Gilded By Marissa Meyer
Book/Novel Author: Marissa Meyer
Book/Novel Title: Gilded
In Gilded, #1 New York Times-bestselling author Marissa Meyer returns to the fairytale world with this haunting tale. Long ago cursed by the god of lies, a poor miller’s daughter has developed a talent for spinning stories that are fantastical and spellbinding and entirely untrue.Or so everyone believes.When one of Serilda’s outlandish tales draws the attention of the sinister Erlking and his undead hunters, she finds herself swept away into a grim world where ghouls and phantoms prowl the earth and hollow-eyed ravens track her every move. The king orders Serilda to complete the impossible task of spinning straw into gold, or be killed for telling falsehoods. In her desperation, Serilda unwittingly summons a mysterious boy to her aid. He agrees to help her… for a price. Love isn’t meant to be part of the bargain.Soon Serilda realizes that there is more than one secret hidden in the castle walls, including an ancient curse that must be broken if she hopes to end the tyranny of the king and his wild hunt forever.
It’s hard to believe that it is already time for another new Marissa Meyer series, and yet here we are! (and I’m not complaining) Gilded kicks off her latest series of the same name, once again delving into a different fairytale element. Serilda has always had a gift for words. More accurately, she’s had a knack for twisting them. Her entire village knows well that Serilda loves stories, tall tales, and the occasional outright lie. That isn’t the only reason they are concerned about this young woman, as her eyes mark her as something other. Yet it is those eyes and her talent with words that saved Serilda’s skin – or so she thought. Now she’s neck-deep in danger with the Erkling himself, as he believes she has power not her own. Again, it all comes back to the tales she has spun. “No, I’m not a witch. And I didn’t summon you. I was just sitting here, crying, contemplating my own demise, thank you muchly.” If you love fractured fairy tales, unique twists on the classics, or Marissa Meyer’s writing style, then the odds are more than good that you’re going to love Gilded. Her magic rises to the surface here, and I am absolutely enchanted (and counting down the days for the sequel). Serilda’s story is, well…fascinating. It’s all based on a simple fairytale premise: turning straw into gold, and yet it so quickly gets blown out of proportion. I think that is what I loved the most about this novel – seeing how far it would stretch. Other elements I loved include Serilda herself (she’s so full of energy and mischief), the tales she tells, her romantic adventure, and the magic she comes across. Each of these parts worked hard to capture my imagination, and I cannot wait to see more regarding each and every one. Okay, I’m a bit more excited for some over others, but you get what I’m saying. I should probably mention that there are some heavier plots inside Gilded. Given that we’re dealing with the Erkling, that probably isn’t too much of a surprise, but I thought I’d mention it all the same. There are scenes in this book that depict hunting, brutality, child death, and animal injury/death. Overall I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by Gilded, and I already was expecting something amazing. I honestly can’t wait to see what happens in Cursed, but unfortunately, we’ve got a bit of time before that happens. It’ll be worth the wait, I’m sure.
I always enjoy Meyer’s twists on fairy tales and this one is no exception. She is a fantastic story teller and reading her creation of another fantastic story teller is enchanting. I haven’t checked yet, but hopefully this is the first book in a series — I would love to see it build like the Cinder series.
Marissa’s writing has had me raptured sense the Lunar Chronicles and this tale is no different prepared to be thrown into a dark fantasy like no other. If you enjoyed her book heartless I guarantee you shall love this one just as much.
Marissa Meyer is a wonderful writer, spinning gold with each word. I love this book and highly recommend it to those who love darker themed romances.