Trope Tuesday: Curses and Superstitions – A Golden Fury

It’sTuesday so that means time for another Trope Tuesday Link-Up. This week’s trope is curses and superstitions, and I will be reviewing A Golden Fury.

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Curses and Superstitions

Curses and superstitions play a big role in books. Especially curses often times the hero is cursed and he must somehow overcome that curse in order to fulfill his quest. Other times, as in with A Golden Fury there is a curse or superstition surrounding the actual thing they wish to accomplish. All in all these curses or superstitions just add another obstacle for the hero.

A Golden Fury by Samantha Cohoe
A Golden Fury

Fantasy, Historical Fiction


Rating: 3 out of 5.


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.

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A Golden Fury was a pretty good book.  The book’s overall concept was interesting, but to be honest, I didn’t care much about the characters.  The problem was, I didn’t really like any of them, so I didn’t care what happened to them.  

I loved the idea of a female alchemist, and a curse (which was a reaction to the chemicals but…).  It just felt like maybe they had too much going on.  I think I was expecting a different story and that’s why I didn’t like it quite as much.  

As I mentioned, the characters didn’t do much for me.  Thea was a decent main character, but she seemed so unaffected by other people that I had trouble connecting with her.  The rest of the book’s characters were either just not great people or just fell flat to me.

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