A Golden Fury
A Novel By Samantha Cohoe
Published by Wednesday Books
**On Sale October, 2020** Hardcover | $18.99
Ebook ISBN: 9781250220417
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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.
About 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.
Much thanks to Wednesday Books for sending me a copy for review and for inviting me to be a part of this tour. This review is voluntary and opinions are fully my own. Also, all quotes are taken from the ARC and may or may not appear in the final published copy.
“Nothing is more disappointing to me than an intelligent woman who dumbs herself down for a man.”
A Golden Fury tells the story of alchemists in their pursuit of creating the mythical Philosopher’s Stone. Thea Hope is an alchemist working along side her mother until she kept her out of the project.. then, her mother also lost herself and drawn to madness, as a bad effect of creating the Stone.
So, Thea is sent to London, to a father who doesn’t know she exists. There, she gets into a few mishaps and discovers people who want her to recreate the Stone — even if it means her risking her life to madness. as well.
This book is a true adventure. I have to say, I admire how unpursued the main theme of this book is in YA fantasy. (Or maybe I just didn’t know where to look.) It is definitely well-written, but the story takes some to pick up and some plot twists got me lost along the way.
For some reason, it was hard to connect with the main character, on my end. She was quite devoid of emotion. Perhaps, because of her ‘chosen one’ vibes.
The best part about this book is smashing the patriarchy! I love the girl power this story exuded and the feminism blatantly expressed in its pages.
Aside from that, I will always be partial at how beautiful the cover is.. It called on me to get my hands on the ARC.. And now, in conclusion, I don’t regret that any bit, because this is one story that gave me a good experience overall.
My Book Rating Breakdown
🌼 Main Character:⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Significant Other: ⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Support Characters:⭐⭐⭐☆☆
🌼 Writing Style:⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Character Development:⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Pacing: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
🌼 Ending: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
🌼 Unputdownability: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
🌼 Book Cover:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐