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Gild by Raven Kennedy


Gild

by Raven Kennedy

Self-Published

Book 1 in the Plated Prisoner Series


The fae abandoned this world to us. And the ones with power rule.


Gold.


Gold floors, gold walls, gold furniture, gold clothes. In Highbell, in the castle built into the frozen mountains, everything is made of gold.


Even me.


King Midas rescued me. Dug me out of the slums and placed me on a pedestal. I’m called his precious. His favored. I’m the woman he Gold-Touched to show everyone that I belong to him. To show how powerful he is. He gave me protection, and I gave him my heart. And even though I don’t leave the confines of the palace, I’m safe.


Until war comes to the kingdom and a deal is struck.


Suddenly, my trust is broken. My love is challenged. And I realize that everything I thought I knew about Midas might be wrong.


Because these bars I’m kept in, no matter how gilded, are still just a cage. But the monsters on the other side might make me wish I’d never left.


The myth of King Midas reimagined. This compelling adult fantasy series is as addictive as it is unexpected. With romance, intrigue, and danger, the gilded world of Orea will grip you from the very first page.

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RATED: 18+ CATEGORY: MOOD:

Steamy Adult Fantasy Dark

Violence


TRIGGER WARNING: Rape and explicit violence

Gild is the first book in the Plated Prisoner Series by Raven Kennedy, and centers around Auren, a twenty-five year old woman, who has been been gold - touched by King Midas. Her skin, her hair - everything is gold except for the whites of her eyes and her teeth. He saved her, and she has given him her heart. She is kept in a gilded cage on the highest level of the castle, but she is safe. Until a deal is struck. Her trust is broken in the one person she thought would never betray her, her love challenged, she is forced to contemplate if the King Midas she knows is an illusion. And the people outside her gilded cage will make her wish that she never had to leave it in the first place.


So. I have thoughts. Many, many thoughts. This book has been recommended several times on #booktok, and because I was in the mood for a fantasy, I decided to give it a try. It's ... interesting. It's a retelling of the myth of King Midas, which is different from the usual fairytale retellings we get. Technically, the writing is well done. The world building I felt could have been done a bit better, as well as the descriptions on specific things - like Auren's ribbons. Totally forgetting that she is gold, I was imagining these fleshy ribbons growing from her spine. Like, actual flesh. I didn't feel like the description of this incredibly odd occurrence on her body was detailed enough. Do they feel like skin or actual ribbon? The story itself is interesting, but yes, triggering. There are a lot of monstrous men in this book, and