Book: “A Golden Fury” by Samantha Cohoe
Genre: YA Fantasy/Historical Fiction
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Blogger’s Note: Thank you to Wednesday Books and NetGalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
“A Golden Fury” by Samantha Cohoe is a YA Historical Fantasy novel that tells the story of Thea, a young woman living in 1792 with battling with the mystical art of alchemy in the shadow of her famous mother. While trying to finalize the creation of the philosopher’s stone, Thea’s mother falls into a fit of rage and destroys everything they have worked on. As Thea tries to put all of the puzzle pieces together, she will face danger and meet various characters aimed at stealing the information she’s worked so hard to decode.
As a lover of both historical fiction and YA fantasy, this book could not be better suited for me as a reader! I was so excited to dive into this one and found the premise to be interesting and engaging. However, I struggled a bit with the writing and felt like it was cliche at times. I did enjoy several parts of the book though. The author did a great job at highlighting alchemy and really brought the magic of science to life. I also enjoyed following along as Thea is introduced to her estranged father. At times, I found Thea’s behavior to be a bit mismatched with her persona but I enjoyed the tale overall.
Recommendation: I’d skip this one unless you are a huge fan of books based on alchemy.