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Copy received via Netgalley for an honest review.
Unexpected -one word to sum it all up. Reading Alchemists of Loom was like looking through a smog-clouded window from a dingy apartment in Dortam and seeing clockwork towers rise above the grease colored landscape, pierce the god’s line from above. It was watching the alchemists sweating in the trading heat of their laboratories to turn metals into precious, magical gold.
I admit, it was a bit slow at first. I didn’t know what the heck was going on – with the guilds, the territories, and the overall political atmosphere. However about 30% in, when all the necessary introductions were made, everything started falling into place and I fell in love with Loom, Nova, and all their inhabitants. Elise’s world building skills were spot on and she gives an ample amount of description to pull you in to the story.
The characters are really well developed and you can witness their growth in the novel. Their motivations are clear and understandable given their circumstances, while still being indefinite enough that they surprise you or frustrate you -or both- with their actions (which is the point, exactly).
The plot, although a bit simple for me, was still very much engaging and kept me on the edge of my seat with well-placed action scenes that drove the story into an ending that thankfully, wasn’t a cliffhanger, but provided instead a great arena for the events that will take place in the next book as the characters widen their horizons and make important decisions for themselves and for the cause that they have taken up.
Alchemists of Loom is a must read for those who wish to have a great experience with the genre, Steampunk, and those who want to read about badass rainbow dragons who smell great all the time *wink-wink
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Rating: 4.5 stars