Thank you so much to Wednesday Books and NetGalley for letting me read A Golden Fury early! I was able to grab a copy of this one on that day in the summer when Wednesday Books had a bunch of it’s fall new releases out on read now and I’m super excited I did! I’ve always thought that alchemy was really interesting (it’s the chemistry nerd in me- I love that kind of stuff) so anything like that gets me going for sure and this book was no different! There wasn’t enough alchemy for me, honestly, but I’ll tell y’all all about that in a bit.
A Golden Fury 4/5 Stars
Summary from Goodreads: 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.
So overall, I really enjoyed this book! The alchemical parts were super interesting, but they were sparser than I was expecting. There were a lot of men in Thea’s life and I wasn’t sure who she was going to end up with in the end (if she even was going to end up with any of them in the end), but I did really like that romance wasn’t a huge part of the book. The familial relationships, although strained, were interesting to read about and I really liked the idea of the alchemical madness whenever people who were not worthy tried to create the Philosopher’s Stone. Character wise, I liked Thea a lot. Her mother was… interesting. Her father was also interesting, but I liked him more towards the end of the book and definitely at the end of the book. Will made sense for who he was and I liked Dominic. The plot overall was pretty good- I didn’t really feel like it dragged too much in any one place, but I also wouldn’t say I was 100% engaged throughout the whole book. All in all, A Golden Fury was a fun read and I definitely think y’all should pick it up!