Review: Book: The Gilded Ones- Namina Forna

Title: The Gilded Ones

Series: The Gilded Ones #1

Author’s Name: Namina Forna

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Genre: YA Dark Fantasy

Page Count: 432 Pages

ISBN:  978-1984848697

Author or Book Website:

Link to Amazon purchase page: The Gilded Ones: Forna, Namina: Books

Link to Goodreads: The Gilded Ones (The Gilded Ones, #1) by Namina Forna | Goodreads

Release Date: N/A

How I Got the Book: Review Copy

Summary of the Book:

Sixteen-year-old Deka lives in fear and anticipation of the blood ceremony that will determine whether she will become a member of her village. Already different from everyone else because of her unnatural intuition, Deka prays for red blood so she can finally feel like she belongs.

But on the day of the ceremony, her blood runs gold, the color of impurity–and Deka knows she will face a consequence worse than death.

Then a mysterious woman comes to her with a choice: stay in the village and submit to her fate, or leave to fight for the emperor in an army of girls just like her. They are called alaki–near-immortals with rare gifts. And they are the only ones who can stop the empire’s greatest threat.

Knowing the dangers that lie ahead yet yearning for acceptance, Deka decides to leave the only life she’s ever known. But as she journeys to the capital to train for the biggest battle of her life, she will discover that the great walled city holds many surprises. Nothing and no one are quite what they seem to be–not even Deka herself. 

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. When I read the description of this book I knew that I was going to love it. It gave me all the things I need as a woman. It was all about power, pain, self-discovery and adventure of a lifetime. Deka always felt different and only wanted a place to belong. When she turned 16 years old she is test for purity but her blood is gold instead of red. She because an outcast among her people. Then a mysterious woman comes and tells her there is something greater out there for her. She goes on a journey to find who she really is and what she is capable of. There are some dark themes and twists and turns but it kept me wanting to see if Deka would find what she was looking for. I want more in this world.

My Rating of the Book: 5 Stars

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