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The Gilded Ones (2020)

de Namina Forna

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Sèrie: Deathless (1)

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At the age of sixteen, every girl is subjected to a purity ritual. If her blood runs red, she is pure and welcomed as a woman of the village. If her blood runs gold, she is unpure, a demon who is immediately subject to death. However, those with gold blood are stronger, and much harder to kill. When Deka's blood runs gold, village elders attempt to kill her 9 times, before White Hands offers her a choice. Deka can either stay in her village and continue to be tortured and bled, or she can join an elite fighting unit composed of others of her kind.

I really enjoyed this book right up until the end. The characters were dynamic, well written and engaging. I don't want to give any spoilers, but I thought the ending was poorly done. It seemed rushed and explanations were glossed over. Overall, the ending felt very unsatisfying. Because of these criticism, I am not likely to pick up the next book in the series. ( )
  JanaRose1 | May 6, 2021 |
Because her mother came from far away, Deka has never been accepted in her village, so she is excited about the blood ceremony that will make her an official member. However, her worst fears come true when her blood runs gold marking her as impure. When a mysterious woman offers her one chance for survival, she abandons her long held dreams for a path she never considered. Full of fast-paced action and intrigue, this YA high fantasy novel provides underlying social commentary with a satisfying story.

Content warning: references but no depictions of sexual assault and tape ( )
  Zoes_Human | May 4, 2021 |
Deka just wants to be accepted by the village and find her place as a young woman, getting married and raising kids. But when her blood runs gold, marking her impure, she is tortured by the community and finally brought to a place where girls like her are made into warriors.

I wanted to like this so much, and I did find it an intriguing, fast-paced read. However, the world-building fell a little short for me: instead of slowly developing revelations, there were very clear unsaid things that were suddenly revealed. Character development felt that way too: Deka is matched up with a boy to be her brother-in-arms and they fall in love, but instead of scenes where the feelings slowly change from distrust to love, we get a few scenes that very suddenly drop the information that they've become friendly, and then how much Deka wants to kiss him. Still, it's a first novel with an overall satisfying story and a few kinks that may get worked out as she continues to write. I'll look forward to seeing what Forna does next. ( )
  bell7 | Apr 8, 2021 |
The religion in this book is… well, downright terrifying. Mainly because its sole purpose is to confine women into beautifully packaged and unblemished beings meant to serve men. The Gilded Ones is brutal – what Deka and her fellow alaki are subjected to by the hands of men is not for the light-hearted.

I do wish that more time was spent training the alaki and uruni. The alaki have rare gifts and are nearly immortal but in a society that doesn’t even allow girls to touch knives until they pass their test of purity, it was slightly unrealistic that they were able to learn so quickly. No matter their abilities or the teachers. Towards the end, we finally get to understand the reasons behind the extremes that the religious leaders and ruling king went through to accomplish their goal. I was not expecting the monstrous twist revealed either nor what it meant for Deka and her fellow alaki.

Being raised in a small village I believe it was even harder for Deka to break through the rhetoric drummed into her brain by those in power. It grated on me a little bit how she just refused to see the truths in front of her face but when she finally did, it was beautiful and even slightly worth the irritation. I enjoyed the budding romance between Deka and her uruni – it was the perfect amount of sweet to coat the rest of the book just a little bit. Deka and the alaki, especially those closest to her were a shining example of sisterhood and chosen family. My three favorite beings from the book were the sassy but good-hearted centaur-like twins and Ixa the shapeshifter.

I see a LOT of similarities between The Gilded Ones and Children of Blood and Bone, and honestly, I’m not entirely sure how I feel about it. Deka is only sixteen, the book is considered YA, but this book is often dark and bloody – fair warning. Overall, I enjoyed my journey with Deka, and it was a beautifully dark story. I will be on the lookout for book two in the Deathless series where I hope we will learn more about the Gilded Ones and the world that Namina Forna has created. I would like to thank Delacorte Press, Amazon Vine, and Namina Forna for the opportunity to read an ARC of The Gilded Ones – all opinions are my own. ( )
  thereviewbooth | Mar 9, 2021 |
In this novel, Forna has fully realized another world of complexity, with a fascinating culture and religion. The beginning is rather slow-starting as the stage is set for the plot to take off running. We learn about the purity ritual that girls endure when they turn 16, the mores that force all women to be passive participants in their lives, at the risk of disgrace or death. And we are introduced to Deka, the heroine, about to turn 16, who has always been an outlier and feared her differences. From this point the action picks up with the arrival of the Deathshrieks, the brutal creatures who can quickly destroy an entire community and whom Deka can control with her voice. There are issues to ponder while following the lively plot: the subjugation of females, the importance of loyalty and trust, and the value of friendship and family, the power of preparation. As secrets are revealed and the action comes to a satisfactory resolution, it is easy to imagine reading more about Deka and her world in the probable sequels. ( )
  sleahey | Mar 5, 2021 |
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Nom de l'autorCàrrecTipus d'autorObra?Estat
Forna, Naminaautor primaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Lazzaretti, RobertMapmakerautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Parcell, TrishDissenyadorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Reiter, BeaTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Small, ShaynaNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
TarajosuAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat

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