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“I will fight any battle for you, crush any adversity. Because you are mine, beautiful girl. I love you so madly that the past before you feels sane...”

This Golden Flame ~ Emily Victoria

Title: This Golden Flame
Author: Emily Victoria
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: Inkyard Press
Release Date: February 2nd, 2021
Number of Pages: 384
Version Read: Kindle ebook
Buy: Amazon

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.

My Review: This book is about a girl who is looking for her brother and not doing a very good job of it. The characters in this book were very bland I couldn't make myself care about them at all. Also, there was no death on either side in the middle of a war? What's that about? And you never actually get to see the Magistrate being evil you only get told about his misdeeds. I want to see him do some evil shit. Make him earn that title of being the villain. 

Not everything about this book was negative. I enjoyed that Karis was asexual and aromantic. I don't think I've read or even heard of a book where the female or male leads are these things so it was a refreshing change. We get two points of view in this book and one of them is from a sentient automaton! The secondary characters were also awesome.

Rating: 3 stars

*I received an advanced copy from NetGalley and the publisher. All opinions are my own. 
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