Cvareh returns home to his sky world of Nova with the genius crafter Arianna as his temperamental guest. The mercurial inventor possesses all the Xin family needs to turn the tides of a centuries-old power struggle, but the secrets she harbors must be earned with trust — hard to come by for Ari, especially when it comes to Dragons. On Nova, Ari finds herself closer to exacting vengeance against the traitor who killed everything — and everyone – she once loved. But before Ari can complete her campaign of revenge, the Crimson Court exposes her shadowed past and reveals something even more dangerous sparking between her and Cvareh.
While Nova is embroiled in blood sport and political games, the rebels on Loom prepare for an all-out assault on their Dragon oppressors. Florence unexpectedly finds herself at the forefront of change, as her unique blend of skills — and quick-shooting accuracy — makes her a force to be reckoned with. For the future of her world, she vows vengeance against the Dragons.
Before the rebellion can rise, though, the Guilds must fall.
Hi there, Elise! Thank you for joining us today! Why don’t we start off with you telling us a little bit about yourself?
Thanks for having me! Let’s see, a little bit about myself… I’m the author of AIR AWAKENS and THE ALCHEMISTS OF LOOM, and one of my favorite foods is mac n’ cheese.
Yum! Now, I gotta know! Where did you come up with the idea behind the Loom Saga? When did it first hit you?
My original inspiration came from the song “Transmission” by ZEDD in 2015. Specifically, there are lyrics in it that say, “We’re smart enough to know that, no one gets out alive… you’re never too young to die.” That led me down imagining what happened to the “chosen one” if they failed on their hero’s journey. What happened to the hero who was supposed to save the world if they failed? That gave Arianna’s backstory and the start to the Loom Saga in book one that carries over to THE DRAGONS OF NOVA.
Speaking of Dragons, the Dragons are humanoid! This is such a unique and fascinating idea! What made you divert from the typical physical form of Dragons?
One thing I love about dragons is how their portrayal changes from story to story. You have some stories where people transform into dragons, giant fire-breathing creatures to more serpent-like monsters. The word “Dragon” is used as a title, not representing a creature at all… Really, there’s a lot of possibility there. I knew I wanted to take something that people thought they knew and re-imagine it, and dragons seemed to fit well!
Do you believe the Loom Saga would’ve still been what it is if the Dragons were in typical form? Or would that have changed the story entirely?
I think the core of the Loom Saga lies in the conflict of two worlds — one governed by magic, one governed by machine — colliding. Even if they had been scaley monstrosities, I think that conflict would’ve remained… though, it would’ve made romance between species even more unlikely.
Speaking of the conflict between two worlds, do you believe the Dragons descending to Loom was inevitable or a horrible consequence of the Fenthri’s curiosity?
I always saw it as inevitable. One way or another, the worlds would have met, eventually. There was no way the Fenthri could stare up at a gray sky for forever and never try to find out what’s beyond. And, there was no way that Dragons could periodically fall from their sky world and never “land” where a Fenthri may discover their body.
In regards to the different species, why do only the Dragons possess magic? How does this impact the world and the dynamic between the two species?
It’s a byproduct of their race, like why cats can see well in the dark or fish can “breathe” underwater. Dragons having magic just is. But, because it’s biological, it can be “stolen” in the form of organs and blood… This creates a sort of brutal dynamic between those who have magic and those who don’t.
Not having magic makes the Fenthri society quite different. How did you decide on the five guilds of Loom and their focuses? Did you originally plan for more or less? Or was the Fenthri society always structured around five?
When I was conceiving the idea for THE ALCHEMISTS OF LOOM, I worked for a large manufacturing company. There, I learned a lot about manufacturing and supply chains, and that helped shape the world of Loom. I knew I wanted to make a world that was based around the idea of every organization, which became guilds, contributing to a “node” in a worldwide supply chain. Five just happened to be the number I settled on.
It definitely sounds like you pull inspiration from your life. What real world influences did you utilize to build Nova and Loom? Were there specific aspects you knew you wanted to be different?
As I mentioned, real-world things like manufacturing lines, LEAN/Six Sigma, supply chain, tooling, steel refining, etc., all went into the world of Loom. Other more obvious things like learning how steam engines worked were essential for me to build the steampunk world. Everything though, the technology included, took a turn for the fantastical despite being rooted in reality.
Readers seem divided on whether the Loom Saga is fantasy or steampunk given the mix of elements from both genres. As the creator, what had you intended this series to be? Or is it more a mashing of the two?
I always try to say it’s a high fantasy with steampunk elements. The focus is on the fantastical, and it’s more fantasy than sci-fi. That being said, it’s always both, just in uneven quantities, because the crux of the story is centered around machine meeting magic.
Thank you so much for joining us today! But before we go, is there anything else you’d like to add?
Thanks for your great questions! It was truly a pleasure! If anyone is interested in following me or my worlds I recommend they subscribe to my mailing list at http://EliseKova.com/subscribe/
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 Loom Saga.
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