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About the Book
Title: The Merciless Ones
Series: The Gilded Ones
Author: Namina Forna
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publishing Date: May 31st, 2022
Page Length: 432
Age Range: YA
Rep: Transgender, Sapphic, Black (West African)
Fans of The Gilded Ones and Children of Blood and Bone will love the second book in an epic fantasy series about a girl who is the key to saving the empire–or its greatest threat.
It’s been six months since Deka has freed the goddesses and discovered who she really is. There are now wars waging across the kingdom. Otereans now think jatu are traitors to the nation. Deka is called a monster.
But the real battle has only just begun and Deka must lead the charge. Deka is tasked with freeing the rest of the goddesses. Only as she begins to free them, she begins to see a strange symbol everywhere in places of worship and worn on armor. There’s something unnatural about that symbol; just looking at it makes Deka lose her senses. Even worse, it seems to repel her powers. She can’t command or communicate with the new deathshrieks. In fact, she can’t even understand them when they speak.
Deka knows freeing the goddesses is just the beginning. She can tell whatever dark force out is powerful and there is something sinister out there threatening the kingdom connected to that symbol–something merciless–that her army will need to stop before humanity crumbles. But Deka’s powers are only getting stronger…and her strongest weapon could be herself.
Content Warning: scenes of violence,graphic violence, and description of sexual assault
The Merciless Ones is an incredible sequel to The Gilded Ones! I absolutely adored The Gilded Ones and I thought it was such a fun, fast-paced book. The Gilded Ones has a strong emphasis on racism & The Merciless Ones discusses gender identity. Deka’s character development was one of my favorite parts about this book. Unfortunately, I wasn’t a huge fan of the fact that everyone gets a love interest. Overall, it’s a fun sequel!
About the Author
Namina Forna is a young adult novelist based in Los Angeles, and the author of the upcoming epic fantasy YA novel The Gilded Ones. Originally from Sierra Leone, West Africa, she moved to the US when she was nine and has been traveling back and forth ever since. Namina has an MFA in film and TV production from USC School of Cinematic Arts and a BA from Spelman College. She works as a screenwriter in LA and loves telling stories with fierce female leads.
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