Hello lovelies! Today I’m thrilled to share my stop on The Gilded Ones Tour, hosted by Terminal Tours! This is one of my most anticipated reads of 2021!
Title: The gilded Ones
Author: Namina Forna
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: February 9th, 2021
The start of a bold and immersive West African-inspired, feminist fantasy series for fans of Children of Blood and Bone and Black Panther. In this world, girls are outcasts by blood and warriors by choice.
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.
The Author’s note at the beginning of the book will provide readers with a clear look at Forna’s inspirations and goals for The Gilded Ones and I highly recommend reading it.
This book contains multiple trigger warnings centered around violence and death along with racism and xenophobia.
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Namina Forna is a young adult novelist based in Los Angeles, and the author of the epic fantasy YA novel The Gilded Ones. Originally from Sierra Leone, West Africa, she moved to the US when she was nine and has been traveling back and forth ever since. Namina loves building fantastical worlds and telling stories with fierce female leads.
Thank you so much for checking out my post! I hope you’ll check out all the other stops on this tour and add this amazing book to your TBR!