A Golden Fury

Samantha Cohoe

fiction fantasy young adult
adventurous challenging medium-paced

320 pages | first published 2020

“Sharply written with a crackling, compassionately determined heroine, A Golden Fury is a vivid ride through eighteenth century Europe with darkness and dread creeping at its corners. Utterly enchanting.” — Emily A. Duncan, New York Times bestselling author of Wicked Saints

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.

While combing through her mother’s notes, Thea learns that there’s a curse on the Stone that causes anyone who tries to make it to lose their sanity. With the threat of the French Revolution looming, Thea is sent to Oxford for her safety, to live with the father who doesn’t know she exists.

But in Oxford, there are alchemists after the Stone who don’t believe Thea’s warning about the curse—instead, they’ll stop at nothing to steal Thea’s knowledge of how to create the Stone. But Thea can only run for so long, and soon she will have to choose: create the Stone and sacrifice her sanity, or let the people she loves die.

In her debut novel, Samantha Cohoe weaves a story of magic and danger, where the streets of Oxford and London come to life, and the curse of the Philosopher’s Stone will haunt you long after the final page.

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adventurous 76%
mysterious 64%
dark 58%
emotional 29%
tense 17%
challenging 11%
informative 5%
inspiring 5%
lighthearted 5%
reflective 5%


medium 42%
fast 42%
slow 15%

Strong character development?

Yes: 50% | It's complicated: 31% | No: 18%

Loveable characters?

It's complicated: 43% | Yes: 37% | No: 18%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 76% | Yes: 11% | It's complicated: 5% | N/A: 5%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 62% | No: 25% | N/A: 12%

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