Join authors Roseanne Brown, Jordan Ifueko, and Namina Forna as they come together to defend their favorite figures from African mythology and explain why they deserve the right to be crowned king of the smackdown, all in celebration of Forna's debut novel, The Gilded Ones. The Gilded Ones is already being hailed as one of the most anticipated fantasy books of 2021 and the start of a bold and immersive series for fans of Children of Blood and Bone and Black Panther. This event is co-hosted by the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History.
Sixteen-year-old Deka lives in fear and anticipation of the blood ceremony that will determine whether she will become a member of her village. Already different from everyone else because of her unnatural intuition, Deka prays for red blood so she can finally feel like she belongs.
But on the day of the ceremony, her blood runs gold, the color of impurity–and Deka knows she will face a consequence worse than death.
Then a mysterious woman comes to her with a choice: stay in the village and submit to her fate, or leave to fight for the emperor in an army of girls just like her. They are called alaki–near-immortals with rare gifts. And they are the only ones who can stop the empire's greatest threat.
Knowing the dangers that lie ahead yet yearning for acceptance, Deka decides to leave the only life she's ever known. But as she journeys to the capital to train for the biggest battle of her life, she will discover that the great walled city holds many surprises. Nothing and no one are quite what they seem to be–not even Deka herself.
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Roseanne “Rosie” A. Brown was born in Kumasi, Ghana and immigrated to the wild jungles of central Maryland as a child. She graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor’s in Journalism and was also a teaching assistant for the school’s Jiménez-Porter Writers’ House program. Her first book is A Song of Wraiths and Ruin. Her journalistic work has been featured by Voice of America among other outlets. She lives outside Washington D.C. and is represented by Quressa Robinson of Nelson Literary Agency.
Jordan Ifueko is the New York Times Bestselling author of the YA fantasy series RAYBEARER. She's a fan of fairy tales with lots of shea butter and 4c curls, and takes payment in plates of fried plantain.
Namina Forna is a young adult novelist based in Los Angeles, and the author of the 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 loves building fantastical worlds and telling stories with fierce female leads.
THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTELLER!
“Namina Forna Could Be The Toni Morrison Of YA Fantasy.” –Refinery 29
“Fans of Children of Blood and Bone, Mulan, and the Dora Milaje from Black Panther are going to adore this one.” –BuzzFeed
Named one of the best books of the year by People Magazine, Buzzfeed, New York Public Library, Chicago Public Library, Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, and more!
An instant New York Times bestseller!