This Golden Flame – Emily Victoria
- Age Group: 14+
- Genre: Young Adult Fantasy, LGBTQ+ rep
- Trigger Warnings: Kissing, Violence, Lack of Free Will
- Release Date: February 2, 2021
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Orphaned and forced to serve her country’s ruling group of scribes, Karis wants nothing more than to find her brother, long ago shipped away. But family bonds don’t matter to the Scriptorium, whose sole focus is unlocking the magic of an ancient automaton army.
In her search for her brother, Karis does the seemingly impossible—she awakens a hidden automaton. Intelligent, with a conscience of his own, Alix has no idea why he was made. Or why his father—their nation’s greatest traitor—once tried to destroy the automatons.
Suddenly, the Scriptorium isn’t just trying to control Karis; it’s hunting her. Together with Alix, Karis must find her brother…and the secret that’s held her country in its power for centuries.
Free copy provided in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affects my rating or review.
4 adorable stars!
Literally everyone in this book was a little cinnamon roll. EVERYONE. It was actually astounding, and I loved it!
The novel begins with our dear Karis as she tries – and fails, for the nth time – to break into the only place where she can find info on her brother. After this plot is thwarted, a variety of events lead to Karis awakening the only living automaton in the world – our darling Alix.
Alix is an absolute sweetheart, and I hope to god that he never changes. He’s brave but sweet and oh-so soft, and I love it!
“Your light is stunning. It’s brave and beautiful. So just be you, because that’s enough. It’s always been enough.”Karis to Alix.
Yes yes yes, here is where I completely and totally agree with Karis! Alix is pure sunshine, and he deserves to be protected.
But more about our MAIN main character. Karis is brutal and tough and fierce and fiery, but she’s really just a loving sister under all that, determined to find her brother. She may act like she doesn’t care, but she has a big heart, and she’ll show it to those closest to her, which I loved. Another thing I loved was the way she accepted and rarely looked down upon herself for being asexual. She knew she’d never have a romantic relationship with anyone, but that was ok with her! Karis accepted herself, and that’s what matters most.
“I might not have what Dane and Zara do, but that doesn’t mean what I have is weaker.”Karis thinking about her asexuality.
You go girl! Own it!
Apart from the characters, I also really liked the worldbuilding and fantasy elements! The idea of scriptwork and automatons and everything was a nice combination between technology and magic, and I found it really interesting. Some concepts were a little difficult to grasp in the beginning, but I soon worked everything out, and loved all the interesting elements of the world that Victoria created.
All in all, this was an interesting and creative book, and I really enjoyed reading about the characters and the bonds of friendship that they developed! Lots of fun and really cute. Thank you so much to the author and TBR & Beyond Book Tours for the free review copy!
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Giveaway (US Only):
One winner will receive a signed finished copy of This Golden Flame and some swag. The giveaway starts on February 15th and ends on February 22nd.
About the Author:
Emily Victoria is a Canadian prairie girl who writes young adult science fiction and fantasy. When no tword-smithing, she likes walking her over-excitable dog, drinking far too much tea, and crocheting things she no longerhas the space to store.