by Elise Kova
Series: Loom Saga #3
Published on December 5, 2017 by Keymaster Press
Genres: Adult, Fantasy
A new rebellion rises from the still smoldering remnants of the five guilds of Loom to stand against Dragon tyranny. Meanwhile, on Nova, those same Dragons fight amongst themselves as age-old power struggles shift the political landscape in fateful and unexpected ways. Unlikely leaders vie for the opportunity to shape a new world order from the perfect clockwork designs of one temperamental engineer.
This final installment of USA Today bestselling author Elise Kova's Loom Saga, The Rebels of Gold will reveal the fate of Loom's brilliantly contrasting world and its beloved inhabitants.
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My first impressions of The Rebels of Gold were “oh my goodness I can’t believe the series is over what am I going to do with my life” in a very stream-of-consciousness manner. But I waited to write my review until I had a chance to think about it a bit more post-read, once all those emotions died down and it went so far as to changed my rating.
The Dragons of Nova rocked all of Loom and left a revolution in the making down below while above the clouds in Nova, the scheming of a few individuals is changing the course of history. This book is all about the women too which was awesome. Arianna, of course, is taking a leading role but so did Florence who really had her chance to shine, as well as the manipulative Coletta (I definitely enjoyed reading from the antagonist’s PoV).
In terms of character growth, I think Florence is the star — of both the book and series. Looking at where she started as an apprentice in The Alchemists of Loom to where she ends up in The Rebels of Gold, you can see not only the change in societal position but as a person she has faced more than most and come out stronger. I can’t say I disliked her entirely at the beginning of the series but she wasn’t a favorite character and by the end of this book, she totally makes my list of favorite female characters. Also, she gets a love interest! I loved the way her relationship with Arianna was handled and the new person introduced. Yes, this book features a F/F romance, for anyone wondering, and I ship it so much!
On the other hand, I was a bit disappointed with Arianna. She’s a good character but I felt like nothing really changed with her between books. So while I liked reading from her perspective (in terms of entertainment value), I don’t think she brought a lot to the table this time around beyond her usual self. And there definitely wasn’t enough of Cvareh, especially considering the ending. I felt like his story just wasn’t focused on enough and then a huge decision is made but I didn’t quite buy into it. A bit too happily-ever-after for what I expect from these books.
But I think where this book got me, and the reason my rating ultimately changed from my first thoughts, was the pacing. It’s the longest of the trilogy and a lot happens, but the writing just dragged at times. Not necessarily for very long, but frequently enough to make it slower going than I’ve come to expect from Kova’s books. I don’t think it should have been action scene after action scene, but combined with only one character really moving forward, it just didn’t quite work for me.
Ultimately, though, for a series conclusion, The Rebels of Gold was solid. Kova’s world-building and writing style were both on point per usual and the characters are fun, even if I didn’t have enough of a certain Dragon 😉 I would still absolutely recommend this series to anyone interested in a unique fantasy with fantastic characters and a world like you’ve never seen. And if you’ve read the Loom Saga and want more from this author, definitely check out the Air Awakens series (YA fantasy, absolutely fabulous)!