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    Kova is a genius!

    Elise Kova is genius! New characters, new world. Fantastic story! Absolutely in love!
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    Enchanting Steampunk Fantasy

    I was totally captivated by this enchanting steampunk fantasy filled with magic, chimeras and dragons. When Ari comes across an injured Dragon, he offers her the one thing that Ari desires the most, a loon, if she takes him to the Alchemists of Loom. Though sworn enemies, Cvareh and Ari must work together if they wish to achieve their goals. During their quest they begin to discover each other’s worlds and its people whilst trying to evade the Dragon King’s dragons that are eager to retrieve what Cvareh stole from the Dragon King. Ari is a chimera with one thing on her mind: seeking revenge. Her single-minded focus is on achieving this and she does not let her emotions, weaknesses or her past interfere. She takes on the persona of the “White Wraith” who is legendary and seemingly invincible. I found Ari a compelling, intriguing character and loved her close friendship with Florence who is not as defenceless as she first appears. Cvareh is a dragon who is focused on his mission, to usurp the Dragon King, but he cannot do it without Ari’s help. Her world is strange to him, with their different appearances and culture, and Ari has the skills and knowledge to get him to the Alchemists of Loom. The world building was imaginative, detailed and impressive. I was drawn into Ari, Florence & Cvareh’s quest and their worlds. It was fast paced with unexpected twists, great characters and plenty of action and suspense. I loved how the steampunk machinery is woven into the story and how Ari & Cvareh work together using intellect, magic and gadgets to get out of their many tight situations. I found it to be a rewarding read, well written, and entertaining. I'd recommend any fantasy fan to give it a try. I am definitely looking forward to the next book, The Dragons of Nova
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    Good God in heaven, this book is something else

    Good God in heaven, this book is good. It kind of feels like it's harder and harder to not repeat oneself when it comes to reviewing books, but man this book is good. But that is what I came to expect out of Elise Kova's writing. To be entertained & engulfed by a story that's woven with passion and love & one that brings her readers exactly the kind of story they want to read. As much as I got used to cliches and predictability when it comes to YA novels (this is NOT a YA novel; it's more of a YA/Adult/Steampunk crossover, an incredibly epic crossover mind you), the authors usually inject enough creativity and add a genuine spark that distinguishes their work from others, and weave a tale that becomes both unique and truly theirs. But here, there were no cliches and no templates. Just a story. An incredible story, that grips you from the start and doesn't let go. Changes directions, throws curve-balls, and when you think you've figured out where the story goes, and what it's becoming, it goes somewhere different and becomes something better than what you thought. I could throw a lot more superlatives at this book and i wouldn't come close to explaining how amazing this book is. And that is Elise Kova for you. Reading her Air Awakens series made her one of my favorite writers, and Alchemists of Loom only cemented that opinion. This book, I would recommend to everyone. If you're in a slump, or just need a pick me up for your next read, this is the book for you.
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    Excellent characters, Action and more!

    Fantastic book, great story line, and very different from most other tropes that usually come up. Characters are excellent, with good amount of mystery and action ... lots of action! Took a bit to get into, but now im hooked on the series. The best part is that the Author writes quickly, so i dont have to wait too long for the next in the series.
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    Amazing characters makes a good book remarkable

    I need a moment to process this. This book was… everything! It was very different from Air Awakens, but I loved it just as much. The writing was amazing, the plot was interesting, the world-building was magical, and the characters were relatable. I am absolutely in love with this book! I loved the characters. Ari, Cvareh and Flor were all characters that you just couldn’t help but root for. I loved reading about them all, and seeing their journeys. I especially loved Flor. I could really relate to her, she was fun and interesting to read about, and I’d say she went through the biggest journey of them all. She really changed through the book, she grew a lot, and I loved following her journey. That’s not to say I didn’t love the other characters. I loved Ari and Cvareh, too. Ari was totally badass and independent and cool, and I loved her. There are still a lot of mysteries surrounding her, which, I admit, drew me in. I needed to find out what had happened that still affected her so. I still do. I need The Dragons of Nova, like, now! Cvareh… Sigh. I loved him. Seriously loved him. Maybe as much as I love Aldrik. Maybe more. I’m torn on that one. I don’t even know where to begin to describe him. He was just an amazing male, and it was impossible to not fall in love with him. Any fangirl with a beating heart would fall in love with him. And the romance between him and Ari was great. It was slow, which was good, because in the beginning, Ari hated all Dragons as a principle. Watching them grow closer, very slowly, was both amazing and difficult, because I need them to end up together! Dragons and Chimera and a whole new world make for an intriguing plot! Yes, you heard that right. Dragons. But these dragons aren’t the ones you know, no, they’re much cooler than that! I loved learning about the Dragons and the Chimera and the Fenthri. The world-building was amazing, but that was expected. I already knew Kova has a way to write a whole new world in such a way that you feel like you are really there, you forget about the real world, you forget that you’re reading. She also introduces the world in a great way, not all at once, a history lesson of Loom in the first chapter, but gradually, throughout the whole book. And she makes it feel so natural, not some stilted conversation just to teach the reader something about the world, but it’s actually a part of the plot. That ending. You all know I hate cliffhangers, right? Well, I do. And TAOL ended in one. But, and here’s the surprising thing, I didn’t mind it. It just felt right that it should end there, although I was really sad it did, because now I just want more, and I don’t know how I’ll survive for six months before TDON! Out of all the great things I’ve listed above, the best thing, the thing that made this book truly magical, was the characters. They came alive on the page in such a way that I couldn’t put it away, that I just had to know what would happen. I stayed up way later than I should’ve, and seriously considered skipping school to read (which is the first time I’ve ever considered that). When I was done, it felt like parting with old friends, after just one book. This book is the perfect example that amazing, relatable characters can have such a big impact on the plot. The further I got into the story, the more I needed to know what would happen to Ari, Cvareh and Flor. This book was so much fun to read, throughout it all. But be warned: if you’re not looking to be hooked, for characters that will seem so real, it feels wrong when you stop reading and they’re not there, this is not the book for you.
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