The Gilded Ones
But on the day of the ceremony, her blood runs gold, the color of impurity--and Deka knows s ...more
Reading is a struggle when you pick up a highly anticipated book, your expectations have reached Mt Everest levels, and you have to hold your breath until the very last page, hoping it won't disappoint. But the feeling when it actually smashes the ceiling? Priceless.
As most love stories, this one started with a cover reveal. And I knew I NEEDED this book in my life. Usborne was kind enough to send me a review copy and I swear, my eyes have seldom beheld something ...more
I should mention however that this has violent and gory content in a surprising amount for YA. There’s also rape off-screen and child abuse.
I won’t be rewriting the plot for this book because you can just read it by clicking on the title. Goodreads’ summary is better than mine and this will be a short review.
The Gilded Ones was one my most anticipated release of 2020. I was heartbroken when I discovered that it was going to be pushed back to this year. HOWEVER, it was definitely worth the wait. This book isn’t for the faint of heart. Forna has said time and t ...more
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High key obsessed with the cover. Low key disappointed with what was inside it. The first 100 or so pages had me thinking that this was going to be a four or five star book and then it loses steam. I think that part of that is because the opening made it seem like this was going to be sort of a YA Handmaid's Tale sort of tale, about subversion within the patriarchy, and while this is partially that, it becomes more of a journey/military- ...more
Deka has spent the first sixteen years of her life attempting to master the docility and obedience expected from a pure girl and can only hope it will be enough - enough to allow her to pass the purity ceremony, enough to allow her blood to run the expected red instead of the cursed gold of impure girls, and enough to save her father from his certain death if she were to be found wanting in any way. The ceremony arrives but Deka never makes it ...more
This was such a bloody, violent, harrowing, brilliant book. It was a really anticipated release in 2020, the year that all my anticipated releases disappointed me, and it felt so, so good to finally break the cycle with the beautifully written feminist fantasy.
While this is a fantasy story with some romance, this manages to not feel like any YA fantasy I have ever read, and does not focus on the romance while still being a great romance. The bigger focus is on Deka bondin ...more
THIS BOOK IS GETTING ADAPTED. I REPEAT THE GILDED ONES IS GETTING AN ADAPTATION!!
February 13th: (Final Review)
Now, I set myself up for slight disappointment. I have been waiting for this book for the entire time I've known about booktube (aka a LONG TIME) which set me up for a lot of expectations. I did enjoy this book but I do have some commentary on some aspects of the book that I've noticed and wasn't satisfied by. * THERE WON'T BE SPOILERS BECAUSE THIS IS A NEW RELEASE *
If The Gilded Ones caught your eye because it had a beautiful cover, rest assured that the outside is just as good as the inside. Get ready to read your new favorite YA dystopian horror fantasy series.
YA fantasy these days is a dime a dozen, and after awhile, you start to see certain trends that can feel like clone stamps- even when the story is inspired from non western cultures or tries something differ ...more
This was a gritty, vivid, West African-inspired high fantasy debut that lives up to its absolutely GORGEOUS cover.
'The Gilded Ones' has a lot of refreshing elements that were fun to see - I've read quite a lot of YA high fantasy over the years and this didn't feel like anything I'd come across before. By far my favourite thing about 'The Gilded Ones' is the sisterhood and found family themes that ground it. I absolutely adored that the friendship is treasured just as much if not more than the r...more
The Gilded Ones is an ambitious YA debut that verges on dark fantasy as it takes on war, violence, trauma and xenophobia from within a deeply patriarchal, oppressively religious society. This is a book I've been anticipating for a very long time and while it wasn't perfect, it was very, very good.
Deka is awaiting a ritual ceremony that will determine whether her blood is pure. If it runs red, she will become a full-fledged woman and begin covering her face. If it runs gol ...more
So... This is a nicely brutal tale about girls with demon heritage being tortured and bled for their Golden blood, then eventually murdered via the religious Death Mandate for their kind. I was really excited to see religious purity in a book until I quickly realized it was an oppressive, not pious set of laws.
The women are relegated to male servants until Deka is brought t ...more
Deka is a young woman coming of age in Otera, a kingdom that values the purity of its women. Pure women bleed red, and young women are forbidden to bleed from fifteen until they are proven by the Ritual of Purity. When Deka bleeds gold—the color of demons—she is given a choice: die over and over at the hands of greedy, frightened men who want the cursed gold of her blood, or join the Emperor's new army of wom ...more
In Namina Forna’s author’s note she said “At the heart, the book is an examination of patriarchy. How it does it form? What supports it? How do women survive under it? And what abut men, or people who don’t fall into the binary? Who thrives and who doesn’t?” After finishing this magical novel, I can say without a doubt the Author did an amazing job of answering all these questions...and more.
In The Gilded Ones we meet Deka, who is from the snowy mountains of ...more
This was such a beautiful book, inside and out. Namina Forna has created an intriguing world with a detailed magic system, an intricate history, and amazing characters that are simply mind blowing and unforgettable.
Deka of Irfut has my heart forever and it's hers to do ...more
Listen, this is honestly one of the best fantasies I have read! From the brilliant world building of a society that kills women who they deem as "demons," and protects the virtue of those who they consider "pure," to the brilliant cast of female characters who are all wonderfully diverse and deeply relatable. None more so than Deka, a protagonist who it's almost impossible to not love and want to protect. 2020 cannot come fast enough and ...more
The Gilded Ones (Deathless #1) by Namina Forna was one of my highest anticipated reads of this month and I was thrilled when I was approved for this ARC. Now that I've finished it I can officially say that it mostly lived up to the sky high hype surrounding it. It's an outstanding debut novel. Forna's world-building is pretty fantastic and so are her characters. Everything is just so vibrant and everything and everyone really stan ...more
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