Author: Elise Kova
Series Number: 1
Publication Date: January 10, 2017
Where I received the book: I received a copy of this book from the publishers via netgalley to review.
Summary: 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.
let me start this review by saying that i absolutely love flor and her and ari need to hurry up and get together.
that being said, i actually really enjoyed this book. it was a little confusing at first, but i grew into it and had no problems at all. (except cvareh getting in the way of my ship). the alchemists of loom opens up in the middle of a whole bunch of shit going down. ari is this genius-mastermind-thief-thing. it was really cool to read, but at the same time i was like “wtf is going on here? who’s that? wait, what?”. there wasn’t a lot of world building to begin with. i thought this was a fantasy. it’s not. well, maybe a little. it’s a steampunk book. there’s guns and stuff. explosions. (and two girls who love each other very much).
i love flor so much. she’s such a sweet, innocent woman (is she a woman? i don’t recall if ages were ever mentioned in this book…) anyway, i just want to say that i love flor. she’s not appreciated enough. she deserves all the love. and explosives.
i didn’t like ari to begin with but over the course of the book, she became more and more likeable. her development was so slowburn and well written. i want to know more about her past as she’s so intriguing.
cvareh, aside from having the weirdest spelt name i’ve ever come across, is actually a pretty decent character. i wasn’t too fond of him at first, especially with the hinted at romance (which i felt completely unnecessary and somewhat insta-lovey). i like the hate to love relationship he has with ari, especially since i hate this trope so much. you know good writing when you like something you usually can’t stand.
i can’t wait to read more books in this series and to see where things go. i’ve read the first two books in the air awakens series, and it feels like it’s not even the same author. it’s so different. (different in a good way) i like seeing authors develop their writing and grow as a person.