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Review: A Golden Fury


Title: A Golden Fury

Author: Samantha Cohoe

Release Date: October 13, 2020

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

Find it here: Goodreads

Synopsis from Goodreads: 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.

My Review: I love the idea and mystique of alchemy so I was very excited to read this one. It was a bonus that the main character was a female alchemist. I loved the first half of the book, the setting was well done, I liked Thea and her story was headed in an interesting direction. Then we got to the second half of the book and the story diverged into something a whole lot different than I was expecting and I was thrown off. I didn't like the ending at all but that is probably a personal thing and I think many others will like it. Overall the writing was well done, I liked the characters and the pacing and I think it was an interesting story even if it wasn't quite for me.

*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All opinions are my own.*

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