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15 January 2021

Book Beginnings: The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna

For Book Beginnings, Rose City Reader invites us to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.

For Friday 56, Freda's Voice asks you to turn to Page 56 in your book or 56% on your e-reader and pick a sentence.

I am currently reading The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna.

The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna book cover

Today is the Ritual of Purity.
I got The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna in a Fairyloot box last year, and it's gorgeous.

The cover of mine is covered in gold foil, it is so so shiny. Book magpie that I am, I am in love.

Right at the front is a small box stating that The Gilded Ones includes scenes of violence which some readers may find distressing. I appreciate the content warning so much but to go a little more in-depth, warnings include violence, death, genocide, rape, torture, confinement, racism, misogyny, religious bigotry and gore. And I'm not even finished the book yet.

The first line gives nothing away, but it does hint at some religious fervour, or at least a heavily religious society. All at once I am intrigued and my guard is up - the concept of purity is something that grinds my gears. As you get in to the first chapter you end up absolutely riveted.

More memories, all so sudden and powerful, my body trembles from the force of them.
This is from page 56 in my finished paperback copy.

The Gilded Ones is incredibly fast paced, and it's a book I struggle to put down. So much has happened in just 56 pages, it truly is incredible.

This is a hard read, but it is also excellent.

What are you reading this week?


  1. Wow love that line Cora! It's so vivid!

  2. Oh I love the sound of this one, thank you for sharing! The cover is so striking x

  3. I've been wanting to read this! Your copy sounds absolutely gorgeous. This seems like a really good read, if you can get past all the trigger warnings (none of which, I think, are immediate nos for me, so yay!). Sounds like a hard read emotionally but so worthwhile. Glad to hear you're enjoying it! Happy reading.

    Here's my Friday post.

  4. Thank you for sharing! The cover is so pretty and I like how the artist was able to use the gold to make it pop. Despite the tough topics, it looks like quite the fascinating read.

  5. Lovely cover and interesting excerpts. Here's my post: “RACHEL TO THE RESCUE”

  6. That cover alone pulls me in!! After it being put off a year I hope it's epic! Happy weekend!

  7. I've got an ARC for this and I can't wait to read it!

    Lauren @ Always Me

  8. I am really looking forward to reading this one. It sounds amazing. I hope you have a great weekend!

  9. I've been looking at this one for a while. I may just have to get myself a copy!

    Lois |

  10. I am so excited for this one. Can't wait to get my hands on it.

  11. This book sounds amazing! I can't wait to get my hands on a copy and finally dive into the world.

  12. I've heard a lot of great things about this book but I haven't picked it up myself yet.


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