This Golden Flame
In her search for her brother, Karis does the seemingly impossible—she awakens a hidden automaton. Intelligent, wi ...more
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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.
Although, I must say it's unrealistic that you go through a WHOLE book dealing with basically a war between team ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
*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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Thank you to Edelweiss and Inkyard Press for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Read full review: 9/2/2020
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 ...more