by Kolin (Alberta): Loot is a captivating and ambitious novel that explores the impact of imperialism on culture, identity, and love. Tania James skillfully blends historical facts with imaginative fiction, creating a vivid and rich world full of memorable characters and scenes. The novel is not only a thrilling story of a hero’s quest, but also a thoughtful reflection on the meaning of art, beauty, and belonging in a changing world. I enjoyed reading Loot because it was well-written, engaging, and original. I learned a lot about the history and culture of India and France in the 18th and 19th centuries, and I was fascinated by the mechanical tiger and its symbolism. The novel has some flaws, such as uneven pacing, too many subplots, and some anachronisms. However, these did not detract from my overall enjoyment of the book.