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Product Details

  • Series: The Gilded Series Book 1 (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 339 pages
  • Publisher: Skyscape (March 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1477847014
  • ISBN-13: 978-1477847015
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (629 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #574,364 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 7 Up—Four years after her mother's death, 16-year-old Korean American Jae Hwa Lee and her father leave Los Angeles behind to move to Seoul, South Korea. Jae's biggest concerns are fitting in at her new international school and keeping up with her classes, along with maintaining her status as a hard-core black belt. When her formidable grandfather warns her that the demigod Haemosu has stolen the soul of the firstborn female in her family for generations, and she is next, Jae isn't sure what to believe. The teen soon discovers that her grandfather's warnings prove all too real, and she must use her tae kwon do and archery skills, as well as unexpected help from her enigmatic and attractive classmate Marc, to escape the fate of the women who came before her. While the premise sounds promising, the story does not completely fulfill expectations. The breakneck pace leaves the plot feeling scattered and lacking emotional depth. While Jae has potential as a strong female protagonist, other characters are not fully developed, and become overused caricatures: the intelligent, attractive love interest with a mysterious secret; the dismissive workaholic parent. The Korean setting and myths make for an interesting backdrop, but stop short of providing readers with a rich, fully realized cultural experience. Recommended for large collections where fantasy is in high demand.—Kelsey Johnson-Kaiser, Columbus Public Library, WI


“This richly detailed novel kept me turning the pages well into the night. Jae Hwa starts off as a strong character and ends as a noble one, using both her brains and her brawn to win the day.” —Beth Revis, New York Times bestselling author of Across the Universe

“Farley brings South Korea’s fascinating culture and mythology into vivid detail in this shining debut, and Jae is a compelling heroine. An exotic, thrilling read, Gilded had me utterly entranced!” —Jessica Khoury, author of Origin

More About the Author

CHRISTINA FARLEY was born and raised in upstate New York. As a child, she loved to explore, which later inspired her to jump on a plane and travel the world. She taught at international schools in Asia for ten years, eight of which were in the mysterious and beautiful city of Seoul, Korea that became the setting of GILDED and SILVERN.

Currently she lives in Clermont, FL with her husband and two sons--that is until the travel itch whisks her off to a new unknown.

Customer Reviews

I look forward to next book in the series.
Gina L. Buswell
I loved the Korean culture and mythologies intertwined into this magical story.
Jackie McCown
I thought it was very well written and kept my into the story line.
Jessica Dobson

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296 of 318 people found the following review helpful By Rob Slaven - slavenrm@gmail. com TOP 500 REVIEWER on February 2, 2014
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As usual I didn't pay anything for this book but instead received it for free. This time via the courtesy of the Kindle Firsts program. Despite that kindness I give my candid thoughts below. Oh, and I do not include a plot summary so no spoilers of any kind; you can read the book description for that.

Firstly, this is a YA novel so the criteria I apply differ from those of a standard adult novel. The first thing I look at is whether I'd want my own children to read this book from a moral standpoint. Joyfully, I report that this book contains nothing really sexual in nature, unless you count some occasional kissing. Further there are no drug references or anything else untoward. It should be noted that this is pretty standard youth escapism fiction though so the usual defiance of parental authority is in evidence. In short though, I have no concerns. This is good clean stuff.

The second question I look at is whether this book teach the reader anything. Again, in this case I would reply strongly to the affirmative. The narrative is deeply entwined with Korean mythology and culture. It even goes so far as to include a lengthy glossary in the back so you know this is outside the standard dragons, elves and dwarves motif. Further, for the first time I've seen in a book of this sort, the protagonist faces and problem and actually has the help of her extended family. This isn't the usual situation in which a problem arises and the kids have to go it alone. The whole family is involved and working together. That in itself is a great lesson.

Lastly, I ask whether the reader will be entertained. To that I say, simply, that even as an adult I was entertained.
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76 of 85 people found the following review helpful By Bookwyrm on February 2, 2014
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For my free Kindle book of the month I chose Gilded by Christina Farley and I'm glad I did. I read it in one extended sitting simply because the story was so engrossing and engaging.

First, let me address a few of my pet peeves and how they're handled in this book.

1) Gilded wrapped up every important story thread while leaving a few teasing hints and a path leading to the next book, which I hope is coming soon. Yes, unusual for this day and time - but gratefully appreciated - this book is a complete standalone story, even though it is the first in a series.

So many authors these days leave major parts of their story hanging and some give no resolution to *any* story threads, hoping to coerce you into buying their next book. It's gotten so rampant that I often delete the offending book, resolving to go no further because it's so exasperating. A few threads left unraveled are fine, but I've hit books that leave nothing resolved at all, which I believe is an abuse of the audience and more manipulation and moneygrubbing than creative writing. Thankfully, Gilded does not fall into this trap.

2) This book was well-edited. It means a lot to me not to have misplaced modifiers, comma splices, wrong word choices, and the like intruding upon me and throwing me out of the story. The sharp, professional editing is greatly appreciated!

3) The story was clean and tight. While this is a YA and there are instances of our heroine noticing a particular person is "hot," the romance does not overshadow or intrude upon the storyline and a few kisses are as steamy as it gets. There are no profanities, no gratuitous make-out scenes, and no sexual/offensive innuendos.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By gary on February 2, 2014
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Bought it without expecting very much. It was a novel on a subject culture I had heard little about by a author I had never heard of...... Once I started I could not put it down. Great characters and plot.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Marie's Read/Allen's shop on February 5, 2014
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While I enjoyed the story, it was a little frustrating to slog through the teenage angst, but this book is written for teenagers.

It helps to have some first hand experience with the Korean culture to know how seriously students take their schooling. It's incredible! American students wouldn't last a week in the Asian education system. Having been there and lived next door to a high school, I was floored by the hours - 8+, 6 days a week. The kids were always laughing after school, they really enjoyed it.

That said, I am not sure American teens will appreciate how much the heroine and her friends study and how seriously high school is taken by everyone.

The author does a wonderful job of describing Korea, she uses some Korean words, but translates them (there is a complete translation at the end of the book, which is helpful while reading it).

It's a fun fantasy with Korean mythology - lots of dragons, etc. Plenty of descriptive martial arts moves, beautiful cultural dresses, flying chariots, good vs evil, and the heroine must save all her female ancestors from imprisonment in "hell".

I can see this story making it to the big screen and I would love to see it in the hands of the right director.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Peri on February 4, 2014
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Very good YA fantasy based on Korean mythology about a Korean-American teen from California, carried to Seoul Korea by her father's job only to become embroiled in an unusual family curse. A kick-ass heroine, passionate about archery and Tae Kwon Do, with close friends, Jae is believable and likeable. Oh yeah, there is a cute boy with secrets of his own too.
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