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The Gilded Ones (Deathless, #1) (alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi 2020; vuoden 2021 painos)

– tekijä: Namina Forna

Sarjat: Deathless (1)

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Teoksen nimi:The Gilded Ones (Deathless, #1)
Kirjailijat:Namina Forna
Info:Delacorte, Kindle Edition, 432 pages
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I listened to the audiobook, and absolutely LOVED the narration. It was fantastic and I’m going to miss the characters and their voices. If you like YA fantasy, this one is REALLY good. ( )
  JRlibrary | Jun 6, 2021 |
Before I even dig into my review of this book, I want to take a couple minutes to fawn over the cover. I absolutely love this cover – from the color scheme to the girl’s posture to the details and the style… this is one of the most striking and memorable covers I’ve seen in a while. It was designed by Johnny Tarajosu and if you haven’t seen his work, I highly recommend checking it out.

The Gilded Ones has been on my wishlist pretty much since the moment it was announced, and with that comes some pretty high expectations. After reading it, I have some mixed feelings.

The concept and the fantasy world behind The Gilded Ones is amazing. Deka is excited for the Ritual of Purity so she can finally wear a mask and join the ranks of women in society… assuming, of course, that she is not found impure. When her village is attacked and her blood runs gold, she is called “demon” and the Death Mandate is declared. It is only through good fortune that she is recruited for the emperor’s elite army to kill the deathshrieks that plague the kingdom.

I love the story of the alaki. Their mythology is fascinating and their abilities intriguing. I also like the individual stories of the girls who become Deka’s bloodsisters, though I wish the information was given to the reader less easily. And that’s my overall disappointment with The Gilded Ones. The beginning of the book was rich and complicated. It made me care about Deka and introduced the world a bit more gradually. Most the book offered Deka opportunities on a silver platter, rushed through training, and blossomed relationships with few to no complications on the journey. Deka did so much grow as a character as she instantly discovered something new after one interaction and changed her entire belief system, personality, or immediately mastered her abilities.

It’s a bit of a cruel thing to say, I suppose, but I wish Deka had struggled more. She has so little opposition and mastered her powers so quickly that her story becomes unsatisfying. The Gilded Ones had the foundation to be a unique and impressive fantasy epic – reminiscent of The Poppy War – but instead the story was rushed. There were two twists, but neither of them were shocking or impressive because by the time they unfurled it was like, “Of course this is a thing. Because why wouldn’t it be.”

Maybe it was just my high expectations casting a shadow on the story, but I just wish Forna had taken a bit more time to slowly unravel the threads of The Gilded Ones and empowered Deka to make her own way rather than laying out a red carpet for her after the introduction. It would be a much more interesting story, worthy of the world Forna created. If you’re looking for an easy read without a lot of particularly complicated battle scenes or two-sided friendship and a little (just a little) kissing then the things that bothered me about The Gilded Ones will probably not bother you. The concept is really good and it’s important to support Black authors, especially to show the industry that books about more than just Black pain and trauma will sell. For those reasons, if nothing else, I suggest you read it. Maybe you will love it! ( )
  Morteana | May 23, 2021 |
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 7, 2021 |
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