The Gilded Ones #2: The Merciless Ones

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The Merciless Ones is the second book in the series that started with The Gilded Ones. It is a continuation of the story of a young warrior named Deka. In the first book, it was revealed that the world is dominated by men. Girls are forced to go through a ritual when they come of age; if they bleed gold, they are labeled impure, alakai, and their family is disgraced.

When Deka is found to be impure, she is saved by the emperor and made to join his army in order to earn her eventual freedom. While in the emperor’s army, she discovers a whole plot and realizes that she is descended from goddesses and the very thing her saviors had trained her to kill, the deathshrieks, are actually reincarnations of her alakai sisters.

Now, in The Merciless Ones, Deka has freed the goddesses and is fighting for equal rights for men and women. On a rescue mission to save an alakai, Deka discovers that there is a symbol that weakens her powers and allows the male jatu (sons of the goddesses) to revive from death and withstand Deka’s mind control. How is this possible?

Deka is also confused because the jatu keeps saying that Idugu (you have to read the book to know who that is) will stand for them and help them win the fight against the females. Puzzled, Deka runs to the goddesses for answers, but quickly discovers that not even her mothers can be trusted.

The Merciless Ones is just as good as the first book and is filled with feminine energy and triumph. The book is wonderful; the plot twist at the end left me in awe. I already can’t wait to see what will happen with Deka in the next book. I wouldn’t recommend allowing children under the age of nine to read this book because it may be a bit too graphic, but other than that, this book is an exquisite read!

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Author Namina Forna
Star Count 5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 464 pages
Publisher Delacorte Press
Publish Date 31-May-2022
ISBN 9781984848727
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Issue July 2022
Category Young Adult