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This Golden Flame

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  213 ratings  ·  131 reviews
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, w
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published February 2nd 2021 by Hodder & Stoughton
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Feb 05, 2021 rated it liked it
things going for this book: its unique concept and all the representation/visibility.

i will always praise an author that can create a well-structured story within a standalone. however, some stories do better with more than one book and this is one of those.

this story is arguably too… simple? its nice and easy and really everything that happens is already given in the synopsis. i think if the author was working with more than one book, the characters could be given more depth, the plot could be
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💀


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
♠ TABI⁷ ♠
hey we got another legit ace character AND it's a fantasy???

Free copy provided in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affects my rating or review.

4 adorable stars!

Literally everyone in this book was a little cinnamon roll. EVERYONE. It was actually astounding, and I loved it!

The novel begins with our dear Karis as she tries – and fails, for the nth time – to break into the only place where she can find info on her brother. After this plot is thwarted, a variety of events lead to Karis awakening the only living automaton in the world – our dar
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
Sep 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
This Golden Flame is a stunning young adult standalone fantasy with such a tempting premise and richly woven world that I devoured it all in a single gulp. Flee across the sun-and-shadow islands of Eratia, where runes have the power to unleash monsters. The story follows protagonist Karis who seven years ago was forced to become an acolyte for the Scriptorium, the rune scholars who rule Eratia. For centuries, these Scriptmasters have sought the key to reanimating the country's fearsome automaton ...more
Jan 05, 2021 marked it as to-read
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Feb 22, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs, lgbtqiap, fantasy
writing reviews truly is hard. especially with books like this. was this book good? yes, i enjoyed it for sure! was it memorable, though? that's another question.

aroace rep is much needed in the ya industry so i really wanna thank emily victoria for giving us that (ownvoices too!!!). i just can't help but think that the representation is the best thing about this story. while i would've loved to describe this as "amazing", i left this book just thinking "...great!" and moved on.

the more i think
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
Caidyn (he/him/his)
My ace ass needs this.
Dec 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, ebook-copy
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
Elliot A
Jan 25, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to the publisher, Inkyard Press, for providing me with an ARC of This Golden Flame in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

The Gist

I have been looking forward to reading a good YA fantasy book for a while. I patiently worked my way through my to-read list until I got to This Golden Flame. And I really very much enjoyed it.

The story had a few surprises up its sleeve that added a lot to the fantasy/adventure aspect.
Without further ado, let me jump right in.

The Details

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
Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
Yes, I'd like this. Thank you.
Feb 13, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, in-english, earc
Thank you so much, Netgalley and Inkyard Press, for the chance to read and review this book!

Karis is an orphan and she's forced to serve her country's ruling group of scribes, but she wants to find her brother, who was taken away from her years ago. But the Scriptorium doesn't care about bonds and family, its only goal is to discover the magic of the automaton army. When Karis manages to awake a hidden automaton, intelligent and conscious of himself, Alix, both of them are forced to flee, becaus
Jan 10, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nicole Sweeney
Feb 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
This Golden Flame is the fun and fast paced adventure of a young orphan woman named Karis who is forced to serve at the Scriptorum for the rest of her life. All Karis wants is to be reunited with her brother, but he was shipped away by the scribes and she has no idea where. In her search for answers she uncovers a hidden automaton with a mind of his own. This discover rockets Karis onto a path of danger and rebellion as she attempts to find her brother and stop the Magistrate gaining unlimited p ...more
Jan 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
"This Golden Flame" is a great read. It's a fantasy story aimed at young adults, without some of the things that can make YA books a bit annoying! The plot is a fantastic concept that is held together by solid characters and beautiful writing. About halfway through, I was disappointed to find out that this isn't part of a series, but there is another book by Emily Victoria due next year (2022), so it's all good!

My thanks to the author, publisher, and NetGalley. This review was written voluntaril
rachel ☾
why did my first negative read of the year have to be one of my most anticipated releases 😭
Inkyard Press
Jan 01, 2021 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Young Adult Action & Adventure, Young Adult Fantasy, Young Adult LGBT, Young Adult Family
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

ARC provided by Inkyard Press and Emily Victoria via TBR and Beyond Tours. All opinions are mine and freely given.

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02-18: 'This Golden Flame,' the debut novel from Emily Victoria, is a tale of rebellion amongst the almost single-minded determination of the Scriptorium.

Eager to unlock the magic of an ancient automaton army littered throughout the land of Eratia, they're quick to send away those who may get in their way. For Karis, t
Liz (Quirky Cat)
Feb 01, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021-reads
I received a copy of This Golden Flame in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Emily Victoria's debut novel, This Golden Flame, is making waves and touching hearts. It's one of those books that immediately caught my attention thanks to the description and promises, but then went above and beyond in impressing me.

Karis was orphaned at a young age, and soon after taken in by the Scriptorium. To be clear, they didn't do this out of the kindness of their hearts. They bound her and bade her to wo
I really enjoyed this book! I didn't know too much going into it (I knew a very basic plot summary where Karis wakes an automaton and is looking to find her brother, but that was about it) but I did know that the main character identifies as aroace and it's a standalone fantasy, both of which made me very interested in reading this. I am always looking for more ace rep, especially since most books these days are always so romance focused, that it's harder to find books without a focus on romance ...more
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
Jan 31, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

This Golden Flame is a fabulous story about agency and fate. I adored reading the asexual rep in this book, about how we can let the thoughts and allosexual normativity into our thoughts. But at the same time, This Golden Flame is about being in a situation where we are not free. When we are forced, commanded, driven to go against what we want. Situations not of our own making. I
3.25 🌟

I loved the representation in this book! It was so refreshing to see an asexual main character in a fantasy YA.

It was a really fun and easy fantasy. However, I felt it was lacking in some areas. I felt like the plot and character depth/development could have been fleshed out more. Overall, it was a really enjoyable fantasy with excellent representation!
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Emily Victoria is a Canadian prairie girl who writes young adult science fiction and fantasy. When not word-smithing, she likes walking her over-excitable dog, drinking far too much tea, and crocheting things she no longer has the space to store.

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