The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna Review

So this is another one of those books I have heard nothing but good things about and seeing how it is Namina Forna debut novel I thought I might as well give it a go.

Sixteen-year-old Deka lives in fear and anticipation of the blood ceremony that will determine whether she will become a member of her village. Already different from everyone else because of her unnatural intuition, Deka prays for red blood so she can finally feel like she belongs.

But on the day of the ceremony, her blood runs gold, the color of impurity–and Deka knows she will face a consequence worse than death.

Taken from goodreads

The first thing I noticed when reading this book was the pacing. This is one of the fastest paced books I have read in a long time. This might just be because I have come from the Priory of the Orange Tree which is slow paced so this book seems even faster than normal but it was still a nice change of pace.

The story was really good and I found myself enjoying the journey that Deka was going on. However, one thing I really didn’t like was how every time she seems to have a problem she would just develop a new power that would solve that problem by the next chapter. I want to see struggling or at least a way to use the current set of skills to try and solve a problem, not by just giving the character a new ability.

DEAR GOD THE ROMANCE ASPECT!! It was fucking awful. To me it felt like the romance in the book was a second thought and the author was told last minute to add something in there just to keep people happy. It feels rushed, unexpected, happens very quickly and simply put it was just so bad.

The character development was all over the place as well. Deka went from being the scared child at the beginning to being petrified to being confident all in the space of 100 pages but then just stopped developing which didn’t make any sort of sense.

Yes, I know from the above it does seem like I have been really harsh with the author’s work, but I did find myself enjoying it quite a lot in the end. I just feel with a little bit more work from the editors and a bit more information here and then then the book could have been something great. Seeing how this is the start to a series I am looking forward to seeing what else the series has to bring.

4 out of 5 

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