Samantha Cohoe

Samantha Cohoe was raised in San Luis Obispo, California, where she enjoyed an idyllic childhood of beach trips, omnivorous reading, and writing stories brimming with adverbs. She attended Thomas Aquinas College, a Great Books college in California, and graduated with a BA in liberal arts. After studying Philosophical Theology at Yale Divinity School, she decided academia wasn’t for her.

In the midst of marriage, child-bearing, and the identity crisis that followed, she rediscovered her early love of writing and adverbs. In 2011, she moved with her family to Denver, where she currently divides her time between teaching Latin, mothering, writing, reading, and deleting adverbs.

Find Samantha on her website, or follow her on Twitter @smcohoe.


    Bright Ruined Things
    Samantha Cohoe
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    A Golden Fury
    Samantha Cohoe



Bright Ruined Things
"A deftly-plotted tale about ambition and belonging, BRIGHT RUINED THINGS takes Shakespeare’s The Tempest and brilliantly reimagines its themes of family and love. Cohoe writes with a magic that dazzles and cuts right to the core."

Chloe Gong, New York Times bestselling author of THESE VIOLENT DELIGHTS

A Golden Fury
“The attention to detail in the story is excellent. Period costumes and locations are well imagined. Likewise, the pacing is good as the excitement clips along [...] A solid fantasy to flesh out the world of alchemy that most readers know only from “Harry Potter.””

School Library Journal

"An engaging concoction of fantasy, romance, and historical fiction."


"Cohoe situates the supernatural among the historical, referencing the French Revolution and the Enlightenment...satisfying."

Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

“A vivid ride through eighteenth century Europe with darkness and dread creeping at its corners. Utterly enchanting.”

Emily A. Duncan, New York Times bestselling author of Wicked Saints

"Cohoe transmutes the legend of the Philosopher's Stone into a dark, intoxicating tale of ambition, obsession, and sacrifice. Prepare for a magic that will consume you."

Rosamund Hodge, New York Times bestselling author of Cruel Beauty and Bright Smoke, Cold Fire

"A Golden Fury hooked me from its opening lines to the final chapter...Magic, alchemy, the French Revolution, brave girls fighting for what they believe is right = an enjoyable book you’re sure to love!"