"Namina Forna Could Be The Toni Morrison Of YA Fantasy." -- Refinery 29
"Fans of Children of Blood and Bone, Mulan, and the Dora Milaje from Black Panther are going to adore this one." -- BuzzFeed
"An enthralling debut. The Gilded Ones redefines sisterhood and is sure to leave readers both inspired and ultimately hopeful. -- Stephanie Garber, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Caraval
The Gilded Ones is a fierce, unflinching fantasy that marks Forna as a debut to watch. -- Kiersten White, New York Times bestselling author of And I Darken
The most anticipated fantasy of 2021.
In this world, girls are outcasts by blood and warriors by choice. Get ready for battle.
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.
Then a mysterious woman comes to her with a choice: stay in the village and submit to her fate, or leave to fight for the emperor in an army of girls just like her. They are called alaki-near-immortals with rare gifts. And they are the only ones who can stop the empire's greatest threat.
Knowing the dangers that lie ahead yet yearning for acceptance, Deka decides to leave the only life she's ever known. But as she journeys to the capital to train for the biggest battle of her life, she will discover that the great walled city holds many surprises. Nothing and no one are quite what they seem to be-not even Deka herself.
The start of a bold and immersive fantasy series for fans of Children of Blood and Bone and Black Panther.
- Your signed copy will be available for in-store pickup or ship on February 9, 2021 when the book goes on sale and by arrangement with the author for signing.
- The books have been signed already so personalizations are no longer possible.
- The first 300 preorders will include a set of Character Cards.