Synopsis from NetGalley:
In her debut novel A Golden Fury, Samantha Cohoe weaves a story of magic and danger, where the curse of the Philosopher’s Stone will haunt you long after the final page.
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 a revolution looming, Thea is sent to live with the father who doesn’t know she exists.
But 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: A Golden Fury is a young adult fantasy written by Samantha Cohoe. It was recently published on 10/13/2020 by Wednesday Books, an imprint of St. Martin’s Press, 320 pages. The genres are science fiction, young adult fantasy, and historical fiction. This book was the author’s debut and intended for readers and 14 to 18. According to the publisher’s website, Wednesday Books is “a crossover, coming-of-age imprint for the insatiable reader.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading A Golden Fury on 10/2/2020 and finished it on 10/19/2020. This book was an interesting read but slow paced for my liking. I haven’t read an alchemy story before so I like the mentioned of Philosopher’s Stone because it made me think of Harry Potter. I liked that the main character has a sharp tongue and can think and make decisions on her own. I like reading and came upon info that occurred in other books I read like the revolution going on in France.
This book started in Normandy, France, 1792 following Bee/Thea/Theosebea, 17, told in the first person point of view. There’s the revolutionary going on in France and her mom wanted her to leave the country for safety. She has been training to be an Alchemist from her mom and they are near completion to creating the White Elixir. Thea didn’t want to leave her mom but something happened to her mom and she had to leave at the last minute. She went to seek her father who also happened to be aiming to conquer the same thing as her mom. Unexpected event happened and she traveled to London to help a friend. The elixir has the power that no one was prepared for.
A Golden Fury was well written, just not for me. A true historical story with fussy fashion and aristocracy. So many situations called for Thea to be angry like her mom kicked her out of their laboratory, her dad’s unwelcome attitudes, problems in London, etc and along the way I lose interest. It’s good that she can rely on the guys she met but I prefer at least one family member support her without hesitation. I do like how her mom trained Thea so that she would have a talent to survive on her own.
I rate it 3.5 stars!
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. (Photo and info obtained from Macmillan’s website. Cover and blog tour info provided by publisher).