‘The Gilded Ones’ by Namina Forna


Was freaking incredible.

Let me start with my favourite quotes in this book:

“Our whole lives, we’ve been taught to make ourselves smaller, weaker than men.”


“My anger builds as I realise how thoroughly my mind has been poisoned that I would be shocked to see women in these positions.”

“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?”

“No matter my origins, there is worth in what I am.”


I was already excited about this because the cover is flipping stunning. It was supposed to be released last year so I was ready for it to rock my life but the release date was delayed.

That was fine by me, I was lucky enough to get an eARC via Netgalley and I also joined Hear Our Voices book tour and omfg. I cannot stress how much I loved this book.

The empowerment this book gives me? The power I felt after finishing it? NO ONE CAN CHAT TO ME. I AM A MOTHERF**KING WOMAN.

I started this at 5pm, right after work, and finished it at 10pm in amazement. Namina is that B*TCH. She did not come to play.

Alright, so we’re in this mythical world where at 16, all girls have to go through this ‘ceremony’ in order to deem them pure. You’re only pure if your blood runs red, if it runs gold, you are an unnatural demon.

Deka, our main character’s, blood runs gold on the day of the ceremony, and here starts the most intriguing and captivating story of survival, magic and female badassery.

I’m in love with Deka, I’m in love with this book! I adore the fact that the romance was not the main part of this story, and how sisterhood reigns.

I just can’t even begin to describe how this book doesn’t shy away from the dark parts, it’s grim in some ways and the magic is phenomenal.

I have a crush on “the mysterious woman” and that’s all I’m going to say about that.


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.

2 comments on “‘The Gilded Ones’ by Namina Forna

  1. Love your reactions at the start of this review! So glad you loved it. It’s a fabulous read and I’m intrigued to see where Deka and her friends go next after that ending! ☺️

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