Today is just going to be a short review, because I’m currently on vacation. But mainly because I don’t have much to say about this book, yet I still wanted to share my thoughts.
The Alchemists of Loom is a steampunk fantasy novel following the infamous White Wraith, Ariana, her initiate, Florence, and a Dragon called Cvareh. Thrown together by accident, they start to form an unlikely bond that lead them into a world of trouble.
The world is super interesting because of all the steampunk elements. Somehow, when I first heard about it, I didn’t catch the fact that it was steampunk. And I usually don’t enjoy the aesthetics of that genre, but somehow this particular book convinced me otherwise. It’s basically exactly the same as what The Night Circus did for me. Yet this one didn’t quite do it for me.
One of the things that took a lot away from the story, is the romance. In some way it came out of nowhere, one minute the two female characters are sharing a bed and the next, I don’t even know. It’s sudden and way too instant.
While it is an interesting and different world than I usually encounter in fantasy, it doesn’t contain anything that made me love it. This book feels like an introduction, but it never goes beyond that. At times, it hints at the mystery of Arianna’s past. Yet it never actually reveal any tangible information about why she became who she is. Other than the world building, I unfortunately didn’t get much out of it. For some reason I couldn’t connect with any of the characters. To be honest, I’m disappointed, because it’s a book that I had high expectations for. Oh well, on to the next one.