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This Golden Flame

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Orphaned and forced to serve her country’s ruling group of scribes, Karis wants nothing more than to find her brother, long ago shipped away. But family bonds don’t matter to the Scriptorium, whose sole focus is unlocking the magic of an ancient automaton army.

In her search for her brother, Karis does the seemingly impossible—she awakens a hidden automaton. Intelligent, wi
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Hardcover, 384 pages
Expected publication: February 2nd 2021 by Inkyard Press
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    ♠ TABI⁷ ♠
    Sep 13, 2019 marked it as to-read
    Shelves: edelweiss, netgalley
    hey we got another legit ace character AND it's a fantasy???

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    Lia Carstairs
    Ahhhh I never thought I'd live to see the day when everyone around the MC gets a love interest except for the MC herself.

    Beautiful. wish i could say the same abt the book💀

    AND THERE WAS STILL NO DEATH aRe YoU kIdDiNg Me?!?!


    But that's just me. I'm sure anyone who's okay with characters that don't kill their enemies, will love this. this is what happens when you've just read the poppy war

    Although, I must say it's unrealistic that you go through a WHOLE book dealing with basically a war between team
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    anniek
    Thank you to NetGalley and Hodder & Stoughton for the eARC provided in exchange for an honest review.

    This fun, adventurous YA fantasy novel featuring an aromantic asexual girl and an automaton with a heart of gold is one that I was very much anticipating, and while it wasn’t entirely what I expected, I’m glad to say it didn’t disappoint.

    This Golden Flame is mainly set in Eratia, a fantastical country inspired by Ancient Greece, and follows eighteen-year-old Karis as she tries to find out what ha
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    Anniek
    Jan 19, 2021 rated it liked it
    This was very solid fun, very entertaining. So please consider this a very positive 3 stars.

    There's a lot to love about this book. The premisse is amazing: an automaton main character, queer pirates, it's all so fun!

    I also loved the aroace rep. It's very casual and it's just so refreshing to me to read a book, especially a YA fantasy, without a main romance. I also loved the focus on platonic relationships.

    That said, I would have just liked to see a bit more in terms of character depth and devel
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    Laurie
    Sep 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    The author does an incredible job of world-building and breaks YA stereotypes by avoiding love triangles, or really any romance at all (other than between minor characters). It was refreshing to read a book where the main character, a female, doesn't make decisions based on romantic love. Instead, the focus is on family - chosen and biological - and what makes us "human". The author's inclusion of LGBTQIA characters was subtle and well-written - their sexuality was not treated like a "big moment ...more
    Caidyn (he/him/his)
    My ace ass needs this.
    Monogamist
    Dec 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: ebook-copy, arc
    Thank you Hodder & Stoughton and NetGalley for an e-copy of this book.

    I always say that I am a big fan of standalone books, I prefer one-shot stories over duologies or trilogies. Except, on this rare occasion I felt this should have been at least a duology.

    This story is told from two POVs, Karis and Alix. Karis is an orphan girl, who was forcibly separated from her brother when they were brought to Tallis island. She doesn’t know where they took her brother to or what happened to him. She was fo
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    Lauren Stoolfire
    I received an ARC from NetGalley i'n exchange for an honest review.

    This Golden Flame by Emily Victoria is a promising standalone YA LGBTQ+ Fantasy debut. The world-building is truly outstanding and the world comes across as quite vivid and atmospheric. The magic system regarding the Scriptorium and the automatons is also really cool and unique as well. I really enjoyed getting to know both Kara and Alix, but as far as I'm concerned Alix held my attention the most. I think I would have preferred
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    Yes, I'd like this. Thank you.
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    Lousbookstuff ♥ Blog
    Jan 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
    For my full review and thoughts on the story, characters and ending completely spoiler free please visit my blog here

    Thank you to Netgalley for providing this free ARC in exchange for my honest review.

    I am in awe, honestly. I was absolutely blown away by this book.

    For a debut novel, it is so well-written, the story is incredibly unique, the pacing feels perfect and the characters are all well-developed and just wonderful.

    In order to get 5 stars I think the book really needed to expand a bit on
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    Jamie Lynn Lano
    Queer rep: aro-ace (specifically addresses this in thoughts several times but does not use the language), non-binary (they/them pronouns, not explored beyond that, but maybe that’s good because it feels normal), gay/mlm (addressed and fully accepted) and disability (visually impaired/ very low vision - who turns out to be badass and also is in a healthy relationship) 👍🏻
    Kal ★ Reader Voracious
    Very excited for this #Class2K20Books debut: "an Own Voices YA featuring asexual rep. Karis, a servant to the mysterious Scriptorium, accidentally awakens long-dormant golem Alix, initiating an epic adventure full of magic, rebellion, and self-discovery."
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    Amanda (MetalPhantasmReads)
    An ancient scriptorium, autotamoton and magic?! Plus an asexual main character and this cover! NEED NOW
    Katherine Hayward Pérez
    Karis is aromantic and asexual. She's eighteen and an orphan. Her mission: to find her brother who went missing seven years before. Eratia is a fantasy world most closely inspired by ancient Greece.

    The Scriptorium was an interesting place and Emily Victoria makes this and the whole world in the book atmospheric which I liked as it drew me in. The book is full of action although some of the landscape descriptions at the beginning seemed repetitive.

    Nevertheless, I wanted to find out where Karis
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    Leonie Hinch
    Jan 15, 2021 rated it it was ok
    Shelves: dnf, ya-fantasy, lgbtqia
    DNF writing did not draw me in and the main character felt flat and uninteresting. Sadly not for me. Plot very boring.
    Dill Werner
    Jun 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I'm so happy to have been a sensitivity reader on this project. It was a brilliant read, thrilling and infused with magic! ...more
    Jennifer
    Nov 16, 2020 rated it liked it
    This was a good book, with lots of great representation in regards to sexuality, and even gender. I wanted to keep reading, and hated putting it down.

    The major issues that kept this book from reaching five stars were a few annoying plot inconsistencies, and some character's choices and motivations. Additionally, this book is told from two perspectives, and I think it would've been way better told from only one.

    Every time we switched to Karis' POV, I wondered what Alix was thinking and doing inst
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    Danika Stone
    Dec 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: aromantic, ace
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    Sara
    Jan 05, 2021 marked it as to-read
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    Lydia Rose
    Nov 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: giveaways
    This book was such a refreshing fantasy for me. I thought this world was really interesting and I want to know more about it! I loved how the author painted pictures of this world in our heads and I definitely felt like I was there with the characters when I was reading this! I thought the storyline was amazing because there were definitely some twists and turns that made me not want to put the book down. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone that likes a good fantasy where they go on ...more
    Brianna Benton
    A wonderful #OwnVoices LGBTQ+ speculative fiction story filled with adventure, pirates, and rebellion. After I read the first few chapters, I realized that I was in for a gripping, page-turning tale. I had such a hard time putting the book down! Perfect for fans of Crier's War. ...more
    Andria Sedig
    Oct 01, 2020 rated it liked it
    Shelves: read-in-2020
    Overall, the book was kind of boring and felt very much like it was lacking direction. The actions of Karis at the end of the book felt wildly out of place. I think that the idea of people and choice and what makes a person "Real" was interesting and worth exploring, but it got lost with a book that was just trying to do too much while not actually doing much at all. ...more
    Claire ✨
    THIS GOLDEN FLAME's unique premise robotically stilts with awkward dialogue and uninspired writing.

    The biggest things that pulled me into this Greek-inspired fantasy adventure were, firstly, an aroace protagonist where her aroaceness isn't central to the plot, and secondly, automatons, because they're cool. And whilst Victoria's debut manages to tick both boxes in those regards, it's other elements of THIS GOLDEN FLAME that ultimately bring the team down.

    The Scriptorium is a order of scholars, h
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    Starr ❇✌❇
    I received an ARC from Edelweiss
    3.5

    All Karis has cared about for 7 years is finding her brother. When they were taken from the streets as children, they were separated- her forced to live and work at the Scriptorium for the rest of her life, him... she doesn't know. It's a mystery she's as dedicated in unraveling as she is woefully unprepared or able to actually do anything about. That is, until she finds something completely impossible- an actual automaton that's still able to be woken. Fleeing
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    Yolanda
    Dec 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
    *Review will be posted during blog tour date nearer to publication date.*
    I Liked:

    *World Building ~ I thought this world of Scriptorium and scribes was very creative and fascinating. I also enjoyed the history of the automatons. Runes are used as their magic system in this story and I thought it was interesting how it was used to control the deadly automatons in the past.

    *Characters ~ This story is told between Karis and Alix but Alix really stood out for me more than Karis. Karis has walls, unde
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    Ellen (thereadingrendezvous)
    Karis and her brother were orphans, taken from the steets to be shipped of the the scriptorium where they work under those who want to unlock the secrets of the automaton. Karis brother gets taken away to the magistrates library and karis makes a vow to find him and help him escape.
    As Karis is in the process of trying to escape the scriptorium she manages to do the impossible and awaken an automaton, Alix. With the help of Alix and some friends found along the way Karis goes on to find her brot
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    Hanna Palm
    Jan 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    ***I received an ARC of this book through NetGalley (thank you Hodder & Stoughton!) in exchange for a honest review.***

    This Golden Flame is a very well-needed fresh breath of air in the world of YA Fantasy and Sci-Fi. It´s been quite a while since a book affected me emotionally the way this book did. It was the book I didn’t knew I needed. Perfect for fans of The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer and Carry On by Rainbow Rowell.

    Emily Victoria is a master when it comes to world building with a uni
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    Tyler S
    Jan 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    I was excited to get stuck into this book, especially when I realised that it might be a February book in one of the book boxes I am subscribed to. A big thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for providing the arc for me to read.

    I found this book was good from the get go, it wasn't slow from the start at all which is kind of uncommon. It is a fun, action adventure filled YA fantasy novel which has the main character as an aromantic asexual girl. A big shout out for this book being inclusive to
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    Andee
    Aug 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: arc, 2020, lgbtq, aug-2020
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    Thank you to Edelweiss and Inkyard Press for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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    This story has pirates, representation, automations with body autonomy, evil leaders, and hidden history galore!

    The representation in this book was beautifully done. Firstly, we have an asexual/aromantic main character which I think we don't see enough of. Then, we have a nonbinary side character and a gay relationship as a cherry o
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    Molly - Baltimore Bibliophile
    This Golden Flame had a lot of wonderful, unique aspects of YA writing. It reminded me a lot of LIFELIKE and brought up a lot of questions of what exactly it means to be alive, human, and free. Exploring a new world where each country has access to Script, the magic to create endless opportunities, one country uses it for war and creates automatons. When one of the best creators shuts down the use of Script and the automatons, the magistrate will do anything to get it back. Flash forward 200 yea ...more
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