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Title: A Golden Fury
Author: Samantha Cohoe
Publication Date: October 13, 2020
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Page Count: 352
Goodreads Rating: 3.82

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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.

Useful Links
Twitter: @smcohoe
Instagram: @samanthacohoe
Wednesday Books Twitter: @wednesdaybooks
Wednesday Books Instagram: @wednesdaybooks

My Thoughts

My actual rating is 4.5 stars, but I rounded down it to 4 stars because WordPress doesn’t allow half stars.

Right from the start, A Golden Fury was a wild ride. I really loved that there was no information dump at the beginning of the novel. Instead, you learned about each character as the story unfolded before your eyes. Thea’s, Will’s, and Dominic’s backstories were particularly interesting. Thea, especially, was a very likeable character. Throughout the novel, I empathized with her struggles and felt like I was able to easily put myself in her shoes.

A Golden Fury was a dark tale about how obsession can destroy you. As the novel progressed, it became evident (especially with Thea’s mother) that going mad was just a side effect of practicing alchemy. I thought that the exploration of alchemy was a cool addition as well. In YA fantasy, alchemy does not seem to be a topic that is written about much. I don’t think I’ve ever read a fantasy novel where alchemy was a part of the main magic system. To see how one author interpreted the horrors of practicing alchemy was really interesting.

The last thing that I really loved about A Golden Fury was the cover. All of the elements came together and accurately interpreted the novel’s premise. It also helps that the cover is beautiful. The cover’s design team did a really great job!

I know A Golden Fury was marketed as a standalone, but if Samantha Cohoe decided to write another novel in the universe, I would 100% read it. I loved her writing and world-building.

Where can I buy A Golden Fury?

You can buy A Golden Fury at your favorite local bookstore or through one of these links: Wednesday BooksAmazonBarnes & NobleBook Depository, or Indigo. I did some investigating to see if there was a preorder incentive, but I could not find any information. I still recommend buying A Golden Fury as the novel was really well written. It was different from most of the fantasy novels that I have read in the past.

Have you read A Golden Fury? What did you think of it? Let us know in the comments!

Published by Rachael

Hello, all! I'm 1/3 of Always, Bookish Lovers. Currently, I will be starting work in October at a public library in my area. In the near future, I plan to go back to school to get a Masters in Library and Information Science so I can become a librarian. Along with the blog, I'm pretty active on Instagram. If you'd like to check out our Instagram, it is linked below for you.

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