The Alchemists of Loom Blog Tour: Top Ten List + Giveaway!

Hi everyone, welcome to my stop in The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova blog tour! The Alchemists of Loom is the first book in Elise Kova's New Adult Steampunk series and it is absolutely fantastic! This book comes out from Keymaster Press on January 10th, 2017 and you will surely want to have a copy ASAP. I already read and loved it (read my review here) and I cannot wait for everyone to read it as well!

As part of my stop, today I am thrilled to share with you Elise Kova's list of the top 10 places that inspired the world building of Loom! But before you head on to the list, you can read more about this amazing book below and add it to your TBR (or pre-order which I highly suggest you do;). Also, make sure you enter the INTL giveaway at the end of the post. Enjoy!!!

The Alchemists of Loom
(Loom Saga #1)
by Elise Kova
NA Steampunk/Fantasy
January 10th, 2017 from Keymaster Press
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.
Top 10 places/settings that inspired the world building of The Alchemists of Loom

As I’m world building I’m constantly looking for images, locations, and ideas that all come together as a sort of mental “mood board” that I will synthesize into its own “world”. While I was working on The Alchemists of Loom I knew I had an aggressive task because I had two worlds in one, so I collected a lot of inspiration from my travels and experiences for both.

1) NOVA - The architecture of Antoni Gaudi in Barcelona

2) LOOM – Alcatraz prison

3) NOVA – The Chihuly Glass Collection

4) LOOM – San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

5) NOVA – Art Nouveau collection in the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya

6) LOOM – Bloodborne (video game)

7) NOVA – Hayes Valley Temple

8) LOOM – The Catacombs of San Callisto

I was instructed to not take pictures out of respect while I was there. 

9) NOVA – Sonoma Valley

10) LOOM – Armstrong Redwoods State Park

(Quick note: Elise Kova had included images to this post but I somehow lost access to them *face-palm*. So instead, I made a Pinterest board based on her list. Aren't these places amazing?!?)


About Elise Kova

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).


1 Signed Hardcover of the Alchemists of Loom

3 Hardcover Preorders of The Alchemists of Loom (Available through TBD)
5 Swag Packs


  1. I just finished reading this book and it was soooo good! Love the mood board you made, it was really interesting to hear some of the places that Loom & Nova were inspired by! :)

    1. Yay, so glad you loved it too!!! I love how Elise gets inspired by these wonderful landmarks, makes me want to go on my own Loom setting tour!

  2. I am so excited to read this book! I really loved reading through the ten places that inspired Kova, and it honestly just makes me more intrigued. :) Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  3. Thanks for hosting today, Melissa!

  4. I'm going to read this soon! I'm so excited!

  5. I still haven't read anything by this author, but I love how her book sounds. This one looks amazing! I can't wait to read it.

  6. Can't wait to read this book, it sounds so interesting! And the cover is beautiful. I loved Air Awakens so I really want to read this. Thank you for the amazing giveaway!