The Gilded Ones by Forna, Namina
Namina Forna

The Gilded Ones -- Namina Forna, Hardcover


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

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.

Author: Namina Forna
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Published: 02/09/2021
Pages: 432
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.20lbs
Size: 8.30h x 5.50w x 1.60d
ISBN: 9781984848697
Age Range: 14-17

Review Citation(s):
Publishers Weekly 04/06/2020
Kirkus Reviews 12/01/2020
School Library Journal 04/10/2020 pg. 1
Booklist 12/01/2020 pg. 50
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 03/01/2021

About the Author
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. Visit her on twitter at @NaminaForna and on Instagram at @namina.forna.