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The Gilded Ones

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

 
 
THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTELLER! 

“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

"A dark feminist tale spun with blood and gold. Must read!" Dhonielle Clayton, New York Times bestselling author of The Belles

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

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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January 2022 : Paperback
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Title: The Gilded Ones
Author(s): Namina Forna
ISBN: 1-984848-71-2 / 978-1-984848-71-0
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February 2021 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Gilded Ones (Gilded, 1)
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
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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
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February 2021 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Gilded Ones: Deathless, Book 1
Author(s): Namina Forna
Publisher: Listening Library
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February 2021 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Gilded Ones
Author(s): Namina Forna
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February 2021 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Gilded Ones
Author(s): Namina Forna
Publisher: Usborne Publishing
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