The Gilded Ones by Naomi Novik full audiobook
The Gilded OnesFirst published 9 february 2021
"The Gilded Ones" is a young adult fantasy novel written by Namina Forna. Published in 2021, this novel takes readers on a thrilling journey filled with magic, empowerment, and resilience.
The story is set in the patriarchal and oppressive society of Otera, where girls are considered impure and are subjected to a brutal ritual called the Ritual of Purity. The protagonist, Deka, anxiously awaits her own ritual, hoping to prove her purity and be accepted by society. However, when her blood runs gold instead of the expected red, she is labeled a demon and faces a fate worse than death.
Deka is then given a choice: join a group of warrior girls called the Alaki, who are also known as the Gilded Ones, or face a gruesome fate. Determined to find her place and seek justice, Deka embraces her newfound abilities and trains alongside her fellow Alaki. Together, they embark on a dangerous mission to protect their land from an ancient enemy.
"The Gilded Ones" explores themes of feminism, identity, and the fight against oppression. Namina Forna crafts a vivid world with rich cultural influences and intricate mythology. The novel challenges gender norms and societal expectations, highlighting the strength and resilience of young women in the face of adversity.
The writing in "The Gilded Ones" is engaging and immersive, capturing the emotional depth of the characters and the intensity of their struggles. Deka's journey of self-discovery and empowerment is both inspiring and empowering, and the relationships she forms with her fellow Alaki are heartfelt and meaningful.
Overall, "The Gilded Ones" is a captivating and empowering read that combines fantasy elements with social commentary. Namina Forna delivers an important message about the power of unity, self-acceptance, and fighting for justice. This novel is a must-read for fans of young adult fantasy looking for a diverse and empowering narrative that challenges societal norms.