anything like THE ALCHEMISTS OF LOOM. Never, and I read an average of 200 books a year. The world is unique, detailed, and absolutely epic from its history to its Guilds and their vast differences to the way it's all connected and ruled by Dragons. Every race is creative and brand new (seriously, aside from dragons, I can't even begin to fathom what the other races were inspired by, it's that inventive), the weapons aren't typical (Ari's winch box is one of the best weapons I've ever read about), and the descriptions of the world are one of a kind. Then there are the characters, who are vivid and instantly loveable (save for one, but I'll get to that soon). Ari is a mysterious, tough, neigh unstoppable woman who has no problem taking down any problem in her way. Cvareh isn't a typical hero but someone I would absolutely trust with my life. Florence is adorable and feisty and owns my heart. Leona is the one I can't call loveable, because she's too intense and scary! The action is rapid and heart-pounding, and the story itself is thrilling, full of twists and surprises and literally leaves you begging for more. I can't have been more thrilled about this book and am so happy I gave it a chance. It's really unlike anything you've ever experienced, and I encourage every single person who likes fantasy, steampunk, adventure (or someone who plays a lot of D&D) to get out there and buy a copy of this truly one of a kind book. You will not be disappointed!
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Beginning of a Masterpiece The Alchemists of Loom was full of intrigue, tension and action. While reading this book I did not want to put it down for anything. Even when I had to leave it it was incredibly easy to pick right back up. I'm immediately pulled back into the story from wherever I left off. The story is pulse-pounding with tense relationships and the world is so complex with gripping politics. Elise has crafted a world that will drop jaws and squeeze hearts. It's breathtaking. Each part of the story is intricate and expertly woven together. The Alchemists of Loom is seriously a masterpiece. There are four different POVs and they were all excellent. They're labeled and really, it's impossible to get confused since each POV is so different from the next. I especially appreciate the inclusion of Leona's voice. She is a powerful villain in every sense though I hesitate to call her a real villain. Her motivation came from her pride and desire to serve the one dragon she loves/obsesses over. Hers is a chillingly creepy but insightful viewpoint. Florence really shines in her POV. She's constantly learning and adapting. Even when faced with her worst nightmare she doesn't shy away. She steps up. The transition she goes through must be excruciating but she persists and surprises us with just how strong she can be. Her developing friendship with Cvareh was cute, especially when they're teasing Arianna together. Arianna is such a wild yet self-contained individual. Her attitude and stubbornness doesn't win her any friends but she's extremely loyal and fierce to a fault. Pains from her past hardened her but I'm looking forward to see how Cvareh will break through her walls. It'll be tough but with their explosive chemistry, I'm hopeful. Compared to Arianna and Florence I feel like we didn't get to know Cvareh nearly as well. He's a Dragon but not the usual ruthless type. Cvareh was determined if not a little pushy at times. The need to see his House in power propelled him forward to charge through all kinds of danger. Just like Ari, he's very loyal. The two of them share this magnetism and I can't wait to see what kind of sparks will be ignited! I am so excited for the second book, The Dragons of Nova!! More kick ass actions, more gunfights and more Dragons please! I just know Elise Kova will deliver. Zero doubts.
Date published: 2017-01-06