A review by lucyarmstrong
The Gilded Ones, by Namina Forna

adventurous dark inspiring tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes


I believe this book is the author’s debut novel- and in the most kindly way possible, it is evident at some points in the story. The way certain things are phrased seem slightly unsophisticated, which I’m not saying is a bad thing, it could just be writing style! It’s just my personal preference for a slightly more mature format. I did really like the African inspired setting, and the diverse cast of characters, however the plot felt full of YA cliches, which again, I found slightly tiring. I don’t think I will continue with the series when the second book comes out… 

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