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West African fantasy with a blurb that seems to suggest subversion of eugenics and girl badasses aka my BRAND. Wow, this was incredible If the pub date hadn t been pushed back a year, it would have easily been my top YA fantasy of 2020 But maybe it ll end up being a good thing, having The Gilded Ones debut in 2021 There will be time to build excitement and get the word out on this brilliant start to a series That s going to be the biggest drawback to this book, waiting for it to officially come out next February Maybe Namina Forna will have the next book in the Deathless series ready by then Possib Wow, this was incredible If the pub date hadn t been pushed back a year, it would have easily been my top YA fantasy of 2020 But maybe it ll end up being a good thing, having The Gilded Ones debut in 2021 There will be time to build excitement and get the word out on this brilliant start to a series That s going to be the biggest drawback to this book, waiting for it to officially come out next February Maybe Namina Forna will have the next book in the Deathless series ready by then Possibly Please I ve read a loooot of fantasy books starring young female heroines, ones who fight against an oppressive system This story still feels new even in the face of all of those It follows Deka, a young woman from a small, religious village in the northern province of the country Otera Every year a new crop of 16 year old girls has their blood let to prove purity if they bleed gold they are sentenced to death Deka fails this test and is given a choice subject herself to further torture at the hands of her former community or leave to fight for the empire It s not a particularly difficult decisionNever forget the same gift they praise you for now they will kill you for laterThe Gilded Ones grapples with a lot, colorism, tribalism, religion, racism, etc But the greatest struggle the young women in this book face isn t the monsters they have to fight, the Deathshrieks, but an overwhelming amount of misogyny Women are forced to wear masks in public, they cannot go anywhere unaccompanied Girls are the only ones who are tested for purity and have little to no options for their lives besides marriage and children.and those are the ones with non magical blood The alaki are littlethan fodder for the Empire, a government that instituted the blood ceremony and Death Mandate that condemned them to this fate.The author, Namina Forna, writes in a letter before the start of the novel how both her experiences in Sierra Leone and the United States informed her depiction of Otera I ve grown tired of excusing dEePlY pAtRiArChAl societies as anything other than ingrained sexist bullshit seeking cover under the guise of tradition, both in the US and abroad Forna does an excellent job writing within one of those societies, while expertly critiquing it Sometimes it can be exhausting having to read about institutional trauma over and over again, but here it s handled in a way that doesn t feel gratuitous or glossed overLegend is what humans call the things that they do not understand The world building in the Otera is exceptional, and this is a great foundation for the Deathless series It was easy to read and almost impossible to put down I honestly don t know how I got approved for an eARC before the quarantine forced the release date back, but I m incredibly grateful that I did The characters are vivid and both their triumphs and pain is palpable It s an amazing story and I m calling it now in eight months The Gilded Ones will be published and it will be a revelationThanks to Random House Children s Netgalley for an advance copy This was sooooooo good Love love loved That s A Cover 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 belongsBut on the day of the ceremony, her blood runs gold, the color of impurity and Deka knows she will face a consequence worse than deathThen 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 threatKnowing 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 This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Blog Instagram Twitter Thank you NetGalley and Delacorte Press for this ARC All thoughts and opinions are mine.Legend is what humans call the thingsthat they do not understandThe Gilded Ones is not only a coming of age story, but also a perfect example that just because you re female and different to the norm, does not mean you are less than what is expected If anything, it gives you the opportunity to show the world that you are not justthan they thought, you are exemplary Blog Instagram Twitter Thank you NetGalley and Delacorte Press for this ARC All thoughts and opinions are mine.Legend is what humans call the thingsthat they do not understandThe Gilded Ones is not only a coming of age story, but also a perfect example that just because you re female and different to the norm, does not mean you are less than what is expected If anything, it gives you the opportunity to show the world that you are not justthan they thought, you are exemplary Taken from the life that she has known since birth, our lead Deka is thrust into a class of warriors meant to rid the land of Otera from their enemies, the deathshrieks Deka is just like her counterpart female soldiers, girls who bleed gold thanks to the legacy of four banned goddesses from which they hail And while this makes them monsters to others, it also makes them invaluable to the emperor, as Deka and her bloodsisters all known as alaki are the only ones able to withstand a chance against deathshrieks and conquer them.The central cast of this story is extremely pleasing to read The girls are so strong and bright, they are so resilient despite the horrible things that many of them have had to withstand And while all of them have suffered in their own ways, I was drawn to both Britta and Belcalis, especially the latter She exudes strength born from years worth of pain, and against herself sometimes she shows the loyalty and bravery that s undeniable to who she is as a person She makes a great contrast to Britta, always warm, always attempting to find the silver lining despite the harsh situations in which they find themselves Both of these girls are great complements to Deka as sidekicks and best friends.Deka herself is very likable, very driven There s immense growth to her by the end of the novel compared to the pious and deeply afraid person that she is at the beginning If there is one thing that I disliked about her is the fact that her growth happens too swiftly Not just in personality, but in the rendition of her powers I would have liked to see this progress maybe even within the span of two books, as impressive as she turns out to be, just to make it come about a little at a time.That s true throughout the story, however The Gilded Ones is very easy to read, it goes by so fast, and it s very enjoyable But there are times when decisions, and the beliefs thoughts alliances of characters change far too easily It takes away sometimes from the struggle of the moment and the steady and muchbelievable pace that could be set I would have also liked for the alaki training to lastthan it does in as far as us, the reader, witnessing it Yes, it might have made the novel longer, but again this is part of the grappling for existence that these young women have to acclimate themselves to We begin so strong, and while there are times when it s really rough to read the violence and pain that these alaki in training have to resist, it eventually lags and by the time they re going on raids there s no longer that strict sense of livelihood that they apparently had to hold themselves up to when they enter the Warthu Bera where they train.This aside, the plot is compelling, and there are enough twists and big reveals the origin of the deathshrieks and their connection to the alaki was my favorite of these that not only are you kept entertained but it promises future growth for the other book s that are coming next I would have likedfanfare given to the awakening of the Gilded Ones considering the big occasion, but I cannot wait to get to know themand see how they shape this world and the lives of the characters And I have such affection for the bond between Deka and Keita, while being appreciative that the novel did not go by the way of many stories which make the romance central to the plot, rather than giving everything else its due importance I very much look forward to others enjoying this book and getting to know this bunch of courageous young women and their male partners in arms I SAID YESTERDAY THAT I WOULD SEND NUDES FOR THIS BOOK AND NOW I HAVE A COPY AND I M NERVOUSIt was less than 10 years ago that YA book publishers would actively hide any idea of BIPOC on the cover, seeing this makes my heart so happy We ve come so far Let s keep going I SAID YESTERDAY THAT I WOULD SEND NUDES FOR THIS BOOK AND NOW I HAVE A COPY AND I M NERVOUSIt was less than 10 years ago that YA book publishers would actively hide any idea of BIPOC on the cover, seeing this makes my heart so happy We ve come so far Let s keep going This cover is doing things for me 2020 seems like it is going to be the year for all the best YA fantasy stories and this one is topping my list for most anticipated. 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 different The Gilded Ones is a case study on how a story can use tropes effectively without down 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 different The Gilded Ones is a case study on how a story can use tropes effectively without downing in them, because this story is completely original, You have some things Like Deka being a chosen one a special person among the special, and training with her squad to become a warrior, but even these common themes are turned on their head and written with surprising originality Deka lives in an incredibly, Handmaiden s Tale level sexist society that will shake you to your core within about 10 minutes into this book and unlike many modern heroines, she actually buys into it completely Deka is devoutly religious, meek, submissive, and gentle She does not break the rules, speak up, or truly see anything wrong with the society she lives in When she is discovered to have special powers and is accused of being a demon even as the village turns on her, Deka feels as though the evil within her justifies their violence and cruelty she does not become an independent badass overnight Our lovely main character is the product of her environment, and her growth happens slowly as she begins to engage with the bigger world outside of her village Her journey of self discovery is a beautiful character slow burn that explores how patriarchal society imprisons women in our own minds, and it s not until Deka meets other women and hears their stories that she finds herself becoming the warrior she was meant to be The side characters are all beautifully written and woven into their oppressive world in a way that makes you instantly protective of them, while also being instantly mistrusting of the men in their lives The world is beautifully crafted, dark, and biting It s a violent world of blunt offering decapitation, genocide, drowning, and full on body horror This book is part of what I consider YA Grimdark There are several moments in this story that will give you chills, even within the first few chapters of the book Namina Forna s world is a ghastly nightmare that will leave a lasting impact on you You won t be able to get the Deathless series out of your head Just coming here to add look at this amazing cover 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 Noneso than Deka, a protagonist who it s almost impossible to not love and want to protect 2020 cannot come fast enough and Just coming here to add look at this amazing cover 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 Noneso than Deka, a protagonist who it s almost impossible to not love and want to protect 2020 cannot come fast enough and I can t wait to be holding this book in my hands The Gilded Ones


About the Author: Namina Forna

Namina Forna has a MFA in film and TV production from USC School of Cinematic Arts and a BA from Spelman College She now works as a screenwriter in LA and loves telling stories with fierce female leads THE GILDED ONES is her debut novel.


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