Book Review: A Golden Fury by Samantha Cohoe

Title: A Golden Fury
By: Samantha Cohoe
Genre: Historical Romance
Pages: 352
Release Date: October 13th, 2020
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Rating: ★★★★★

Summary 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. 


I didn't expect to love this book as much as I did. It was a like a wonderful surprise on a rainy day. 

Thea is a wonderful character. Often times, she seems to understand the complexity of her world, more than a normal character would, but like a reader would, if that makes sense. We often read about a character that either knows to much and leaves nothing to the imagination, or a character that is completely stupid and doesn't see what is going on around them. Thea was a perfect medium and a wonderful case for humanity. 

Her struggle was incredible. With a choice that involves saving her mother from insanity, she does the unthinkable for the greater good. It was a conundrum of epic proportions. 

I loved this book from start to finish.

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.

Samantha Cohoe


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