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ABOUT THE BOOK
Title: A Golden Fury
Author: Samantha Cohoe
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Historical Fiction
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.
3.5 rounded up to 4 stars
I enjoyed the setting of A Golden Fury and liked that it featured Alchemy. I find Alchemy an interesting premise for a book and would love to read more books that feature it.
Thea finds herself in Oxford facing the father who never knew she existed after fleeing France. Her mother has lost her sanity after making the cursed Philosopher’s Stone. She doesn’t know if she can trust her father and when he manages to find her mothers notes the greed of wanting to accomplish the task of creating a new one convinces Thea she can’t trust anyone.
So much happened in this book that at times it became very confusing. There were moments where it was hard to stay on track with who was who and what was happening. I’m still foggy on what was defined to be the cause of the madness when it came to the stone and had to talk with someone to make sure I was understanding it all.
I think that because the plot felt a bit all over the place I wasn’t able to connect with the characters as much as I’d hoped. There was a feeling of some kind of romance coming about through all the chaos but then none. It’s ok to have books without romance but I felt like it was setting us up for one and then nothing came of it.
I also felt that the ending left me more questions which is tough when it’s a standalone novel because you hope for resolution across the board. Overall I do feel like there are a lot of people who will enjoy this but for me it just fell a bit flat.
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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.
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