by Marissa Meyer
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Pub Date 02 Nov 2021 | Archive Date 02 Nov 2021
Macmillan Children's Publishing Group, Feiwel & Friends
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.
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Thanks to Netgalley, I was gifted the opportunity to read the first ten chapters to the upcoming Gilded from Marissa Meyer.
Gilded is a fairy tale retelling of Rumpelstiltskin and the spinning gold from straw. The sampler ended with, who I presume to be, Rumpelstiltskin appearing before our Main Female Character, Serilda.
So far, I will be picking up the book when it is released because I do want to continue the story and see how it plays out (and how it is told). I am a fan of Marissa’s previous works and this book seems to be another well written story from her.
The first chapter did start out a tad slow, but it quickly gained my attention by the second chapter.
As the description for the book suggestions: this is about an eighteen year old girl (Serilda) who is cursed by the god of lies and has a pension for telling stories. On a night of a Wild Hunt, she tells a story (lie) to the Erlking in an attempt to help two forest maidens - only for him to have her brought to him at a later time to test her story.
The story being tested is the premise of Rumpelstiltskin - Serilda told the Erlking that she was able to spin straw into gold. She now has until an hour before sunrise to spin the straw in her cell into gold. This is where the tenth chapter stopped, with Serilda begging for the straw to turn to gold and a mystery man appearing in the room with her.
And, I cannot wait to read the rest of the story.
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