Review: The Alchemist of Loom.

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.

 

What I liked about this book

  • The world. The world was really interesting and unique.
  • The steampunk elements, which made it really enjoyable.
  • The characters. Ari was a great morally grey character. I also loved the character Florence.
  • The dynamic between Ari and Florence. I loved the way the friendship was portrayed.
  • There wasn’t much romance in this book, which was refreshing. There was a slow development that signalled the potential for a romance in the next book, which was so much better than the insta-love we normally get.
  • The plot was quite well-fleshed out.

 

What I disliked about this book

  • I felt that the storyline dragged a little around midway.
  • This might be a very personal peeve, but I found it annoying that while members of the race of Dragons were given really unusual names like Cverah and Yveun, the members of another race, called the Fenthri were given names like Will and Helen. Somehow, it did not fit in with the world.

 

Overall rating: 4.5/5

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