Saturday, 17 December 2016

Alchemists of Loom [Book Review & Giveaway]

Hello there!

Title: The Alchemists of Loom (Loom Saga #1)
Author: Elise Kova
Publisher: Keymaster Press
Published Date: 10th January 2017
Rating: 5 Stars

*Thank you to the XpressoBook Tours for the review copy*


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Synopsis: 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.

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Review: Everyone has been reviewing Elise Kova’s novels and telling me how wonderful they are. And yet, despite having so many people recommend her novels, I never decided to pick on up for myself. When I saw the opportunity to be on this blog tour, I knew I just needed to go for it and see where things ended up. I was not disappointed in the slightest.

First of all, I am going to say that the first thing which hit me was the world building and fantasy elements. Unlike many of the books that I’ve read, the author didn’t need to explain the unique characteristics of the world. Somehow, as I read the story they explained themselves so I completely understood, without Kova deviating from the story to make sure the reader got it. On top of that, I never felt confused at any point. I inferred all the knowledge I needed to know about the two very different worlds we get here, and how they worked and what the Dragons and Fenthri of particular guilds could do. It was amazing, astonishing and as I was reading, I quickly fell in love with both worlds. They were both very detailed and well developed. Kova certainly knows how to build a world of her own.


There are some steampunk elements in this fantasy novel as well. I think steampunk is a pretty small and new genre which needs more love, so I was happy to see it receiving some here.

Then we have the main characters. I really, really loved Cvareh. Sure, he had his own motivations, but he went into a world where everyone hated him for being of the race he was, and then had to humble himself to be able to simply debate with them. Everyone always assumed the worst about him when they first saw him, and I think he had incredible patience. As well as that, he was a Dragon. When I say dragon, don’t imagine dragons like the huge flying beasts in The Lord of the Rings. Kova gives her own meaning to the word. But yes, I loved Cvareh, and how patient, dedicated and yet smart he was. Even with his flaws.

Arianna is a hot-headed kind of character who is very confident and also very stand-offish. She doesn’t want to get too close to anyone because of her past. Her past is slowly revealed to us because memories and situations are being triggered in the novel which remind her of back then. I liked her sarcasm a lot, and her wit. She wasn’t the character I was able to connect most with, but I still liked her a lot.

The last character I’m going to give a detailed mention is Florence. Florence is Arianna’s assistant, and probably the most calm of the trio. She’s dedicated, creative, and like a budding flower that is ready to fly. You get to see her develop a lot in the novel.

There aren’t too many secondary characters, but this novel didn’t really need many? If they were there for a brief period, we get a bit of insight in their lives. Enough to make the reader feel as if they know them. There are also the three main point of views. But we switch to one or two others in the novel as well. It wasn’t too many, but I have to admit I wasn’t amazingly interested in Leona’s point of view.





The plot was great and fast paced. There was always something happening to keep me entertained. I also liked the hints at romance and the intensity between the two love interests. There is a whole lot of it, because they shouldn’t be together when it comes to “class” and so on, so it was really interesting to see them develop from enemies into people who may even like each other. Imbibing (borrowing each other’s magic) also came into play here, and it was such an interesting concept. Almost like vampirism, but then with magic – and a whole lot more intense.

It was SO addicting. I read even in a week where I had a lot of deadlines I needed to meet. Now I am gonna have to be a good little bookworm and wait until April 2017 to get more of this brilliant story ;.;

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Giveaway: Enter to win: 
  • 1 Signed Hardcover of the Alchemists of Loom
  • 3 Hardcover Preorders of The Alchemists of Loom (Available through TBD)
  • 5 Swag Packs
a Rafflecopter giveaway
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Links: Goodreads and Amazon!

Olivia’s Question: What’s your lucky number?

Olivia-Savannah x

38 comments:

  1. That is a rather epic cover...wow. Have a Merry Christmas :)

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    1. The cover is beautiful and caught my eye straight away! Merry Christmas to you too :3

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  2. I haven't read any of the books by this author yet. But, great cover for sure!

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    1. If you like fantasy and/or steampunk... then go for it!

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  3. I've had my eye on this book for a few weeks now and it looks so cool from the cover to the synopsis! I loved that the world seems to build itself throughout the book! I really hope to read this book in the future! Awesome review!

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    1. I really do hope you get to read it, Anissa! :D

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  4. I'm fond of 8. =) So much fun to see all my peers on this tour. Glad you enjoyed it.

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    1. For some reason, eight isn't a common answer for this question. But I do like that number!

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  5. Glad you enjoyed this book, though more than lonna ;). I need to check this out just to see for myself. Great review Olivia!

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    1. not sure why my picture is not popping up.... I am having a bad week with technology....

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    2. Sorry about the crazy thread.

      Dinh

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    3. Sometimes we all have bad times with technology so it is okay! Hope it all got sorted. And yes, I loved it a little more than her :3 Hope you get the chance to read this one...

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  6. Looks like an awesome book - thanks for the review! ;)

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  7. It's always great to see an indie author get respect in an otherwise crowded mainstream industry. I read the first book to her other series but since the genre doesn't really work for, I decided not to pursue the series.

    I hope you'll enjoy the rest of the series, Olivia.

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    1. She definitely has earned that respect because she is a brilliant writer. Ah, fantasy not for you. I'll have to enjoy the books doubly as much for the both of us ;)

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  8. I'm looking at this page again (?), and I see that my "comment" option is ticked off on the rafflecopter, but my comment doesn't appear. Actually, I must have commented about the same book and rafflecopter on another blog. Anyway, just to reiterate: great, incredible cover.

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    1. A brilliant cover for what is also a brilliant book :3

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  9. I really love this cover and the book sounds like a book I will enjoy reading.

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  10. Great review, Olivia! This sounds like such a fun book - very unique and well written overall! I agree about steampunk - so much potential for awesome and unique stories!!

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    1. It was a brilliant read and I can't wait to have the sequel in my hands! D:

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  11. Love the cover and the steampunk elements have me very curious :)

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  12. Sounds like a fascinating book and world. I think it is awesome that everything didn't need a lot of explanation and just made sense to you as a reader. Thanks for sharing! My lucky number is 5. :)
    ~Jess

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  13. I always liked the number 7, but Idk why hahha. Anyway, I LOVED Florence myself, so I am glad that she got a special shoutout here! I have to write my own review too soon, and it is a hard book to review! I am so glad you loved it though! Now you will have to read Air Awakens, I love that series SO much! Great review!

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    1. Hehehe you don't need no reason why when it's a favourite! It's just a fact of... favouritism. I am glad you were able to enjoy her character so much. Just went and read your review x

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  14. Sounds interesting! I hadn't actually heard of Elise Kova before, I have to admit.

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  15. It does sound like a good book! Thank you so much for sharing, and Merry Christmas to you! :)

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    1. You should give it a try! Merry Christmas to you too <3

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  16. Oh this sounds amazing! The cover is like a mix of the Grisha and Throne of Glass books. Love it! I will put this on my list of books I need to get in 2017. :D

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    1. I hope you'll enjoy it just as much as I did, Stephanie! And I think you will ;)

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  17. I've been seeing this one around a lot lately. Glad to see you liked it so much. Great review!

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    1. You have to read it Lisa, you'll love it!

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  18. Thanks so much for the giveaway and great review! I still haven't read Elise Kova, but I do have Air Awakens coming up soon on my TBR list! Happy reading! :D

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    1. After having read and loved this one, I want to read Air Awakens now too! :D

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