The fae abandoned this world to us. And the ones with power rule.
Gold floors, gold walls, gold furniture, gold clothes. In Highbell, in the castle built into the frozen mountains, everything is made of gold.
King Midas rescued me. Dug me out of the slums and placed me on a pedestal. I’m called his precious. His favored. I’m the woman he Gold-Touched to show everyone that I belong to him. To show how powerful he is. He gave me protection, and I gave him my heart. And even though I don’t leave the confines of the palace, I’m safe.
Until war comes to the kingdom and a deal is struck.
Suddenly, my trust is broken. My love is challenged. And I realize that everything I thought I knew about Midas might be wrong.
Because these bars I’m kept in, no matter how gilded, are still just a cage. But the monsters on the other side might make me wish I’d never left.
The myth of King Midas reimagined. This compelling adult fantasy series is as addictive as it is unexpected. With romance, intrigue, and danger, the gilded world of Orea will grip you from the very first page.
Please Note: This book contains explicit content and darker elements, including mature language, violence, and non-consensual sex. It is not intended for anyone under 18 years of age. This is book one in a series.
All these disgusting sexist pig-headed men can go to hell 🙂
Literally so many times I had to put the book down and stop reading because of the disturbing scenes like wow does this have all the trigger warnings out there. I knew this was going to be dark, but ahaha I wasn’t expecting this💀 This is definitely adult. Anyone who plans to read this—make sure to look at the trigger warnings and prepare yourself.
I was debating over my rating for awhile but then I realized that while I was angry
understatement over a lot of things that happened in here, I didn’t completely hate this. I mean I was supposed to be angry, anyone would with the terrible events and characters in Gild. It is hard to rate this though because of all the abuse that happens in here, and so obviously I didn’t enjoy those parts. Unfortunately for majority of the book, things like that happen which I hated and because of that I just really can’t give this a higher rating. But I can see that the author is setting up everything and Auren’s character is definitely going to develop from here on out.
“Down here, life is dark and lonely.”
In the land of Orea, there lies six kingdoms. King Midas,
a disgusting pig aka the Golden King, rules the Sixth Kingdom known for it’s riches, while King Fulke, another disgusting pig who is allies with Midas, rules the Fifth Kingdom, and King Ravinger idk yet if he’s also a pig or not—known for having the strongest & largest army force of all—rules the Fourth Kingdom.
There are of course the other three kingdoms but I have no idea what they’re famous for because I either forgot or it wasn’t mentioned.
“A cage is a cage, no matter how gilded.”
For most of her childhood, Auren was subjected to child trafficking and all kinds of abuse until at the age of 15, King Midas comes into her life and saves her. Now it’s been 10 years since then and Auren lives in the palace. Safe in her golden cage, protected from all who could cause her harm. Known to all as Midas’s favored, Auren is golden-touched—she literally is covered in gold (except she’s not actually made of gold of course).
Auren is not to leave her cage nor be touched by anyone except
that disgusting pig King Midas. She lives alone and locked up, but she’s grateful to him because Midas saved her and kept her safe for years. Even more, Auren loves Midas. She’ll do anything for him. yes, i died watching this
But what happens when she truly opens her eyes to the world out there and leaves behind her cage? Well… a lot happens.
“I keep waiting for rescue to come, for a dawn to bloom, for a star to hatch, for a hope to surface.”
I’m not joking when I say I was dying from page 1. It was like that until the end honestly, although mostly in the first half of the book. The very… descriptive scenes—my poor eyes😭
The way Auren would be worshipping Midas- it was horrible and absolutely revolting but I can’t hate her for it because she’s a victim of Stockholm Syndrome, so it’s not really Auren’s fault she feels this way. To say she’s had a traumatizing life is an understatement itself. But even knowing this, I still hated it. I’m waiting for Auren to see the truth and how much Midas deserves a gruesome death 🙂
That brings me to all the repulsive men in this book. Literally only two of them were good, but the rest omg no no I don’t think I’ve ever felt a stronger urge to murder some characters. Here’s a sneak peak of the things said-
“Now sit pretty on your stool and play your silly music. Leave the men to speak, Auren.”
“You’d do well to learn from her on how to please a man.”
THIS ESPECIALLY. THE AUDACITY OF THIS GUY. “please a man” please go die🥺
“Behave tonight. Sit pretty. Be a good girl.”
rage i can practically hear the condescending tone in this ohmygod go to hell
“You are worth more than all the gold in this castle. But I still own you, and I will spend you any way I see fit.”
And I’ll destroy everyone in my path to get her back.”
a “savior” all i see is a possessive freak.
That’s just a brief glimpse ahahaha muffled sobbing I think my copy of this book was in danger of being torn and ripped to shreds. I’m praying they get the death they deserve and Auren is the one who gives the death blow ❤
With all that out of the way, the ending has me excited for the next book and I’ve heard that it’s much better than the first. So far I don’t see how this is for fans of JLA/SJM but I can see where this is going in the next few books for it to be targeted towards fans of those two authors.👀
Despite my complaints, this really isn’t a bad book. I just hated all the abuse and very disturbing scenes. I don’t recommend reading this if you might not be able to handle all that.
Trigger warnings: explicit/mature language, graphic violence, and non-consensual sex (rape).