A review by rabiah_turns_pages
The Gilded Ones, by Namina Forna

adventurous dark inspiring mysterious tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated


Namina Forna used this book to show how women are treated in a patriarchal society and how their worth is reduced to almost nothing. All the girls are taught that they are always worth less than a man from when they are young and the journey of Deka learning that she is worthy and has value as herself was really heartwarming to read, especially when she started to stick up for herself against the men who taunt her. 

One of my favourite things about this book was how each character was given so much depth whilst also keeping you on edge to find out more about them. It made the plot interesting and I was so emotionally involved in all these characters almost as soon as I met them. 

The friendship between the main characters, Deka, Britta, Belcalis and Adwapa is so wholesome and in a book that covers deep topics like trauma, abuse and violence it was nice to have light moments between the group that made it not so overwhelming.

The romance sub-plot was definitely super cute and pure which I was a complete fan of. 
Was it necessary? Absolutely Not.
Did I love it? Absolutely yes❤

I'm super excited for the sequel 'The merciless Ones' and the movie adaptation! All in all this was a great book that I would definitely recommend to anyone who enjoys it wants to get into fantasy/dystopian books📚

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