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Namina Forna

Forfatter af The Gilded Ones

8+ Værker 2,125 Medlemmer 51 Anmeldelser


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What an absolutely outstanding end to a series I have adored. Deka’s journey and growth from the first few chapters of The Gilded Ones to now has been one I will be thinking of for years.

We pick up right where we left off in book two. A chaotic world at war with traps around every corner. Some of the new locations in this book are my absolute favorites as our group of warriors risk it all to survive another day.

Without saying too much, this book is easily my favorite of the three. I will definitely be looking out for anything else with Namina Forna’s name on it.… (mere)
Nlwilson607 | 1 anden anmeldelse | Jul 2, 2024 |
The cover art is beautiful and was the first thing that made me purchase this book. The idea was original and intriguing however the execution of the book I found to be lacking, the pace of the book was in some parts were too fast, in a sense that I was genuinely confused at how the love interest came to be (Even though I expected it).
Jaiidaxo | 42 andre anmeldelser | May 26, 2024 |
“No matter my origins, there is worth in what I am.”

The Gilded Ones is a strongly feminist YA fantasy. The author grew up in Sierra Leone. This is her debut novel, the first in a trilogy, although it can be read as a stand-alone book.

In the world Forna has created, girls are purity tested at age 15 with a blood-letting ceremony. If they bleed red they are deemed pure and granted a life of submission and servitude to their husbands. If they bleed gold, however, they are either sold, enslaved or killed outright, although sometimes this takes multiple attempts as the gold-blooded ones have magical self-healing properties. The torture is fairly brutal and may not be an easy read for some, but probably paves the way as an explanation for later events. Forna has said she has loosely based this on her experiences growing up in Sierra Leone during her civil war. After she is found to be “impure” Deka is finally offered an escape from her torture by the arrival of a mysterious woman who takes her to the capital city to train her as a warrior. Instead of killing the gold-blooded ones (the alakai) the Emperor has decided to use them instead to kill the deathshrieks, deadly monsters who raid the cities and slaughter people. Here Deka becomes part of a training group of ethnically diverse girls who share the same gold blood. She befriends the loyal, warm-hearted Britta, feisty twins Adwapa and Asha, and the fierce and proud Belcalis. Deka gradually makes discoveries about herself, her heritage and the special powers she possesses.

“We all have a choice right now. Are we girls or are we demons? Are we going to die or are we going to survive?”

The story was gripping, especially the first two thirds. I found the ending rather rushed and neat. I’m not a great fan of a twist that needs lots of explanation to make it plausible. The romance was probably an unnecessary addition as it distinctly took second place to the strong female friendships. Overall this was an inspiring feminist read that dealt with racism, xenophobia and misogyny along the way. I liked the way it took Deka time to come to terms with who she was, and cast off the traditional stereotypes and roles she had been raised to believe in.
… (mere)
mimbza | 42 andre anmeldelser | Apr 26, 2024 |
4 Stars

An inspiring story about overcoming oppression in a severe paternalistic society that serves only to put every female in their place, and if they’re not deemed pure enough, they’re killed. Yep. You heard that right.

Harsh. Brutal. Violent. This pulls no punches on what women in this fictional world are subjected to. Good thing there’s an ally who has put in motion a series of events that starts the beginning of the end of such a cruel and unfair culture.

Filled with a bit of magic, a brewing teen romance, plenty of legend and lore, and wondrous creatures and monsters, Deka’s journey has just begun, and I look forward to seeing how she fights for her freedom and those of her fellow sisters!

Go Girl Power!!
… (mere)
A_Reader_Obsessed | 42 andre anmeldelser | Apr 21, 2024 |



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