Title: Golden Fury
Author: Samantha Cohoe
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press/ Wednesday Books
Release Date: October 13, 2020
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Synopsis: 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.
Author Bio: 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.
Thea wants to step away from her mother’s shadow and to be an alchemist. They are collaborating on creating the Philosopher’s Stone which can turn metal into gold and give immortality. In a sudden turn of events, Thea’s mom destroys the stone when she has a fit of madness. Thea is able to do some research on the stone only to realize that the stone has a curse which causes anyone that tries to make it to lose their sanity. Due to the French Revolution, Thea is sent to Oxford to live with her father, who doesn’t know she exists. While in Oxford, there are alchemists that Thea tries to warn about the curse, instead they want to take Thea’s knowledge to create the stone. Thea has to decide between creating the stone and losing her sanity or letting the people she loves die.
Golden Fury was one of those books that was a page turner for me. When I began to read, I couldn’t stop, I love having books like this, between the story telling details to the story, I was hooked. I really enjoyed having Thea being an alchemist and her desire to make a name for herself. I also enjoyed how interesting it was regarding the Philosopher’s Stone too. Overall, I loved learning about Thea through the book, she is brave and fight for what she believes in.
Thank you to Wednesdays Books for the opportunity to read this book, all opinions are my own.