The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova

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“Numbers remained consistent. Numbers and facts attempted to bring order from a chaotic world, to make sense of the impossible. They were the foundation for colossal structures and the tiniest of clockwork machines alike. Ari loved numbers, and not just because they saved her life by keeping her alert in her surroundings.”

Rating:

5-stars

Review:

Main Characters:
*Arianna – A Chimera master Rivet living on Loom, loves numbers and vengeance (And possibly Cvareh)
*Cvareh – A Dragon from Nova, loves his fashion, also wants to kill the dragon king
*Florence – A former Raven, turned Revolver, studying and living with Arianna
*Leona – The dragon kings’ master rider hunting down our heroes across Loom

World:
*Loom – Steampunk-y world of the Fenthri below the clouds. Fenthri do not have magic, but if they augment themselves with Dragon parts and become a chimera – they can utilize some magic. There are 6 guilds which all Fenthri are apart of.
*Nova – Dragons home world above the clouds. Don’t know much about this until book 2. P.S. Dragons have magic located in specific body parts.

Tl;dr
Since the discovery of Dragons a mere decade long ago, Fenthri society has undergone radical changes as they were subjected to Dragon rule. Children are now assigned to guilds at birth and are culled if they are unable to fulfill the needs of the guild. Arianna is the White Wraith – scourge of dragons, living as a mercenary with Florence her munitions expert and runaway Raven. Things change when Arianna finds an injured Cvareh, who is being pursued by Dragon Riders. Cvareh has a mission – to make it to the Alchemists guild and in exchange for Arianna’s help, he will offer her a boon – he will literally grant any one wish of hers.

Thoughts:
So, this book was on my TBR pile for a l-o-n-g time. I feel miserable about this. On the surface, it had everything I wanted in a book, but just didn’t really seem like the right time when I tried to read it. I’m happy that I finally got around to reading it. It had steampunk, magic, and the whole enemies-to-lovers vibe going on between Cvareh and Ari. The world-building was strong and imaginative and reasonably descriptive. Elise Kova always does a good job with this (And she writes super quick!) There is a decent amount of brutal deaths, literal eating of hearts, but Kova is not descriptive in her gore. So, no need to skip this book if you are faint of heart.
It was a fun but vicious ride, it’s not every day that you read a book about a girl who wants to rip the heart out of the boy she meets, literally.

Recommended for fans of:

Elise Kova, Sarah Maas, dark novels, fantasy


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