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A Golden Fury by Samantha Cohoe
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Release Date: October 13, 2020
Published by: Wednesday Books
In her debut novel A Golden Fury, Samantha Cohoe weaves a story of magic and danger, where the streets of Oxford and London come to life, and the curse of the Philosopher’s Stone will haunt you long after the final chapter. 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.
I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
A Golden Fury is a stunningly beautiful debut novel by Samantha Cohoe. At the start, we are greeted by 18th century France at the beginning of the French Revolution and then we get to follow our main character to a beautifully rich gothic England. I absolutely loved the detail that Samantha used to describe these two different countries and the tension between them. The way she wrote this story and the making of the philosopher’s stone played like a movie in my head. The atmosphere was dark, twisted, and oh so creepy. It was so perfect because you couldn’t tell if the curse was real, if it was going to affect our main girl, and if she’d survive it all.
Thea was a powerhouse of a main character. I loved that her main focus was the alchemy and that she wanted to be an Alchemist outside of her mother’s shadow. She was well thought out, as well as all the other characters. They each played their parts well; I just wish that a few others were fleshed out some more, past just being morally grey for the sake of providing edge. Given a bit more depth to their roles.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The plot made sense, the writing flowed well and the pace was good. It was like this was something that could actually happened. My only regret is that it is just a standalone novel, I would love to have some of my lingering questions answered but well done for a debut novel.
My Favorite Quotes
“The mind has power over the body that no one fully understands.”
“The fruits of the earth belong to us all, and the earth itself to nobody.”
“I made the Stone….And then I destroyed it. I saved you from it.”
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About the Author
Samantha Cohoe 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 attended Thomas Aquinas College, a Great Books college in California, and graduated with a BA in liberal arts. After studying Philosophical Theology at Yale Divinity School, she decided academia wasn’t for her. In the midst of marriage, child-bearing, and the identity crisis that followed, she rediscovered her early love of writing and adverbs. In 2011, she moved with her family to Denver, where she currently divides her time between teaching Latin, mothering, writing, reading, and deleting adverbs.
Prize: A finished copy of A Golden Fury. Open to US residents only.
Giveaway Ends: October 20, 2020
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