I received an eARC of A Golden Fury through NetGalley probably 12 months ago now & never got around to reading it! My review is finally here though & while I enjoyed majority of the aspects of this story there was a couple things that I didn’t love. So, let’s jump in!
The plot was enjoyable for the most part. At times it did feel a little choppy but overall it was a fun, fast paced & interesting plot that kept me interested throughout the story.
The biggest downfall of the book was the main character. She didn’t feel like she developed much throughout the book & was overall pretty passive. I know this book was set in a time where women tended to default to males for decisions & such more so that now. However, I just wanted a little bit more of a badass independent female main character especially considering Thea’s accomplishments in this book!
I did enjoy majority of the other characters though. To some degree some of them were more fleshed out than Thea even. There were some that developed well throughout the story & I enjoyed seeing that progress.
The writing was probably my favourite part. Even though I didn’t love the MC & the plot was sometimes a little confusing I flew through this. I was engaged in the story the whole time. I also really enjoyed the world that the author created. Philosophers Stone stories can sometimes be repetitive but I didn’t find that with this one. The rules & magic system behind the philosophers stone that the author brought into the story was really fascinating.
Overall I enjoyed A Golden Fury but I think it could have been a bit better with some character development of our main character. This is the authors debut so hopefully she will improve from here! I’m interested to give her next novel, Bright Ruined Things a go when it releases in October this year. Hopefully it will bring together the aspects that I loved & what I think needs a little improvement! Fingers crossed.