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The Gilded Ones

Deathless #1

by Namina Forna

The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna X
The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna
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    Feb 2021, 432 pages

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A stunning deconstruction of patriarchy in an engaging young adult fantasyscape in which a teenage girl realizes her true power and potential.

After years of feeling like an outcast, Deka wants nothing more than to pass through the Ritual of Purity so that she can become a recognized member of her village in the kingdom of Otera. In Otera, adolescent girls endure a test in which they are cut; if they bleed red, they are recognized as pure humans and assume their place in society. But if they do not, they are labeled alaki, monsters who are virtually immortal and have "impure" gold blood. The alaki are subject to execution — the Emperor's death mandate says: "Never allow an alaki to live, nor anyone who aids her." On the day of her ritual, her village comes under attack and Deka is revealed to be one of the alaki. Abandoned by her family, she is given the choice to stay in her village and be tortured until she dies, or to join an army of women like her, to become the Emperor's greatest weapon in the war Otera is fighting ...

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