ARC Review: The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova


The Alchemists of Loom (Loom Saga #1)
Author: Elise Kova
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Steampunk
Pages: 380
Release: 10th January 2017
Publisher: Keymaster Press

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elise-kovaHer 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.


I recieved a copy of this book from Netgalley for review. Thank you to Elise Kova and Keymaster Press!

I don’t know why I’m surprised at this books awesomeness. After loving Air Awakens I was cautiously optimistic but The Alchemists of Loom exceeded all my expectations.

When I find myself having difficulty writing coherent full length reviews I always break down my thoughts into the good and the bad which makes it way easier for me so:

The Good💖

  • Superb world-building: If there is one thing I can say for certain about Elise Kova it’s that her world building is always on point! You guys, The Alchemists of Loom totally immerses you in this magical world.
  • The writing: Great solid writing in this book (not surprising because it’s Elise Kova!)
  • The themes: I love how this book captures human prejudice (in this case dragon and chimera). The overall message is that you shouldn’t judge people for how they look or the actions of people that look like them.
  • The characters: Elise Kova always incorporates strong female characters into her work and it’s always so refreshing. Ari could be right up there with Inej (Six of Crows) or Celaena (Throne of Glass).

I hate doing this but:

The Bad💘

The only negative I have to say about this book is that; when the author was setting up the world and story it could’ve been done better (in my opinion) because for a few pages it felt like I almost had to guess at a lot of details. I just wish we got more in depth descriptions of the world itself and the characters, I think I would have appreciated the story more that way…


Overall this is one I really recommend picking up as soon as it’s out, Elise Kova is definitely an author to watch out for!


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