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The Gilded Ones

(2021)
(The first book in the Deathless series)
A novel by

 
 
The must-read new bold and immersive West African-inspired fantasy series, as featured on Cosmo, Bustle and Book Riot. In this world, girls are outcasts by blood and warriors by choice, perfect for fans of Children of Blood and Bone and Black Panther.

"Namina Forna Could Be The Toni Morrison Of YA Fantasy." Refinery 29

Sixteen-year-old Deka lives in Otera, a deeply patriarchal ancient kingdom, where a woman's worth is tied to her purity, and she must bleed to prove it. But when Deka bleeds gold - the colour of impurity, of a demon - she faces a consequence worse than death. She is saved by a mysterious woman who tells Deka of her true nature: she is an Alaki, a near-immortal with exceptional gifts. The stranger offers her a choice: fight for the Emperor, with others just like her, or be destroyed...

"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

"Haunting, brutal, and oh-so-relevant. This book will suck you into a world where girls bleed gold, magic fills the air, and the real monsters hide behind words instead of claws." Roseanne A. Brown, New York Times bestselling author of A Song of Wraiths and Ruin

"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

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Praise for this book

"Haunting, brutal, and oh-so-relevant. This book will suck you into a world where girls bleed gold, magic fills the air, and the real monsters hide behind words instead of claws." - Roseanne A Brown

"An enthralling debut. The Gilded Ones redefines sisterhood and is sure to leave readers both inspired and ultimately hopeful." - Stephanie Garber

"A poignant examination of patriarchal oppression that ensnares its reader and doesn’t let go. With a compelling main character and fresh magic system, it takes you on a journey of self-discovery through a fantastically built world with a burning mystery at its heart." - Kalyn Josephson

"An epic new fantasy with heart-stopping stakes and a fierce, persevering hero, The Gilded Ones is a dazzling and powerful debut." - Elizabeth Lim

"The Gilded Ones is a fierce, unflinching fantasy that marks Forna as a debut to watch." - Kiersten White


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Hardback Editions

February 2021 : Hardback
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Title: The Gilded Ones: 1
Author(s): Namina Forna
ISBN: 1-984848-69-0 / 978-1-984848-69-7
Publisher: Delacorte Press
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Paperback Editions

February 2021 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Gilded Ones
Author(s): Namina Forna
ISBN: 1-4749-5957-1 / 978-1-4749-5957-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd
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January 2021 : Paperback
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Title: The Gilded Ones Paperback 4 Feb 2021
Author(s): Namina Forna
Publisher: Generic
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Audio Editions

February 2021 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Gilded Ones: Deathless, Book 1
Author(s): Namina Forna
Publisher: Listening Library
Availability: Amazon   


February 2021 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Gilded Ones: Deathless, Book 1
Author(s): Namina Forna
Publisher: Listening Library
Availability: Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

February 2021 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Gilded Ones
Author(s): Namina Forna
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


February 2021 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Gilded Ones
Author(s): Namina Forna
Publisher: Usborne Publishing
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU