The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna



I could not recommend this book more. Namina Forna’s story-telling leaves you desperate to know what happens next. Creating characters that feel genuine, Forna also challenges the reader to consider their prejudices. Full of strong female warriors and heartbreaking back stories, this is perfect for any YA fantasy lover over 13.  Rating: 5/5  By: Elizabeth (age 16)

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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.

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