A review by danni_chambers67
The Gilded Ones, by Namina Forna

adventurous challenging dark emotional hopeful informative 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? Yes


The characters were interesting and really well developed (most the time) for me. I found myself really caring for them and really wanting to see them through the book change and improve as people. 

The world building was amazing I really believed the place and in the society. And thought, it had interesting themes in the world and in the book. The history of the world felt developed and easy to believe and understand. The writing style was amazing and helped me love the characters and the world.

I loved the inclusion. And the discussion of certain themes such as feminism, racism, there were several POC characters, and LGBT+ characters. The was a lot of diversity in the book.

My only complaint and why it is not five stars is too do with the ending and revelations.
SpoilerI thought some actions of characters which we were told where cunning seemed stupid and not thought through this meant I was pulled out of the story and broke some of the themes for me. Also some actions where justified which I felt couldn't be or needed more explanation in order for these to be justified. Again pulling me from the story and characters. I do feel this will be built on in the next book which is what I am hoping for

Overall, I loved the book and the themes. I would really recommend and really think it is worth a read.

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