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A Golden Fury

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  689 ratings  ·  545 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
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
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
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
Madison Mary
Oct 07, 2020 rated it liked it
"If alchemy was our religion, then we were its priests. We held the power, and we would reap the rewards, but the burdens were ours alone. No one could take them from us."

*ARC provided by Wednesday Books*

This book had so much potential, but it fell flat with a tangled plot.

Thea Hope's mother is a world renowned alchemist. The two have spent years translating texts to create the ultimate alchemist goal, The Philosopher's Stone. But just as they reach the final steps, Thea's mother smas
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
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
Kathryn Speckels (Metaphors and Miscellanea)
Psychologically unsettling, darkly magical, and patriarchy-smashing, A Golden Fury was a great debut novel. It’s a highly enjoyable, fast-paced read, with an intoxicating blend of darkness, madness, alchemy, history, betrayal, and loyalty–definitely a good way to get in the mood for fall.

There was so much to enjoy about this book! A lot of it, though, comes down to the central element of defying norms.

At the center of this book is a young woman who, by all measures, is far from normal. In the 17
The Clever Reader
Oct 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 rounded up to 4 stars

I enjoyed the setting of A Golden Fury and liked that it featured Alchemy. I find Alchemy an interesting premise for a book and would love to read more books that feature it.

Thea finds herself in Oxford facing the father who never knew she existed after fleeing France. Her mother has lost her sanity after making the cursed Philosopher's Stone. She doesn't know if she can trust her father and when he manages to find her mothers notes the greed of wanting to accomplish the
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
Oct 09, 2020 rated it did not like it
This one is kinda hard for me to rate. I had really high hopes especially with such a pretty cover.
Unfortunately it didn’t work out for me. There were alchemist, philosopher stone, a clever girl... Basically reminded me of a certain "philosopher stone" book. (Harry Potter, anyone?)
Sadly this book was too slow for me. The starting was really good but after 60/70 pages it felt flat and well..boring. I didn’t feel anything for the characters. Didn’t even feel the need to finish the book. I just wa
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
Clara (The Bookworm of Notre-Dame)
When I first received the email asking me to join the tour, I was extremely intrigued by this book. Alchemy, Oxford, an historical setting… it all seemed right up my alley. And it definitely was.

I gave A Golden Fury 4/5 stars and absolutely adored this book. I don’t think it’s for everyone, but it definitely was for me. From the first pages I was completely sucked into the story. I fell in love with our main character Thea from the very first lines and she never failed me. As the story progresse
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
Maria F.
Oct 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Finished A Golden Fury and this was a very unique read that had major “Stalking Jack the Ripper vibes” in its own unique way. The main character, Thea, reminded me of Audrey Rose in the sense that she’s an alchemist- which many women aren’t known to be alchemists and she’s unapologetic about it (much like Audrey Rose is)
Thea is very clever and has a sharp tongue and temper- her number one goal is finishing the equation that’ll lead her to creating the Philosopher’s stone (but beware: the stone
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.

Jules ✨
Thank you Netgalley, Wednesday Books and St. Martin's Press for the ARC.

i am not going to lie and pretend to be someone I'm not: i saw philosopher stone and i added it to my most anticipated reads of 2020, then i went back and saw the cover and i was sold, then i went back a third time and read the entire synopsis. So what? I'm a shallow vain person, don't-call-me-Nymphadora! *coughs*

Thea and her mom are about to create THE PHILOSOPHER STONE but then her mother destroys it in a violent rage that
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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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