Gild by Raven Kennedy – Review

Published: October 16, 2020

Publisher: Self Published

Series: The Plated Prisoner #1

Genre: Romance, Fantasy

Pages: 375 (Kindle)

My Rating: 1.5/5.0 

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.
Even me.
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.

I hated this book with almost every fiber of my being. It was utter shite and I genuinely do not understand the numerous high ratings I see (on Amazon especially). Like, it’s really not even good smut, so it’s definitely not good fantasy! Had I not been super invested in my hate-read I would have DNFd this after the halfway point for sure. Why did I stick with it for so long you may wonder?

Well, while it opened with a rather awkward orgy scene I kept hoping that there would be some excellent character or plot development to justify some part of those ratings. It kept teasing a potentially good plot, but it would continually let me down. At the roughly 50% mark, I concluded that there would be no plot development worth my time, but it was a shorter book so I pushed on through for the sake of writing a complete and justifiably negative review. 

This book does not feature healthy relationships AT ALL. Our MC is the King’s favorite concubine and is proof of his amazing ability- turning things to gold- because she is literally completely golden. Talk about economic inflation! She also has wiggly ribbon appendages sprouting from her back, which has honestly got to be the STUPIDEST thing I’ve ever heard and I really try not to judge too hard since SFF can get weird and make it work. Our Golden Girl has Stockholm syndrome like you would not believe, basically giving me hard-core heeby jeebies the whole book. I mean, it was just disturbing and pitiful. She just kept telling herself that life was great and that she was happy, all while downing copious amounts of alcohol to dull her feelings of entrapment.

0/10, do not recommend. It was also super rape-y, with tons of abuse of not only the main character but also the other concubines. And not just by the king! He would pimp them out to other nobles! To be fair, a disclaimer is provided at the end of the synopsis, so I knew it was going to be there… just perhaps not to that extent. Overall, it was SO NOT my cup of tea and I won’t be reading any more of the series despite the oddly attractive cover art. It gets 1.5 stars for a charming side character that gets murdered too soon and the nice cover.