It’s time for another of my long overdue reviews for a book received through NetGalley. Many thanks to Faber and Faber for providing me with a copy of Marissa Meyer’s fabulous fairy tale retelling, Gilded.
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.
For some reason, Gilded took me a long time to read, although I am unsure why because it has literally everything that I love in a book included within its pages. I am glad that I stuck with it though as it is a fascinating take on the classic Rumpelstiltskin tale.
Marissa Meyer is an author who I have long intended to read, but for some reason have never got around to. I am glad that I chose Gilded as the book to discover her writing with. I love anything to do with the Wild Hunt, and Meyer’s version of the Erlking and his Court is positively chilling. I think it is quite possibly one of my favourite takes on the mythology of the Hunt. Meyer’s rich descriptions of the Hunt and the secrets behind the castle they have claimed as their own make for a captivating read.
I do hope a sequel is released very soon, because the end left me hanging right on the very edge of a cliff, with one foot dangling in the air! In the meantime, I now have three of Marissa Meyer’s other books lined up on my Kindle to keep me going.