I’ve had The Plated Prisoner series on my tbr since the spring and I had this silly idea that I was going to read all 4 books that are currently out in the series this summer. On top of all the other books I had planned to already read. I have no idea what I was thinking, but I did manage to read the first book, Gild, this week and plan to start book 2 next week.
The Plated Prisoner series by Raven Kennedy is a retelling of the King Midas legend. In Greek mythology, King Midas had the power to turn anything to gold. In Gild we meet, Auren, the king’s favored. King Midas is the king of the Sixth Kingdom, Highbell. King Midas lives in a gold castle filled with extravagant gold furnishings. Even his soldiers have gold armor. Even though he is married to Queen Malina, Midas of course has a harem of royal saddles and Auren is his favored. She lives separate from the other ladies and man in the royal harem in a golden cage that is so large she can move to different parts of the castle and still be in the cage. She is Midas’ “precious” and no one is allowed to touch her but him. She is even golden or gilded.
With ambitions to expand his kingdom and take over another kingdom, Midas travels ahead with his men. When they are given word that it is safe for them to head over, Auren is escorted by many guards and other carries filled with the other royal saddles. The journey is long and hard, but more danger awaits Auren then just snowstorms.
I loved the novel and was immediately hooked. I’m excited to see where it all goes since there are 3 other books (with the 5th and final book coming out next year). I know a few little things cause of fan art I always see on Instagram, but I’m still excited to see how it all plays out.
“Does it really matter if your cage is solid gold when you aren’t allowed to leave it? A cage is a cage, no matter how gilded.”
There are a bunch of trigger warnings for this series, but those don’t usually bother me so I was fine with the storyline, but do check them if you’re more effected by them.
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