The Gilded Ones

The Gilded Ones

by Namina Forna

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In Deka’s world, girls undergo a rite of passage ceremony on their 16th birthday called "the cutting." If they are pure, their blood runs red. If their blood runs gold, they’re cast out as demons with immortal powers. During Deka’s cutting, her village is attacked by actual monsters that only she seems capable of defeating. Suspecting her newfound powers, the high priest slaughters Deka, revealing her golden blood. Deka survives, but knows her existence will be a cursed one. Then, a stranger arrives and presents her with a choice: submit to her fate, or join the Emperor’s new army of demon girls. Inspired by West African mythology, but with a Hunger Games meets Shadow and Bone vibe.

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