“Her vengeance. His vision.
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.”
-Synopsis taken from Goodreads
Hey guys! Meaghan here again with another review!
Stars (Out of 10): 10/10 Stars
Overall Thoughts: Not only was the cover of this book absolutely gorgeous, but the story completely matched up to it. It was fantastic, and I felt entirely immersed in the world every time I picked the book up. It was a phenomenal book for so many reasons, and I cannot wait to get my hands on the second book, and finish this author’s other series!
The Good: Witty and interesting characters, a fantastic blending of tech/steampunk and magic, and wonderfully crafted world, and a gripping and exciting plot!
SPOILERS BEGIN HERE
The Characters: I fell in love with the cast quicker than I do for most books. Something about the way Arianna described things and saw the world around me had me hooked from the very first chapter (specifically: “‘Get her!’ someone cried, rather unhelpfully. Ari would’ve been nervous or scared by the proclamation if anyone actually competent was on her tail.”) And then it seemed to get even more interesting with each new character introduced, from Florence (the sweetest and most deadly accomplice you’ll ever meet) to Cvareh (was it always this easy to like the “bad” race?). Even Leona was an overall interesting character, and seeing what drove her to commit the acts she did for her king was a perspective that authors don’t often show from the bad guys.
The Plot: The way twists were built, and motives + events described, was great, as it didn’t reveal too much and hid enough to keep an air of mystery around the secret pasts of all the characters. In addition, I loved how the plot took us through both the Loom and Nova worlds, developing both societies simultaneously, and painting both sides of the plot and how each side reacts to actions by the other. Lastly, I love how well this book both built up the rest of the series and gave it great potential, but still remained interesting and action-packed in its own right.
The World Building: This was absolutely phenomenal (I’m running out of unique, positive adjectives to describe this book, can you tell?). The world was flawlessly built, to the point where I never felt confused about how it worked as the story progressed. In addition, the mix of two different races, societies, and magic and steampunk was extremely interesting, and I feel like I could actually read a history book on how the world works, and never be bored.
The Favorite Character: Cvareh & Arianna