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“Namina Forna could be the Toni Morrison of YA fantasy.” —Refinery 29

“Fans of
Children of Blood and Bone, Mulan, and the Dora Milaje from Black Panther are going to adore this one.” —BuzzFeed

“The girls are powerful, the danger is real, and the characters are engaging and diverse. Forna has accomplished something really special here, equal parts subversive and fun.” —
Tor

“Namina Forna introduces readers to an intricate, West African-inspired fantasy world.”—
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“Total book candy for fans of Tomi Ayedemi's
Children of Blood and Bone.” —PureWow

"A dark feminist tale spun with blood and gold,
The Gilded Ones lifts the veil of violent patriarchy and burns the idea of purity to the ground. Must read!" —Dhonielle Clayton, New York Times Bestselling author of The Belles

“Haunting, brutal, and oh-so-relevant. This book will suck you into a world where girls bleed gold, magic fills the air, and the real monsters hide behind words instead of claws.” —Roseanne A. Brown,
New York Times bestselling author of A Song of Wraiths and Ruin

“An enthralling debut.
The Gilded Ones redefines sisterhood and is sure to leave readers both inspired and ultimately hopeful." —Stephanie Garber, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Caraval
 
The Gilded Ones is a fierce, unflinching fantasy that marks Forna as a debut to watch.” —Kiersten White, New York Times bestselling author of And I Darken

"Phenomenal and extraordinary! Forna's breathtaking use of language depicts a thrilling journey through an epic world, rife with danger and deception, as an obedient girl survives the patriarchy and becomes a warrior. Unquestionably, the best fantasy of 2021." —Kim Johnson, author of
This is My America

“An epic new fantasy with heart-stopping stakes and a fierce, persevering hero,
The Gilded Ones is a dazzling and powerful debut.” —Elizabeth Lim, bestselling author of Spin the Dawn

“A poignant examination of patriarchal oppression that ensnares its reader and doesn’t let go. With a compelling main character and fresh magic system, it takes you on a journey of self-discovery through a fantastically built world with a burning mystery at its heart.” —Kalyn Josephson, author of
The Storm Crow

“While elements of action and social justice are strong, there is also mystery . . . readers will find themselves awestruck with satisfying revelation, leaving both a clean ending and desire for more.”
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“Female-led YA fantasy is an overcrowded genre, but Namina Forna brings a fresh perspective in her stormingly good debut . . . Action combines with an intense feminist story of sisterhood, where strength is found in female friendships and alliances.” —
The Guardian

“Brutal, brilliant, and ultimately hopeful,
The Gilded Ones takes readers on
a stunning sci-fi fantasy ride.” —
Nerdist

“Formidable heroines and a thoughtful feminist mythology distinguish debut author Forna’s West Africa–inspired fantasy trilogy launch. Abundant action drives the pace, while a nuanced plot advocates social change by illustrating the myriad ways in which society cages and commodifies women.” —
Publishers Weekly

“All of the alaki girls have realistic and moving trauma as a result of actions wreaked on them both as human women and alaki, and strong female friendships stand at the forefront of this novel that will have readers thinking about it long after the last page.” —
The Bulletin

About the Author

Namina Forna is the New York Times bestselling author of The Gilded Ones series. She has a MFA in film and TV production from USC School of Cinematic Arts and a BA from Spelman College. Namina now works as a screenwriter in LA and loves telling stories with fierce female leads. Visit her on twitter at @NaminaForna and on Instagram at @namina.forna.
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Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Delacorte Press; First Edition, Later Printing (February 9, 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 432 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1984848690
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1984848697
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 12 - 17 years
  • Lexile measure ‏ : ‎ 780L
  • Grade level ‏ : ‎ 7 - 9
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.2 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.81 x 1.5 x 8.56 inches
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Namina Forna is a young adult novelist based in Los Angeles, and the author of the epic fantasy YA novel The Gilded Ones. Originally from Sierra Leone, West Africa, she moved to the US when she was nine and has been traveling back and forth ever since. Namina loves building fantastical worlds and telling stories with fierce female leads.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST READ BEYOND ALL OTHER MUST READS
By Moyo on October 5, 2022
This book is a must read above any other must reads! As an avid lover of fantasy and mythological books, this one takes the cake. The writing is beyond superb! The way the author sucks you into the story I truly felt like I was side by side with the protagonist,Deka! I have never experienced a book that I cried, laughed, screamed, and gasped along with the characters.

This book tackles sexism, religious faiths and begs the question to always question everything. It made me feel empowered and I’m not even an Alaki 😂😂 For me it also empowered me in reminding me about the struggles women face and how black women are something so magical and powerful we are feared.

Needless to say this is a MUST READ! If you are considering buying it. Stop considering and JUST do. Trust me you would regret it.

I’m still trying to catch my breath. I Just finished the book after getting it 3 days ago so the overwhelming joy, sock and tears are still fresh.

Point is JUST BUY THE BOOK! You wouldn’t be able to put it down or when you do put it down you’ll dream and lock forward to when you can continue reading it again.

And yes I definitely bought the second installment of the book. Can not wait to continue the journey with The Gilded Ones.
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