Hi, I am so excited to bring you a review about this awesome book I just finished. It is A Golden Fury by Samantha Cohoe. I have to say I don’t think I have read a book like this before, and I just loved it. There is nothing better than a book about alchemy and a bad ass heroine to go along with it.
I had so much fun with this book, I ended up staying up late two nights in a row to finish the story. A huge thank you to Wednesday Books (St Martin’s Press), NetGalley, and the author for sharing an eARC allowing me to be a part of this fantastic tour.
Enough yammering… onto the good stuff. Here is all about the book:
A GOLDEN FURY
By Samantha Cohoe
Set in eighteenth century England, Samantha Cohoe’s debut novel, A GOLDEN FURY (Wednesday Books; October 13, 2020), follows a young alchemist as she tries to save the people she loves from the curse of the Philosopher’s Stone. The streets of London and Oxford come to life as this historical fantasy unravels. Weaving together an alluring story of magic and danger, Samantha’s debut has her heroine making messy decisions as she toes the line between good and evil while it becomes blurred.
Thea Hope longs to be an alchemist out of the shadow of her famous mother. The two of them are close to creating the legendary Philosopher’s Stone—whose properties include immortality and can turn any metal into gold—but just when the promise of the Stone’s riches is in their grasp, Thea’s mother destroys the Stone in a sudden fit of violent madness.
While combing through her mother’s notes, Thea learns that there’s a curse on the Stone that causes anyone who tries to make it to lose their sanity. With the threat of the French Revolution looming, Thea is sent to Oxford for her safety, to live with the father who doesn’t know she exists.
But in Oxford, there are alchemists after the Stone who don’t believe Thea’s warning about the curse—instead, they’ll stop at nothing to steal Thea’s knowledge of how to create the Stone. But Thea can only run for so long, and soon she will have to choose: create the Stone and sacrifice her sanity, or let the people she loves die.
A GOLDEN FURY and the curse of the Philosopher’s Stone will haunt you long after the final page.
I was excited for this novel, just for the cover alone. I had not really read the details, but I was very invested once I started to dive deeper into the story. I did not know much about alchemy, since I do not often read historical fiction unless it catches my attention. This book really gripped me…. I was super excited to be asked to join the tour, and I could not put this book down once I started.
This is not my normal genre I read. When I was thinking of alchemy, I thought of Full Metal Alchemist or just the stone from Harry Potter. My knowledge was very lacking in the subject and reading this genre, but I was able to still enjoy the story. I liked how it was more about Thea finding herself and surviving, there was a romance but it was not the main focus. Normally I like romance, but I think it would have taken away from the story in this book. Hence, I am glad the romance was a side story and not the main focus.
I was able to finish this book in two days, which is normal for me. I did enjoy it the more I went along, but there were some parts I did not love. I was only bored for a small portion when they were setting up the conflict, but the story gets over the bumpy bit rather quickly and returns to being a great story. It is only about 350 pages, so it is a book I could finish in one day if I had the time. But I just did not feel the need to finish it quickly. The writing is good, but I was not dying to pick up the book until I got closer to the end because of the conflicts and reveals which happen then.
The historical setting was cool as well. I have not read many books set in this time, but the author helped me to picture the setting well. I was transported back to Oxford and a way of living I never really knew about. Thea is living in a nice place, then she is in the slums, and there is even the academia setting. There is a wide array of settings to keep you interested and your imagination going about all the adventures she encounters while the novel progresses.
I think Thea is great. She is smart and strong, even when she has to meet the father she has never known. Placed into a new world, she does her best to survive. I did not like her mother, and I Was glad she was not in the book. She just seemed very cold. Though at the start I did not like Thea’s dad much either. I think I liked Dominic most of all, and the friendship they develop. I like how a friendship is a main centerpiece of the story, and the romance is barely anything. Thomas is the worst, and I did not enjoy his character at all.
Honestly, this is a good book I enjoyed. I think it will appeal to fans of historical fiction, who don’t want a lot of romance. It is a quick read and has a lot of great elements happening. I am super pleased I was able to read it for this blog tour.
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Meet the author:
Samantha Cohoe writes historically-inspired young adult fantasy. She was raised in San Luis Obispo, California, where she enjoyed an idyllic childhood of beach trips, omnivorous reading, and writing stories brimming with adverbs. She currently lives in Denver with her family and divides her time among teaching Latin, mothering, writing, reading, and deleting adverbs. A Golden Fury is her debut novel.