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(The Plated Prisoner #1)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  6,490 ratings  ·  764 reviews
The fae abandoned this world to us. And the ones with power rule.


Gold floors, gold walls, gold furniture, gold clothes. In Highbell, in the castle built into the frozen mountains, everything is made of gold.

Even me.

King Midas rescued me. Dug me out of the slums and placed me on a pedestal. I’m called his precious. His favored. I’m the woman he Gold-Touched to show eve
Kindle Edition, 375 pages
Published October 16th 2020
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Apr 15, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this is an interesting take on the tale of king midas. it did remind me a bit of ‘a touch of gold’ in that there is a living girl made of gold, but everything else about this is unique.

its very much a starter book in the series. this is meant to introduce you to characters and develop a connection with them, as well as familiarise the reader with the world, the different kingdoms, and give a hint of fae magic. however, there isnt really a plot, nor is there any sort of resolution. if anythi
Lia Carstairs
May 13, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: adult, fae, retelling, fantasy
All these disgusting sexist pig-headed men can go to hell :)

Literally so many times I had to put the book down and stop reading because of the disturbing scenes like wow does this have all the trigger warnings out there. I knew this was going to be dark, but ahaha I wasn't expecting this💀 This is definitely adult. Anyone who plans to read this—make sure to look at the trigger warnings and prepare yourself.

I was debating over my rating for awhile but then I realized that while I was angry underst
✩ Yaz ✩
Feb 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
4 - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I’m the darling of King Midas, ruler of Highbell and the Sixth Kingdom of Orea. People flock to see me just as much as they come to look upon his gleaming castle worth more than all the riches in the entire realm.
I’m the gold-plated prisoner.
But what a pretty prison it is.

Gild is the first installment in The Plated Prisonsr trilogy and it's an adult fantasy romance and a reimagination of the myth of King Midas. The King who turns anything into gold with a mere touch.

I had mixed fe
Al *the semi serial series skipper*
This book has such a high rating on KU that even though I was in the mood for a RH I decided to read something different.

This book was difficult to enjoy because I kept hoping for a reprieve for the heroine and there was none to be had. She's been kept in a cage for years and no one is allowed to touch her except King Midas and he doesn't touch her that often. She was an orphan whom he saved so she enjoys every scrap of emotion he gives her. She is unhappy in her golden cage but she is happy any
☘ Lily ☘
I don't knowwww. Is this a fantasy romance? Who is the real main male interest here? Oh god, please don't let it be that FUCKING BASTARD Midas.

Anyway, this was a solid read for me. Depends on how it'll go on in the second book, I think this book is more like a prequel rather than a first book. So, it might be better to wait for more books to come out from this series before you want to read it.

I love the worldbuilding. The whole golden stuffs. The complex protagonist, Auren and I can't wait to s
alluring B ❄︎
May 26, 2021 rated it liked it
i’m so down for this but the plot almost sounds like acotar and i’ve had enough of that series already 😷
Jessica ❥Chatterbooks Book Blog❥
How did I not see this before now?! It sounds amazing, and that cover!! 😍
2 stars

I don't think we have met the real hero yet (except maybe at the very end). Partly because of that I couldn't properly enjoy the book. Especially because the whole book is just heroine being abused. She almost got raped soooo many times. It's actually a miracle she managed to avoid that (at least 3 times). Pure luck really. And that's if you don't count the King (again, not the hero), because her having Stockholm syndrome she thinks she loves him, but some would still consider that rape.
♠ Tabi⁷₈⁷ ♠
Jun 14, 2021 rated it it was ok
'It’s the arrogance of men, to think so little of women. And it’ll be their downfall too.'


This was a really fascinating, engaging type of story . . . but with a HEFTY amount of content that requires more warnings (it was the on-page rape & overly-gratuitous sexual content that really bothered me) than I feel was given. Like, it didn't dive directly into the torture-porn category, but seemed to skirt just along the edge. But it was rather gratuitous on many levels that didn't sit comfortably
Valkyrie ✨
Feb 24, 2021 rated it it was ok
Gild needs a lot of trigger warnings I definitely didn’t find anywhere before picking this book. I’m taking tw for rape, pedophilia, grooming, Stockholm Syndrome, abuse, violence... and those are only the big ones.

This is a dark romance fantasy. Although the first book has no romance at all. Only Auren, the main protagonist, being saved from human trafficking when she was only 15 by her later on abuser Midas, who groomed her until her life revolved around him.

Auren spent 10 years inside a golden
Olivia Wildenstein

GILD is the 3rd book I’ve read by Kennedy. Like all of her books, it was remarkably original and funny, and the prose, people...gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. And let’s not forget the WHOA reveal right before the end! My mouth may still be gaping because I was NOT expecting that.

What did I love most about GILD? Pretty much everything. But I will say that the main character Auren made this book a real pleasure to read because she’s quirky and caring and humorously impulsive. A
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog
4-4,5 stars

I'm surprised about how much I like it, it was fast paced and I was intrigued from the beginning.The author did an amazing job with the world building and the characters were all so interesting.Auren our main heroine is a complex character.I cannot wait to see her grow more in the next books in the series.Raven Kennedy takes the reader to a wild ride!Get ready here you will find twists that will keep your interest till the end!
Tiera McMillian
Nov 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well yea, I'm rocked! Not going to lie.. this book was really throwing me. Not our usual funny, snarky, word vomit heroine in this book. The fact that we can't really figure out what is actually going on here in the first book really took me for a ride. So many questions. That ending.... OMG Idk how I am going to make it to the next book for realz. I'm super shook.

I actually tried to hold off reading this because I knew better than to start an RK series before its out. I couldn't help myself th
Jun 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this one!
Sowmya (bookishelflife)
May 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
“When I chose to hide away, I was barely more than a girl. Vulnerable. Battered. Scattered. Utterly sick of what the world had to offer.

So I hid in a cage, and I was content to do so. After the things I endured, I wanted it. I accepted the bars, embraced them, even - not to keep me in, but to keep others out.”

Gild is a reimagined adult dark fantasy of King Midas story, the book keeps you hooked from the first chapter because it starts off rather unconventionally while simultaneously piquing your
Jun 10, 2021 rated it liked it
excessive use of the word c*nt was nauseating but i rlly like the mc soo i think i’ll continue the series, esp bc this was set up more as a prequel
One chapter more
4.5 stars

I have fallen in love with Raven Kennedy just this year but only because I haven't discovered her earlier! So when I saw a message from her on my IG, asking if I'd like to read her new book, I was just delighted! Thank you so much for this honour.

If it comes to the story I can only appreciate how much it has pulled me out of my reading slump. It's been a good few months since I was able to read something and enjoy it so I'm going into a minute of silence and apprecciation....

Now, done?
Shieldmaiden Darcy
76% DNF

I got 76% through this to realize it is just torture porn. There is zero romance. The mc is a crying weakling. All the men are rapey. This is not a good time at all.

If you want a book about how all men call all women whores, this is your book. I hate books that use rape as the only plot device. Like, I get that it is symbolic of the evil that sweeps the land and yadda yadda, but I find its trite and overused. “Poor weeping women can’t do anything to defend themselves but still find the g
laura likes lit ⁷
May 13, 2021 marked it as to-read
i don't like either of the authors in the blurb but I know that even if this sucks, it'll be entertaining >:) ...more
♦♣ Queen of Faerie ♠♥
Very mixed feelings about this book, but I can sort of see where this is going so I am looking forward to reading the second one.

So this story is nothing like I've read, which honestly can be a good thing or bad thing, you decide. First of all, let me tell you think book is a DARK fantasy romance, so please take that into account.

The main character is basically a girl in the King's harem, or as they call it, 'saddles'. She's kinda brainwashed into loving this King called Midas, even though anyon
Oh. Wow. I devoured Gild and I'm not even ashamed about it either. No, seriously, I devoured this in one freaking sitting. I loved absolutely everything about it. From the characters to the drama.. and then adding some pirates and fae into the mix to spice things up? Heck yes - sign me the hell up for whatever is in this damn book.

Also, I will say that this is definitely a retelling of a sort but not one you will think it is. Yea, it has Midas.. who is the guy that has the golden touch or whatev
Feb 15, 2021 rated it did not like it
I'm at 30% and honestly hoping the main character dies. That is not a good thing.

She has no redeeming qualities. She's simultaneously pathetic and annoying. I know the author wants me to have sympathy for her, but maybe it's a character flaw of my own that thinks if she can spend 10 years literally doing nothing to try and improve her life then she doesn't deserve my care.

I thought the premise here sounded interesting - I like a retelling of Midas - but it went weirdly literal, with everything t
Jan 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
If I could give it a higher rating I would. Starting the second book asap!!!🖤
Deana The  Queen
Now you may think this sounds like a dark romance with fairy tale elements, but trust me, it’s far more than that.

Auren was rescued by a young, homeless Midas when he only had dreams of a kingdom. Auren tries to hold on to the memories of the love and years they shared before he marched up to the Sixth Kingdom’s castle and married the powerless daughter of the king with promises to bring the land out of the bankruptcy it had fallen into.

Ten years later, the now King Midas is surrounded by gold
Dana Isaly
May 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
Loved this

I really wanted to try and get back into fantasy and take a break from contemporary. This was little bit more of a deep dive than I had expected but I loved it. The story is so interesting and I honestly didn’t see it ending the way it did. I had no idea who she was or what she was going to become in the end.

The cliffhanger is perfect. Now, I’m not a huge fan of love triangles and I have a feeling the second book is going to be just that but I have to know what happens. So on we go!

Bookish.Midnight. and. black
Auren met Midas when she was a young and homeless girl. He saved her when someone tried to hurt her, and since then, they stuck together and developed a beautiful friendship that evolved in love, with the passing of time.

Because Midas was gifted and promised to save the land from bankruptcy, he married the ungifted queen of the Sixth Kingdom and became King. He also promised Auren that they will be forever together, and even though the queen had his ring, she will always have his heart. Auren r
Feb 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This was a book I didn’t know I needed until I read it! I was instantly consumed by this Midas retelling and I could not put it down!

Told in first person POV, Auren is the favorite pet of King Midas and the only one touched by his gold hand. Although the king keeps other saddles, people who sleep with the king, Auren knows that the king feels different about her. Perhaps even loves her.

His love is put to the test when he promises another king a night with his Precious. Auren can’t fathom anyone
Jun 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
Rating 3.5 out of 5 stars

TW: stockholm syndrome, sexual assualt, rape (on the page), emotional/mental/physical abuse

This is a dark fantasy romance, however the author does provide trigger warnings and the dark elements are in no way romanticized. I am reviewing this book after having finished the three books that are published in the series. In my opinion, the first book, Gild is the darkest of the three.

Essentially, Gild is a King Midas retelling, except it ends up being so much more. T
Jaye Berry
TW: violence, gore, sexual assault, emotional mental & physical abuse, stockholm syndrome

What mental illness is this?

Gild is a King Midas retelling. He has the power to turn things gold and loves his royal concubines, especially his favored Auren, is gold skinned herself. To keep her safe, she stays in her gilded cage and can never to leave. That is until a war with another kingdom starts and a deal is struck and suddenly she is out of her cage but in more danger than ever.

If you ignore all the
Feb 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, adult, 4-stars
"When I chose to hide away, I was barely more than a girl. Vulnerable. Battered. Scattered. Utterly sick of what the world had to offer. So I hid in a cage, and I was content to do so. After the things I endured, I wanted it. I accepted the bars, embraced them, even - not to keep me in, but to keep others out."

Gild is my first book by Raven Kennedy. I originally picked it because it was highly recommend in a PNR group I'm in, that it was apparently Fae, and that it was recommended for fans of Sa
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Raven Kennedy is a tea and dark chocolate kind of girl and can often be found binge-watching The Office or The Great British Baking Show.

She enjoys writing all kinds of books, because each one brings a different experience. Whatever the genre, she hopes she creates characters you can root for.

When she’s not reading or writing, she’s with her family, probably messing up a recipe or going on a hik

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“When I chose to hide away, I was barely more than a girl. Vulnerable. Battered. Scattered. Utterly sick of what the world had to offer.

So I hid in a cage, and I was content to do so. After the things I endured, I wanted it. I accepted the bars, embraced them, even - not to keep me in, but to keep others out.”
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