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A Golden Fury

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  647 ratings  ·  522 reviews
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.

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Hardcover, 352 pages
Published October 13th 2020 by Wednesday Books
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Oct 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
i hate comparing stories, but if you enjoyed the ‘stalking jack the ripper’ series, then you will want to get your hands on this book.
the atmosphere, the characters, the storyline, the history - this honestly feels like it could be book #5.

thats not to say this isnt original. i think the story provides a fresh take on the philosophers stone and alchemy. the pacing is on the slower side of things and there arent really any high stakes propelling the story forward, but its the overall vibe of th
Nilufer Ozmekik
Jun 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Choo choo sounds of disappointment train meets with expired baking powder taste of frustration( don’t ask me how I know expired baking powder taste! It’s another prank story)

After seeing this incredible cover and interesting women alchemists’ story waltzes with magical realism and fantasy with horrific delusional vibes and philosopher stone’s growing power reminds us of Frodo’s ring which turns to people more miserable than Gollum and pushes them into burning alive in their own hell by losing th
Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink
Review to come!

Also please be aware of a few triggers such as self harm, an instance that seems like it could be rape, and mental illness / madness referencing throughout
Candace Robinson
This one was a bit slow for me. I’m not sure what I wanted more of exactly. Maybe more alchemy and romance? It was written well and has the most beautiful cover, though!
Jenny Moke
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Listen, it pains me to write this review because Samantha Cohoe and I are declared enemies and there's a duel on the horizon because no one should be allowed to write this well.

Thea's voice grabbed me from page 1 and held me in its lacy-gloved vice grip until we went crashing into the conclusion together. How Cohoe managed to tell a story that had an excellent voice AND set the historical stage of the story at the same time is the Philosopher's Stone of writing some of us are constantly struggli
Sep 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, physical-owned
This is a tough one to rate, because I think the front half of this book is really strong. I thought the writing was nice, the premise was well realized, and I particularly liked the way the abusive elements of the dynamic between our heroine & her mother were integrated. That said-- I think the second half of this was a noticeable dip in success. It kind of just fell apart. So I'll split the difference & call this a ~2.5-3 star ...more
Wren (fablesandwren)
Thank you Wednesday Books for letting me apart of this blog tour and providing me with an eARC through NetGalley.

Head over to my blog to read an excerpt on this book! Link is in bio!

Can we just take a moment to appreciate that stunning cover? I love the colors on it and honestly it made me want to read this book even more than the premise!

This is one of those books that you devour in a day.

This book totally started out strong. You meet Thea and automatically know she is not happy with her mothe
Stewart Tame
Full disclosure: I won a free ARC of this book in a Goodreads giveaway.

Thea Hope has been training her whole life to be an alchemist like her mother, one of the most famous practitioners of the art in all of Europe. They are so close to the ultimate prize: the Philosopher's Stone! But her mother has barred her from the workshop, possibly intending to finish the task without Thea, keeping all of the prestige and glory for herself. But then there's an accident in the lab. Thea’s mother seems to h
Oct 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Alchemy, historical France, clever girls with an impossible task at hand—Basically everything I never knew I needed mashed into a book for me to read.

Thank you so much to Wednesday Books for the physical ARC!

I will admit that right off the bat I feel a tiny bit deceived, and only because I was expecting a historical romp about alchemy in France. However, aside from the first few chapters, the bulk of the book takes place in England. Specifically at Oxford University and in London. The plot cent
Sep 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Alchemy is a fascinating idea - wouldn't it be great to be able to turn common metals into silver or gold? I had to look it up and see if people still believe this can be done and I was surprised to find that alchemy is "making a comeback". I found that alchemy was used to be seen as an occult practice and was lumped in with witchcraft as a pseudo-science. It has an interesting history.

Thea Hope has worked beside her famous alchemist mother all her life and longs to be an alchemist outside her m
Aug 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Thank you Wednesday Books for contacting me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review!

"Though all I could feel was shame to be such an object of pity to a man I barely knew."

Let me take a quick moment to say how beautiful the cover is! Gosh that made me even more excited to read this book. The synopsis had me intrigued and the first few chapters sucked me in. My jaw was hitting the floor with some of the things that transpired in just the first half of the book. I found mysel
Aug 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
A Golden Fury takes place in 1792. At first, our protagonist lives in France with her mother but when she becomes mad and tries to kill her daughter, Thea has no other choice but to flee to Oxford to meet the father she's never met. However, the man is not the best dad in the world to say the least. Thea is a smart girl living in a man's world but she has one currency: her knowledge.

Like her mother, she wanted to be an alchemist but not just any alchemist. The alchemist who would create the whi
I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

A Golden Fury was something. In it, you will meet characters that you will eventually hate. Unless you have some insta-hate feelings but I'm not sure if that's even a thing. It should be though because so many people annoyed the living shit out of me. For example, Thea's mom, supposed best friend, and her father.

Speaking of Thea, I loved how she wanted to be a alchemist. No matter how awful her own mother was towards her,
Jul 05, 2020 rated it liked it
*My thanks to the publisher for gifting me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review*

A Golden Fury is a YA fantasy with historical elements about a young alchemist named Thea Hope who longs for little more than to be judged by her own merits and not just the scrappings of her mother, who is already a world-famous alchemist They've been working furiously to create the Philosopher's Stone, and just on the heels of a great success of Thea's doing, her mother destroys it before it can be finishe
Celia McMahon
Jun 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you, NetGalley for the e-arc!

Rating: 3.5

When I saw this cover and read the synopsis I thought, now this could be a breath of fresh air. A GOLDEN FURY was a well-written book with an intriguing plot involving alchemy (which we don't see enough of) and a girl who will do anything to break free of her controlling mother and absent father.

Thea is an alchemist who has worked with her mother in creating the powerful Philosopher's Stone, but before anyone can use it, Thea's mother goes mad and d
ahhhhh!!!! after reading the description, i was so excited for this release and have just been surprised with an arc! can't wait to get to this probably closer to the release date cause historical fiction always seems perfect for fall <3

received an arc by the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Toya (the reading chemist)
I'm at a bit of a loss with this one because it honestly read like two different stories that were fused together.

I'll start with what I enjoyed, which was the first 50% of the book.

As a female scientist myself, I was immediately drawn to Thea's character. She's devoted to alchemy and refuses to allow anyone to take credit for her sheer brilliance when it comes to her research and abilities (which includes her own mother). I loved the whole idea surrounding creating a new Philosopher's stone an
Aug 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Madness, murder, greed and the magic of alchemy will send one brilliant young lady on a frantic journey across Europe to the father she never knew when her mother attempts to kill her. Dark and intriguing, A GOLDEN FURY by Samantha Cohoe pulls readers back in time and gives us a feisty young heroine whose grit and sheer determination to survive in the mysterious world of alchemists who guard their secrets and covet the successes of others with a vengeance.

What starts with a bang and continues wi
Oct 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.25 stars
I liked this book, but I didn't like how the main character was such a strong female with such a bright mind and she let herself be ruined (for a time) for a lying piece of shit. I cannot tell you how much I hated Will. I never like him from the start. Dominic was a good character, I wish I saw more of him. Her dad, who I hated at first, grew on me in the end. Her mom was also a bitch and ungrateful. I just feel like I didn't like enough of the characters to fully enjoy this book.

Jul 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
I've always thought alchemy was interesting and I loved seeing a smart woman in a time where women don't really work and are seen as incapable of understanding things like science. Thea is awesome, she speaks several languages, she knows way more science then I ever will, and she knows what she has to do. When she stood up for herself to her mother, father, Will, and everyone else, I wanted to applaud. You go girl!

The making of the philosopher's stone and the madness it causes was so intense and
Bitchin' Reads
Oct 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
I would like to begin by thanking Wednesday Books for supplying an e-ARC through NetGalley. As always, I appreciate the opportunity to participate in blog tours. The following is my honest review.

I picked up A Golden Fury, armed with the information from the blurb, and I was hesitant. I did not go into this book without expectations. A few friends of mine had the opportunity to read the ARC as well, talking about how much they enjoyed it, which was a red flag. I tend to enjoy what these indi
Carrie (brightbeautifulthings)
See my blog post for more information! Thanks to St. Martin's Press for including me in the blog tour!


Thea Hope is an alchemist, trained by her mother, the most famous female alchemist of her time. Together, they dream of making the Philosopher's Stone, a legendary substance that can heal illness, turn metal to gold, and halt aging. Thea's mother has gotten farther in the process than any alchemist ever has, but before she can complete the final step, she goes mad and destroys the stone. Thea
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight

This is definitely a great premise: a female alchemist sets out to save her loved ones by being the first to create the Philosopher's Stone. But at what cost? Of course, that is a very simplified synopsis, but that's the gist. If Thea continues her mother's work to create the Stone, she too will devolve into the madness that claimed her mother's mind. But if she doesn't... well, her roma
Jul 11, 2020 rated it liked it
I received an eARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

3/3.5 stars.

The idea of a female alchemist chasing the Philosophers Stone and proving herself amongst her peers with a pinch of magical surrealism, really called to me. Sadly I felt that there was something missing.

Thea began as a very intriguing, intelligent, bold character and I'm not sure what happened but halfway in, she dwindled, and became very one note.

The depth of her co characters became far more intriguing than her
Aug 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, arcs
C/W:(view spoiler)

A Golden Fury is definitely the darkest YA novel I've read in quite a while. The story follows Thea on her journey to attempt to make the Philosopher's Stone in the hopes that it can save her mother and the boy she loves, Will. All of the alchemists who have tried to create t
"If we achieved this, we would become more than just women, even successful ones. There would be no more depending on patrons. No one would dare exclude us from any academy or salon. No one could deny our value. We would have respect."

Thrilling and absorbing. A Golden Fury surprised me with its strong female lead, not so perfect romance, and fresh take on the "hunt" for the philosopher's stone.

"He's not a bad man, Thea," he said. "You saw him at his worst."
"What better time is there to know a m
Sheena ☆ Oh, the Sheenanigans!

This was kn-knife... Nuff… Nice. Kudos to anyone who gets that reference.

After reading the blurb, I was ready to step into a world of magical realism and the author’s take on creating the legendary Philosopher’s Stone (got’em LOTR vibes!)—whose properties include immortality and can turn any metal into gold—from the female alchemist perspective. It failed to wow me and I was terribly bored, and the slow paced of the novel didn’t bring in any favors. Characters wise, I didn’t car
Jasmine from How Useful It Is
This book was an interesting read but slow paced for my liking. I haven't read an alchemy story before so I like the mentioned of Philosopher's Stone because it made me think of Harry Potter. I liked that the main character has a sharp tongue and can think and make decisions on her own. I like reading and came upon info that occurred in other books I read like the revolution going on in France.

This book started in Normandy, France, 1792 following Bee/Thea/Theosebea, 17, told in the first person
Ian Clary
Oct 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I admit, this was my first Young Adult fiction novel that I've read. I was compelled to for a specific reason that I won't go into. :) But I certainly am glad that I followed this compulsion! I thoroughly enjoyed reading A Golden Fury. Who knew that alchemy could be so interesting, and not just the stuff of weirdos from yesteryear? The story is about a young woman seeking to find the Philosopher's Stone to bring fame to herself and approval from an ever-disapproving mother. I won't go into too m ...more
Caidyn (he/him/his)
I received an ARC through Netgalley and a physical ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review!

CW: death, murder, violence, and sexism

Alchemy, a science, or magic, that has captivated humans through the ages. For centuries, people thought it was real. And then they stopped believing in it. In this alternate world, alchemy is real and so is the philosopher's stone. It's just that no one has been able to make it, although people have come close.

This includes Thea's mother, a famous alc
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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 nov ...more

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