Monday, March 27, 2017

Book Review: The Alchemists of Loom

TITLE: The Alchemists of Loom
Book 1 in the Loom Saga
AUTHOR: Elise Kova
PUBLISHED: January 10th, 2017
GENRE: Steampunk/Fantasy
PREMISE: In a world at war, Ari survives as best she can. Her latest job however, gets more complicated when she makes a deal with a dragon...
MY REVIEW: Looking for fun fast-paced steampunk? Then I highly recommend this new series. It does have all the usual trappings of steampunk: there's the badass female lead, magic, world at war, rebels, etc. But this author manages to put a fresh spin on all the usual tropes.
The world-building is a little bit shaky. I wish there were more details here and there. But I suspect that's coming in the second book. This one is mostly action oriented so it goes by really quick. I actually managed to read it in a day. Also, for some reason people keep putting this into the young adult category on Goodreads. Yeah, no guys. This is adult. All the characters are adults. Just because something is a fantasy, doesn't automatically put it in the YA category. There's also LGBT representation, though I hesitate to call it good representation. The author seems to go out of their way to avoid discussing Ari's sexuality even though she's clearly attracted to both men and women. I'm not sure if that's a world-building thing or what.
If you're in the mood for just a fun action-packed steampunk series to start, this one is definitely a good way to go. Apparently the author has written other books. I think I'm going to be looking into them sometime in the future.
WHO SHOULD READ: Steampunk fans, Elise Kova fans
MY RATING: Three and a half out of Five shape-shifting dragons

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