I’ve already finished this whole series and found it to be really unique with a lot of interesting and cool aspects, but I’m going to focus this review on the first book.
What I Liked:
– An interesting version of dragons! Humanoid, but not shifters. They have colorful skin (some red, some blue, some green), sharp canines, pointed ears, slit pupils, and talons. They also have magic that can do various different things. Speaking of which…
– A really cool dragon magic system! What magic a dragon can do depends on which magical organs they’ve ended up with. Magic in the ears gives them the ability to hear extra well and to create links with others that allow them to talk over great distances. Magic in the eyes allows them a kind of mind control over others when they make eye contact. Magic in the hands gives them the ability to create illusions. That sort of thing. That’s why the Fenthri harvest dragon organs and there’s a whole illegal organ trade—they undergo surgery to replace their own organs with those of dragons, creating chimeras. But the magic has a limit; using too much magic will cause organ failure, and putting too many dragon organs into a Fenthri will cause them to lose control of themselves. I’d never seen magic linked to organs before, so that very cool to me.
– Overall a good story so far. Solid plot. Solid premise. Interesting world. But I didn’t appreciate just how interesting and unique the world was until I got to the second book.
What I Disliked:
– I didn’t really connect to the characters yet, although I still thought they were well-written.
– There were four POVs, but I was really only interested in Arianna’s and Cvareh’s.
– I wasn’t sure how I felt about the romance. Arianna was literally going to kill Cvareh, just for being a dragon, and she constantly threatened him. And then he was into her without any of that really being addressed. I found the progression of the feelings believable enough as they spent more time together, just also maybe a little concerning. So I had mixed feelings about it upon finishing this book even though I came to love it over the course of the series.
I’m glad I finally gave this a try! It turned out to be a great series with a really interesting portrayal of dragons and a unique world, and although the first book wasn’t my favorite in the series, it was a solid start to the story.
Anyone who likes a different take on dragons, unique fantasy worlds, enemies-to-lovers romance, and stories of rebellion.
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.