Publisher: Keymaster Press
Release Date: January 10th 2017
Series: Loom Saga #1
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, New Adult, Steampunk
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 most high fantasy thing I’ve read in a while
I can’t remember the last time I read a novel where humans weren’t a species featured at all. THE ALCHEMISTS OF LOOM has three races/ species: dragons, fenthri, and chimera (!!). They’re humanoid in shape but that’s almost where the resemblance ends (fenthri would be the closest). The tensions and history between these races (mostly dragons vs everyone else) is the main driving force behind the plot. It took a while for me to piece together exactly who was who, which species had powers, what the conflict was, etc, but once I understood I loved the entire world.
Steampunk and magic!
I love steampunk novels. The weapons and machines used in these worlds are always so cool. THE ALCHEMISTS OF LOOM combines steampunk instruments enhanced by magic. Ari’s winch gear in particular was so cool (it’s like a book version of the 3D manoeuvre gear from ATTACK ON TITAN). The world of Loom itself is also dirty and dark with that industrial steampunk vibe.
The shipping is strong
There is no romance in THE ALCHEMISTS OF LOOM which is refreshing. But what made this even better was the hints of future romance between Ari and Cvareh subtly and slowly developing on the side. The super slow burn romances that take books to develop are my favourite kind, especially since Cvareh and Ari had that bickering banter to admiration thing going on. These ships build the tension beautifully. I really hope this ship happens because I NEED IT TO.
Unique magic system
In the world of Nova and Loom, only those with dragon organs (dragons and chimera) may have magic because the magic is stored in said dragon organs. Different organs have different magical abilities and the magic can also be filtered into gold (which drives all the magic enhanced steampunk devices). This concept was so cool and dark (there’s an organ trade because of it). I’ve never seen anything like this before and I really like it.
So many questions about Arianna
Ari is my favourite character in THE ALCHEMISTS OF LOOM and there is so much more to her than I first thought. I initially wanted to read this novel because she’s an assassin (such a badass, she is!!) and chimera. Over the course of the novel we’re teased with hints and glimpses of her past and it’s generated so many questions. Her motivations are deep and buried and more detailed/ complicated than I expected. Not everything was answered in this first novel, but I’m glad it’s slowly being teased out for once, especially considering there is so much more to explore in the sequels.
THE ALCHEMISTS OF LOOM is something I recommend to lovers of high fantasy. At first I was enjoying it but wasn’t sure if I loved it, but the more I read the more it grew on me. The steampunk elements combined with a unique magic system was incredibly intriguing. I cannot wait to get my hands on THE DRAGONS OF NOVA to uncover more about certain characters pasts, explore Nova, and watch the plot unfold further (also to see more of my ship together because sjahksahfds)