- Raven Kennedy


‘I hope you burn so bright that you scorch your Golden King down to ash’

After ten years, I have left the grips of one king only to fall into the hands of another.

I have fought the terrifying Red Raid Pirates, endured the murder of those I care about, and survived the frozen planes of Orea, only to find myself a prisoner of the army of Fourth Kingdom.

Leading the army is Commander Rip, a notorious warrior whose name is whispered in taverns and street corners all over the six kingdoms.

But as I get to know him, I realise that the tales of his brutality aren’t true.

He is something else. He is fae.

Part of the powerful and magical people who are said to have abandoned this world entirely three hundred years ago.

But here one stands before me. And when he turns his onyx eyes upon me, I fall captive.

For an entirely different reason.

As his army march towards a battle with the king I once adored, I must decide.

Midas or Rip.

Loyalty or freedom.

In this game of war and love, it’s my turn to choose.



Gold as far as the eye can see.


enjoyable/easy to read:
I will say right away that, yes, Auren is still very annoying. Her neverending ‘poor me‘ monologue makes it very difficult to continue reading. But, I have to admit this series is getting better.

As much as I struggle through Auren’s perspective, the queen’s isn’t any better. She takes Gildy-locks’ victim attitude and adds victim blaming. I can understand hating Midas; that’s totally fair. He’s been the clear villain from his first introduction in Gild. But why do you hate the abused teenager with no family or choice who has been literally locked in a cage? Why are you competing and tormenting and rejoicing at her likely rape, torture, and death? Not that I’d expect any logic or empathy from royalty, but it was incredibly difficult to read the queen’s chapters and feel anything other than disgust.

Once again, the biggest downfall is the pacing and the editing. I don’t mind a slow burn, but the monotonous tone and repetitive narrative make it difficult to care about what’s happening. There’s a way to show how poorly Auren has been treated and how it has affected her self-esteem and confidence, and self-worth without repeating the same pattern in every chapter. ‘I have to be stronger,’ ‘I will stay loyal,’ ‘I’m starting to question my life,’ ‘I will do this because it feels right,’ ‘I made a mistake,’ ‘I take it all back,’ ‘I deserve this,’ ‘I have to be stronger.’ Every chapter has the same pattern, with the same words and actions and decisions. Show, don’t tell, and have some confidence in your readers; if you keep holding my hand through every decision and painting a clear line from one moment to the next, there’s no anticipation or excitement and certainly no surprise.

Better than Gild, but not quite good, I’m embarrassed to say I have high hopes for Gleam. After the ending and some realisations (finally) being made by a certain (incredibly unobservant) character (who has been living in denial for far too long), there’s some hope this could get really good. Here’s hoping I won’t regret saying or thinking that too quickly.



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