Title: A Golden Fury
Author: Samantha Cohoe
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Publication Date: October 13, 2020
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
I received an e-arc of this book from Wednesday books to participate in the blog tour for this book. Thank you to them for providing me this opportunity!
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.
This book has a compelling storyline and the potential for very complex, interesting characters. Great for readers who to savor a good book.
However, this book was not my cup of tea. I felt that the beginning was a little slow to start and confusing, and even after the exposition, we were still given info-dumps. I also like a story with tension, and I seldom felt that in this book.
Overall, I would recommend giving this book a try if you think the plot sounds interesting. The story was unique and the main character is quite relatable.While it is not my cup of tea, that does not you may just find your next 5-star read with A Golden Fury.