The Gilded Ones

Listening Library. 2021. 1,247p. $75. ISBN 9780593207833.
Gr 7 Up–Deka has always known she was different, but when during the Ritual of Purity she bleeds gold instead of red, her entire village, including her own father, turns on her and kills her. Her body heals itself quickly, so they repeatedly try to kill her, but it doesn’t work. When a mysterious woman offers Deka a new life fighting for the emperor in an army of “demon” women, she gratefully accepts. She soon finds out that nothing is as it seems, however, and she struggles to find out who the real enemy is. Shayna Small narrates and uses her wide range of accents to distinctly voice the characters. The frequent action sequences are performed with vigor and passion.
VERDICT Give this to listeners who crave social justice issues mixed with their action.

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