A review by yew676
The Gilded Ones, by Namina Forna

adventurous challenging dark sad slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated


I was really looking forward to this book but unfortunately just didn't enjoy it. I wasn't sure who the audience is - it read like young adult fiction but then was so unbelievably brutal and graphic in the tortures these young women have to go through I would hope teenagers wouldn't read it. I also felt like it had lots of tropes and honestly I just didn't engage, get excited or involved for any of it. It certainly wasn't the worst book I've ever read but it was very far from the best.

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