The Gilded Ones - Gilded (Paperback)Namina Forna (author)
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Set in a West African-inspired Ancient Kingdom under oppressive patriarchal rule, Forna’s breathtaking novel follows sixteen-year-old Deka and her quest to discover her destiny as a near-immortal with magical powers.
The must-read epic fantasy of 2021, as featured on Cosmo, Buzzfeed, BookRiot and Refinery 29.
In this West African-inspired world, girls are outcasts by blood and warriors by choice, perfect for fans of Children of Blood and Bone and Black Panther.
Sixteen-year-old Deka lives in Otera, a deeply patriarchal ancient kingdom, where a woman's worth is tied to her purity, and she must bleed to prove it. But when Deka bleeds gold - the colour of impurity, of a demon - she faces a consequence worse than death.
She is saved by a mysterious woman who tells Deka of her true nature: she is an Alaki, a near-immortal with exceptional gifts. The stranger offers her a choice: fight for the Emperor, with others just like her, or be destroyed...
Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd
Number of pages: 416
Dimensions: 198 x 130 mm
[A] stormingly good debut * The Observer *
Utterly transporting and on a massive scale, this is the new series you've been searching for. * Stylist *
The first in a fantasy trilogy with battles, betrayals and a search for identity. * S Magazine *
Namina Forna could be the Toni Morrison of YA Fantasy. * Refinery 29 *
This is an empowering read that you won't want to put down and that will be enjoyed by teenagers and adults alike. * Press Association *
This story has real credibility and depth. To be enjoyed by teenagers and adults alike. * Irish Examiner *
Namina has been called the Toni Morrison of YA Fantasy so this is worth reading. * The Irish News *
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Thank you to Netgalley and Usborne Publishing for my digital copy of this fantastic book!
Namina Forna weaves a world that parallels our own in so many ways but also one that is layered in magic.
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“Amazing Feminist Fantasy”
Wow, this book grabbed my attention from page one! The world-building truly is (*chefs kiss*) stunning and brilliantly done.
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“Super enjoyable and a not so subtle dig at the patriarchy!”
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