The Alchemists of Loom
(Loom Saga #1)
By: Elise Kova
Publisher: Keymaster Press
Publication Date: Jan. 10, 2017
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
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.
He was angry. But he was equally hurt, and that was compelling. “My, you taste your own kind’s medicine and discover it too foul to be palatable? How unbecoming.”
“To insult someone at every turn, to demean and degrade them, and then to expect them to give up their knowledge, their skill, without recourse? Does that not sound like what the Dragons have done to Loom since our worlds crossed?”
“Don’t try to make this the same.”
“Isn’t it, though?”
“It’s not and you know it.”
“Do I?” Arianna insisted.
“We are people, not worlds. And you commit the faults you blame me for. You judge me for the actions of my entire race. You see me as a Dragon before you see me as a man. You ignore my good will and attempts at peace, only looking for banners of war between my words. And when you find none, you invent them, so that I better fit your expectations.”
Her hands found no life, and her tongue refused her mental quips.
“Silence? The great and infallible Arianna has finally been silenced? Finally.”
Arianna studied the man. His broad chest rose and fell steadily in time with the deep breaths that were failing to keep his anger at bay. He was genuinely offended. She searched his face and eyes for a trace of deceit.
She found none, though she hadn’t seen any all those years ago, either.
“What do you want at the Alchemists’ Guild?”
He huffed in exasperation at the inquiry—he’d already answered that question and they both knew it. So she braved an honest question: “How do you think the Alchemists will help you overthrow the Dragon King?”
“I stole something from him, something that could give Loom a fighting chance.” His hand moved subconsciously to the folio he never let leave his sight. Arianna had suspected its contents were essential, but now he confirmed it openly.
“And you need an Alchemist to interpret or make that ‘something’?”
Arianna sighed heavily. “If all is as you say, if you are Loom’s ally, then help me do this. Show me that you are not my enemy, that you are the bigger man you claim to be. Prove to me that I can trust you by trusting me first.”
“I have no reason to trust you at all.”
“That’s rather the point.” Arianna eased away from the man, leaning against Eva’s old workbench. The wood was familiar under her fingers, soothing. She knew every burn mark and acid splash across its surface.
“You walk us to certain death.” There was resignation in his tone.
“I do not.”
“Arrogance and confidence are not the same, but both will get you killed.”
The words were louder than the crack of a foreman’s bell, echoing through her ears with the same mind-numbing resonance. Ari looked at the man before her, gripping the table to brace herself against the torrent of emotions that ripped her from toes to ears. His statement had unleashed a ghost within her. Not the Wraith she claimed to be, but a genuine shade from a time long past. Arianna didn’t like believing in things she couldn’t quantify. But she’d always believed in that woman.
Meet the author…
Elise Kova has always had a profound love of fantastical worlds. Somehow, she managed to focus on the real world long enough to graduate with a Master’s in Business Administration before crawling back under her favorite writing blanket to conceptualize her next magic system. She currently lives in St. Petersburg, Florida, and when she is not writing can be found playing video games, watching anime, or talking with readers on social media. She is the USA Today bestselling author of the Air Awakens Series as well as the upcoming Loom Saga (Keymaster, 2017).
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