The Gilded Ones: Deathless, Book 1

The Gilded Ones: Deathless, Book 1

by Namina Forna (Author)


“Namina Forna Could Be The Toni Morrison Of YA Fantasy.” (Refinery 29) 

“Fans of Children of Blood and Bone, Mulan, and the Dora Milaje from Black Panther are going to adore this one.” (BuzzFeed)

"A dark feminist tale spun with blood and gold. Must read!" (Dhonielle Clayton, New York Times bestselling author of The Belles)

The most anticipated fantasy of 2021. In this world, girls are outcasts by blood and warriors by choice. Get ready for battle. 

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 start of a bold and immersive fantasy series for fans of Children of Blood and Bone and Black Panther

In a hidden kingdom where women are either killed or enslaved, Deka is one of the few girls who has survived the blood ceremony, a rite of passage that marks a woman's coming of age and determines her fate within the kingdom. However, Deka discovers that her blood is not red but gold, a sign of impurity and a curse that makes her a target for the kingdom's rulers. Deka is cast out of her village and eventually finds herself among a group of rogue women known as the Alaki, who fight for their freedom and justice in a world that is cruel and oppressive.

The Gilded Ones is a powerful and thought-provoking novel about the strength of women, the importance of sisterhood, and the fight against oppression. Namina Forna's writing is lyrical and evocative, and her characters are complex and unforgettable. This is a book that will stay with you long after you finish reading it.

Here are some of the reasons why you should read The Gilded Ones:

  • It's a powerful story about the strength of women. Deka is a strong and resilient character who overcomes many challenges in her quest for freedom and justice. She is an inspiration to readers of all ages.
  • It's a thought-provoking novel about the importance of sisterhood. The Alaki are a group of women who are united by their shared experiences of oppression and their determination to fight for a better future. Their bond is a powerful force that helps them to overcome adversity.
  • It's a well-written book with complex and unforgettable characters. Namina Forna's writing is lyrical and evocative, and she creates a world that is both beautiful and terrifying. The characters in The Gilded Ones are complex and well-developed, and they will stay with you long after you finish reading the book.

If you're looking for a powerful and thought-provoking novel that will stay with you long after you finish reading it, then The Gilded Ones is the book for you.


February 09, 2021