Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for A Golden Fury by Samantha Cohoe hosted by TBR and Beyond Tours. I was excited to be given the opportunity to read this book and give an honest review.
A Golden Fury
By Samantha Cohoe
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publishing Date: October 13, 2020
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 Philospher’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.
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.
When I got the email about the book tour signup for A Golden Fury, I fell in love with the cover and then when I read what it was about I knew I needed to read it. I have always been fascinated with the Philosopher’s Stone and alchemist .
This book has everything a historical fiction should have with the setting of the verge of the French Revolution, the history, the complex main character and the story about the stone. It was slow in the beginning of the book but it did pick up during the book.
The author did a good job with building the characters, I enjoyed how Thea was already strong but became even more stronger throughout the book with her facing so many different obstacles on creating the stone and the betrayal of people she trusted and loved.
Overall, if you enjoyed Staking the Jack Ripper series, you will like this book, it has almost the same feel with the historical and characters.
“Never pin your hopes on a man”
“The Stone chooses the last alchemist, but woe to whom it does not accept”
“I had been where he was and felt what he felt. If there was a hell, there could not be worse torments there than he now suffered. And he had done it for me, expecting nothing in return.”
“Power to do harm is still power, said my mother’s voice. That power in your hands becomes the power to do good. To do anything.”
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