I feel like I’ve been doing a lot of character analysis lately bc, idk, I’m considering taking Literature next year and I wanna convince myself that I can do Literature. But my mom will probably murder me if I do. It was one of the subjects that dragged down my score during ‘O’ Levels so I’m really hesitant. I like the subject but sometimes interest does not equate to skill and what if I screw up for ‘A’ Levels again?? Oh man why am I even freaking out about this now. Ignore me please.
!! potential spoilers below. read at your own risk !!
The Alchemists of Loom
(Loom Saga #1)
by Elise Kova
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Expected Publication Date: 10 January 2017
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.
The Alchemists of Loom is an action-packed and nicely paced young adult book that presents to us Elise Kova’s unique take on the steampunk and fantasy genres. Long gone are the typical mechanical dragons that fly through the air, puffing steam from their noses. Instead, we have humanoid Dragons that zip through the air on magic-powered gliders.
The world building is like a piece of clockwork, a masterpiece at that. Snippets of information are given to us, allowing us to slowly understand their culture, their habitat, and their history. These pieces of cogs gradually fit together to form the two worlds introduced to us as Loom and Nova.
The book starts off with Arianna carrying out a heist and gave us our first glimpse into her personality. While I was able to pin down a few of her notable characteristics, such as the air of confidence she carries around her due to her experience and competence at her job and the skilled precision with which she completes her missions, none of them gave me reason for root for her. There wasn’t much to her other than her quest for revenge on the Dragons and her desire to protect Florence, her initiate. It was the hairline cracks in the walls she built around herself that allowed me to get a peek into her past that sparked my interest.
Now Florence is a character I really like. I notably remembering her offering a cookie to Cvareh when they first met (but not before reminding him that she will kill him in her teacher’s place should he give her reason to). She’s young, talented and hopeful, and that gives her a lot of room to grow. She’s also the one who undergoes the greatest character development, from the inexperienced girl that does not want to partake in any fighting to someone who has found her purpose and wants to put her skills to good use. I believe that Arianna sees a bit of her past self in Florence, back when she still had hope that this war between Loom and Nova could be stopped, that they can drive out the Dragon King’s dictatorial rule, and that’s why she’s so adamant on ‘protecting’ her.
While the ending was a bit of a letdown as the action was rather stagnant towards the end, there is no doubt I will be ready to jump back into the worlds of Loom and Nova in the next book, The Dragons of Loom.
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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