I am very excited to be a part of the Blog Tour for This Golden Flame by Emily Victoria. I received an advance electronic copy for honest review from the publisher. Thank you to Inkyard Press and Emily Victoria for letting me be a part of this Blog Tour and giving me the chance to read such an exciting story.
Title: This Golden Flame
Author: Emily Victoria
Published by: Inkyard Press
Released: February 2, 2021
Source: Electronic Review Copy from Publisher through Netgalley
Synopsis: 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. (Synopsis from Goodreads)
My Thoughts: I liked this. As soon as I saw the cover and read the synopsis, I knew I wanted to read it. It's a very exciting story with an interesting world. I really liked our characters and the journey they went on together.
So, this book veers a little from the typical YA Fantasy guidebook by having a character that is an automaton. The narrative switches perspectives between Karis and Alix (the automaton). It was fun reading chapters from a non-human perspective. I don't read many books with that angle, but All Systems Red aka the Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells also comes to mind, if you're looking for more books with a non-human protagonist. I liked the way automatons are incorporated into this world.
It was definitely an enjoyable story. I won't say it's vastly different from the pack of YA, but it's a good time. I do wonder if more is to come or if this is it. It has the potential to morph into more books.
I'd say This Golden Flame definitely deserves a read. I liked it. It delivered a good story.
Emily Victoria is a Canadian prairie girl who writes young adult science fiction and fantasy. When not word-smithing, she likes walking her over-excitable dog, drinking far too much tea, and crocheting things she no longer has the space to store.
Thank you so much for checking out my Blog Tour Stop for This Golden Flame by Emily Victoria. Thanks so much to Inkyard Press and Emily Victoria for letting me be a part of the tour. No matter how old I get, (and I feel older and older everyday waaaah) YA Books will always call to me, and I will read them.