When I first saw this book on NetGalley, I hadn’t seen it anywhere else and was intrigued. Now it’s out I’ve being seeing hints of it everywhere and I’m so honoured to be on this blog tour with Wednesday Books and St Martins Press.
A Golden Fury follows Thea, an alchemist adept living with her mother in France as revolution begins. When her mother successfully makes the philosopher’s stone she goes mad and Thea winds up being sent to Oxford to live with the Father she never knew. But when there she discovers more about this madness and with new and old friends winds up being forced to make the stone or lose those she loves.
First things first, look at that cover. It’s the first thing that caught my attention and is gorgeous. I kind of want a physical copy to take photos of it’s so pretty. Guess we’ll have to see when I’m not on a book buying ban, huh?
The book itself was very fast-paced. Though this does cause some issues with pacing, it’s also just really easy to get through. I whizzed through this book quicker than I thought I would and that’s always a good thing in my book. This book wasn’t what I’d been hoping it would be which would usually slow me down as I get into the story but I still found myself speeding through this book and enjoying it.
I also really liked that though this book was set around the time of the French revolution, this wasn’t the main purpose. It was bought up and discussed but there’s a lot of revolutionary books on the market right now and it was fresh seeing something set around the same time with a different focus. Especially as alchemy isn’t something I see in fantasy a lot and that aspect completely fascinated me.
My favourite characters were probably the Comte and Dominic. They had completely different backgrounds but both were sweet guys. Even if one was a lot more important than the other ha.
If you’re looking for an original feeling standalone then this is definitely a book you’ll want to check out. It is a debut, so is it perfect? No. But it is an easy to read book with a beautiful cover and a fascinating premise. So it’s definitely worth checking out.
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